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This is the official website for the Junior Chess League in South Australia and it is used to inform you about all our junior chess activities. You will find here all the details about the interschool primary and secondary matches, as well as how to take part in tournaments and - very exciting - make use of chess on the Internet.

The SAJCL been promoting Junior Chess in SA for over 50 years thanks to the dedication and passion of Evelyn and Gary Koshnitsky and many other tireless volunteers and we are very grateful to all the support given to us by many schools and teachers. And as a non-profit local organisation, we endeavour to make chess affordable and accessible to everyone.

Last updated Tuesday 17th March 2015


We are in for a BOOM year .. 2015 is going to be terrific!

Chess is booming across the country - the numbers are up everywhere - and we are going to be responsible for some of the most important events of the year.

SACA (the Chess Association, not the Cricket!) and the SAJCL will be staging the Evelyn Koshnitsky Memorial Weekend Chess Tournament over July 11th and 12th and will then hold 'The Evelyn' Women's and Girls' Tournament the following week - all in honour of Mrs Evelyn Koshnitsky BEM, AM who passed away last year.Much more about this soon.

We will follow this by holding the Australian Junior Championships in mid - January 2016. The last AJC was staged recently in Canberra, attracted over 250 players from all over the country and was very successful. A Big task, but one that will be very exciting and rewarding for all our youngsters.

Annual General Meeting - outcomes

The Annual General Meetingtook place on Thursday 5th March at 7pm at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide and the following Executive were elected:

President: Alan Goldsmith

Deputy President: Peter Serwan

Vice President: Fedja Zulfic

Treasurer: Rita McKetchnie

Secretary: Lorraine Gormly

Secondary Representative: Susanne Wells

The rates for the Interschool matches have had to be increased this year - the first time in about 4 years:

The School Affiliation fee is now $50

Each secondary Team entry fee is $100

The Primary A teams are $75 and the Primary B and Primary C teams are each $60.


We currently have most of the venues from last year, with the addition of Grange PS in the West and East Marden in the North-East. Just a couple more venues to be finalised. Registrations are however being taken NOW.


Some Events to note for your calendar:

City of Adelaide Junior and the State Junior Championships

Please note that some of these events take place in the first week of the school holidays - check the dates carefully!

The City of Adelaide Junior wiill be played on Thursday 16th April and Friday 17th April at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide. See Entry Form


The SA Under 18 - Under 12 Championships will be played on July 9th and 10th and the Under 11 - Under 9 will be played on October 9th and 10th. Please check the lefthand column for entry forms (available soon!)


Half-Day Week 9 Tournaments

Just $10 entry per student - any number and any ability!! Discounts for 10 players or more from the one school. The SAJCL will again hold special half-day tournaments in 2015 - they will be held during the 9th week of each term. They start around 9.15am and finish around 12.30pm. The players will have 10 minutes each per game and should play 6 games in the morning. VENUES TO BE ADVISED.

1st term: WEDNESDAY 25th March 2015
2nd term: WEDNESDAY 24th June 2015
3rd term: WEDNESDAY 16th September 2015
4th term: WEDNESDAY 9th December 2015

Interschool Matches

Team Registrations will starts from 6th March onwards - registration will be through the website or by ringing Alan Goldsmith on 0401 67 2481

The Matches start the SECOND week back in 2nd Term - the week ending Friday 8th May.

Rookies Club - Sunday Afternoons - suitable for all students

Tournaments are held roughly once a month, near the start of the month where practical, from 2pm - 4pm. We are starting this year with two Sundays in a row and then we settle into the once-a-month routine.

Sunday 22nd February 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 1st March 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 29th March 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 3rd May 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 31st May 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 28th June 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 2nd August 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 6th September 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 25th October 2015 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 29th November 2015 2pm - 4pm

Venue: The Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide 5000 Cost: $10 per afternoon.

Format: There will be a general tournament each week with prizes, along with friendly games and short lessons for novices and youngsters not keen on competitions yet.
Suitable: for ALL juniors aged 5 and above - beginners to advanced



News from 2014

Interschool Results

Congratulations to the following schools on their 2014 Interschool results - the complete scoretables can be found under Draws & Results but in essence:

PAC won the Secondary Div 1, Div 2 and Div 3 competitions and the Champion Secondary School.

The Primary A Grade was won by Walkerville PS

The Primary B Finals was won by Magill PS

The Primary C Finals was won by the composite team from the Campbelltown Library but was awarded to Walkerville PS a point behind.

The Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield for Champion Primary School was won by St Peter's.

Individual Results

Congratulations to the following players for their success in the 2014year's State Junior Championships - the crosstables can be found through the llinks on the left.

Under 18: 1st Punala Kiripitige

Under 16: 1st Qi Le Kong-Lim; 2nd Denny Han;

Under 15: 1st Peter Gregoric; 2nd Maksimas Zalkauskas; 3rd Oscar Herrmann; eq 4th - Vitaly Klimenchuk

Under 14: 1st Preshaan Thavarajah; Equal second Kee-An Seet and George Karassoulos.

Under 13: 1st Arseny Galliamov. The Top Girl prize in the U15 was shared by Hui-Si Yee and Susanne Wells.

Under 12: 1st Dongwoo Shin. 2nd Chathula Kiripitige =3rd Sung Hoon Ok and Matvei Kotousov.

Under 11: Equal 1st: Sisi Wang & Chathula Kiripitige; 3rd: Boris Glushkov; =4th: David Zhang & Sree Hilan

Under 10: 1st: Ethan Liu; 2nd: Luca Paull; 3rd: Zhibo Shang; =4th: Vladimir Gordienko & Aditya Ghai

Under 9: 1st: Ye Seul Ok; =2nd: Tommy Burks & Saxon McDonald; 4th: Anton Ivanov

Under 8: 1st: Ethan Retnaraja; 2nd: Royce Wong 3rd: Caleb Tang; =4th: Gabriel Cregan & Jonathan Zhang


State Girls' Championships

Under 18: Equal 1st: Hui-Si Yee & Susanne Wells

Under 11: 1st: Sisi Wang

Under 10: 1st: Ye Seul Ok

Under 9: 1st: Niamh Bridgeman

The Top Girl was Sisi Wang

Top Under 10 was Vladimir Gordienko.

The July Junior Tournament for 10 years and less (not the State Under 11 or U10 or U9 titles which will be held next holidays).

Equal 1st:Tommy Burks and Ye Seul Ok on sharing first in the first July Junior Tournament;Ethan Retnaraja finished 3rd.

A second tournament was held the following day and the results were:

1st: Ye Seul Ok; equal second: Tommy Burks, Damian Smallridge and Ethan Retnaraja.

Congratulations to the following players for their success in the 2014 City of Adelaide Junior Championships.

Under 21: Equal 1st: Preshaan Thavarajah & Arseny Galliamov

Under 14: 1st George Karassoulos

Under 12: Sisi Wang

Under 10: Equal 1st: Ye Seul Ok & Boris Glushkov