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 Monday 27th January 2014
News for 2014
Hello everyone :)
The calendar for the junior chess events for this year has finally been produced and can be found under the Calendar option on the left hand side or simply downloaded by clicking here. News items from previous years can be found under the News section.
The first important date is the Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday 6th March at 7pm at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide and everyone is encouraged to attend. There will be a review of last year and we will discuss ideas for 2014.
Motions to be considered:
1 All Primary Matches, including A and B grade, to be played after-school at 4pm; the A Grade with a 45 min +10/sec per move per player time limit
2 The Secondary Division 1 Competition have a time limit of 60 mins +10 sec per move per player
3 The Primary A Grade and Division 1 teams be reduced to 4 player teams to bring into line with interstate and make it easier for schools to make teams
4 Secondary country teams be allowed to enter teams in Division 3 and play opponents online
The 2014 Australian Junior Championships
These took place in Sydney in middle-to-late January and the Under 18 was won by wunder-kid Anton Smirnov with 7.5 out of 9, losing only one game in the final round to Bernard Chau. The leading scores were: Anton Smirnov 7.5, Pengyu Chen 7, Karl Zelesco 6.5, Bernard Chau 6, Kevin Willathgamuwa 5.5 and our own Punala Kiripitige 5 - a great result in such a super-strong field.
The Under 16 was won by George Carolin-Unkovich from WA and SA's Peter Gregoric came equal 4th and Aaron Hammat came 8th and Eddie Han equal 12th.
The Under 14 was won by Rishi Dutta with 8/9. SA's Denny Han scored 6, Qi Le Kong-Lim 5.5, Srivatsav Manokaran 5, George Karassoulos and Kee-An Seet 4 and Oscar Herrmann 3.5.
The Under 12 was won by Kerry Lin after a playoff with Haran Salasan and Kevin Shen, all with 7 points. SA's Preshaan Thavarajah and Sung Hoon Ok scored 5 and Peter Moskvichev 4.5 Congratulations to all our players who took part - the experience they gained will be invaluable.
Some Events to note for your calendar:
Half-Day Week 8 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 2014 - they will be held during the 8th 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. The tournaments will be held at the Chess Centre in the city.
1st term: WEDNESDAY 19th March 2014
2nd term: WEDNESDAY 18th June 2014
3rd term: WEDNESDAY 10th September 2014
4th term: WEDNESDAY 3rd December 2014
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 23rd February 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 2nd March 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 6th April 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 4th May 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 1st June 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 29th June 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 3rd August 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 7th September 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 12th October 2014 2pm - 4pm
Sunday 2nd November 2014 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