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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 Saturday 6th December 2014



Garry & Evelyn Koshnitsky

It is very sad to have to report that Mrs Evelyn Koshnitsky died on Friday 3rd October 2014 in Sydney, aged 99 and a half. And while Evelyn might not be known to the current crop of chess players, her deeds and wonderful work have had a huge impact on chess in Australia. For over 50 years she worked tirelessly to promote the game. She edited and published magazines, organised and ran the SA Junior Chess League and did everything she could to encourage girls to take part. She was blessed with a fabulous sense of humour and was absolutely devoted to her husband Garry, himself a Champion player and dedicated supporter of chess.

Evelyn received both the British Empire Medal and the Order of Australia and in a very moving ceremony in 2003, Robert Jamieson, on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation, presented her with an award simply titled, 'The Most Loved Person in Australian Chess'. Thousands of players, myself included, owe her and Garry a huge debt for helping to organise hundreds of events, ranging from small weekenders through to the best-ever World Junior Championship here in Adelaide in 1988 - nothing too small or large.

And above all else, Evelyn had a great love of life and people, and was always caring and sharing. Rest in Peace, Evelyn.

Funeral service will be held at Guardian, Broughton Street Campbelltown Sydney on Wednesday, 15th October 2014 at 10:30am.


News for 2014

Hello everyone :)

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 this year'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 this year's 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



The calendar for the junior chess events for this year 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.

Earlier News for this year


Inter-school Team Registrations are now being taken - all Primary Matches will take place at 4pm and all the Secondary Matches will start at 7pm with the Division 1 Matches being played with a quicker time limit. Please check here for details of the venues and times



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 - YES


2 The Secondary Division 1 Competition have a time limit of 60 mins +10 sec per move per player - YES

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 - No

4 Secondary country teams be allowed to enter teams in Division 3 and play opponents online - No

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