The South Australian Junior Chess League Inc
A big congratulations to Prince Alfred College on winning the Secondary Division 1 just ahead of St Peter's. PAC also won the Secondary Division 2 Competition ahead of Glenunga IHS and the Divison 3 Comp was won by Scotch College ahead of PAC.
Also congratulations to PAC on winning the Primary A Grade ahead of Magill PS.
The B Grade and C Grade Primary Finals were held on Friday 7th September and congratulations to Walkerville PS on winning the B Finals, ahead of St Michael's and St Mark's. The C Finals was won by Campbelltown Library, a half-point ahead of Scotch College and third was Ascot Park PS. Scotch College will receive the Shield as the Campbelltown team was from multiple schools.
The September Super 8 Tournament was won by Jamie Dunne from Adelaide HS.
The EK Shield was held on the 14th September at 4pm and was won by PAC - well done! Equal Second were Magill PS and St Peter's College; Walkerville PS came 4th.
* The State Under 11, 10 and 9 Junior Championships, the State Girls Championship and the October Open!!! Wow. Please note the entry fee for these is $35 if you enter on Thursday or $30 if you enter online or give Alan a ring. Click here for the entry form
The Primary Presentation of Prizes will take place at 7.00pm on the 19th October at the Chess Centre.
Also a reminder that the Week 8 Tournament takes place on Wednesday 28th November.
Hello - welcome to chess in 2012
Following our AGM, it has been decided that the teams in the Primary B and Primary C grades will only need 4 players in a team - this should make it easier for schools to create teams and for parents to transport them - one parent is able to take 4 children in a car.
We have also been able to confirm most of the venues for year, and apart from the Hills Competition and the Primary A and B matches at PAC, all other primary competitions will be played after-school; orginially it was thought that 4;15pm was a sensible time but venues like West Lakes Shore PS would like it as close to 3:30pm as possible so we will judge the starting times according to the teams that enter.
Here is a quick list of the venues and places
The Interschool matches have started amidst great excitement with greater numbers than ever taking part.
We have 150 students playing in Secondary Division 2 on a Friday night - wonderfully exciting and events like the Hills Competition have expanded to 16 teams. See Draws and Results
The 2012 State Under 18-Under 12 Championships
Adelaide's latest state junior champion is 12 year-old Qi Le Kong-Lim who moved here from New Zealand at the start of the year. Qi Le won all 8 games in the strong 32 player tournament to win the Under 18 title outright, ahead of Punula Kiripitige on 7 and Peter Gregoric on 6.
The final age prizes were:
U18: 1st Qin Le Kong-Lim; 2nd David Li; =3rd Andy Chea & Ted Wachtel;
The Under 12 Championship was another 32 player event and was won by Kee-An Seet ahead of 2nd: Axel Heinrich and 3rd George Karassoulos. There were 3 sectional prizes: Under 11: =1st Arseny Galliamov and Saad Khatri; Under 10: =1st Peter Moskvichev & Dongwoo Shin; Under 9: 1st Chathula Kiripitige 2nd Jude Hardy. These sectional prizes do not represent the U11, U10 or U9 State titles which will be held next holidays.
To enter a team (or teams) in this year’s interschool matches, simply pick a venue and time and date that’s suitable, and either ring Alan Goldsmith on 0401 67 2481 or email him - firstname.lastname@example.org The matches are generally played fortnightly. Please register soon.
The Primary A Grade Competition has 5 players in a team, while the Primary B and C Grades only have 4 players per team. Schools should bring 2 sets and boards per team, except at the Chess Centre.
All secondary matches are played at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide on Friday nights, starting at 7pm - but a new Division will be trialled at the Chess Centre on a Thursday night, depending on entries. The Division 1 and Division 2 Grades have 5 players in a team, while Div 3 and the new Div 4 will just have 4 players per team.
The cost: There is a $40 per annum School Affiliation Fee to join the SAJCL. The cost for a Primary B or C team is $48 for the season; for a Primary A team $60; the cost per Secondary team is $84. There is no GST since the SAJCL is a non-profit organisation. Sorry - the fees have had to go up slightly this year following an increase in rent of $1000.
Success at the Australian Junior Championships
There are lots of exciting ideas in the pipeline for junior chess this year - we are determined to build on the success of the juniors who went to the Australian Junior Championships in January.
The outstanding result was that of Mercedes College student Alistair Cameron who won the prestigious Australian Junior Under 18 title outright with 8 points out of 9, ahead of two of Australia's top juniors Justin Tan and Anton Smirnov on 7.5 points. This is a well deserved success for Alistair who tied for first in last year's senior City of Adelaide Championship and signals that he is ready to be part of the current crop of top juniors who look set to take on the world.
Another great success was that of Stuart Nicholls from Glenunga IHS who tied for first in the Under 14 Championship with Andrew Pan on 7.5 points but lost the playoff .5-1.5 on the last afternoon - a bit of a shame but it was a huge tournament. Alex MacAdam from Pembroke finished on 5.5 in 11th place, Peter Gregoric (PAC) on 5 points in 20th place and Jason Huynh (PAC) just a further half point behind in 21st place.
The Under 12 also had many potential stars in its 67 player field. It was won by Rowan Willathgamuwa with 8.5 points but SA's George Karassoulos did well to finish in 31st place with 5 points and Jared Waker (Linden Park PS) in 33rd place on 4.5. Congratulations to all who took part - well done!
THIS COMING YEAR
The main dates for the tournaments held on the Wednesday of Week 8 each term:
1st term: WEDNESDAY 21st March 2012
2nd term:WEDNESDAY 13th June 2012
3rd term: WEDNESDAY 5th September 2012
4th term: WEDNESDAY 28th November 2012
- theses excursions are very popular and can be a real focus for any school chess club - they really make chess very exciting. The rates are very flexible and great discounts are offered to schools bringing 10 or more students.
The Interschool Matches have Finished- click here to see the final places.
Divison 1 was won by St Peter's College; 2nd PAC; 3rd St Ignatius'
The Secondary Champion School was won by PAC.
The Primary A Grade was won by Magill PS; 2nd PAC Red; 3rd St Peter's Blue.
The B Finals was won by Magill PS; 2nd Nairne PS; 3rd East Adelaide PS.
The C Finals was won by St Mark's School; 2nd was Scotch College; 3rd Blackfriars; =4th Campbelltown Library; Walkerville Red; Norwood PS.
Chess Events over the holidays
The SAJCL will be running be running the State Under 11 - State Under 9 Junior Championships on the last Thursday and Friday of the holidays (13th & 14th October) at the Chess Centre. There will be one-day events just for those able to attend only one day. The cost per student is $30 and pizzas can be ordered each day.. These are great fun, cater for students of ALL ages and abilities and will provide a gentle introduction to tournament chess. Please click here for the entry form and details of a holiday coaching class on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October.
A reminder also that the Rookies Club runs tournaments on the first and last Sunday of each month at the Chess Centre. The cost is $10, it is suitable for players of all strengths from beginners to experts, and you simply register and play on the day. See below for more details.
There was considerable debate over the rules for this year's competition at the AGM and the following was passed - see rules
the dates for the four 'week 8 half-day tournaments' we will be running this year - a great and inexpensive excursion for your students and good introduction to the excitement of real chess.
The Rookies Club is resuming - and will be held at the Chess centre on the Last and first Sunday mornings of each month - mainly tournaments but a bit of coaching thrown in for good measure - an ideal opportunity for any keen youngsters to really improve.
Please check our here for further info. More details shortly, but registrations for the school teams won't start until mid-March.
THE ROOKIES CLUB IS BACK - Sundays AM
We are delighted to announce the return of the Rookies Club, an Adelaide institution for over 15 years. It will be held on the first & last Sundays of the month, where practical, from 10 am - noon. Roughly 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. It will be run as a joint effort with the SAJCL and Knights & Bytes.
Venue: The Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide 5000
Juniors do not need to turn up for all these events - they can simply turn up on one or more of the following days:
27th February - 6th March - 27th March - 3rd April
2011 Australian Junior Championships
The next Australian Junior Championships will be held in Victoria in January and the format has changed markedly with three different events - the U16/U18: 9 days, U12/U14: 5 days and the U8/U10: just 3 days - much more feasible for most families. Lots of fun and great prize money - $5000 - ideal for keen youngsters. Please check the flyer here and if you have any questions regarding suitability, please give me a ring on 0401 67 2481
2010 COMPLETED EVENTS
This year's State Under 11 Championship ended in a tie for first between Charlie Wilkinson and Peter Gregoric, with Xavier Lyons and Lincoln Harris finishing equal third.
The State Under 10 was won by Daniel Petashvili; second was Kee-An Seet and equal third were Cormac O'Brien and Irakly Tsagareli.
The State Under 9 was won by Arseny Galliamov and equal second were Danny Guo and Damian Harris.
The October Junior Tournament was held at the same time and was won by Lachlan Cameron, with Stuart Nicholls coming second and Aashray Gupta third. The U15 Section was won by Alexios Spiliotis, the U13 by Umar Khasanov and the U12 by Alena Chizova.
The Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield took place on Friday September 17th and was won by Mitcham PS - see here for details
See the Final Results of the Interschool Matches for 2010 (If, when you look at the Draw, it seems out of date, try refreshing the page)
Primary B and C Finals
These took place on Friday 10th September at the Chess Centre, were wildly exciting and resulted in Magill PS running out winners in the B Final by the narrowest of margins ahead of Ascot Park PS and Clapham PS.
The C Finals were equally exciting and was won by Nairne PS ahead of Pimpala PS and St Mark's Lutheran School. Well done to all he teams involved -it's fabulous seeing so many youngsters so keen.
A big congratulations to St Peter's College on winning the Secondary Division 1 Competition this year, just ahead of PAC. Mercedes College won the Division 2 Competition just ahead of Glenunga IHS. The Secondary Division 3 Competition was won by Glenunga IHS, jush ahead of Blackfriars. The Secondary Presentation night takes place on Friday 10th September 2010 at 7.30pm - and will be followed by a teams lightning competition.
We are currently confirming venues but we are delighted to announce that the following are fine in 2010:
Special Combined Primary/Secondary competition at Darlington on Fridays at 4pm in Term 2
We are trying something new at Darlington PS this year - we are making a special competition for primary and secondary students that allows any number of students to take part from a school but the winning primary school will be the one who has the highest total score from its top 5 players and the the winning Secondary will be the top 4 scores. The winning Primary and Secondary team will go into the SAJCL Finals. The matches will be played only in term 2 but on consecutive weeks - please check the calendar for the Darlington dates. It's going to be a great comp - and for more details, please ring me or send an email to the organiser, Tim Seeley - this should be a great competition for schools in the Southern Districts!
To download a flyer about the City of Adelaide Junior Championships and some holiday chess classes, please click here
Now that the AGM is over, please submit your team entries by simply emailing me with your team names and details and they will be added to the team lists at the venues. It's easy and quick.
The cost per team of 5 players is $55 for Primary or $75 for secondary for the whole season. There is also a $20 school affiliation fee for all schools, except new schools this year and host schools.
Time to register
It is again time to register your teams for this year's interschool competitions.
To do so, you can either:
* reply to me with an email specifying the names of your teams, their grade and venues .. or ..
As usual, we are still on the lookout for more venues so if you think you can help, please let me know - ideally we need to be able to seat 40 students (8 teams of 5) or multiples thereof! :)
So, please register soon - I will confirm that I have received your teams and update the website with the successful team registrations frequently - we will try to accommodate as many teams and schools as possible but can't guarantee that all will fit.
End of term competitions
Also, please think about bringing a team to our end of term competitions - they are a real treat for the students and can be a great boost for chess in the school. We have deliberately kept the entry fees for these competitions low - just $10 - and qualifiers for the Final in December can play in that free.
President's Report for 2009
This year's Champion Primary School trophy, the Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield was won once again by the all conquering Magill PS team, which also won the Primary A grade and Primary B Finals. Its A team for the EK Shield consisted of Natasha Bortsova, Callum Horan, Ted Wachtel, William Horan, Joel Lee and the B Section for the second round were Arsha Anvar, Kee-An Seet, Nirodh Perera, Umar Khasanov and Edward Tan and in the third Arshia Anvar, Denton Phosavgnh, Timothy Gan, Natalie Gan and Veda Mitra.
The State Junior Championships
The Under 18 ended in a tie for first between Anthony Milton and Alistair Cameron - they will take part in a 2 game playoff to see who wins the title. The U16 Champion is Stephen Daenke, while Lachlan Cameron won the U15 Title. The U14 Champion is James Bowditch and Stuart Nicholls the U13 Champion. The U12 Championship was won by Punala Kiripitige; 2nd was Joel Lee, 3rd Alyona Chizhova, 4th Aaron Ridgway and 5th Jemma Wang.
The City of Adelaide Junior
The Under 21 Championship was won by Alistair Cameron with the mighty score of 9 out of 10, just losing to the ever-dangerous Malcolm Borg in the last round; second with 8 points was Stephen Daenke and equal third were Victor Wen-Sweeney and Fabian Ivancic. The Under 12 was won by Callum Horan, while the Under 10 was won by William Horan - obviously a very talented family!
We had several other major events, in particular the Freytag Checkmate Tournament and the Under 1600 Checkmate Challenge at Rostrevor College and these attracted over 80 players, many of them juniors. The full results can be found at www.sachess.org but Alistair Cameron (Mercedes), Zac Searle (Concordia) and Anthony Milton (PAC) all did very well in the very strong Open, while Malcom Borg (St Ignatius') tied for second in the Challenger with 5.5 points; Punala Kiripitige (Blackfriars) and Sophie Eustace (St Peter's Girls) tied in equal fourth and Stephen Daenke (St Peter's) and Lachlan Cameron (Mitcham PS) finished equal 8th. Aashray Gupta (St Peter's), George Trumble (Mercedes), James Bowditch (Walkerville), Stuart Nicholls (Parkside PS), Elee Mayo (Marryatville HS), Ned Nelson (St Ignatius') all scored 3.5 points while Victor Wen-Sweeney (St Ignatius, Veda Mitra (Magill PS), Adam Rybenski (Nazareth College), Alyona Chizhova (Clovelly Park PS), Christos Karykis (PAC), all impressed. Others to watch are Anto Peter, Declan Reiner (Nazareth) and Lachlan Man (St Peter's).
2009 - the year that was!!
Chess Finals & Secondary Presentation and Lightning
The Primary B and C Finals were played on Friday 11th September at the Chess Centre and saw a huge, exciting battle between 6 teams in the B Finals and 16 teams in the C Finals.
The Secondary Lightning Competition was held immediately after the Presentation of Prizes and ended in a tie for first between Alistair Cameron (Mercedes) and Malcolm Borg (St Ignatius'). Saint Ignatius' narrowly won the School Competition ahead of St Peter's and Glenunga IHS. It was particularly pleasing to see a team of teachers involved - Peter Serwan (St Ignatius'), Anne Martin (Immanuel College) and Emil Russein (Glenunga IHS).
SUPER 8 Chess Tournament
Week 8 - Tuesday 8th September 2009 - Westminster School - open to students of any age and ability - starts 9.30 - finished by 12.30 - costs just $8 - lots of prizes and excitement - to register some players, please send a list to Alan Goldsmith
The Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield will take place on Friday 18th September at 4pm at the Chess Centre.
The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 12th March 2009 at the Chess Centre, 10 Ranelagh St Adelaide. The calendar was discussed, along with the election of the League's officers and consideration given to reducing the number of players per team to just 4.
It was decided to just try reducing the numbers of players per team to 4 in the Secondary Division 3 competition only - all other teams will remain 5 players.
We appear to have almost the same venues for last year - many thanks to those schools! - but instead of Rostrevor we now have Linden Park PS.
Many thanks also to Wilderness School who will be holding a 12 team C Grade Competition on Friday afternoons at 4pm and to Scotch College for a Thursday competition at 4pm.
Final registrations taking place Now please
If you are a secondary school, please start registering teams now - simply email Alan with the names of your teams and which Division they will play in. Similarly, if you are a Primary School and know where you want your teams to play and there is a vacancy, please let me know the name of the team and venue and your team will be added to the list.
Think about playing overseas!
There are many events that you might be eligible to apply for, so please check here for more details - but do it soon as there are certain deadlines that need to be met.
Find below details from the 2008 Season - a lot happened! And while much of the same will occur in 2009, but not the Australian Schools Teams Championship or the Lidums Australian Junior - that will be a few years away again - there are lots of exciting developments being planned.
Items from 2008
The 2008 Australian Schools Teams Championship results are now up on the site.
The Next Super 8 Half-day Tournament will be at Westminster Junior School on Tuesday December 2nd; the Wednesday Tournament will be at the Chess Centre - costs just $8 per student - lots of fun - eligible to anyone - more info
Congratulations to the following schools on their success in the 2008 Interschool Matches:
Div 1: 1st PAC; 2nd Saint Ignatius'; 3rd St Peter's
Div 2: 1st: Glenunga IHS; 2nd St Ignatius; 3rd Wilderness College
Div 3: 1st Glenunga IHS; 2nd Blackfriars; =3rd Rostrevor and St Ignatius' College
A Grade: 1st - Magill PS 2nd Mitcham PS
Ascot Park Venue: Eq 1st Clapham & Ascot Park; 3rd Westminster
Chess Centre: 1st St Peter's; 2nd Walkerville; 3rd St John Bosco
Magill PS Venue: 1st Rostrevor; 2nd St Raphael; 3rd Magill PS
Ascot Park Venue: 1st Scotch College; 2nd Tabor; 3rd Mitcham
Burnside Venue: 1st Burnside Gold; 2nd Burnside Black; 3rd Linden Park Green
Chess Centre: 1st St Peter's; 2nd: St John's Lutheran; =3rd Tenison & St John Bosco
Hills: 1st Hills Christian; 2nd: St Michael's Lutheran
Parkside: 1st: Sunrise White; 2nd: Sunrise Green; 3rd: Parkside PS
Rostrevor Venue: 1st Pembroke; 2nd Magill PS; 3rd Rostrevor
Southern League : 1st: Pimpala PS
St Andrew's: 1st: St Andrew's Purple; 2nd Rosary Gold; 3rd Rosary Blue;
St Peter's 1 Comp: 1st St Andrew's Silver ; 2nd Magill Silver 3rd: St Peter's Gold;
St Peter's 2: St Andrew's Aqua; 2nd St Peter's Blue; 3rd St Peter's White
St Pius X: 1st The Heights; 2nd Good Shepherd Gold; 3rd St Pius
West Lakes Shore: 1st St Michael's; 2nd KidmanPark; 3rd West Lakes Shore PS
The B Finals ended in a tie for first between St Raphael's and Clapham PS; Ascot Park PS was third.
The C Finals was won by The Heights School, with Sunrise White and Sunrise Green comming second and third.
The Evelyn Koshnitsky Shield was won by Magill PS after a playoff with St Peter's JS.
The 2009 Lidums Australian Junior Championships
The SAJCL is delighted to announce that SA has been selected to host the next Australian Junior Championships in January 2009. We are very grateful to Saint Ignatius' College for providing a beautiful air-conditioned hall as a venue and to Mr Aivars Lidums for his very generous sponsorship.
We hope that many schools and youngsters will become actively involved.
The Lidums Australian Junior website is now available and more details will be added shortly!
The 2008 Australian Schools Teams Championships
The SAJCL is delighted to host the 2008 Australian Schools Championships on Saturday 6th December and Sunday 7th December 2008. It will be played at Rostrevor College and the College is offering two excellent accommodation and meals deals - but book soon. Special thanks to Mr Robert Hoile for his generous sponsorship. More details.
The 2008 Under 18, 16, 15, 14, 13 and 12 Championships
These were held during the school holidays and the new state junior Champions are:
Under 18: Fabian Ivancic
Under 16: Tom Milton
Under 15: Sophie Eustace; 2nd Fulei Liu
Under 14: =1st Alistair Cameron & Natasha Bortsova
Under 13: =1st Timothy Selvanderan & Sean Liew; =3rd Aashray Gupta & Ned Nelson
Under 12: 1st Punala Kiripitige; 2nd James Bowditch; 3rd Lachlan Cameron
As well as the normal State and City of Adelaide Junior Championships scheduled through the year, there are many events held by the SA Chess Association that are very suitable for youngsters, such as the Interclub Matches which start on Tuesday 29th April and the fabulous Freytag Checkmate Weekend Tournament on July 5th and 6th.
More details will be posted here shortly.
We are also delighted to be affiliated with the Southern Chess League, based at Woodcroft College in Morphett Vale. The SCL has been running a fabulous competition for students down South for many years and sending the winning team to us to play in our Finals competitions. If you are from a school down South, please check their website for their programme - it's a lot of fun and may be a more convenient competition for your students.
A Northern League is also being setup this year based around Playford HS - more details shortly.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Secondary Interschool Competitions:
2007 Secondary A Grade
Second – PAC Red
Third – St Ignatius Gold
2007 Secondary B Grade
Eq Second - CBC and Scotch College
2007 Secondary C Grade
Second – Glenunga IHS
Eq Third – St Ignatius Blue and Mercedes Gold
2007 Secondary D Grade
Eq Second – Concordia College and CBC Blue
2007 Division 3
2007 Champion Secondary School
Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Primary Interschool Competitions:
2007 Primary A Grade
2007 Primary B Group 1
2007 Primary B Group 2
2007 Primary B Group 3
2007 Primary C Group 1
2007 Primary C Group 3
2007 Primary C Group 4
2007 Primary C Group 5
2007 Primary C Group 6
2007 Primary C Group 7
2007 Primary C Group 8
2007 Primary C Group 9
2007 Primary B Finals
2007 Primary C Finals
Congratulations to the winner of the following State junior titles
2007 State U18 Championship
2007 State U16 Championship
2007 State U15 Championship
2007 State U14 Championship
2007 State U13 Championship
2007 State U12 Championship
2007 State U11 Championship
2007 State U10 Championship
2007 State U9 Championship
2007 State U18 Girls Championship
2007 State U16 Girls Championship
Congratulations to the winners of the 2006 Secondary Interschool Competitions:
1st: St Peter's Blue, 2nd: St Ignatius Red, Eq 3rd: St Peter's White and PAC White
1st: CBC Purple; Eq 2nd: Woodville and St John's Grammar
Eq 1st: PAC Gold and St Ignatius Green, 3rd PAC White
Eq 1st: St Ignatius Blue and CBC Purple, Eq 3rd: Mercedes College and St Peter's Blue
Equal 1st: Rostrevor Red and CBC Purple; 3rd : Glenunga IHS
Congratulations to the 2006 State Junior Champions:
1st U18: James Griggs
1st U16: Fedja Zulfic
1st U15: Malcolm Borg
1st U14: Sophie Eustace
1st U13: Calvin Fong
1st U12: Alistair Cameron
Congratulations to our new Under 18 Girls Champion Zhi Lin Oh
Second was Natasha Budnikova (pictured) and third Katrina Knapp