Saturday, October 16, 2010

Going on Hiatus

The Australian Chess News blog will be going on hiatus for at least the next few months so that I can focus on other endeavours. In the meantime, take a look at the following websites.

Chess club/coaching service run by my long-time chess coach FM Geoff Saw:
Dark Horse Chess Club

Australian blogs:
Checkmate Ends The Game
David Cordover's Blog
Dozy's Inferno
GM Smerdon's Blog
Gorka's Coffee House
Lousy At Chess
The Closet Grandmaster
(possibly the most renowned)

Australian forums:
Chess Chat

Other websites by me:
GeniusProphecy Chess - My instructional chess website

GeniusProphecy Chess Blog - The blog that gives updates on GeniusProphecy Chess

Friday, October 15, 2010

2010 CV Interschool Championships

The 2010 Chess Victoria Interschool Championships was a 7-round tournament held at Balwyn High School on Monday the 11th of October. The tournament was organised by IM Leonid Sandler and the winner would be recognised as the Victorian State Champions. At the top, it was a close battle between Scotch College and Balwyn High School, arguably the two strongest secondary schools in Australia (both of which are incidentally in Victoria). Before the penultimate round, Balwyn was leading by 2 points. Going into the last round, Scotch had overtaken Balwyn and was half a point ahead. Ironically, the tournament concluded with both schools on an equal amount of points. Due to disputes over tie-break rules, a decision was made to ask the junior federation whether both schools could attend the national championships.

Here are the final results
1st/2nd Balwyn High School {FM Bobby Cheng (2227), Samuel Dalton (1996), Jonathan Tang (1645) and Zhong Hao Gan (1483)}, Scotch College {Eugene Schön (2160), Zhigen Lin (2200), Nicholas Liu (1643) and Richard Owen}
3rd Glen Waverley Secondary College

Here are the individual results
1st/2nd Samuel Dalton, Zhigen Lin with 6.5/7
3rd Allen Yu (1631), Eugene Schön, Jonathan Tang (1645), Yilun Ding (1941), Deniz Tuncer (1487) with 6/7

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