Thursday, November 24, 2005

Australian Olympiad Team Announced

As Tim Runting has outlined in the International section of the latest ACCQ, Australia's Olympiad team has been announced. Boards 1-3 are three Senior International Masters (Steve Kerr, Tim Runting, and Gary Benson), board 4 is IM Bruce Oates, board 5 is Chris Fenwick, and board 6 is Clive Murden.
This lineup represents the pinnacle of CC chess here in Australia and statistically, as recent performances have demonstrated, represents a very realistic chance of success at the Olympiad. Good luck guys!

November ACCQ Out Now

The November issue of the ACCQ has arrived and marks a changing of the editorial guard. Dr. Graeme McIntyre has passed the editorial baton onto Shaun Press. Although my time in CCLA has thus far been short, I have always looked forward to receiving the latest ACCQ, with its news and results (both domestic and international), together with the well analysed Games section. A large part of this is (no doubt) due to Graeme's editorial work and I would like to thank him for his contribution to ACCQ.
On that note, it was pleasing to see that Shaun's first ACCQ at the helm continues on that high quality we have come to expect from ACCQ. Well done Shaun!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Peter Fenwick or John-Paul Leko?

As I was reading the Forum section of the latest New in Chess Yearbook (#76) I discovered, much to my surprise, a letter from John-Paul Fenwick in which he outlined crushing a hapless ICCF E-Mail Jubilee opponent (my words) via an innovation in the Breyer. It's nice to see Australian chess influencing play at the upper echelons of our fine game, as Peter Leko subsequently brought out the "Fenwick Variation" with a similar result against Nigel Short at Wijk aan Zee 2005. Nice work J-P!
NIC Yearbook #76 has a distinctly Australian flavour, as it also contains another letter (together with a nice photograph) from Max Illingworth.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

We Won!

Photo from the SMH Photo Gallery.Posted by Picasa

I know this is completely non-CC but what an amazing (and IMHO completely deserved) victory by the Socceroos. We're off to Germany in 2006!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

CCA Moderation

Given that only CCA members can post to this site, I am hoping that the need for any moderation of content will be minimised. Reasonable discussion of non-CC topics is OK but any inappropriate postings (e.g. language, inferences, content, etc.) will be moderated or in extreme cases removed. I will discuss any such actions with the poster concerned.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Australia/NZ PATTV Team Announced

Australia and New Zealand are fielding a combined team for the fifth Pacific Area Team Tournament (PATTV). Our team in board order is SIM Michael Freeman, Joe Tanti, IM Mark Noble, Shane Dibley, Brian Jones, and myself. The tournament is run under the auspices of the ICCF North America Pacific Zone. For those who are unaware of NAPZ's new website, I have added a link to the site in the "Links" section of this website.
This is my first representative tournament and I would like to thank the CCLA for the opportunity to compete in PATTV. I'd also like to wish my teammates well in their games. Stay tuned to both the CCLA and NAPZ websites for future news on this tournament. If you haven't yet registered with the ICCF Webserver, follow the link on this website and register so you can follow our progress as well as join the ICCF Webchess experience. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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