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Welcome to the Chess Association of Western Australia's Website.

Here you will find all the information you need regarding chess in Western Australia. The site primarily caters for registered CAWA chess players be they Senior or Junior. But if you are an unregistered player, casual player or even an interested visitor feel free to look around. Perhaps after viewing the CAWA site you may wish to join the CAWA - membership forms are available under the Administration section in the site navigation menu on the left. By becoming a member you are then eligible to participate in ratified tournaments and obtain an official rating.

We hope you enjoy the CAWA site and if you have any comments, corrections or questions please forward them to the CAWA web master:

email mike.mcgregor@cawa.org.au email





2021 FRINGE FESTIVAL JUNIOR & GRAND BLITZ (25/01/21)

Fringe World Courtyard Chess The Fringe Festival Junior & Grand Blitz tournaments were played on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th of January 2021 respectively at the State Theatre Centre of WA as part of the 2021 Fringe Festival.

Please click on the links below for results:

2021 Fringe Junior Blitz 2021 Fringe Grand Blitz

Also a reminder of the next 2 Fringe chess events coming up this weekend:

Fri 22 Jan: Banter Blitz - A New York-style chess event; trash talk your opponent and knock them off their high horse!

Sat 23 Jan: Grand Master Exhibition - Watch a master at work, as Perth-based Grand Master and Australian Chess Champion Temur Kuybokarov plays 20 members of the CAWA simultaneously!


Further information of these two upcoming events is available via the Check Mate! Courtyard Chess Tournaments Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2894005957486549





CAWA COUNCIL VACANCIES - JUNIOR VICE PRESIDENT & COUNCIL MEMBER (14/01/21)

CAWA logo Joli Mendez and JC Kong have elected not to continue as Joint Junior Vice presidents after this year's AGM. Both Joli and JC have done outstanding work on the preparation and organisation for last year's Junior State Championship and the October Chess camp. They will remain on the CAWA Junior Sub-committee where they have already provided much useful and practical advice.

Jay Lakner has elected not to continue as a council member after this year's AGM. Jay ran the very successful Schools Chess league during 2019 and 2020. A major effort of preparation and organisation, which was greatly appreciated. Jay has also contributed much whilst a Council member and Junior Sub-Committee member including the introduction of Trybooking, running various CAWA tournaments, strategic planning and various innovative ideas.

Vacancies now exist for the position of Junior Vice-President and Council member (two positions). Ideally nominations should be submitted by 19th January so that a decision can be made at the AGM. Please contact me if you are interested in either of these posts.

CAWA President Alan Wolstencroft       Mobile: 0439 912 234





CAWA TOURNAMENT RESULTS UPDATE (08/01/21)

Tournament Results
Please click on the links below to obtain results of tournaments played late last year.

2020 WA Grand Prix

2020 One Day U/1400 Rapidplay

2020 Gufeld Cup

2020 Xmas Team Blitz

2020 CAWA Blitz Grand Prix





2021 CAWA AGM (05/01/21)

CAWA logo The 2021 CAWA's Annual General Meeting will be held at Leeming Primary School on the 19th January 2021, starting at 7:30pm.

All CAWA members are encouraged to attend.

2021 CAWA AGM Agenda

2020 CAWA AGM Minutes







LATEST STATE OF PLAY GRAND BLITZ FLYER (30/12/20)

Fringe World Courtyard Chess Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the latest State of Play Grand Blitz Flyer:

State of Play Grand Blitz Flyer


Also you can go here for the Check Mate! Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2894005957486549









GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV ON 10 NEWS (30/12/20)

Channel 10 News Grand Master Temur Kuybokarov was featured on 10 News on the 28th of December.

You can watch the interview here:

https://www.facebook.com/10NewsPer/posts/4296114207072376






ONE DAY U/1400 RAPID PLAY TOURNAMENT (26/12/20)

Rapid Play
A reminder that in conjunction with the 2020 Gufeld Cup there is also a Under 1400s Rapid Play tournament on Monday, 28th December at the North Woodvale Primary School. The venue is air-conditioned.

Further details are available from: One Day U/1400 Rapid Play Entry Form

Please arrive by 10am on Monday to ensure a smooth registration process so that we can complete a six round tournament. It is planned to have this tournament rated as ACF rated Quick Play.





CAWA NOMINATIONS FOR ACF AWARDS (22/12/20) ACF

The following two chess players have been nominated by CAWA for ACF awards.




David Ellis - Koshnitsky Medal

The Koshnitsky medal is a lifetime achievement award for an outstanding contribution to Australian Chess. David Ellis has contributed much to WA chess administration over the last 37 years.
This has included:-
a) Various roles on the CAWA Council including President from 2013 to 2017.
b) Organising new style tournaments.
c) Coaching various junior teams up to and including the state level.
d) Starting up new chess clubs.
e) Promotional displays at various city events.
f) A member of the ACF panel to select Australians to compete in international events.
g) Newspaper columnist in the West Australian.
David continues to contribute much to chess in WA and would be worthy recipient of this medal.

Mike McGregor - Purdy Medal

The Purdy medal is awarded every two years for an outstanding contribution to Australian chess as a journalist. Mike McGregor has run the CAWA website since 2003.
This website provides a vital link to all the WA chess playing community concerning news of chess events in the state. In 2008 he was appointed as the CAWA newsletter editor and continues to run both the website and publish the CAWA newsletter to this very day.
His service to the WA chess community has been invaluable and he is an obvious contender for the Purdy medal.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




CAWA NOMINATIONS FOR SPORTWEST AWARDS (22/12/20) 2020 RAC Sports West Awards

The following two chess players have been nominated by CAWA for SportWest awards this year, (covers the period 1st December 2019 to 30th November 2020).



Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov for The West Australian RAC WA Sports Star

Despite the limited possibilities for chess this year Temur has achieved the following:-
i) Winner of the 2020 Australian Chess Championship (January).
ii) Selected to represent Australia in Chess Olympiad, (August).
Temur achieved the highest score of the Australian team.
iii) Selected to represent Australia in the 2020 Asian Nations Online Chess Cup (October).
Australia beat chess super power India in the finals.
Temur's 1.5 points from 2 was one of the main contributing factors to Australia's win in the final.

Jamie Laubbacher for the Hyundai Junior Sports Star

Jamie's achievements this year:-
i) Highest rated under 16 chess player in Australia.
ii) Winner of the Willetton and Kingsley opens.
iii) Winner of the 2020 State Junior Rapid Play chess tournament.
iv) Beat Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov in a simultaneous game, (October 2020).
This is the first time Temur has been beaten in a simultaneous exhibition in Perth.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




FRINGE CHESS - STATE OF PLAY 2021 (12/12/20)

Fringe World Courtyard Chess Fringe Chess - State of Play 2021

Be part of next year's Fringe World at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

The State of Play chess events are open for registration now at this website:

https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/state-theatre-centre-of-wa/whats-on/check-mate-courtyard-chess-tournaments

Please Note:

You can't enter via CAWA. To enter on the day you will need to buy a ticket from the State Theatre box office (no booking fee). To be sure of a place you should book on the web site (booking fee applies).


Fri 15 Jan: Junior Blitz - A competitive chess tournament for those under 18!

Sat 16 Jan: Grand Blitz - An open competitive chess tournament for all ages.

Fri 22 Jan: Banter Blitz - A New York-style chess event; trash talk your opponent and knock them off their high horse!

Sat 23 Jan: Grand Master Exhibition - Watch a master at work, as Perth-based Grand Master and Australian Chess Champion Temur Kuybokarov plays 20 members of the CAWA simultaneously!


Fringe World State of Play





2020 XMAS TEAM BLITZ TOURNAMENT (12/12/20)

2020 Xmas Team Blitz The Xmas Team Blitz Tournament will be held on Sunday afternoon 13th December at the North Woodvale Primary School. (Blitz is very fast style of game with a time control of 3 minutes plus increments of 2 seconds).

The event reverts to a team event (2 players) and is designed to suit all chess players young and old with 3 divisions: Open, Junior Rated (above 600) and Junior unrated (under 600). The stronger Juniors rated above 1200 can play in the Open division if they wish.

Please be at the venue by 1:30 pm to assist registration and also make sure you have installed the WA COVIDSafe App. on your mobile device if you have one.

Entry details are available from the entry form:
2020 Christmas Team Blitz entry form

Enquiries: Alan Wolstencroft       Mobile: 0439 912 234       Email: aljen@upnaway.com





2020 DECEMBER CAWA NEWSLETTER (10/12/20)

CAWA Newsletter The December Edition of the CAWA Newsletter is now available.

Please enjoy!!!!

For those wishing to contribute anything to the next edition please send your submission to:

Newsletter Editor: Mike McGregor by the 31st of January 2021.








2020 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS (08/12/20)

2020 ASTC The ASTC finals were played on 5th and 6th of December. For the first time, the event was held online. WA was represented by two schools - Nedlands Primary and Perth Modern each having an open and a girls' teams. Our teams competed with the best schools from VIC, NSW, ACT, SA, QLD and TAS (Secondary Open Division)

Congratulations to Perth Modern School who won bronze in the Secondary Open and Nedlands Primary School who won bronze in the Primary Open. This is the best result that any primary or secondary school from WA has ever achieved in this tournament!


Results for the WA Teams:

Secondary Open: Perth Modern - 3rd
Seconadry Girls: Perth Modern - 5th
Primary Open: Nedlands - 3rd
Primary Girls: Nedlands - 5th

Please click: here for a nice report of the ASTC finals from organiser Andrew Hardegen.

Full results of the tournament can be found on the ACF website here: https://auschess.org.au/australian-schools-teams.../

All the information about the finals can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/2020-astc/

All the games from the finals are published here: https://livechess.aunz.net/2020-astc/

Many thanks to the organisers of Australian Schools Teams 2020. For the first time, the event was held online and it was an absolute success! Thank you to Andrew Hardegen for organising the WA teams and for being the main arbiter during the two days of play! Thank you to Perth Modern School and personally to Leanne Ensly for hosting both Perth Mod and Nedlands Primary teams at the Perth Mod Library! Also big thank you to all the volunteers and parents who supported the players throughout the year and during the state and national finals!

With the recent chess boom, we hope to see new teams competing for the top school titles in WA next year!





2020 CHRISTMAS OPEN CANCELLED (04/12/20)

Xmas Tree The 2020 Christmas Open was due to be played on the 5th & 6th of December but unfortunately owing to a lack of entries has now been cancelled.











2020 FUTURE STAR CHRISTMAS CHESS TOURNAMENT (01/12/20)

future star logo The 2020 Future Star Christmas Tournament will be held on Saturday 12th December at the University of Western Australia.

The event is designed to engage beginner to intermediate level juniors from a rating of 600-1500 (3 divisions). We hope to bring junior chess players around WA together, and create a fun and exciting environment for juniors to develop their interest and passion for chess. CAWA wholeheartedly supports this tournament and will be providing any necessary equipment to assist the success of this tournament.

Details of this event are available here:
Future Star Christmas Chess Tournament



Enquiries: Patrick Gong      Mobile: 0405 088 044      Email: FutureStarChess@gmail.com




CONGRATULATIONS TO OSCAR GAO (27/11/20)

2020 world online cadets and youths
Congratulations to Oscar Gao - Selected to represent Australia.

Oscar Gao, one of our most promising WA Junior players has been selected to represent Australia in the 2020 FIDE Online World cadets & Youth Rapid Championships

Oscar has been selected as the Australian sole representative to play in the under 12 Open section. He will start by playing in the Asian continental qualifying tournaments from 11th to 13th December. We wish Oscar every success playing for his country.

Alan Wolstencroft President





2020 KINGSLEY OPEN (25/11/20)

2020 Kingsley OpenThe 2020 Kingsley Open was played at North Woodvale Primary School over 2 Sundays: 15th & 22nd of November.

Congratulations to the winner: Jamie Laubbacher.

Results can be found in the Past Tournaments or in the Recent Results section.







2020 JUNIOR FUTURE STAR CHESS TOURNAMENT REPORT (18/11/20)

UCA The
2020 Junior Future Star Chess Tournament was held in UWA Ezone on the 15th of November.

A whopping 85 promising young chess players turned up in what was one of the biggest WA junior events in recent years. Given the impact of COVID-19, it was extremely pleasing to see many fresh new faces coming and attempting in their ever tournament.

You can find a nice report, provided by Patrick Gong, in the Recent Results section.









2020 ASIAN NATIONS ONLINE CUP (18/11/20)

2020 Asian Nations Online Cup Congratulations to the Australian Chess Team Winning the 2020 Asian Nations Online Cup!!!

Ranked no 6 in the 2020 Asian Nations Online Cup the Australian team, (Anton Smirnov, Temur Kuybokarov, Max Illingworth, Moulthon Ly and James Morris) managed a sensational David and Goliath style win in the Finals by beating Chess Super Power India 4.5 to 3.5.

Click
here for a nice report by non-playing captain IM Leonid Sandler.

Our own WA Grandmaster, Temur Kuybokarov, played a significant part in this event, particularly in the Finals with a score of 1.5 from 2 against Indian Grandmaster, Nihal Sarin.

For a very detailed online report on the Finals and the Women Finals as well see: https://youtu.be/6Dv4JeAlM9s

The introductory Indian commentary is somewhat biased but quite humorous.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




Daily Puzzle



Latest News

2021 Fringe Festival Junior & Grand Blitz

CAWA Council Vacancies - Junior Vice President & Council Member

CAWA Tournament Results Update

2021 CAWA AGM

Latest State of Play Grand Blitz Flyer

GM Temur Kuybokarov on 10 News

One Day U/1400 Rapid Play Tournament

CAWA Nominations for ACF Awards

CAWA Nominations for Sportwest Awards

Fringe Chess - State of Play 2021

2020 Xmas Team Blitz Tournament

2020 December CAWA Newsletter

2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships

2020 Christmas Open Cancelled

2020 Future Star Chess Tournament

Congratulations to Oscar Gao

2020 Kingsley Open

2020 Junior Future Star Chess Tournament Report

2020 Asian Nations Online Cup


Upcoming Events

31 Jan
2021 WA State Library Blitz

07 Feb
2021 Conti Summer Allegro Championship

09 Feb
2021 Southern Suburbs Open commences (7 rounds)

20 & 21 Feb
2021 Perth Open

7 Mar
WA Allegro Championship

28 Mar
Cracovia Blitz


Recent Results

Previous tournament results can be found under the
Past Tournaments section in the site navigation menu on the left.

2021 Fringe Festival Junior Blitz

2021 Fringe Festival Grand Blitz

2020 WA Grand Prix

2020 One Day U/1400 Rapidplay

2020 Gufeld Cup

2020 Xmas Team Blitz

2020 CAWA Blitz Grand Prix

2020 Australian Schools Teams Championships

2020 SCL Girls Competition

2020 Kingsley Open

2020 Junior Future Star Chess Tournament

2020 SCL Finals

2020 Faber Spring Allegro Championship