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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 WA SCHOOL CHESS LEAGUE (03/03/21)

School Chess League 2021 WA SCHOOL CHESS LEAGUE STARTS THIS SUNDAY WITH THE FIRST ZONAL TOURNAMENT AT THE NORTH WOODVALE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND OTHER FORTHCOMING JUNIOR EVENTS (see below).

The 2021 WA Schools Chess league tournament starts this Sunday, 7th March with the Northern Zonal tournament at the North Woodvale Primary School.

Full details available from the:
2021 WA School Chess League Northern Zonal Entry Form

This tournament is open to Primary, Secondary and Home School students.

It is a seven round Allegro tournament which will be ACF Quick rated.

Please arrive by noon to assist the registration process.

The tournament is scheduled to finish by 5pm.

You can play in this tournament as an individual and if you do well your score could well assist your school to enter the finals.

Suggest you book early for this tournament as places are starting to fill fairly fast.

Also on Sunday at the same venue CAWA are running a novices tournament.

This tournament is designed to suit newcomers to chess who wish to play against players of a similar standard. Please email me if you wish to play in the novices tournament (entry cost $15) as there are a limited number of places available.

UPCOMING JUNIOR EVENTS

Please note the following forthcoming Junior events:

1) 12th April to 14th April (during the Easter Holidays) A Junior Chess camp with a similar format to the one held last October. This will be a 2 day event with four separate graded classes followed by a tournament on the third and last day, (venue still to be decided).

2) The State Junior championships have now been moved to July. Provisional dates are 12th July to 15th July, (venue still to be determined).

For further information please contact:

CAWA President Alan Wolstencroft     Mob: 0439 912 234     Email: aljen@upnaway.com





2021 SUMMER ALLEGRO (02/03/21)

Summer Chess The
2021 Summer Allegro was held at the North Woodvale Primary School on 28th February.

The Open division was won by Jamie Laubbacher, the U/1850 division was won by Edward Curthoys and the U/1550 & unrated division was won by David King.

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


Current 2021 Grand Prix Standings following the Summer Allegro are available from the link below:

2021 Grand Prix Standings


Please note: The CAWA Council has confirmed that the minimum prize fund for this year's GP will be $500. The actual prize fund may be more depending on how well attended each event is.





2021 VALENTINE'S DAY RAPID PLAY TOURNAMENT (02/03/21)

Valentines Day The
2021 Valentine's Day Rapid Tournament (ACF Quick rated - 25 minutes plus 10 second increments) was held at the North Woodvale Primary School on 14th February.

The Open division was won by Yihe (Rebo) Fu and the U/1400 division was won by Niels Hansen.

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








GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV COMPETING IN THE 2021 BALLARAT BEGONIA OPEN (28/02/21)

GM Temur Kuybokarov The 55th Begonia Open tournament is being held over the Labour Day Long weekend in Victoria (March 6-8th) at the Ballarat Chess Club.

There are nearly 100 players registered to play including Temur and 4 other Grand Masters.

More information can be found on the Ballarat Chess Club website:
2021 Begonia Open













2021 PERTH OPEN (28/02/21)

Perth Open The
2021 Perth Open was held on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of February at North Woodlands Primary School.

Congratulations to the winner: FM Patrick Gong

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

Current 2021 Grand Prix Standings following the Perth Open are available from the link below:

2021 Grand Prix Standings





CHESS CLUB OPENS IN BUNBURY (25/02/21)

Bunbury Chess Club A chess club has recently opened in Bunbury run by Ben Colman.

The club meets at:

The Bunbury Public Library, 1 Parkfield Street, Bunbury, 6230 every third Saturday of the month.

Website:
bunburychessclub.com

Contact email address: bunburychess@gmail.com


CAWA believe in assisting WA country chess clubs and have loaned the Bunbury Chess Club 15 sets and boards and a couple of chess clocks.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2021 CAWA AGM (25/02/21)

CAWA logo
The 2021 CAWA AGM was held last month.

Dennis Holland and Michael Horstmann were elected as members of the CAWA Council.

The following motion was passed at the 2021 AGM:

"That CAWA pay for insurance to cover junior chess clubs and coaches recognised and endorsed by CAWA at an approximate cost of $500 per annum".

Please note the positions of CAWA Junior Vice-President and Property Manger are still open.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President





2021 VALENTINE'S DAY RAPID PLAY TOURNAMENT (10/02/21)

Valentines Day A one day Rapid Play tournament will be held on Valentine's Day, Sunday, 14th February at North Woodvale Primary School.

There are two divisions, Open and Under 1400. The time limit will be 25 minutes plus 10 seconds.
6 rounds are planned and the two divisions will be ACF quick rated. Please be there before 9:40am to ensure a prompt start. The finish is planned for 5pm.

The tournament will be governed by the State Health Department rules. At this stage that includes wearing a face mask for all people over 12 and no handshakes. These rules may change on Sunday morning.

Full details are available from the entry form available below:

2021 Valentine's Day Rapid Play Tournament Entry Form

For further information please contact:

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





FEBRUARY 2021 CAWA NEWSLETTER (10/02/21)

CAWA Newsletter The February 2021 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 March 2021.








2021 JANUARY STATE LIBRARY BLITZ (06/02/21)

WA State Library Logo The
2021 January State Library Blitz was held on Sunday, 31st January in the Great Southern Room in the State Library.

Congratulations to the winner: Ihsan Ferozkohi.

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

Current 2021 Grand Prix Standings following the January Blitz are available from the link below:

2021 Grand Prix Standings





COVID-19 LOCKDOWN (01/02/21)

CAWA logo Due to the State Government's COVID-19 lockdown protocols, all senior chess clubs will be closed for the week 31st January - 6th February.

Also due to the current Covid-19 lockdown and the uncertainty of what will happen after Friday, the Conti Summer Allegro Championship tournament, scheduled to have been played next Sunday at Paul Conti Wines in the Swan Valley has now been postponed.








2021 ACF MEDALS - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RECIPIENTS (01/02/21) ACF

The 2021 ACF Medals and Awards were announced at the ACF National Conference.

Two CAWA members were among the winners.

Congratulations to GM Temur Kuybokarov who was awarded the Steiner Medal - the ACF's `Player of the Year' award - in recognition of his achievements over the board and online chess at the national and international levels in 2020.

Congratulations to David Ellis who was awarded the Koshnitsky Medal in recognition of his services to Chess Administration in Australia, spanning a period of nearly 40 years.

Other medal award winners were:

Arlauskas Medal (Junior Chess): WFM Cassandra Lim

Viner Medal (Senior Chess): IM (etc) Leonid Sandler

Purdy Medal (Chess Journalism): GM David Smerdon





STATE LIBRARY BLITZ SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY (29/01/21)

WA State Library Logo A reminder that the
State Library Blitz is being held this Sunday afternoon, 31st January.

Just a few notes for those who have already booked.

i) The tournament is being held in the Great Southern room on the 4th Floor of the State library, (air conditioned and nice views of the city).
The lift goes to the third floor and then you have to walk up a short flight of stairs.

ii) There is a special lift for those with a wheelchair.
Please let me know in advance and arrangements can be made for you to take this lift.

iii) Please arrive by 12:40 pm to ensure a smooth registration.

iv) You are not allowed to bring food into the library but bottled water is OK.

v) 3 hours free parking at CPP 68 Roe Street, Northbridge.


For further information please contact:

Alan Wolstencroft - Chief Arbiter       Mobile: 0439 912 234       Email: aljen@upnaway.com





2021 CAWA GRAND PRIX (29/01/21)

CAWA Grand Prix The CAWA Grand Prix will now consist of Classical, Allegro & Blitz tournaments, with GP points awarded in 4: 3: 2 ratios respectively for each event.

The GP points are awarded for results in each tournament and accumulated throughout the GP series. The more tournaments entered the more points available.

Full information regarding this year's Grand Prix is available from:

2021 CAWA Grand Prix information sheet



For further enquiries please contact:

Ian McAteer (GP Coordinator)       Mobile: 0403 776 220       Email: ianmcateer11@gmail.com





2021 FRINGE FESTIVAL BANTER BLITZ & GM SIMUL (28/01/21)

Fringe World Weekly Winner The Fringe Festival Banter Blitz tournament and GM Temur Kubokarov Simul were played on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd of January 2021 respectively at the State Theatre Centre of WA as part of the 2021 Fringe Festival.

Please click on the link below for results and a nice report from organiser Ian McAteer:

2021 Fringe Festival Banter Blitz and GM Simul


Photos and a mash up clip of the photos of these events are available from:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/54kiugbk6kmqnxj/AABxRKwTKtM7nGsQs4of9EO2a?dl=0






CAWA NOMINATIONS FOR ACF AWARDS - STEINER, ARLAUSKAS & VINER MEDALS (27/01/21) ACF

The following three chess players have been nominated by CAWA for Australian Chess Federation (ACF) awards.




GM Temur Kuybokarov - Steiner Medal

The Steiner Medal is awarded to the Australian player who has made the greatest impact during 2020. Not surprisingly the CAWA nominee is Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov. Despite the COVID-19 restrictions during 2020, Temur has had an outstanding year:
a) Won the Australian Chess Open at the beginning of the year.
b) Winner of WA State Allegro (March).
c) Selected to represent Australia as the Under 20 representative in the Chess Olympiad (July to August) and scored 6.5 from 9. The highest score of any of the Australian players.
d) Selected to represent Australia for the 2020 Asian Online Nations Cup, (October). On the No.2 board Temur was part of the historic win against India in the finals.
Temur's 1.5 from 2 in the finals played a significant part in the Australian victory.
e) Second in the December Victorian Blitz Down Under
f) Channel Ten interview, December.
g) Supportive of various WA Junior events.

Yihe (Rebo) Fu - Arlauskas Medal

The Arlauskas Medal is awarded on the same basis as the Steiner Medal and is open to those born in 2004 or later. The CAWA nominee is Yihe (Rebo) Fu. Rebo has competed in a total of 15 WA tournaments this year and won the State Junior Championships, State Junior Blitz, State Junior Allegro, Winter Allegro, State Reserves Championship and the Faber Spring Allegro. He was second in the Perth Open, Willetton Open , Kingsley Open and the State Junior Rapid play championships. With so many strong results in various senior Allegro and Blitz tournaments it was not surprising that he won the 2020 Allegro and Blitz GP. In the Australian Junior Championships held at the beginning of the year Rebo was second in the Under 14 division and the winner of the Under 16 Blitz championships.

Tim Hare - Viner Medal

The Viner Medal is awarded on the same basis as the Steiner Medal and is open to those born in 1970 0r earlier. The CAWA nominee is Tim Hare. During 2020 Tim was an active tournament player becoming the 2020 WA Seniors' Blitz champion and the WA Seniors' Chess Champion. Tim was second in both the Winter Allegro and the more recent Faber Spring Allegro.

The Australian Chess Federation are scheduled to announce the winners of these various awards plus the Koshnitsky Medal (CAWA nominee David Ellis) and the Purdy medal (CAWA nominee Mike McGregor) on the 31st January.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President





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 Future Star Christmas Tournament

2020 CAWA Blitz Grand Prix

2020 SCL Girls Competition

2020 Junior Interclub Tournament





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







Daily Puzzle



Latest News

2021 WA School Chess League

2021 Summer Allegro

2021 Valentine's Day Rapid Play Tournament

GM Temur Kuybokarov Competing in the
2021 Ballarat Begonia Open


2021 Perth Open

Chess Club Opens in Bunbury

2021 CAWA AGM

2021 Valentine's Day Rapid Play Tournament

February 2021 CAWA Newsletter

2021 January State Library Blitz

Covid-19 Lockdown

ACF Medals - Western Australian Recipients

State Library Blitz Sunday 31st January

2021 CAWA Grand Prix

2021 Fringe Festival Banter Blitz & GM Simul

CAWA Nominations for ACF Awards - Steiner, Arlauksas & Viner Medals

2021 Fringe Festival Junior & Grand Blitz

CAWA Council Vacancies - Junior Vice President & Council Member

CAWA Tournament Results Update

2021 CAWA AGM


Upcoming Events

7 Mar
2021 WA Allegro Championship

7 Mar
2021 WA School Chess League Northern Zonal

28 Mar
2021 Cracovia Blitz

4 & 5 Apr
2021 Gufeld Cup

12 to 14 Apr
2021 Junior Chess Camp

18 Apr
2021 Carilley Estate Autumn Allegro

26 Apr
2021 ANZAC Rapid


Recent Results

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

2021 Summer Allegro

2021 Valentine's Day Rapid

2021 Perth Open

2021 January State Library Blitz

2021 Fringe Festival Banter Blitz and GM Simul

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 Future Star Christmas Tournament

2020 CAWA Blitz Grand Prix