Western Australian State Championship



WA State Chess Championship Trophy

WA State Chess Championship Trophy

The trophy was donated in the 1950's by Reg Harrison to perpetuate the memory of his chess-playing son Geoffrey who was killed whilst serving with the R.A.A.F.

An article of how the trophy (cup) came into being, by Vern Stannard, was published in August 2006 CAWA newsletter. Please click here to read Vern's article.


The major event in the W.A. chess calendar is the annual State Championship. In recent years the format of the State Championship has alternated between an open event in which all registered players can take part and a closed event restricted to players rated over 1850. When the State Championship is a closed event a reserves event is also run. But when the Championship is an open event the reserves champion is the best performed under 1850 player.  In 2013 the rating limit for the reserves was lifted to 1950.

The first W.A. Championship was held more than a century ago.


Western Australian State Chess Champions

1895   N.E. Hill 1943   G. Lindgren 1981   M.T. Partis
1896   J.Hilton 1944   G. Lindgren 1982   W. Ballantyne
1898   H.P. Colebatch (1) 1945   G. Lindgren 1983   J-G. Estiot
1899   J. Hilton 1946   G.H. Hastings 1984   C. Kinsman & A. Regan (9)
1900   W.S. Viner (2) 1947   G.H. Hastings 1985   H. Barber
1901   W.S. Viner 1948   G. Lindley (5) 1986   J. Simpson (10)
1903   W.S. Viner 1949   G. Lindley 1987   J. Simpson
1905   W.S. Viner 1950   G. Lindley 1988   L. Pang
1908   W.W. Farrington 1951   S. Nikolenko 1989   H. Barber
1909   J. Hilton 1952   G. Lindley 1990   H. Barber
1910   E.H. Watson 1953   M. Diamant 1991   H. Barber
1912   J. Sayers 1954   W. Leonhardt 1992   H. Barber
1913   J. Hilton 1955   P. Timoshenko 1993   S. Byrne
1914   J. Hilton 1956   W. Leonhardt 1994   H. Barber (11)
1915   J. Sayers 1957   P.M. Foster 1995   H. Barber
1916   J. Sayers 1958   W. Leonhardt 1996   H. Barber
1917   R. Woodman & E.A. Neild (3) 1959   V.W.D. Stannard 1997   S. Byrne
1918   J. Sayers 1960   W. Leonhardt 1998   M.T. Partis
1919   E.A. Brose 1961   W. Leonhardt 1999   D. Dwyer
1920   E.A. Coleman 1962   J. Rush 2000   M. Wilkins
1921   A.E. Morris 1963   J. Rush 2001   M. Wilkins
1922   J. Sayers 1964   W. Leonhardt 2002   H. Barber
1923   J. Sayers 1965   C. Wells 2003   H. Barber
1924   J. Sayers (4) 1966   W. Leonhardt 2004   H. Barber
1925   A.E. Morris 1967   M. Woodhams 2005   H. Barber
1926   J. Sayers 1968   M. Woodhams 2006   H. Barber
1927   J. Sayers 1969   M. Woodhams 2007   T. Boyd
1928    L. Younkman 1970   H. Barber (6) 2008   T. Boyd
1930   J. Sayers 1971   J. Raudzins (7) 2009   T. Boyd
1931   B.W. Stenhouse 1972   W. Leonhardt 2010   T. Hare
1935   A.C. Harris 1973   R. Lilly 2011   Y. Choong
1936   G. Lindgren 1974   R. Lilly 2012   Y. Choong
1937   M.E. Goldstein 1975   D. Ellis & J. Finkelstein (8) 2013   T. Boyd
1938   M.E. Goldstein 1976   W.Ballantyne 2014   Y. Choong
1939   E. Stannard 1977   R. DiRenzo (7) 2015   Y. Choong
1940   G. Lindgren 1978   D. Ellis 2016   Y. Choong
1941   G. Lindgren 1979   D. Ellis 2017   I. Butsenko
1942   G. Lindgren 1980   R.J. Cooper 2018   S. Kurniawan


Notes

(1) Later Sir Hal Colebatch.
(2) Later Champion of Australia.
(3) Challenge match.
(4) There was a challenge match in 1924 between J. Sayers and L. Younkman, won by Younkman, 
    but it is not clear whether this was for the championship.
(5) Name changed from Lindgren.
(6) H. Barber won play-off 3-0 against K. Hoff.
(7) M. T. Partis won but was ineligible for the title.
(8) After 4 game play-off.
(9) After 4 way double round play-off between:
     C. Kinsman 3.5/6, A. Reagan 3.5/6, D. Ellis 3.0/6 & S. Dibdin 2.0/6.
(10) H. Barber tied with J. Simpson but a play-off match unable to be organised as H. Barber left W.A.
(11) H. Barber won play-off 3-1 against S. Byrne.