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2023 Australian Open


The biennial Australian Open Championships is one of Australia's premier chess events. This event will be run by the Chess Association of Western Australia, on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation from the 2nd to the 10th January 2023.

The 2023 Australian Open will be a GM norm tournament, the first event in this category to be held on Australian shores since 2020. It will be an 11 round Swiss, open to all players regardless of rating.

The 2023 Australian Minor is another 11 round Swiss tournament, running parallel to the Australian Open. The Minor is restricted to players rated below 1500 FIDE (or 1600 ACF, for players without a FIDE rating).

The event will take place in the beautiful Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough. Players will be able to enjoy Scarborough's perfect beach, art projects, outdoor heated swimming pool, children's playgrounds, laid-back cafes, and a wide range of restaurants and vibrant bars along the beachside. There will also be some of the best chess that you will find anywhere. It has the makings of a memorable tournament.

Answers to a range of initial questions regarding the tournament can be found in the promotional flyer: 2023 Australian Open Flyer

For further information, you might also visit the official website: https://sites.google.com/view/2023ausopen/home

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the 2023 Australian Open Chief Organiser:

Andrew Hardegen     email: 2023auschessopen@gmail.com     Phone: (+61) 407 421 084





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. By becoming a member you are then eligible to participate in ratified tournaments and obtain an official rating. Membership forms are available under the Administration section in the site navigation menu on the left.

You may also consider volunteering to help CAWA in running (or helping out at) events and competitions. Your gift of time would be much appreciated and meaningful to CAWA and participants. To volunteer please use the link: https://form.jotform.com/faithteelp/cawa-volunteer-registration-form For more information regarding volunteering for CAWA, please contact: Faith Tee - CAWA Junior Vice President     email: faithteelp@gmail.com

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


Web Admin Email






CAWA NOMINEES FOR SPORTWEST AWARDS (29/11/22)

SportWest Awards The following three chess players have been nominated by CAWA for SportWest awards this year, (covers the period 1st December 2021 to 30th November 2022).

Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov for The West Australian RAC WA Sports Star

Temur has achieved the following:-

i) Awarded the 2021 ACF Steiner Medal as Australian Chess Player of the Year, (January 2022)
ii) Winner of the Ballarat Begonia Open, (March)
iii) 2nd Doeberl Cup Canberra, (April 2022)
iv) Winner of the Australian Chess Championships Gold Coast (June 2022)
v) An excellent result at the Chess Olympiad Chennai, India playing on board 2: result 6 points from 9 with only one loss, (July to August 2022)
vi) Winner of the Perth Open (February 2022), Autumn Allegro (May 2022) and WA Blitz championship (July 2022)

Temur is the highest rated Australian player. He will be competing in the Australian Open Championships to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough in January 2023.

Yihe Fu (Rebo) for the Rebel Junior Sports Star

Rebo's achievements this year:-

i) Winner of the WA 2021 Grand Prix, (December 2021)
ii) Awarded the ACF 2021 Arlauskas medal and award (for the Austrlian Junior chess player under 16 who has made the greatest impact)
iii) Bronze medal in the Under 16 Asian Youth Championships, Bali Indonesia, (October 2022)
iv) Perth tournaments successes include Winner of the UWA Blitz, (March), Gufeld Cup, (April), WA Junior Rapidplay (April), Winter Rapidplay (July), WA State Junior Championship,(July) WA State Junior Blitz championship, (July), Spring Allegro, (October) and Saint Blitz (October)

An excellent series of results from one of our most promising Junior players.

John Pimenov for the KPMG coach of the Year

John has been coaching the Nedlands Primary School for the last five years. The Schools Chess League results speak for themselves, 2nd in 2018, 1st 2019, 1st 2020, 2nd 2021.

This year Nedlands Primary School won both the Schools Chess league Open and Girls Primary Schools Division. A terrific achievement.


Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President





2022 CHRISTMAS BLITZ (25/11/22)

Christmas Blitz The final Grand Prix event for the year - the Christmas Blitz will be held at the Saint George Hotel, 2 Morris Road, Innaloo, WA 6018 on Sunday the 11th of December.

Full details are available on the entry form:
2022 Christmas Blitz Entry Form










2022 KINGSLEY OPEN (17/11/22)

Kingsley Open The
2022 Kingsley Open was played on the 12th & 13th of November at North Woodvale Primary School.

Congratulations to the winner with a picket fence score of 6/6: FM Patrick Gong



2022 Grand Prix standings following the Kingsley Open: 2022 Grand Prix Standings






GOOD REPSONSE AT THE MEN'S LIFE FEST SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER (13/11/22)

Mens Life Fest The Chess Association of WA Inc has been invited to participate in the Men's Life Fest on Saturday, 5th November on the Scarborough Esplanade from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

We had a good response at the Men's Life Fest held last Saturday at the Scarborough Esplanade.

Several people approached The WA Chess Association stand and asked for more details on the various Perth chess clubs and coaches.

Many thanks to our volunteers, Dylan Gough, Tim Hare, Keegan O'Mahoney and Franz Oswald who ably assisted me at our stand.

Thanks also to Paul Litwin, President of Men's Talk Ltd who invited CAWA to participate.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President.












2022 WA JUNIOR CHESS INTERCLUB COMPETITON (04/11/22)

Kingsley Chess Club The
Kingsley Chess Club is organising a tournament in partnership with Duncraig Senior Highschool's P&C and the Chess Association of WA.

The event is on Saturday afternoon, 19th of November from 1pm to 5pm and is open to all players, including those who do not yet belong to a club.

Full details is available from the flyer: WA Junior Chess Interclub Competition Flyer







UPDATE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2ND TO 10TH JANUARY 2023 - HOW WA CHESS PLAYERS CAN HELP (04/11/22)

2023 Australian Open With just two months to go the Chess Association of WA Inc. are pleased to announce that preparation for the 2023 Australian Open being held in Perth from 2nd to 10th January is progressing well.

This is the first time this tournament has been held in WA for nearly 30 years.

The Australian Open provides a unique opportunity for our local players to compete in a prestigious international chess event in their own city.

We have secured an excellent venue the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough.

We have also secured some top-notch arbiters from the Eastern States to work with our experienced WA Arbiters.

At this stage it looks like the Open tournament may well be a GM category event, the first of its kind to be held on Australian shores since 2020.

So, the question is how can WA chess players help?

Firstly, you can enter the tournament. We currently have nearly 80 entrants but have the facility to host triple this number, (entry form attached). Furthermore, while the Australian Open will host some of the region's leading players, lower-rated or less experienced players will find a mix of opponents around their own level in the separate Australian Minor Championship (restricted to players Under 1500 FIDE). So, there is a suitable tournament for everyone, whatever their level of play.

The registration link is:
https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=935523&

If you cannot make the main tournaments (Open or Minor) which extend over 9 days then there is the Australian Blitz Championship which is on Sunday afternoon, 8th January.

Secondly, we will require a fair number of volunteers: so, if you are not playing then please considering devoting one or more days to being a volunteer. Volunteer work will include:

* Setting up equipment on the first morning.
* Assisting the arbiters by providing supervision of the surrounding area.
* Helping with registration and/or T-shirt sales.
* Entering game PGNs.
* Offering occasional transport to return players to their accommodation in between rounds on the double-round days.
* If you would like to do more to help, then perhaps you and your family may be prepared to host a visiting international player for the duration of the tournament?

Thirdly, for an event of this size we are looking for sponsorship, so if you think the organisation you work for would be interested in being a sponsor, please let either Faith Tee or myself know, (see below for the various contact details).

Contact Email Address: 2023auschessopen@gmail.com

Chief Organiser: Andrew Hardegen (mob: 0407 421 084)

Volunteering or Sponsorship: Faith Tee - Junior Vice-President (mob: 0413 113 002) or Alan Wolstencroft - President (mob: 0439 912 234)

For further information, please visit the official website: https://sites.google.com/view/2023ausopen/home



Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President





CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE MENS LIFE FEST - SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER - SCARBOROUGH ESPLANADE (01/11/22)

Mens Life Fest The Chess Association of WA Inc has been invited to participate in the Men's Life Fest on Saturday, 5th November on the Scarborough Esplanade from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

This event will highlight all aspects of Men's Wellbeing and Life in the community and the organisers anticipate 10,000 people to attend.

More info regarding this event can be found on the links below:

https://mtalk.com.au/mens-talk-expo       Mens Life Fest Site Map

Currently we have Dylan Gough and myself to man our tent.

If the organisers are correct about the number of attendees, it would handy to have a few more volunteers.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for this event please contact either myself or Dylan (mobile: 0402 747 737)

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President (Mobile: 0439 912 234)





ALAN WOLSTENCROFT TO RESUME THE ROLE OF PRESIDENT FOR THE CHESS ASSOCIATION OF WA INC (31/10/22)

CAWA logo Alan Wolstencroft returns to take on the role of President of the Chess Association of WA Inc.

I thank Andrew Hardegen for carrying out the role of Acting President so diligently and effectively over the last six weeks.

Alan Wolstencroft










AN INVITATION TO ATTEND A CHESS EXHIBITION - TO PLAY TO WIN (26/10/22)

ECU Galleries An invitation is extended to all WA chess players to an exhibition with a strong chess theme, TO PLAY TO WIN.

This exhibition is being staged at ECU Galleries Spectrum Project Space, Building 3, 2 Bradford Street Mount Lawley.

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, (closing date 10th November).

Details of this event available from the flyer:
To Play To Win Flyer

So if you have time and are in the Mt. Lawley area please check it out.





2022 THE SAINT BLITZ RESULTS (25/10/22)

Spring Allegro The
2022 The Saint Blitz was played on the 23rd of October at The Saint Hotel in Innaloo.

Congratulations to the winner: Yihe (Rebo) Fu.

Grand Prix Update - from Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator

Rebo continues to consolidate his lead in the Open, Rui Gen Teh extends his in the Major, and Eric extends his lead in the Minor.

The penultimate event will be the Kingsley Open on the 12th/13th of November.

As this is a classical event with many points up for grabs it is likely to decide all three divisions.

David Barry and Dylan Gough will be running that event and an Entry Form with how to book will be circulated shortly.

2022 Grand Prix standings following The Saint Blitz: 2022 Grand Prix Standings





2023 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - SELECTION OF WA TEAM (22/10/22)

2023 Australian Juniors The CAWA Council has recently selected 10 junior players to receive the first offer of CAWA funding to offset their anticipated expenses in travelling to the 2023 Australian Junior Chess Championships.

The upcoming AJCC will be held in Melbourne, 12-20 January, at Camberwell Grammar School, Canterbury. For full details, see the website:
https://sites.google.com/view/ajcc2023/

The WA funding recipients have been chosen based on their results in CAWA, ACF and FIDE junior and adult tournaments held between 1st January 2022 and 19th September 2022. The Council was instructed to choose the 10 best-performing players over the course of the year up to 19th September, with direction to ensure that as many age groups as practicable were represented in the final selection.

The selected players are:

Angus Chen (U10 Open), Senudi De Vas (U10 Girls), Eric Deng (U12 Open), Yihe (Rebo) Fu (U16/18 Open), Oscar Gao (U14 Open), Paula Gruber (U14 Girls), Aarnav Gupta (U16 Open), Celine Ong (U18 Girls), Kaviru Perera (U10 Open) & Rui Gen Teh (U16 Open).

Congratulations to all selected players. Participation in the AJCC is a beneficial and rewarding experience for all aspiring junior players, and I strongly encourage you to travel to Melbourne for this event.

Andrew Hardegen - Acting CAWA President





2022 ASIAN YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (22/10/22)

2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships The main tournaments of the 2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships (Bali, Indonesia) finished on the 20th of October.

Congratulations to WA player Yihe (Rebo) Fu, Australia's representative in the Asian U16 Championship, who finished equal 2nd (Bronze on tiebreak), fulfilling the requirements for the Candidate Master title in the process.

This is a significant achievement by Rebo, and the first time since 2017 that a WA player has won a medal in a continental or sub-continental event.

Well done to the other WA participants who competed in the 2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships. Senudi de Vas, Australia's representative in the Asian U8 Girls Championship, scored a very creditable 4.5/9. Also competing in the tournaments were Iker Hernandez Mendez (3.5/9, U14), Yonal de Vas (4/9, U12) and Linda Hernandez Mendez (0.0/9, U10 Girls).

Full details can be found at the official tournament website:
https://asianyouth2022bali.com/


Andrew Hardegen - Acting CAWA President





2022 THE SAINT BLITZ (13/10/22)

Saint Blitz The Saint Blitz will be held on the 23rd of October at The Saint Hotel in Innaloo.

Full details are available from the entry form:
2022 The Saint Blitz Entry Form

Entries by Trybooking are preferred: https://www.trybooking.com/CDMCS or you can also enter by email or text with entry fees paid by Bank Transfer or cash on the day.

For more information please contact: Andrew Hardegen     email: andrewhardegen4@gmail.com     Mob: 0407 421 084







2022 SPRING ALLEGRO (10/10/22)

Spring Allegro The
2022 Spring Allegro was played on the 9th of October at The Saint Hotel in Innaloo.

Congratulations to the winner with a picket fence score (7.0/7): Yihe (Rebo) Fu.

Grand Prix Update - from Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator

Following the Spring Allegro, Rebo has consolidated his lead in the Open but, with Rui Gen Teh absent, things have closed up a bit in the Major. The Minor sees Eric jump to the top and Naveen close the gap a little on Angus

2022 Grand Prix standings following the Spring Allegro: 2022 Grand Prix Standings

The next Grand Prix Event is scheduled to be played at the Saint Hotel on the 23rd for The Saint Blitz.

Andrew Hardegen will be running this event and an Entry Form with how to book will be circulated shortly.





OCTOBER 2022 CAWA NEWSLETTER (10/10/22)

CAWA Newsletter The October 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 30th of November 2022.








2023 AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (04/10/22)

2023 Australian Juniors The 2023 Australian Junior Chess Championships will be played from 12-20 January. The tournament will take place in the city of Melbourne (VIC), at the Camberwell Grammar School, 55 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury.

The tournament is open to all junior players born in 2005 or later. We strongly encourage all WA junior players to consider travelling to Melbourne to play in this event.

For full details and registration, see the website:
2023 Australian Junior Chess Championships

Andrew Hardegen - Acting CAWA President







2022 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS (04/10/22)

ASTC The
Australian Schools Teams Championship (ASTC) Finals will return to a centrally-run over-the-board format in 2022, after having been played using a hybrid format (online, with players from each state assembling in local hubs and being supervised in person by local arbiters) in 2020 and 2021.

This year's event will be played on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, at Trinity Anglican School, White Rock, Cairns QLD.

As in previous years, the play system for each division of the tournament will be a team round robin, with 4-board matches. With the return to over-the-board chess comes the return to the traditional time control of 60 minutes initial time, plus 10 seconds increment per move from move 1.

Congratulations to the following winning WA schools in the CAWA School Chess League. These schools have qualified as the Western Australian representatives in their respective divisions:

Secondary Open: Rossmoyne SHS

Secondary Girls: Perth Modern School

Primary Open: Nedlands PS

Primary Girls: Nedlands PS

We are sure that all WA players will be behind our teams as they prepare for this event.

Andrew Hardegen - Acting CAWA President





2022 WA JUNIOR ALLEGRO CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS (02/10/22)

Allegro Chess The
2022 WA Junior Allegro Championships were be held on the 30th September at the Royal Park Hall in West Perth.

Congratulations to:

Oscar Gao - 2022 WA Junior Allegro Champion.

Celine Ong - 2022 WA Junior Girls' Allegro Champion.







2022 WILLETTON OPEN (27/09/22)

Willetton Open The
2022 Willetton Open was played on the 17th & 18th of September at Southern Suburbs Chess Club (Leeming Primary School)

Congratulations to the winner: Rui Gen Teh


2022 Grand Prix standings following the Willetton Open: 2022 Grand Prix Standings







ANDREW HARDEGEN TO TAKE ON THE ROLE OF ACTING CAWA PRESIDENT (20/09/22)

CAWA logo Owing to a pressing family matter, CAWA President Alan Wolstencroft, has extremely limited time to deal with chess administration in Western Australia.

Andrew Hardegen, the current Senior Vice-President will take on the role of Acting President for The Chess Association of WA Inc for the time being.











2022 WA JUNIOR ALLEGRO CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (20/09/22)

Allegro Chess The 2022 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships will be held on the 30th September (Friday) at the Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles St, West Perth, WA 6005

Full information is available from the entry form:
2022 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships Entry Form

You can also register online with Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CCWLK

Entry fee is $30 per player and entries close on Wednesday, 28 September 2022, at 5:00 PM. Strictly no last-minute entry

For more information please contact CAWA Junior Vice-President: Faith Tee     email: chessassociationwa@gmail.com





Latest News

CAWA Nominees for SportWest Awards

2022 Christmas Blitz

2022 Kingsley Open

Good response at the Men's Life Fest - Saturday 5th November

2022 WA Junior Chess Interclub Competition

Update Australian Open 2nd to 10th January 2023
How WA chess players can help


Call for volunteers for Mens Life Fest
Saturday 5th November - Scarborough Esplanade


Alan Wolstencroft to resume the role of
President for the Chess Association of WA Inc.


An invitation to attend a Chess Exhibition - To Play To Win

2022 The Saint Blitz Results

2023 Australian Junior Chess Championships
selection of WA team


2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships

2022 The Saint Blitz

2022 Spring Allegro

October 2022 CAWA Newsletter

2023 Australian Junior Chess Championships

2022 Australian Schools Teams Championship Finals

2022 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships Results

2022 Willetton Open

Andrew Hardegen to take on the role of acting CAWA President

2022 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships


Upcoming Events

03 & 04 Dec
ASTC Finals

11 Dec
Christmas Blitz

2 to 10 Jan
2023 Australian Open

28 Jan
Fringe Festival Blitz

31 Jan
2023 CAWA AGM


Recent Results

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

2022 Kingsley Open

2022 The Saint Blitz

2022 Spring Allegro

2022 WA Junior Allegro Championships

2022 Willeton Open

2022 Harris/Edwardes Interclub Competition

2022 School Chess League Finals

2022 School Chess League Western Zonal

2022 South West Open

2022 Winter Rapid Tournament

2022 WA Blitz Championship

2022 State Junior Championships