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CAWA logo Chess Association of Western Australia Inc.
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.

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


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UPDATE STATE LIBRARY BLITZ - SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY (28/01/22)

WA State Library There are still some places available for the State Library Blitz this Sunday.

See the entry form for further details:
WA State Library Blitz Entry Form

To enter please use the trybooking website: http://www.trybooking.com/BWYOS

Can all players please arrive by 12:40pm to assist the registration process. Play commences 1pm.

Note: 3 hours free parking at City of Perth Parking,68 Roe Street.

Please note the following restrictions apply at the State Library:-

1. Wearing masks in the Library is mandatory.
2. You must sign in on the Service WA or SafeWA app or write your details on the register provided.
3. You are encouraged to practice good hygiene and use the hand sanitiser before entering the Library.

Finally if you are not feeling well, e.g. cold, cough or generally run down please forego playing in this tournament.

For more information please contact:

Alan Wolstencroft - Chief Arbiter cawachess@gmail.com (Mob: 0439 912 234)




CHESS ARENA CARNIVAL - SUBIACO (28/01/22)

Chess Arena Carnival Proudly brought to you by Kingsley Chess Club and the Chess Association of Western Australia.

Chess Arena Carnival is back... in Subiaco!

Date: Sunday 6th Feb 2022
Time: 1.30pm - 5.30pm (come and go at any time as you please)
Venue: Subiaco Church of Christ - 260 Bagot Rd, Subiaco 6008

Cost: Early Bird discount @ $20 per player each for Adults and Juniors. $25 per player if paying at the door on the day. Parents of junior players play free!

Tickets:
https://events.humanitix.com/chess-arena-carnival-subiaco

Enquiries: arena@kingsleychess.com.au     (Mob: 0421 969 005)




FRINGE WORLD TRASH TALK BLITZ REPORT (23/01/22)

Fringe World CAWA kicked off chess in 2022 with the Trash Talk Blitz on Saturday 22 January in the State Theatre of WA as part of Fringe World.

Please click on the link below for a nice report provided by CAWA GP Coordinator - Ian McAteer

2022 Fringe Trash Talk Blitz






STATE LIBRARY BLITZ - SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY (21/01/22)

WA State Library The State Library Blitz is the first Grand Prix tournament of 2022. It is open to non-CAWA members.

Where: 4th Floor, Great Southern Room, State Library, 25 Francis street, Perth.

When: Sunday, 30th January, doors Open 12:30pm with play starting at 1pm

Bookings: Please use the trybooking website:
http://www.trybooking.com/BWYOS

Full details available on the entry form: WA State Library Blitz Entry Form


There are two separate tournaments the Open and Under 800 (similar format to last month's XMAS Blitz)

In the Open division there will be cash prizes in the Open, Under 1850, Under 1550 and Under 1200 rating (subject to entries) and cash prizes for the Under 800 tournament too.

Suggest you do not leave it to the last minute to book as there is a limited seating capacity.

Please arrive by 12:40pm to assist the registration process.

Check the City of Perth Website for free (3 hours) parking deals.

For more information please contact:

Alan Wolstencroft - Chief Arbiter cawachess@gmail.com (Mob: 0439 912 234)




2022 PERTH OPEN (21/01/22)

Perth Open Dear Chess Players,

You are invited to the 2022 Perth Open, which will be played at North Woodvale Primary School on 12-13 February.

This year's tournament will have a time control of 60 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move, which will allow for some high-quality chess.

Due to changes to the FIDE Rating Regulations in January this year, the time control is now FIDE-rateable for games between players rated under 2400. The Perth Open will be both ACF and FIDE rated.


The tournament offers $2,400 in total prize money, with a 1st prize of $500, and $1,200 in rating prizes.

Full details are available from the entry form:
2022 Perth Open Entry Form

Please Note:

Players must enter on or before Wednesday 9th February to make use of the early entry rate of $70.

All entries must go through the event Trybooking page: https://www.trybooking.com/BWZRD

If you have any queries, please reply to: cawaperthopen@gmail.com


FA Andrew Hardegen, Chief Arbiter - 2022 Perth Open (Mob: 0407 421 084)




FRINGE WORLD TRASH TALK BLITZ (21/01/22)

Fringe World Don't forget to get along to Fringe World this Saturday. CAWA has been invited back for the Trash Talk Blitz.

Social blitz in the (air conditioned) Underground Foyer will commence at 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon on the 22nd of January.

Also have a look at the Speedcubing events - the Community Rumble on the 15th looks like a lot of fun for the kids while the official Speedcubing competition on the 29th should be a spectacle.

Check out the links for each event below:

Trash Talk Blitz on the 22nd of January

Speedcubing on the 15th and 29th of January




CHESS ARENA CARNIVAL (21/01/22)

Chess Arena Carnival The first ever Chess Arena Carnival was held at the Joondalup Recreation Centre on Sunday the 16th of January.

This event was proudly supported by the
Kingsley Chess Club and the Chess Association of Western Australia.

Organiser Paul Harris has provided a nice report which is available from the link below:

2022 Chess Arena Carnival





CAWA MATTERS (21/01/22)

CAWA logo CAWA AGM

At the recent AGM the Council members and Office bearers were returned with the addition of Paul Harris as a Council member. Paul has been running the very popular Kingsley Junior Chess Club for the last two years, has been very supportive and innovative with the Schools Chess League last year and introduced Arena style tournaments to Perth's Junior Chess clubs and recently to adults at last Sundays tournament in Joondalup.

PERTH OPEN

One of the interesting topics in the AGM's General Business was CAWA are looking at raising the profile of the Perth Open over the next few years. This year the Perth Open (to be held on Saturday 12th February and Sunday, 13th February at the North Woodvale Primary School) will be FIDE rated with generous cash prizes in five different rating groups plus a Junior cash prize.
All entries must go through the event Trybooking page:
https://www.trybooking.com/BWZRD

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




TIEBREAK & PLAYOFF PROCEDURES FOR WA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS (19/01/22)

CAWA logo Comments are invited on the CAWA Policy on Tiebreak and Playoff Procedures for WA Championship Events.

Andrew Hardegen, CAWA Senior Vice-President has prepared a CAWA Draft Policy on Tiebreak and Playoff Procedures for WA Championship Events.

Copy of the policy is available here:
Tiebreak and Playoff Procedures for WA Championship Events

Comments are invited from all CAWA members.

Please email your comments to Senior Vice-President: Andrew Hardegen (email: andrewhardegen@iinet.net.au)

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2022 CAWA JUNIOR STRATEGIC PLAN (19/01/22)

CAWA logo Comments are invited on the CAWA Junior Strategic Plan.

Joli Mendez in liaison with other members of the CAWA Junior Sub-Committee has prepared a Strategic Plan for WA Junior chess for this year.

Copy of the plan is available here:
CAWA Junior Strategic Plan

Comments are invited from Parents and Juniors

Please email your comments to Junior Vice-President: Faith Tee (email: faithteelp@gmail.com)

One of the key features of expanding our Junior events is a sufficient number of volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Please contact either Faith Tee or Alan Wolsencroft if you wish to help in forthcoming Junior events.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2022 CAWA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REMINDER (15/01/22)

CAWA logo A gentle reminder to all CAWA Members that the 2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting will be held at Southern Suburbs Chess Club (Leeming Primary School - Meharry Road) on 18th January 2022, 7:30pm

2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting Agenda

2021 CAWA Annual General Meeting Minutes

President's Report

Secretary's Report




UPDATE ON THE CHESS ARENA TOURNAMENT THIS SUNDAY, 16TH JANUARY (14/01/22)

Chess Arena Carnival All welcome to a new style chess tournament where you can come and go as you please and chose who you play.

Where: Joondalup Recreation Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.

When: 12 to 4pm (The time limit is flexible, Blitz, Allegro, Rapid your choice).

Cost: $20 (NB Parents of Junior players are free).

Australian's Chess Player of the year Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov will be there at 2pm (photo opportunity or a chance to test your prowess against Australia's highest rated player).

Proudly supported by the Kingsley Chess Club and the Chess Association of Western Australia.

Get tickets here:
https://events.humanitix.com/chess-arena-carnival

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




CHESS ARENA CARNIVAL (11/01/22)

Chess Arena Carnival Roll up, roll up - Perth's newest chess craze is on this weekend at Joondalup Reception Centre. Come one, come all for a great day pushing pawns, bruising bishops and wrecking rooks ...

Fun for both adults and children in the same place, with no obligation to stay for the whole day.

Safety and enjoyment assured, a great way to spend a Sunday.

So don't be 'board' this weekend, move the pieces over to the big show at Joondalup Reception Centre. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Proudly supported by Kingsley Chess Club and the Chess Association of Western Australia.

Get tickets here:
https://events.humanitix.com/chess-arena-carnival

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/343579254005174

Paul Harris - Kingsley Chess Club




CONGRATULATIONS TO ACF MEDAL WINNERS: GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV & YIHE FU (REBO) (10/01/22)

ACF Logo GM Temur Kuybokarov won the Steiner Medal and Award - Australian Player of the Year 2021.

It has been a very successful year for Temur winning several key tournaments this year, playing on the top board for Australian team in the Olympiad and a good result at the strongest tournament of the year, if not the century, the 2021 Grand Swiss at Riga, Latvia.Temur has already received recognition for his chess talent being awarded an Australian Distinguished Talent Visa last September.


Yihe Fu (Rebo) won the Arlauskas Medal and Award - Australian Under-16 player of the year 2021.

Rebo only 14 years old, won the WA Grand Prix last year by a convincing margin and is also the highest rated player under 16 in Australia.

Hopefully 2022 will prove equally fruitful for both players.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2022 CAWA GRAND PRIX & FRINGE WORLD TRASH TALK BLITZ (08/01/22)

CAWA GP & Fringe World Hello Chess Players and welcome to the 2022 CAWA Grand Prix.

This year sees the format change a little, with only three Allegros but now two Rapid events. There are still five Classical tournaments and five Blitz tournaments.

An information sheet with all the details is available here:

2022 CAWA Grand Prix Information Sheet

Our first event is the January Blitz at the State Library in the CBD.

CAWA President Alan Wolstencroft is organizing this event and an entry form will be sent out separately.

Before the GP proper begins please be sure to look at CAWA's part in Fringe World 2022.

While centre stage for community events goes to Speedcubing, we have been invited back for the Trash Talk Blitz.

Join us for some social blitz in the (air conditioned) Underground Foyer at 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon on the 22nd of January.

Just play for fun or let me know if you want to be one of the CAWA chess hustlers and see if you can take some money from the public, for charity of course.

Also have a look at the Speedcubing events - the Community Rumble on the 15th looks like a lot of fun for the kids while the official Speedcubing competition on the 29th should be a spectacle.

A shout out to CAWA's own Charlie van Ooran who is one of the organizers for the Speedcubing events.

Check out the links for each event below.

Trash Talk Blitz on the 22nd of January

Speedcubing on the 15th and 29th of January

Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator




CAWA NOMINEES FOR ACF AWARDS (07/01/22)

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

GM Temur Kuybokarov - Steiner Medal, Yihe (Rebo) Fu - Arlauskas Medal, Tim Hare - Viner Medal, Garry Taylor - Koshnitsky Medal



Details of each nominee can be found here: CAWA Nominees for ACF Awards

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




FUTURE STAR CHESS - SUMMER CHESS CAMP (06/01/22)

Future Star Chess logo There are still places available for the 2 day Advanced class of the Future Star Chess - Summer Chess Camp next week on the 10th & 11th of January.

Full details are available from the brochure below:

Future Star Chess - Summer Chess Camp Brochure

Note: Registration closes Friday midnight.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




BUNBURY CHESS CLUB (04/01/22)

Bunbury CC logo If you are holidaying in Bunbury then visit the
Bunbury Chess Club

As well as the monthly meetings, the Bunbury Chess Club is now meeting every week on Thursdays from 6:30 pm to late at: Beyond Games & Hobby Homemaker Centre, Strickland St, Bunbury 6230.

This coming Thursday, 6th January, there is a casual blitz tournament at this venue. Further information about this event can be found on: Bunbury Chess Club Blitz Flyer

You can book for this event using the booking link: bunburychessclub.eventbrite.com

Also if you click on the link below you can read about a recent newspaper article on the club.

Bunbury Chess Club Newspaper Article

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2022 GOLD CUP FIDE OPEN (04/01/22)

2022 Gold Cup FIDE Open The
2022 Gold Cup FIDE Open will be held from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May in Queensland.

If you will be visiting Queensland then and are considering playing in this prestigious event, please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the official entry form

2022 Gold Cup FIDE Open Entry Form










2022 CAWA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (03/01/22)

CAWA logo A gentle reminder to all CAWA Members that the 2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting will be held at Southern Suburbs Chess Club (Leeming Primary School - Meharry Road) on 18th January 2022, 7:30pm

2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting Agenda

2021 CAWA Annual General Meeting Minutes








CAWA NOMINEES FOR SPORTWEST AWARDS (23/12/21)

2021 Sportwest Awards The following two chess players have been nominated by CAWA for SportWest awards this year, (covers the period 1st December 2020 to 30th November 2021).

GM Temur Kuybokarov for The West Australian RAC WA Sports Star and Jamie Laubbacher for the Rebel Junior Sports Star.


Despite travel restrictions both Interstate and Overseas Temur has achieved the following:-

i) Awarded the 2021 ACF Steiner Medal as Australian Chess Player of the Year (January 2021).
ii) Winner of the Ballarat Begonia Open (March).
iii) Winner of Oceania Zonal Hybrid Tournament (March).
iv) Third in Asian Continental Hybrid Chess Championships (May). The results of iii) and iv) meant Temur qualified to play in the World Chess cup in Russia. He was unable to attend due to travel restrictions.
v) Selected to represent Australia on the top board in the Chess Olympiad (August to September). Temur achieved the highest score of the Australian team.
vi) Awarded an Australian Distinguished Talent Visa (September), permitting him to become an Australian resident.
vii) Played in Grand Swiss Tournament , Riga, Latvia (October to November). This was one of the strongest ever chess tournaments including 18 grandmasters with a rating above 2700. Temur was seeded 101 out of 108 players including 107 grandmasters. Temur scored 5.5/11 to share =47th place. He drew with former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov.
viii) Winner of the 5th Mersin Chess Tournament, Turkey (November).

Jamie's achievements this year included:-

i) Winner of the WA State Championships (June) at the age of 16. This is the first time a Junior Player has won the WA State Chess Championships. Jamie competed against some of the best WA adult players.
ii) Winner of the Summer Allegro (February).
iii) Winner of the State Allegro (March).
iv) Winner of the Gufeld Cup (April).
v) Winner of the State Junior Championship (July).
vi) Highest rated under 18 player in Australia.

Alan Wolstencroft - CAWA President




2021 UWA XMAS BLITZ COMPETITION (21/12/21)

UWA Xmas Blitz The
2021 UWA Xmas Blitz was held at the University of Western Australia on Sunday, 12th December.

Congratulations to the Winner of the Open Division: Yihe (Rebo) Fu

Rating Division winners were:

Under 1850: Kevin Shah Mansouri
Under 1550: Joshua Fry
Under 1200: Naveen Ramant Umasankar
Under 800: (a separate tournament): Jin Yu Lim

Results and a nice report can be found under the Recent Results section.




2021 CAWA GRAND PRIX (16/12/21)

CAWA Grand Prix This year the
2021 CAWA Grand Prix has been a very successful series of events with over 180 people participating.

Congratulations to:

Rebo Fu for convincingly taking out the Premier Division;
Dylan Gough for playing in every event and winning the Major Division, and;
Celine Ong for a powerful late run to win the Minor Division.

There will be few subtle changes to next years' series with the introduction of a couple of Rapid events.

Look out for the new rules when they appear on the web site. I hope to see you all there at one event or the other. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator





CAWA LIFE MEMBERSHIP FOR GARRY TAYLOR (11/12/21)

Life Member Garry TaylorCongratulations to Garry Taylor for being awarded
Life Membership of the Chess Association of Western Australia.

For the last 24 years Garry Taylor has been one of the most hard working chess administrators in Western Australia.

Garry you are a worthy recipient of Life Membership of the Chess Association of Western Australia.








DECEMBER 2021 CAWA NEWSLETTER (10/12/21)

CAWA Newsletter The December 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 January 2022.








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Latest News

Update State Library Blitz - Sunday 30th January

Chess Arena Carnival - Subiaco

Fringe World Trash Talk Blitz Report

State Library Blitz - Sunday 30th January

2022 Perth Open

Fringe World Trash Talk Blitz

Chess Arena Carnival

CAWA Matters

Tiebreak & Playoff Procedures for
WA Championship Events


2022 CAWA Junior Strategic Plan

2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting Reminder

Update on the Chess Arena Tournament
this Sunday, 16th January


Chess Arena Carnival

Congratulations to ACF Medal Winners:
GM Temur Kuybokarov & Yihe Fu (Rebo)


2022 CAWA Grand Prix & Fringe World Trash Talk Blitz

CAWA Nominees for ACF Awards

Future Star Chess - Summer Chess Camp

Bunbury Chess Club

2022 Gold Cup FIDE Open

2022 CAWA Annual General Meeting

CAWA Nominees for Sportwest Awards

2021 UWA Xmas Blitz Competition

2021 CAWA Grand Prix

CAWA Life Membership for Garry Taylor

December 2021 CAWA Newsletter


Upcoming Events

30 Jan
WA State Library Blitz

6 Feb
Chess Arena Carnival - Subiaco

8 Feb
Southern Suburbs Open commences (7 rounds)

12 & 13 Feb
Perth Open

27 Feb
Summer Rapid Tournament


Recent Results

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

2022 Fringe Trash Talk Blitz

2022 Chess Arena Carnival

2021 UWA Xmas Blitz

2021 CAWA Grand Prix

2021 Australian Schools' Teams Championship

2021 Christmas Open

2021 Kingsley Open