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The decision has been made for the Australian Junior Chess League to be folded effective as of Sunday 7 January 2018. All matters related to junior chess in Australia including national championships, the Australian Schools Teams Championship and international selection applications will be handled by the ACF directly. The Junior Elite Training Squad will operate independently of the AJCL and the ACF.

The website will be left open until the JETS applications are closed. Applications for international events will need to be made directly to the Australian Chess Federation.

The Facebook page also has to come to an end. We will close the Facebook page down on Sunday 14th January. (Of course we cannot stop anyone else from creating a similar page and we would be happy to share the link and notify the community…)

Please feel free to contact ACF president Gary Wastell (22 Bruarong Crescent, Frankston South, Victoria 3199 Australia, 0409 525 963, 03 9787 7974 (H), president@auschess.org.au) or other ACF committee members if you would like more information about the decision and the future of Australian Junior Chess.

Thank you for helping us build the Australian Junior Chess community to what it has become.

Regards,
The Australian Junior Chess League Committee

2018 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)

Application form for the 2018 JETS Training Squad sponsored by Geraldine Johns-Putra.

We are pleased to invite applications from talented Australian juniors (U/18) for the national junior training squad.

The JETS Squad is Australia’s premier development squad, aimed at encouraging and challenging the next generation of Australian champions. (Past JETS members have gone on to become Grandmasters and International Masters.)

Applicants are judged by enthusiasm, commitment and recent improvement, as well as rating, with a loading for applicants aged 14 and under.

A maximum of 30 players will be selected, with at least a third of squad members being of each gender.

Two places will be reserved for a male and female player from New Zealand and a minimum of six places for the host State or Territory.

Eligibility for the Squad will generally require participation in at least one of the January national championships, either the Australian Championship or Reserves tournament (held in Sydney), or the Australian Junior Championships (held in Melbourne). (A small number of exceptions may be made; please state extenuating circumstances on application.)

The selected members of the 2018 JETS Squad should commit to attend the national junior training camp, to be held at Glen Waverley Secondary College in Melbourne from July 9-13.

The first three days will involve free intensive coaching in small groups by Grandmasters and International Masters.

The final two days of the camp will include competing in a training tournament, with post-game analysis by JETS coaches, plus a Grandmaster Simultaneous Exhibition.

Applicant Details

Name …………………………………….

Address …………………………………….

Telephone number (Home) ……………………………………

Telephone number (Mob) ……………………………………

Email address ……………………………………

Birth date …………………………….

Latest ACF/FIDE Ratings ..…………………………………

Additional Comments (Optional, 200 words or less)

Note: Members residing in the host city of the JETS camp may be requested to provide billeting for an interstate guest during the camp in July.

Name and email address of parent

…………………….

I give permission for my child to apply for the 2018 JETS Squad

………………….

Please email your application to chess@t-s-a-i.com or post to Peter Tsai,35 Cookson Way, Burwood, VIC 3125, or apply via http://australianjuniorchess.org.au at latest by February 20.

The 2017 Lidums Australian Young Masters is open to players under 30 years of age and will be held at the University of Adelaide from December 2-8. The fields for the Grandmaster and International Master round-robin sections have been confirmed and you can now register for the Young Masters Open and Under 1200 sections.
The Grandmaster group features Indian International Master Praggnanandhaa, who is aiming to be become the youngest Grandmaster of all time.
The Lidums Young Masters Open runs from December 4-8 as a nine-round FIDE-rated open tournament. The tournament has over $1000 in prizes and the winner qualifies for the 2018 IM  round robin. The Young Masters U1200 runs from December 6-8 and is an eight-round ACF-rated open with over $500 in prizes.
Registration for the open tournaments can be made via http://lidumsaym.com/register/.

The Australian team of six players at the World Youth Championships in Montevideo, Uruguay, returned home having gained gained 70 rating points overall. Top scorer for the Australians was Christopher Lim  in the U/14 Open event who scores 6/11.

Full results available at http://chess-results.com/tnr297054.aspx?lan=1&art=25&fedb=AUS&flag=30&wi=821

16-year-old Anton Smirnov from Sydney has become Australia’s seventh and youngest Grandmaster with victory in the first Capablanca Memorial tournament in Anogia, Crete.

Smirnov, a former Australian Junior Champion, smashed the record for the youngest Australian Grandmaster, held by Australian number one Zhao Zong Yuan, by five years.

 

30 selected juniors, from 6 States and Territories, plus New Zealand, participated in the 2017 Johns-Putra JETS camp at Campbell High School in Canberra, ACT, from 3-7 July.

The camp consisted of three days of intensive training – by 4 Grandmasters and an International Master teaching rotating small groups – followed by a training tournament and a simultaneous exhibition by GM Ian Rogers. New Zealand’s Daniel Gong won the training tournament while the ACT’s Ruofan Xu was the only player to defeat Rogers in the simultaneous exhibition. (9-year-old Chao Xin Cheng also secured a draw against Rogers and two days later won the Victorian U/10 Girls Championship!)

Applications for the 2018 JETS Squad, targeting keen and improving juniors aged between 8 and 16, will begin in January.  To be eligible for the squad, Australian juniors are required to participate in the 2018 Australian Junior Championship or the 2018 Australian Championships (any division).

 

 

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to play in the World Cadet Chess Championship (U8-U12) to take place in Brazil in August.

Thank you to GM Ian Rogers, IM Junta Ikeda and David Koetsier for being the selectors.

Under 12 Open
Byron Morris
Xander Liebert
Siddhant Badrinarayan

Under 8 Open
Aiden Wen

Read the March 2017 newsletter:

Not long now until the list with JETS candidates will be released. A list with all the names of students that have applied can be found here: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?7606-AusJCL-International-Junior-and-JETS-Selection-Applications/page15

In this edition of the newsletter you can find a report on the 2017 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship and a very short report and photo’s from the Begonia Open in Ballarat.

And it is not long now until the prestigious Doeberl Cup is on again in Canberra. Have you signed up yet?

Enjoy the newsletter and as always, if you would like to contribute, then we very much welcome your adventures and stories!

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2017 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)

The Australian Junior Chess League is pleased to invite applications from talented Australian juniors (U/18) for the national junior training squad.

The JETS Squad is Australia’s premier development squad, aimed at encouraging and challenging the next generation of Australian champions. (Past JETS members have gone on to become Grandmasters and International Masters.)

Applicants are judged by enthusiasm, commitment and recent improvement as well as rating, with a loading for applicants aged 14 and under.

A maximum of 30 players will be selected, with at least a third of squad members being of each gender.

Two places will be reserved for a male and female player from New Zealand and a minimum of six places for the host State or Territory.

Eligibility for the Squad will generally require participation in at least one of the Australian Open or Australian Junior Championships, both held in Brisbane in January 2016. (A small number of exceptions may be made; please state extenuating circumstances on application.)

The selected members of the 2017 JETS Squad should commit to attend the national junior training camp, to be held in Canberra from July 3-7. The first three days will involve free intensive coaching in small groups by Grandmasters and International Masters, including a Rules and Ethics Hypothetical.

The final two days of the camp will include competing in a training tournament, with post-game analysis by JETS coaches, plus a Grandmaster Simultaneous Exhibition.

Online applications may be made via Apply page on this site.

 Entries close on February 20.