15-year-old Sydney junior Anton Smirnov remained undefeated and is now two thirds of the way to becoming Australia’s youngest Grandmaster after a stunning 8.5/10 performance at the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Two Australian teams competed at the Olympiad with the Australian Open team finishing tied for 24th place in a field of 166 countries.

You could keep up with all the action following the Australian Junior League Facebook Page

Or read the blogs about the Olympiad:

Dusan Stojic’s blog

David and Sabrina’s blog ‘About Juniors For Juniors’

Shaun Press’ express blog

Of course you can also replay all the games via:


or using the app Follow Chess

Australian Under 8 Champion Sayum Rapusinghe is co-leader of the Commonwealth U/8 Championship after four rounds. (Rapusinghe is seeded 24th from 26 players.) Lilian Lu is running =3rd in the U/14 Girls division, while Sebastian Bracks is currently th in the U/10 open division.

Follow Sayum, Lilian and Sebastian’s progress at


The selections for the World Youth held in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) are:

U14M: Henry Slater-Jones

U14F: Eva Ge

U18M: Patrick Gong



The selections for the World Cadets held in Batumi (Georgia) are:

U10M: Brandan Soetanto

U8F: Katherine Pan

U12M: Xander Leibert


Congratulations and Good luck!

The final 30 members of the 2016 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) have been selected, from the 62 applicants.

The JETS camp will take place at St Andrews Hall in Roseville, Sydney from July 4-8.

The JETS coaches for 2016 will be GM Zhang Zhong (Singapore), GM Darryl Johansen, GM Max Illingworth, IM Moulthun Ly and Australian Champion IM Bobby Cheng. Australian number one Zhao Zong Yuan will be a guest coach.

Johns-Putra JETS Squad 2016

Au, Alexander QLD
Bracks, Sebastian VIC
Chang, Emma VIC
Chang, Sophie VIC
Chiverton, Fergus VIC
Dharmapuri, Sri Krishna Kousel WA
Dharmapuri, Kundan WA

Dullaway, Erin QLD
Herrmann, Oscar SA

Hooi, Kathleen VIC

Hooi, Sebastian VIC
Jain, Anshika NSW

Lee, Abigail ACT

Lee, Elliot ACT
Li, Oliver VIC

Marsh, Luke NSW
Marsh, David NSW
Maunders, Myiesha VIC

Melamed, Daniel NSW
Mikkelsen, Max NSW

Rumley, William TAS

Rupasinghe, Sayum NSW
Shen, Fiona NSW
Shen, Kevin NSW
Slater-Jones, Henry QLD
Slater-Jones, Tom QLD
Tennakoon, Nadula QLD

Wang, Yifan Eva VIC
Woon, Rachel VIC

 Yang, Gordon NSW


The latest Australian Junior Chess League Newsletter is now available HERE

Find the JETS candidate list for 2016 and read about the Olympiad appeal!

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Any feedback and comments are welcomed via email to the editor Sabrina Koetsier via chesslife@bigpond.com

Any players intending to represent Australia at any of the international junior events in the second half of 2016 (see the AJCL calendar) should submit their application online or directly the the AJCL Selection Coordinator Tristan Stevens, tristan.stevens87@gmail.com, before June 1.

Please note that the World Youth Championships have been split into two, with the U/12, U/10 and U/8 events to be held in Georgia in October and the U/18, U/16, U/14 events to be hosted in Russia in September.

Australia is planning to send a team to the World Youth Olympiad (U/16) in Poprad-Tatry, Slovakia from July 21-30. For details of the tournament, follow the link on the AJCL calendar.

This is a final call for applications for eligible players. If you are a junior who was under 16 on January 1, 2016, rated above 1800 (male) or above 1,400 (female), and are interested in being part of the team in Slovakia, please complete the online application form on this site before May 12.

The details for the 2016 Commonwealth Championships have recently been announced. The event will be held in Sri Lanka from July 30 until August 7.

Australia is entitled to free accommodation for one girl and one boy in every division from U/20 to U/8.

Any players interested in representing Australia at this event should contact the AJCL Selection Coordinator Tristan Stevens tristan.stevens87@gmail.com.


Juniors interested in representing Australia at the ASEAN+ Age Group Championships in Pattaya, Thailand from May 29 – June 7 should contact the AJCL Selection Coordinator, Tristan Stevens, tristan.stevens87@gmail.com , before April 20.

Details about the tournament, which will be played at the luxurious Dusit Thani Hotel, can be found at http://aseanagegroupchess.com/17th-asean-age-group-open-chess-championships-2016/