There will be an online version of the JETS camp, conducted from July 7-10. More details soon.


It is with deep regret that we must announce that the Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) camp will not be held this year.

As is well known, for the foreseeable future any group activity in Australia is now restricted and even when that condition is lifted, we would understand the reluctance of many parents to allow their children to take part.  Add in Queensland’s travel restrictions plus the likely cancellation of the Gold Coast Open  and it seem pointless to continue planning for a JETS camp this year.

With the original July dates unfeasible and any substitute dates in September/October also up in the air, it has been decided to cancel JETS for 2020, and hope that 2021 will be a better year for everyone.

As a result of this decision, we will not be releasing the JETS selections for 2020. Suffice it to say that the quality of the applicants this year was very strong, with 44 players receiving at least one vote by a selector advocating their admission to the JETS squad.

Although over the board chess is in limbo at the moment, we recommend juniors to look out for online tournaments organised by their local chess club or State junior association.

Stay safe,

Alana Chibnall and Ian Rogers

Applications will close for JETS on 01 March 2020.

Vihaan Anup Kumar NSW
Isaac Chai Vic
Joshua Cooper QLD
Hamish De Livera Vic
Shaheel Faizal NSW
Angela Feng Vic
Elizaveta Gratchev QLD
Ekaterina Gratchev QLD
Iker Hernandez Mendez WA
Toby Huey NSW
Chelsea Huey NSW
Mia Jigando Balan NSW
Archit Kannan Vic
Adeepa Keerthirathne QLD
Adeepa Keerthirathne QLD
Sravan Konattu Renjith QLD
Benjamin Leong QLD
Joel Leong QLD
Dewmi Liyanage SA
Jonathan Lo QLD
Alexavier Ly-Liu QLD
Isaac Ly-Liu QLD
Taifeng Lyu NSW
Nikola Maljkovic QLD
Alistair Maria SA
Dean Miscenko NSW
Byron Morris QLD
Jennifer Morrison Vic
Om O’Carroll Vic
Celine Ong WA
Jayden Ooi QLD
Katherine Pan NSW
Dhwani Patel NSW
Jeeva Praveen QLD
Kaibing Qi NSW
Elaina Qiang QLD
Ethena Qiang QLD
Noah Rose QLD
Filip Simic QLD
Oliver Strong QLD
Terrence Tang QLD
Jai Turner QLD
Rajendran Ishan Venkat Vic
Alaina Vincent Singh NSW
Daniel Wang NSW
Michael Wang NSW
Lachlan Wang QLD
Eason Wang QLD
Sebastian Wei NSW
Elizabeth Williams QLD
Masaki Williams QLD
Zerui Xing QLD
Zerui Xing QLD
Yuehan Xu QLD
Micah Young QLD
XinTong Zhang QLD
Harvey Zhu QLD

Apologies for the wait! The 2019 JETS Squad is:

Matthew Arthur VIC
Damaris Augustine VIC
George Bartley SA
Nikita Boldyrev SA
James Boyd-Norman SA
Chao Xin Cheng VIC
Kundan Dharmapuri WA
Sri Krishna Kousel Dharmapuri WA
Anthony Fikh NSW
Oscar Gao WA
Sean Hawkins VIC
Toby Huey NSW
Chelsea Huey NSW
Chathula Kiripitige SA
Jonathan Lo QLD
Jennifer Morrison VIC
Om O’Carroll VIC
Dhwani Patel NSW
Sravan Renjith QLD
Athena-Malar Retnaraja SA
Ethan Retnaraja SA
James Spencer NSW
Ryder Testolin VIC
Aman Deepak Thadani ACT
Sulia Van Sebille VIC
Alaina Vincent NSW
Bridgette Watkins QLD
Jesse Zafirakos VIC

Reserves are (in order):

Aiden Wen
Isaac Chai

Qi Kaibing
Darline Augustine
Oliver Fenton

I will send out an email to all applicants tonight or tomorrow night to let them know of these selections and outcomes.

Thank you to the five selectors: GM Ian Rogers, GM Moulthun Ly, WGM Julia Ryjanova, FM Shaun Press and Fedja Zulfic for their help.

Congratulations to the 28 Australian junior chess players who have been selected in the Johns-Putra Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) for 2018. We had a massive number of applications so to be selected into the squad is a great achievement.

These players are joined by two representatives from New Zealand to participate in a five-day training camp being held in Melbourne in early July. Participants will get to participate in intensive group coaching from five top Grandmaster and International Master coaches as well as attend an ethics lecture. They will then get to play in a two-day training tournament followed by a simultaneous exhibition with one of the coaches.

The list of names are:

Sophia Boyce
Jacob Joseph Chan
Amanda Cheng
Aaron Do
Brent Kristoffer Geronimo
Lachlan Ho
Ethan Hooi
Kathleen Hooi
Toby Huey
Nicholas Ilic
Chathula Kiripitige
Oliver Li
Emily Lin
Byron Morris
Sze Yong Ng
Dhwani Patel
Athena-Malar Retnaraja
Ethan Retnaraja
Haran Salasan
Gavyn Sanusi-Goh
Jonas Sze-To
Ryder Testolin
Sulia Van Sebille
Sophie Watkins
Chao Xing Cheng
Winston Zhao Chen
Marco Le Lun Zheng
Shawn Zillman

Nicole Qin (NZ)

Ryan Winter(NZ)


Ruofan Xu
Elena Jule
William Rumley
Chloe Fan


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), 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.

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 or post to Peter Tsai,35 Cookson Way, Burwood, VIC 3125, or apply via at latest by February 20.

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

Dear all chess juniors and chess parents

This event will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 2-12 October. Note that there are no younger age groups (Open U/20 and Girls U/20 only). The tournament brochure is at…hip_in_KGZ.pdf

Applications for this event are now open. If you wish to apply, please email me at no later than 12 July. No other forms of application will be accepted (please do not use the AusJCL website). As the deadline for registrations for the event is 2 August, it is anticipated that the “quick” selection method provided for in the ACF by-law (average of FIDE and ACF ratings) will be used if there are multiple applicants.

In an application please provide the following information:

Full name, date of birth, postal and email addresses, phone number, FIDE rating and ACF rating, and confirmation of whether the player is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

You may also choose to include further supporting information if you wish, but this is not required. If you wish to see the selection procedure by-law or have any other questions please email me. All applicants must retain a copy of all emails they send and are responsible for ensuring that their email has been sent and received by the deadline. If you have any questions and wish to speak to me by phone, please email me and I will respond with my phone number.

Kind regards
Tristan Boyd
AusJCL Selections Co-ordinator