2015 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS)

Application form for the Australia Junior Chess League’s 2015 JETS Training Squad sponsored by Geraldine Johns-Putra.

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 and commitment as well as rating, with priority 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.

Eligibility for the Squad will require participation in at least one of the Australian Open Championships (Sydney) or Australian Junior Championships (Canberra), in January 2014. (A very small number of exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances. Please state on application.)

The selected members of the 2014 JETS Squad should commit to attend the national junior training camp, to be held at Somerset College on the Gold Coast from June 27 – July 1. The first two days of the camp will involve competing in the Gold Coast Open, with post-game analysis by JETS coaches.

The final three days will involve free intensive coaching in small groups by Grandmasters and International Masters, plus a Behaviour and Ethics Hypothetical and a Grandmaster Simultaneous Exhibition.

Additional half or full day mini-camps, free for JETS Squad members, may be held in other major cities, usually in conjunction with a Grand Prix weekend tournament.

In the first half of the year, JETS Squad members may occasionally be set homework.

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 2015 JETS Squad


Please return to Tristan Boyd, PO Box 8733, Perth, WA 6849, or apply online via this website by February 20.


Yi Liu, Queensland, and Kristine Quek, NSW, are the new Australian Junior (U/18) Champions.

Victoria won seven of the 12 titles on offer at the annual Championships, this year held at Canberra Grammar School.

Full details of all prizewinners available at: http://www.ajcc.org.au/

With two days to go before the start of the Australian Junior Championships in the ACT, the previous record entry of 270 players is in danger of being broken.

Entries for the tournament are being taken until midnight tonight – see http://www.ajcc.org.au/ for full details and a pre-tournament bulletin.

The Australian Junior Championships are run in 12 divisions, from U/8 to U/18, with Open and Girls sections, with each event being played over 9 rounds. Any player under 18 is eligible to compete.

The World U/16 Chess Olympiad in Gyor, Hungary was won by India, ahead of Russia and Iran.
The Australian team of Ari Dale, Jack Puccini, Zachary Loh, Max Chew Lee and Kristine Quek finished tied for 25th, having lost 1-3 to the eventual winners in the first round.
See http://chess-results.com/tnr153962.aspx?lan=1&art=20&fed=AUS&flag=30&wi=821 for complete results.
Report by Adrian Chew Lee
The team were in the end disappointed in only achieving their starting rank, but they were without their number 1 player for the first 4 rounds.
Early results when the team played above their ratings raised their expectations and unfortunately a bad result against a good team in round 5 led to a hit to morale, but they bounced back. In three of the matches that were lost, Australia had winning chances, but unfortunately good opponents will punish you for small errors and the opportunities slipped away. 3 of the team won brilliancy prizes.
Lubomir [Ftacnik] was an excellent coach – he understood the team members’ psychologies and used that to extract the best from each member. This event was a great experience for the team, especially for Max & Kristine being their first such event. The team bonded really well and they would go off and analyse and prepare as a group with or without Lubomir.
We noticed that with the exception of Russia, many teams either had only 4 players and no girl, or only played their girl player [sparingly, as little as one game]. Obviously this was a point of discussion; if FIDE are going to implement the 1 girl per team rule, then it should be that each team must have at least one girl and that girl should play a minimum number of games. In our case, Kristine played extremely well and was an asset to the team.

I must also compliment the Hungarian Chess Federation on the organization of this event at such short notice.

The latest ACF ratings were published on December 1.

See http://auschess.org.au/acf/ratings/ for the complete list.

Top Under 20
2489 16 VIC Cheng, Bobby [IM]
2425 19 VIC Morris, James [IM]
2393 12 NSW Smirnov, Anton [IM]
2331 16 QLD Liu, Yi
2305 19 VIC Schon, Eugene
2270 15 VIC Dale, Ari [IM]
2255 17 VIC Matheson, Laurence
2207 18 QLD Nakauchi, Gene [FM]
2190 14 VIC Puccini, Jack
2149 18 SA Cameron, Alistair
2094 18 ACT Guo, Emma [WIM]
2079 14 VIC Loh, Zachary
2078 18 QLD Louie, Ryan
2060 19 WA Saroha, Chirag
2037 14 NSW Gu, Sean
2012 19 ACT Yin, Wenlin
1997 16 NSW Xuan, Thomas
1994 16 ACT Litchfield, Frederick
1988 14 VIC Chew Lee, Max
1984 19 ACT Bishop, Joshua

Update regarding call for applications (deadline 28 September)

Dear all chess juniors and chess parents

Please note that the regulations released by the tournament organisers (on the FIDE and tournament websites) for this year’s event currently contain a new rule regarding team eligibility (highlighted in bold).

A team consists of 5 players (4 players and 1 reserve)  at least one of whom must be a girl.

However, the official invitation provided by the organisers to the ACF did not contain this requirement. We are currently seeking clarification of this issue.

Tristan Boyd, AusJCL Selections Co-ordinator


Australia is sending one of its youngest sides ever to the World Youth Championships in Durban, with only Cedric and Clarise Koh ever having represented Australia before. The team is below. I extend my personal good luck wishes to each and every one of you!


Under 18 Girls:  Clarise Koh (NSW)

Under 16 Girls:  Zhi Lin Guo (VIC)

Under 12 Girls:  Licia Yao (VIC)

Under 10 Girls:  Cassandra Lim (VIC)

Under 18 Open:  Cedric Koh (NSW)

Under 16 Open:  Tom Maguire (QLD)

Under 14 Open:  James Kay (QLD)

Under 12 Open:  Kevin Song (QLD)

Under 10 Open:  Xander Leibert (NSW)

Under 8 Open:  Sebastian Bracks (NSW), Christopher Lim (VIC)

Congratulations on your selections. This event will be a fantastic experience for all you, especially those who have never been to a World Youth in the past. Under the experienced management of Eunice Koh, I am sure you will all have a wonderful time! May you all also gain much valuable chess experience in South Africa. The AusJCL wishes all the Australian representatives the very best of luck; I am sure you will all do Australia proud!


Charles Zworestine,

President, AusJCL.


2014 World Under 16 Olympiad – call for applications

Dear all chess juniors and chess parents

According to the FIDE website calendar, this event will now be held in Hungary from 12-22 December 2014.

UPDATE: Please see http://www.fide.com/index.php?option…alview&aid=968 

On this page are links to a pdf brochure (containing event regulations and related information), and the official website.

The AusJCL will consider sending a team to represent Australia if there is sufficient interest. Players born in 1998 or subsequent years will be eligible to participate. All players must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Applications for this event are now open. If you wish to apply, please email me at tristan.s.boyd@gmail.com by no later than Sunday 28 September. If you are potentially interested in playing you will need to apply by this deadline. No other methods of application will be accepted (you cannot apply on this website itself). In an application please provide the following information:

Full name, date of birth, postal and email addresses, phone number, FIDE rating and ACF rating. 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. If you know of players who may be interested please let them know!

Tristan Boyd, AusJCL Selections Co-ordinator

AusJCL gets a new Webmaster and new website. The new website has been revamped with a focus on providing a simple and efficient process for volunteers to publish information. The chess community will benefit with up-to-date notices of what’s going on in Australian junior chess.

If you are a chess parent then please bookmark australianjuniorchess.org.au and visit occasionally. The latest notices will appear on this page.

You may email any questions or comments to Simon Dale, Webmaster AusJCL (email address on the Contact page).


In this Bulletin:

  • Ian Rogers reports on the Johns-Putra JETS Camp held in South Australia July 2-6
  • The Australian Olympiad Teams head to Tromso, Norway
  • 50 Moves Magazine Launches on August 1!
  • Selections for 2014 World Youth Chess Championships, Durban, South Africa, September 18-30

Johns-Putra JETS Camp 2014

The 2014 Johns-Putra Australian Junior Elite Training Squad was hosted in Hahndorf and Adelaide from July 2-6 by organisers David and Sabrina Koetsier.

30 of Australia’ more promising juniors, mostly aged between 11 and 14, were coached intensively for three days in the traditional tourist town of Hahndorf by Darryl Johansen, Moulthun Ly, Max Illingworth, Ian Rogers and Chris Wallis.

Lessons, each of 3 hours in length, covered subjects such as winning against the odds, symmetrical openings, how to select the right candidate moves, gaining space and a 100 question endgame examination. (SA’s Punala Kiripitige aced the exam, scoring 90%, far above any other JETS member.)

After the coaching session the juniors participated in a simultaneous exhibition conducted by Max Illingworth, holding the Australian Champion to a score of just over 75%. Students’ games from the simultaneous exhibition were analysed by Chris Wallis.

The camp was brilliantly catered by local church volunteers and featured plenty of subsidiary activities including a chess set exhibition and a tour of local historical buildings around Hahndorf. The JETS camp then moved to Adelaide which JETS members participating in the Checkmate Open at the Adelaide Chess Centre.

Two of the coaches, Johansen and Ly, won the main event (with junior Luis Chan challenging for the top placing until the end) while JETS members Denny Han and Edwin Zou cleaned up in the U/1600 event. JETS members’ games from the tournament were analysed by Max Illingworth.

Thanks are due to David and Sabrina Koetsier, who set new standards for the JETS camp, and of course to Geraldine John- Putra, whose continuing sponsorship has made the JETS programme possible.

The Australian Olympiad Team to participate in the 41st Olympiad Tromso, Norway

The 2014 Australian Olympiad Teams comprise:

Open Team:

  • GM David Smerdon,
  • IM Moulthun Ly
  • IM Max Illingworth
  • FM Junta Ikeda
  • FM Anton Smirnov
  • Captain Manuel Weekes.

**5 of the 6 members of the Open Team and their Captain are playing in the Politiken Cup before the Olympiad.

Women’s Team:

  • IM/WIM Irina Berezina
  • WFM Giang Nguyen
  • WIM Emma Guo
  • WIM Bijiana Dekic
  • Sally Yu.

Thank you to those whom have already donated to assist the Team with their expenses. Donations are still being accepted and can be made via this link:

http://www.acfappeal.aunz.org. We wish the Teams well in this exciting event.

50 Moves Magazine Launches!

There is so much happening in Australian chess right now, and the future is also looking bright with Australia ready to send its youngest-ever team to an Olympiad, in Tromso next month. For the first time since the 1980’s, Australia’s top players are travelling overseas regularly to compete; so much so that it is hard to keep track of them all!

50 Moves Magazine is launching this month to provide a definitive guide on everything happening in and around Australian chess. The magazine contributors include many of Australia’s top players, headlined by the legendary GM Ian Rogers and current Australian Champion IM Max Illingworth.

The first issue is a bumper Olympiad special and will be released on August 1. We chat to Justin Tan from his new home in England, where he narrowly missed his first Grandmaster norm and relay the thoughts of Olympic team members David Smerdon, Giang Nguyen and Captain Manuel Weeks on the upcoming Olympiad.

The magazine also includes great training content for juniors of all levels. Ian Rogers covers the tactical moments which decided the World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Dubai, Max Illingworth gives us the rundown on the Ragozin Variation, Junta Ikeda shows six studies which readers can solve, and Chris Wallis’ column examines rook and pawn endings all juniors should learn with interactive exercises to test their knowledge at the end!

For more information, and to download a free sample of the first issue, check out our website www.50movesmagazine.com, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook (50 Moves Magazine) and follow us on Twitter @50movesmagazine! Subscribe today!

Official Selections for 2014 World Youth Chess Championships

Congratulations to the juniors listed below who have been selected to represent Australia at the 2014 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Durban, South Africa 18-30 September.

U/18 Girls: Clarise Koh (NSW)

U/16 Girls: Zhi Lin Guo (Vic)

U/12 Girls: Licia Yao (Vic)

U/10 Girls: Cassandra Lim (Vic)

U/18 Open: Cedric Koh (NSW)

U/16 Open: Tom Maguire (Qld)

U/14 Open: James Kay (Qld)

U/12 Open: Kevin Song (Qld)

U/10 Open: Xander Leibert (NSW)

U/8 Open: Sebastian Bracks (Primary Selection, NSW)

Christopher Lim (additional player; Vic)

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