ACF Inc. Newsletter No. 616 – 13 May 2023 Editors: Keong Ang & Miles Patterson

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No. 616 – 13 May 2023

Editors: Keong Ang & Miles Patterson
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by Miles Patterson

Welcome to the May 2023 ACF Newsletter. Thank you to the contributors for this issue. I would like to ask readers to consider if they might be able to contribute to future editions; event organisers could send in the results of their event, together with a few sentences describing how it went. This might contribute to increasing participation in future events. Also, when sending out information about chess activities – events, clubs etc – please consider mentioning the ACF newsletter and adding a link.

ACF Notices


This table indicates the States in which Australian Championship events were conducted from 2008 up to and including 2022, and State Associations that currently hold options to present or oversee these events from 2024 to 2030.

States holding options to present an ACF championship are reminded of clause 7 of the ACF by-law ‘Procedure for Allocating ACF Tournaments’:

“An organising body which has been granted an ACF title event shall submit details of the tournament as required by the ACF Tournament By-Laws to the ACF Council for approval six months before the scheduled commencement of the tournament.”

Bids are open for the following events, where options have relinquished, as follows:

2023 Australian Schools Teams Championship
2024 Australian (national) Championship
2024 Australian Blitz Championship
2024 Australian Junior & Girls Championship


Councillors and others wishing to inquire or register interest in appointment to one or more of the following positions are welcome to email or phone 0409 525 963 at any time:

Assistant Secretary. This position and the currently filled position of Assistant Treasurer were created to provide opportunities for younger administrators to experience the joys of chess administration at national level.

Archives Director. Generally, the Archives Director would be expected to gather, maintain and build a repository of records and documents that might be of historical interest or value, or which might help in confirming the organisation’s status or credibility for a variety of purposes.

Trophies Officer. The position would have responsibilities relating to trophies and other mementos to be presented in connection with ACF Championships and other events.

Managers of Australian Squads & Teams in International Events. The Council also appoints administrative personnel in connection with the management of Australian representatives in international events, normally but not limited to events for under-age participants.

Government Relations Director. Expected responsibilities include advising on matters concerning possible government support for chess, Australian citizenship, applications for distinguished talent visas and similar.


The application deadline for activities commencing between 1 September 2023 and 29 February 2024 is 30 June 2023.

News from the States / Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory Chess Association Inc (ACTCA)

Recent Events

2023 Doeberl Cup
by Paul Power, Australian Chess Federation
(also incorporating reporting by organiser Shaun Press)

The Doeberl Cup ran in Canberra 6-10 April, with around 400 international and national players, including last year’s winner, Armenian Grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan, current Australian Champion Temur Kuybokarov from WA, in form Victorian International Master James Morris and local ACT top players, International Masters Rishi Sardana and Junta Ikeda.

Background: The Doeberl Cup, named after the primary sponsor, Erich Doeberl, has been held annually since 1963, except for 2020. Winners include the Who’s Who of Australian Chess, including Cecil Purdy, Doug Hamilton, Max Fuller, Robert Jamieson, Greg Hjorth, Darryl Johansen and Ian Rogers, who has won it a record 12 times. International winning players of note include Tony Miles, Varuzhan Akobian, Li Chao and Surya Ganguly. Recent winners include James Morris, Justin Tan and Hrant Melkumyan, who won in 2022 and 2019.

Armenian Grandmaster, Hrant Melkumyan, won, scoring 8/9, 1/2 point ahead of current Australian Champion Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov, 7.5/9. Melkumyan and Kuybokarov were undefeated.

2023 Doeberl Cup Winner, Hrant Melkumyan, receiving the award from Erich Doeberl’s daughter Rosemary

The first day saw the Premier play its first 2 rounds. There were a significant number of upset results, and by the end of the day, only 2 of the GMs in the event had maintained a perfect score. GM Daniel Fernandez drew with CM Hamish Bassig in the 1st round, while GM Temur Kuybokarov had a round 2 draw against FM Michael Kethro. GM Samy Shoker made it to 2/2 after beating Harry Press in the evening round, as did defending champion GM Hrant Melkumyan, who won against FM David Cannon.

After two days of play in the 2023 O2C Doeberl Cup Premier, two Australian IMs shared the lead. Former winner James Morris, and Queensland IM Brodie McClymont were the only players on 4/4. Morris had a good win over local FM Fred Litchfield, while McClymont defeated GM Samy Shoker in the evening round. All 4 GMs in the event had dropped at least half a point, with GM Melkumyan and GM Kuybokarov on 3.5, Shoker on 3 and GM Daniel Fernandez on 2.5.

Day three saw the top seeds reclaim their spots at the top of the Premier. GM Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) and GM Temur Kuybokarov were leading on 5.5/6, and would face each other in Round 7. In outright 3rd on 5/6 was more of a surprise, FM Dusan Stojic getting there by beating IM Junta Ikeda and GM Samy Shoker in rounds 5 and 6. On 4.5 was large pack of players, including local (ACT) players, IM Rishi Sardana and FM Fred Litchfield. The Major, Minor and Mini events were well underway, although the large fields sasw a number of players at the top. The two-day Under 1200 tournament was completed with Unrated Benjamin Rathjen scoring 6/6. Under the rules for this event, he picked up the Best Unrated player prize, while Nicholas Lee picked up the first-place trophy with 5.5/6.

On the Saturday night, IM James Morris scored a perfect 9/9 to win the $500 in the Kinford Consulting Doeberl Cup Blitz, once again employing the “Wing Dings” opening to great effect. A record field of nearly 180 players took part in the tournament, which did not finish until midnight!

The end of day four saw GM Hrant Melkumyan holding a half point lead over GM Temur Kuybakarov. Melkumyan and Kuybakorov drew their round 7 game, before Melkumyan defeated IM Brodie McClymont in the day’s second game. Kuybakrov only drew with IM James Morris in round 8, to fall half a point behind Melkumyan. On 6 points were Morris, IM Rishi Sardana, FM Matthew Clarke, and IM Ari Dale. In the Major (Under 2100), Khimaer Baneshi and Randheer Thogata were tied on 5/6, and Nick Beare held a half point lead going into the last round of the Minor (Under 1800), while Mathew Juszczynski has a similar lead in the Mini (Under 1500).

On the final day, GM Hrant Melkumyan won his third O2C Doeberl Cup with a dominant display. Having previously finished 1st in 2019 and 2022, his 8/9 in this year’s event saw him finish half a point ahead of GM Temur Kuybokarov. He secured first place with a win over IM Ari Dale, finishing with 7 wins and 2 draws (against Kuybokarov and IM Rishi Sardana). Kuybokarov defeated FM Matthew Clarke to finish outright 2nd on 7.5. Tied for 3rd place were IM James Morris, IM Rishi Sardana, GM Daniel Fernandez and FM Fred Litchfield, on 6.5. The Major saw a 4-way tie for 1st on 5.5. In countback order, the winners were Baneshi Kiamerr, Thogata Randheer, Micah Young and Chloe Fan. The Minor was won by Kang Chai over Maickel Rodriguez on countback (both 6/7), and the Mini saw a 3-way tie between Jonah Gear, Mark Stokes and Nathan Arav. With Gear being ineligible for the place prizes (as an unrated player) the trophy went to mark Stokes on countback.

The tournament itself was a fantastic success, with 403 players across 5 sections.  This was the largest open event in Australian chess history, and with the Kinford Consulting Blitz attracting 176 players as well, almost 600 players took part over the 5 days (allowing for some double counting!)

Key games amongst the top players determined the final standings.

Round 4:
Hrant Melkumyan (White, seeded 1) v Rishi Sardana (6) 1/2-1/2
Brodie McClymont (8) v Samy Shoker (4) 1-0

Round 5:
James Morris (5) v Brodie McClymont (8) 1/2-1/2
Temur Kuybokarov (2) v Rishi Sardana (6) 1-0

Round 6:
Hrant Melkumyan v James Morris 1-0
Brodie McClymont v Temur Kuybokarov 0-1

Round 7:
Temur Kuybokarov v Hrant Melkumyan 1/2-1/2

Round 8:
Hrant Melkumyan v Brodie McClymont 1-0
James Morris v Temur Kuybokarov 1/2-1/2

Among notable games was the clash between the top two seeds, Hrant Melkumyan and Temur Kuybokarov. Temur Kuybokarov was outright second, 2022, a half point behind Melkumyan, having drawn their 5th round encounter. The Opening was Ruy Lopez: Berlin Defence. As is typical of this Opening, there are no sharp tactical variations to explore to explain the outcome.

As Garry Kasparov wrote in “How Life Imitates Chess” concerning his 2000 loss of the World Championship match with Kramnik, “With Black Kramnik had devised a brilliant concept, using an old and relatively unpopular defence that he knew played to my weaknesses. He had mastered the intricacies of the Berlin Defence and I had no time to do so.” After the loss, “I had time to absorb what Vladimir Kramnik had achieved and how he had done it.”

Kasparov met Kramnik’s Berlin Defence in Astana 2001.

Here he played 21. Bxg7

There followed 20… Bxg7 21. Nxg7+ Rxg7 22. Nf6+ Ke7 23. Nxd7

eliminating both Bishops from the board and avoiding any possibility of an opposite coloured Bishops ending.

Kasparov went on to win the game and the tournament ahead of Kramnik, Gelfand, Shirov and Morozevich.

Did Kasparov win because he eliminated an opposite coloured Bishops ending? Probably not. If we are a pawn ahead going into an ending, would we prefer it not to be an opposite coloured Bishops ending? Probably.

In Kuybokarov v Melkumyan: White has the opportunity to play 17. e6

17. e6 Bxe6 18. Nxe6 Rxe6 19. Rxe6 fxe6 20. Bxc7

But, instead played 17. Ne4

Was 17. e6 better than 17. Ne4? Maybe not. Would it have avoided an opposite-coloured Bishops ending? Yes.

Kuybokarov engineered the exchange of Knight for dark squared Bishop by 18. Nd6+

18. Nd6+ cxd6 19. exd6 Be6 20. dxe7 Kxe7

and duly won a pawn on 23. Re5

and doubled Black’s pawns on 28. Rxb6

but, despite being a pawn ahead, had to settle for a draw in the opposite coloured Bishops ending at 49. Kc7

In Hrant Melkumyan v James Morris, the Opening was Queen’s Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation.

By move 17, Morris had given Melkumyan an isolated c-pawn, which Morris immobilised and attacked with major pieces down the c-file. Melkumyan defended with a Knight.

Despite manoeuvring by both sides, no headway was made by either side.

A critical position was reached at move 35, where Melkumyan sought to unbalance the deadlock by 35. Nf4

Should Black hold the position by, for example, 35… Kh8

and settle for a draw after, say, 35… Kh8 36. Ne2 Qe5 37. Nf4 Qc7 38. Ne2 Qe5 39. Nf4 Qc7

or release the tension by capturing the c-pawn in exchange for the b-pawn,

hoping for compensating active play in the b- and c-files?

Morris chose the second.
After 35… Rxc3 36. Qxb5 Rb8 37. Qe2 Rc1 38. Nxe6 fxe6 39. Bg6,

Black can retain control of the c-file by retreating the Rook to c5 or c6

But, instead, chose 39… e5 permitting 40. Rxc1 Qxc1+ 41. Rd1,

with initiative for White and what turned out to be a critical position.

Here, Black can choose to defend a slightly inferior ending with equal material by, for example, 41… Qc3 42. Qa6 Qc7

or allow White to force the exchange of Rook and Bishop for Black’s Queen

Morris chose the second.

Ian Rogers, in live commentary, said that White is clearly winning and, at least, Black should play 44… Rb4

Morris played 44… e4 and went on to resign after 58. Qb8

Another key game was Morris v Kuybokarov
After a seemingly uneventful Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Morris should play 29. Qxd5

But, instead played 29. Qxc7
allowing 29… Bxe2

winning, since, on 30. Kxe2, Black’s Queen and Rook deliver checkmate, beginning either 30… Qa2+ or 30… Qd3+

(on 30. Qb8+ Ke7 31. Qb4+ Ke6 32. Qb6+ Kd7 33. Kxe2 Qd3+ 34. Ke1 Rb5)
But, instead, Kuybokarov played 29… Kg8 and the game was duly drawn.

Over 400 players turned out for the 2023 Doeberl Cup

Upcoming Events

ACT Championships 2023 (26-29 May)

ANU/Winter Open/Minor (28-30 July)

New South Wales

New South Wales Chess Association Inc (NSWCA)

Upcoming Events

NSW Open 10-12 June 23 – Venue TBC

Northern Territory

Formation of the Northern Territory Chess Association

Michael Freeman reports that, at a recent meeting:

“We are pleased to announce the inaugural committee of the Northern Territory Chess Association (NTCA)
President: Rajeev Thayil
Vice President: Chris Depasquale
Treasurer: Rino Veldon
Secretary: Brodie Driscoll
Public Officer: Sri Srinivas
The Northern Territory now joins the rest of Australia in having a representative body under the Australian Chess Federation. It is an important step in growing chess in the Northern Territory.”

Michael adds:
There is a Facebook page – Darwin Social Chess Club.
Over the years several groups have existed in Darwin and Alice Springs, and apparently even had an association as part of ACF.


Chess Association of Queensland Inc (CAQ)

Recent Events

BBC Painting Gold Cup FIDE Open 28 April-1 May
First equal: Gene Nakauchi, Andres Felipe Torrente, Damian Norris 6/7. 82 players. Gene Nakauchi wins the cup on tie break.

Upcoming Events

Mackay Open – May 27-28 2023, Senior Citizens Hall, 58 MacAlister St, Mackay QLD 4740 Mackay Open 2023 – Chess Association of Queensland (

58th Peninsula Open – June 10-11 2023, Grace Lutheran College Buchanan St Rothwell. Peninsula-Open-2023.docx (

Wendy Terry Memorial – June 24-25 2023, Grace Lutheran College Buchanan St Rothwell. 2023-WT-Memorial.pdf (

Queensland Junior Championships – June 27- July 1 2023, Carindale, QLD

BBC Painting Gold Coast Open – July 5-9 2023, Mermaid Waters, QLD

Queensland Open – July 15-16 2023, St Luke’s Anglican School, 4 Mezger St, Kalkie, Bundaberg QLD. boqo23-flyer.pdf (

South Australia

South Australian Chess Association Inc (SACA)

Recent Events

Autumn Rapid
1st Kyle Leaver 6/6, 2nd Jeff Hams 5/6. 28 entries.

March Blitz #2
1st Kyle Leaver 12/12, 2nd Edgar Mdinaradze 10, 3rd Aaron Perkins, 9. 13 entries.

March Allegro #2
Kyle Leaver, Max Marriott, Zar Maclaren, all 4/5. 16 entries.

Upcoming Events

May Blitz, 18th May, Adelaide, SA

May Allegro #2, 25th May, Adelaide, SA

June Rapid, 1st June, Adelaide, SA

June Booster, 4th June, Adelaide, SA

June Allegro #1, 8th June, Adelaide, SA

King’s Birthday Weekender, 10th-11th June, Adelaide, SA

June Blitz, 15th June, Adelaide, SA

June Variant, 22nd June, Adelaide, SA

June Allegro #2, 29th June, Adelaide, SA


Tasmanian Chess Association Inc (TCA)

Recent Events

Tony Sturges Memorial Tournament – 24 April
(Chesschat report by Andrew Martini)
A great turn out for last night’s Tony Sturges Memorial Tournament with 17 players, contributing over $500 to the Tasmanian Chess Association. This tournament along with the Tasmanian Rapid are the two major fundraisers for the TCA each year.
Tony Sturges was a great steward of Tasmanian chess, and known for his offbeat openings. Several players at the tournament commented that Tony either coached them, their siblings or their children at some stage. This year, on the 10th anniversary of the tournament, we returned to the original six openings that were used in the inaugural tournament:
Round 1 – Sokolsky/Polish 1.b4
Round 2 – Alapin 1.e4 e5 2.Ne2
Round 3 – Guatemala Defence 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 (+2.3 for White! )
Round 4 – Lisitsin Gambit 1.Nf3 f5 2.e4
Round 5 – Queens Pawn Counter Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5
Round 6 – Latvian Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
With a perfect score of 6/6, Will Rumley took out this year’s event. We should give some credence to Toby Straton’s performance as well (5/6), given that he faced Will with Black in the Guatemala Defence, not the soundest of openings! Thank you to all the players for your contribution to Tasmanian chess.

Upcoming Events

2023 Tasmanian Open, 10th-12th June, Guildford Young College,168 Brisbane Street, West Hobart, TAS. 2023 TASMANIAN OPEN – Tasmanian Chess Association (Inc.)


Chess Victoria Inc (CV)

Recent Events

ANZAC Day Inter Club Juniors Hybrid Friendly
By Shaun Press (Chessexpress)
Four teams took part in a Hybrid Friendly organised on 25th April by the Hobson Bay Chess Club. The teams consisted of 6 junior players representing Invercargill (NZ), ACTJCL (ACT), Kingsley Chess Club (WA), and Hobson Bay Chess Club (VIC).
Each team played a central venue, and were supervised by an onsite arbiter. Hosted on the Tornelo website, the event was a teams round robin, played with a time limit of 30m+15s. After the 3 rounds were completed, the ACTJCL team finished in 1st place, winning all their matches (4-2,4-2, and 5-1). Invercargill finished 2nd with 2 match wins, Kingsley CC third with one win, and HBCC finished 4th.
All matches were hard fought, and often the final margin of victory was dependant on the last few moves in the last game to finish. There were certainly a few games where players escaped from certain death, either through a clever swindle, or a simple show of generosity from their opponent.
Such was the competitiveness of the event, only 2 players (out of 24) scored 3/3. They were Hansula Babaranda and Owen MacMullin. MacMullin was part of the winning ACTJCL team, and set the team on the road to first place with this nice round one win:
MacMullin,Owen – Pyvis,Ben (872) [C65]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. h3 d6 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. Bg5 O-O 8. O-O Ba6 9. Nc3 Qb8 10. Rb1 Qd8 11. Qd2 Re8 12. a3 Bd4 13. Nxd4 exd4 14. Ne2 c5 15. Qa5 Bc8 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Qd2 Re7 18. Qh6 Re8 19. Nf4 Kh8 20. Nh5 Rg8 21. Nxf6 Rg7 22. c3 Ba6 23. c4 Qe7 24. f4 c6 25. Rf3 Rag8 26. Rg3 Qxf6 27. Qxf6 1-0

Upcoming Events

2023 Victorian Open Friday 9 June – Monday 12 June
Hosted by Melbourne Chess Club on behalf of Chess Victoria.
Event summary | Tornelo

Western Australia

Chess Association of Western Australia Inc (CAWA)

Recent Events

WA Rapid Championship
The 2023 WA Rapid Championship was played at Southern Suburbs Chess Club on Sunday 30th April. A strong field of 44 participants turned out to contest the 6 round, full day event.
2023 WA Rapid Champion IM Patrick Gong (5.5/6)
Equal 2nd: Tim Hare, Oscar Gao, Jamie Laubbacher (5.0/6)

Upcoming Events

WA Open commences 21 May.

SCL Central Zonal 21 May.

New Zealand
New Zealand Chess News (

Recent Events

1st: FM Nicholas Croad.

1st, Masters: FM Alphaeus Ang
1st equal, Qualifiers: Preeyansh Roul
1st equal, Qualifiers: Alex Coates
1st equal, Qualifiers: Jacob Barry

1st equal: Daqi Mao
1st equal: Hao Tang

1st, Under 1800: Oscar Cui
1st, Under 1000: Leon Zhang

Upcoming Events

Problem of the Month

White to retract their last move and instead deliver mate in one.

Solution at the end of the newsletter.

Recent International Events

By Shaun Press

The Oceania Junior and Youth Championships were played in Canberra from 11-15 April 2023, with over 200 entrants.
To allow everyone to be eligible for titles, the tournament was run in five sections. The Under 20 and Under 18 sections were one event, as were the Under 16 Open and the Under 14 Open.  The Under 12 Open Tournament was joined by the Under 10s and Under 8s. The Girls event was also one section. While medals were awarded in all age groups (20 down to 8 for both Open and Girls), the number of direct titles on offer was reduced.
FM Cameron McGowan, Australia, is a new International Master after winning the 2023 Oceania Junior Championship. He scored a very impressive 8.5/9, leaving him 2 points ahead of FM Daniel Gong from New Zealand and CM Hamish Bassig from Australia. New Zealand FM Sravan Renjith has earned a provisional IM title for finishing top of the Under 18 sub group, but will need to get his rating over 2200 to be awarded the title.
Lillian Lu won the Under 20 Girls event with 7.5/9, earning a provisional WIM title. WFM Alaina Vincent finished 2nd on tie-break ahead of CM Nadia Braganza and Ekaterina Gratchev.
Other results:
Open U16: 1st Rui Gen Teh 9/9
Open U14: 1st Jean Rusakov 7.5/9
Open U12: 1st Yifei Hu 8/9
Open U10: 1st Sai Vivan Karthikeya Somaraju 7/9
Open U8: 1st Zane Zhu 6/9
Girls U18: 1st= WFM Alaina Vincent, WCM Nadia Braganza, Ekaterina Gratchev 7/9
Girls U16: 1st= Om O’Carroll, Angela Feng 6.5/9
Girls U14: 1st Angela Feng 6.5/9
Girls U12: 1st Xiahan Lu 6/9
Girls U10: 1st Xiahan Lu 6/9
Girls U8: 1st Echo Feng 4/9

Other International Events

Sharjah Masters International Championship (Sharjah, UAE) May 17-25

World Cadet & Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships (Batumi, Georgia) Jun 5-12

Maasin Chess Club Standard Tournament (Maasin City, Philippines) Jun 10-12

World Rapid Teams Championship (Dusseldorf, Germany) Jun 16-18

Blue Chevaliers International Open (at the Novotel Phuket Resort, Thailand) 23-29 July. Flyer:


Turned Chessmen by Mike Darlow
Reviewed by Miles Patterson

Mike Darlow is a professional turner and instructor, and author of a number of books and articles on woodturning. Turned Chessmen, one of a series of books on woodturning topics, is aimed at both chess set collectors and woodworkers, but should also appeal to chess players who have an interest in the ‘tools’ of their trade.

The first third of the book is a history of chessmen, covering in some detail the history and spread of the game and the evolution and diversity of chess set design through the centuries. Chess set styles are described and analysed in relation to culture, purpose and manufacturing techniques.

Muslim chessmen pictured in De Ludis Orientalibus in 1694

There follows a gallery of modern turned wooden sets, a discussion of piece symbols and how they can be used for turned pieces and a section on set design, considering the feasibility the intention of the design. Design factors include the signatures, which are features common to all the pieces. The book provides detailed drawings for the manufacture of a range of set designs and concludes with a comprehensive guide to making pieces from start to finish.

The ‘signatures’ and features of the St George pieces

The beautifully presented soft-cover book is in a large format (approximately A4 size), with over 160 pages, and is lavishly illustrated with high quality photos and diagrams on almost every page, showing both historical and modern finished sets, as well as every step in the manufacturing process. The book is full of fascinating information and detail, and an excellent resource for anyone considering making chess pieces.

Since Turned Chessmen was published, Mike has produced Useful Woodturning Projects, which contains three chapters covering similar ground to Turned Chessmen, and may be of interest to woodworkers looking for a range of projects, not just chessmen, to tackle. Both books are available from Mike Darlow at


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The Australian Chess Federation is an incorporated association (number A 01325under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the ACT. It is the governing chess organisation in Australia and is affiliated to FIDE (the Fédération Internationale des Échecs).


State Asssociation Delegates

NSWCA Delegate: Richard Gastineau-Hills
CV Delegate: Leonid Sandler
CAQ Delegate: Doug Williams
SACA Delegate: Misheck Muza
TCA Delegate: Tom Saltmarsh
ACTCA Delegate: Cam Cunningham
CAWA Delegate: Andrew Hardegen

Executive Committee

President: Gary Wastell
Deputy President: Bill Gletsos
Vice-President: Kevin Bonham
Vice-President: Hughston Parle
Secretary: Rob Watson
Treasurer: Bob Keast


Assistant Secretary: Vacant
Assistant Treasurer: Mishek Muza
Auditor: Ross Hamilton
Equipment Coordinator: Bob Keast
FIDE Delegate & Admin Officer: Dr. Kevin Bonham
FIDE Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos
Junior Chess Coordinator: Hughston Parle
Medals & Awards Convenor: Gary Wastell
National Ratings Officer: Bill Gletsos
National Ratings Officer: Graham Saint
Newsletter Editor: Keong Ang
Newsletter Editor: Miles Patterson
Public Officer: Cam Cunningham
Publicity Director: Paul Power
Selections Director: Tom Saltmarsh
Webmaster: David Esmonde

Solution to Problem of the Month

White retracts the move: N on f6 captures a black piece on g8, and instead plays: h7xg8 mate.
(I don’t have the composer for this one. I will be happy to include a credit in the next newsletter if anyone can let me know who it is – Editor.)

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