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Achievers

Many of our members make notable achievements on the local and world stage.

Note: Players named below are members of the club in the membership year.

2017
  • Max Illingworth wins MCC Hjorth Open, again
  • At the NSWCA Ryde-Eastwood Open: 
    • U1799-1600 =1st Michael Gong, Robert Watson
    • U1599-1400 =1st Kamal Jain, Udit Talpade
    • U1400 1st Ryan Hii
  • Gareth Charles =2nd North Queensland Open
  • Max Illingworth wins Leo Wilkinson Memorial 
  • Anton Smirnov, =1st, Capablanca Memorial GM Norm, earning his third GM norm and the title of Grandmaster.
  • Max Illingworth wins a sixth NSW Championship; Malcolm Stephens 3rd.
  • At the NSWCA August Weekender:
    • Ian Parsonage =3rd
    • U1800: Rob Watson 1st; Pertti Sirkka 2nd
    • U1600: Kamal Jain and Anshika Jain =1st
    • U1400: Scott O'Callaghan 1st 
  • After being selected for the World U17 team in the Match of the Millennials, Anton Smirnov performed strongly to score 3.5/6, including wins against GM Sam Sevian and GM Ruifeng Li and a draw with Black against World Junior Champion GM Jeffery Xiong. This contributed to an upset win for his team.
  • Our U1500 team, led by Tristan Weijermars, finishes the NSWCA Grade Matches in second place. Players contributing are Robert Laurie, Gary Armstrong, Andrew Johnson, Matthew Carden, Timothy Leong, Tristan Weijermars and Andrew Coey 
  • Clive Ng 3rd, 2017 NSW Rapid Championship 
  • Anton Smirnov =3rd, Gold Coast Open
  • Max Illingworth =1st, and winner on countback, NSW Open
  • Anton Smirnov =1st Begonia Open
  • Max Illingworth wins City of Sydney Rapid; Clive Ng 2nd 
  • Donato Mallari =2nd, Newcastle Open  
  • Max Illingworth wins NSWCA Australia Day Weekender
  • At the Australian Junior Championships, Max Mikkelsen 3rd U16 Lightning and 2nd U16 Problem Solving
  • Anton Smirnov wins the Oceania Zonal: 
    • Max Illingworth =2nd; Anthony Fikh, 1st U1600
    • Donato Mallari and Jason Hu achieve FM title 
    • Anthony Fikh and Paul Russell achieve CM title
  • Max Illingworth =1st and, on countback, the 2017 Australian Open Champion

2016

  • Max Illingworth wins MCC Hjorth Open
  • At the NSWCA Ryde-Eastwood Open:
    • U1800-1600 =1st Pertti Sirkka
    • U1600-1400 1st Frank Low, =2nd Michael Gong and Ivan Case
  • Jason Hu and Soumya Thakurta, =1st, NSWCA Rapid Championship
  • Soumya Thakurta, 1st, NSWCA August Weekender. Donato Mallari and Thomas Xuan =3rd
  • Soumya Thakurta, 3rd, ANU Chess Festival
  • Max Illingworth wins a fifth NSW Championship; Malcolm Stephens and Jason Hu =2nd.
  • Max Illingworth and Biljana Dekic are selected to play for Australia in the 2016 Chess Olympiad.
  • Newcastle One Day Rapid: Peter Abbot, =2nd; Gary Armstrong =1st U1600
  • At the NSW Open:
    • In the Open:
      • Max Illingworth =1st
      • Donato Mallari =3rd
      • U2000 - U1800: Ian Parsonage =1st 
    • In the Minor
      • Michael Gong and Frank Low =1st
      • U1400 - 1200: Anthony Fikh 1st
  • Blair Mandla, 2nd, City of Sydney Lightning
  • Donato Mallari, =2nd NSWCA Australia Day Weekender
  • Kevin Willathgamuwa, 3rd, Australian Junior Chess Championships Under 16 Open
  • ACF Medals
    • Max Illingworth, Steiner Medal for Player of the Year
    • Kristine Quek, Arlauskas Medal for Junior Player of the Year
2015
  • Max Illingworth, 2nd, Australian Masters, earning his third GM norm and the title of Grandmaster.
  • The Abbotsleigh team, coached by David Webster, wins the Secondary Girls Division of the Australian Schools Teams Championships. Kristine Quek on board 1 scores 5/5, Alysha Chin on board 2 4/5.
  • During the spring school holidays:
    • Fiona Shen, NSW Girls Champion; Kristine Quek 2nd; Jennifer Zhang NSW U12 Girls Champion.
    • Michael Pogrebinsky and Max Mikkelsen, =1st City of Sydney Under 15 Championship (Michael wins tiebreak); Kevin Shen wins Under 12 title.
    • Luke Marsh =1st in the Spring Two-Day Tournament, =2nd in the Spring One-Day Tournament.
  • Max Illingworth, 2nd, MCC Hjorth Open Weekender
  • At the Ryde Eastwood Open: U1800 - 1600 =1st Pertti Sirkka and Dennis Wan; U1600 – 1400 =1st Frank Low and Michael Gong; U1400 1st Bob Quek
  • Anton Smirnov =1st, Malaysian Open
  • Max Illingworth wins the NSW Championship for the fourth time; Anton Smirnov 2nd
  • At the Oceania Zonal Championships:
    • Open:
      • Max Illingworth, =1st and Oceania Zonal Champion
      • Malcolm Stephens, =3rd and achieves his first IM norm
      • Anton Smirnov, =3rd
      • Christopher Ball, =Best U2000 and qualifies for the Candidate Master title
      • Peter Abbott, Donato Mallari ,Ton Luchtmeijer, Adrian Chek, Bruce Murray, Anthony Chan and Thomas Xuan qualify for the Candidate Master title
    • Women's:
      • Biljana Dekica; Kristine Quek =3rd, Kristine achieves the Women's Federation Master title
  • Anton Smirnov =1st Gold Coast Open
  • At the NSW Open:
    • In the Open section:
      • Max Illingworth and Anton Smirnov =1st
      • Thomas Xuan =4th
      • U2000 - U1800: Bruce Murray =1st; David Webster =3rd  
      • U1800: Christopher Ball =1st
    • Parunithan Ranganathan wins the Minor
  • At the Australian Junior Chess Championships:
    • Kristine Quek, 1st, U18 Girls
    • Jennifer Zhang, 1st U10 Girls
  • At the Australian Open Chess Championships:
    • Max Illingworth, =2nd, and highest performing Australian player
    • U2200: Ton Luchtmeijer =3rd; Barak Atzmon-Simon 4th
    • Australian Minor: Frank Low 9th; Fred Schuetz 1st U1400
    • ACF 2014 MedalsAnton Smirnov, Arlauskas Medal awarded to a junior; Steiner Medal for player of the year. 
2014
  • Blair Mandla wins the 2014 NSW Blitz Championship; Jason Hu 2nd, Anthony Fikh =1st U1400
  • Max Illingworth wins MCC Hjorth Open with a perfect score
  • Anton Smirnov wins the Gosford Open; Jason HuPertti Sirkka and Bruce Murray =2nd; Norman Greenwood NSW Country Champion 
  • At Macquarie University Chess Challenge:
    • David Webster wins the University Division; Christopher Ball 3rd
    • Thomas Xuan and Joe Chua play for the Killara team winning the Secondary division
    • Sebastian Bracks and Xander Leibert play for Sydney Grammar team coming 2nd in the Primary Division
  • At the Ryde Eastwood Open: Anthony Fikh 1st U1400; Christopher Ball and Kamal Jain =2nd U1800; Norman Greenwood and Michael Tracey =2nd U1600 
  • Anthony Fikh wins the Primary Intersshool Chess Challenge; Aleksy Ginovic =2nd 
  • Max Illingworth wins the First Saturday tournament in Hungary, achieving his second GM norm.
  • Mick Zekic, playing for norths bears U1700 team, wins a performance prize in the NSWCA Grade Competition.
  • Vasil Tulevsky =2nd, Rooty Hill Open, Mick Zekic Best U1800
  • Anton Smirnov, achieves his 3rd IM norm at the Olympiad
  • Peter Abbott, =3rd, 2014 NSW Rapid Championships
  • Max Illingworth wins the 2014 Croydon Chess Classic in Victoria
  • At the Integra NSW Open 2014
    • Open: =3rd Max IllingworthU2000-1850 =1st Peter Abbott, Donato Mallari 
    • Minor: =2nd Joe Chua; =4th Michael Pogrebinsky; U1450-1300 =1st Shane Dibley, Bob Quek, Luke Marsh; U1300 1st David Marsh     
  • Phil Viner, Meritorious Service Award, granted at the 1st Annual Asian Chess Excellence Awards
  • Max IllingworthBiljana Dekic and Anton Smirnov selected to play for Australia in the 2014 Chess Olympiad.
  • At the Doeberl Cup: Michael Morris, Best U2200 in the Premier; Michael Pogrebinsky, Best U1200 in the Minor
  • David Marsh and Thomas Xuan, =1st NSWJCL Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament
  • At the Sydney International
    • Open: Barak Atzmon-Simon =1st U2200; Tomas Xuan =1st U2000
    • Minor: Jose Escribano 2nd U1700; Norman Greenwood and Roger Jeffreys =1st U1500 
  • Paul Sike, =2nd U1600, St George Summer Open
  • Paul Sike, 1st U1600, City of Sydney Rapid 
  • At the NSWCA Australia Day Weekender
    • Dennis Wan, 1st U1800
    • Luke Marsh, =1st U1400
  • At the Australian Junior Chess Championships 
    • Anton Smirnov, Australian Junior Chess Champion
    • Kevin Willathgamuwa, U12 Lightning Champion
    • Rowan Willathgamuwa, =2nd U16
    • Thomas Xuan, =2nd U18 Lightning
  • At the Australian Chess Championships:
    • Max Illingworth, Australian Chess Champion 2014
    • Anton Smirnov, =5th and =2nd in the Blitz
2013
  • At the NSW State Blitz Championship Anton Smirnov 2nd; Norman Greenwood =1st U1800; Paul Sike =1st U1600
  • Anton Smirnov, 2nd, Vikings Weekender.
  • Max Illingworth wins Gosford Open 
  • At the City of Sydney Junior Championship: Anton Smirnov wins U18 division; Luke Marsh 2nd U12 and wins the U12 Lightning.
  • Anton Smirnov achieves his second International Master norm at the Indonesian Open.
  • David Webster is awarded the FIDE Arbiter title.
  • Ton Luchtmeijer convincingly wins Rooty Hill FIDE rated Amateur U2200 tournament with a score of 8/9.
  • Max Illingworth, =2nd, 2013 Malaysia Open.
  • David Stern, playing for norths U1700 team, wins a performance prize in the NSWCA Grade Competition.
  • Max Illingworth wins his third consecutive NSW Championship; Malcolm Stephens 2nd; Anton Smirnov 3rd.
  • At the NSW State Rapid Play Championship: Max Illingworth and Anton Smirnov =1st.
  • Norman Greenwood wins the U1700 division of Parramatta Chess Club championships.
  • At the NSW Open: Max Illingworth =1st; Anton Smirnov =3rd; Patrick Champion =1st U2000.
  • At the 2013 Oceania Zonal Championships: Anton Smirnov gains the title of FIDE Master; Oscar Wang and Blair Mandla gain the titles of Candidate Master
  • David Marsh, =2nd, NSW Junior Chess League, Inner West Chess Challenge 12; Luke Marsh missed 9 years trophy on tiebreak
  • Luke Halpin, =1st, NSW Junior Chess League Autumn One-Day Tournament; Luke Marsh =3rd.
  • At the Sydney International: In the Open tournament Anton Smirnov achieves his first IM Norm; Julian Kuan =1st U2000. In the Challengers tournament Ian Dickson =1st U1700; Ivan Case =1st U1500
  • Max Illingworth wins NSWCA City of Sydney Rapid
  • Anton Smirnov wins Newcastle Open Grand Prix; Vladimir Smirnov 2nd; Donato Mallari =3rd; Michael Tracey =2nd U1700
  • Paul Sike wins the U1400 Division of the St George Summer Open
  • Gareth Charles wins NSWCA Australia Day Weekender; Patrick Champion =2nd
  • Oscar Wang, U16 Champion, Australian Junior Chess Championships
  • Joshua Behar, =1st, NSWJCA Summer tournament; Thomas Xuan =3rd
  • At the Australian Open:
    • Max Illingworth, =2nd Open
    • Greg Canfell, =5th Open; =4th Australian Lightning
    • Barak Atzmon-Simon, best U2100 Open
    • Clive Lane, 3rd, norths classic
    • Vladimir Smirnov, =3rd, Australian Lightning
    • ACF 2012 Medals: Max Illingworth, Steiner Medal awarded to a player; Anton Smirnov, Arlauskas Medal awarded to a junior.
    • Norman Greenwood was granted Life Membership of the ACF.

2012

  • Max Illingworth, 2nd, 2012 Myer Tan Australian Grand Prix
  • Max Illingworth, =1st, Christmas Swiss GP
  • Anton Smirnov, Australasian Masters 2012 Champion
  • Vladimir Smirnov, NSW State Lightning Champion; Anton Smirnov =3rd
  • Max Illingworth wins the Melbourne Cup of Chess
  • Gareth Charles =3rd, Queensland Championships
  • Max Illingworth wins Ryde-Eastwood Open
  • Max Illingworth and Biljana Dekic:
    • Selection to the Australian Open team and Australian Women's team for the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Turkey.
    • Joint top scorers for their teams.
    • Max fulfils the requirements for the title of International Master.
  • Greg Canfell wins Hobsons Bay Chess Club's Best in the West weekender.
  • Anton Smirnov and Max Illingworth =3rd, ANU Open
  • Max Illingworth wins his second consecutive NSW Championship; Malcolm Stephens =3rd.
  • Max Illingworth =2nd, Gold Coast Open.
  • Ton Luchtmeijer wins the Asian Seniors and Oceania Seniors.
  • Donato Mallari, 3rd, Asian Amateur U2100 FIDE.
  • Blair Mandla =1st in the Oceania Blitz; Vladimir Smirnov =3rd.
  • norths chess club membes shine at the Parramatta Chess Club championships: Vladimir Smirnov wins the championship division; Gregory Canfell 2nd; Shane Dibley =2nd in the U1800 division.
  • Norman Greenwood =3rd best score in the Dubbo Open Grand Prix
  • Greg Canfell wins the City of Sydney Championship; Michael Morris =3rd.
  • Max Illingworth wins the City of Sydney Rapid with a picket fence score of 7/7; Julian Kuan and Blair Mandla =2nd with one other.
  • Greg Canfell wins the Hornsby Open, with Max Illingworth and Anton Smirnov =3rd and Tarek Elgindy taking the U1400 prize.
  • Max Illingworth wins the Newcastle Open; Vladimir and Anton Smirnov share 3rd.
  • Max Illingworth and Blair Mandla, =2nd at the Australia Day Weekender
  • Anton Smirnov at the 2012 Australian Junior Chess Championships: =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) Under 18; 1st (on tiebreak) U18 Lightning; =1st Under 18 problem solving.
  • Max Illingworth, Steiner Medal – Australian Player of the Year 2011
  • Vladimir Smirnov, 2nd (on tiebreak), Australian Chess Championship.
  • Max Illingworth =2nd, Australian Lightning Chess Championship.

2011

  • Michael Anderson, Harbord Diggers Chess Club champion 2011
  • In the December ratings norths chess club has four of the top 15 rated players. Between them, Max Illingworth, Vladimir Smirnov, Malcolm Stephens and Gregory Canfell have 26% of the group's rating.
  • Blair Mandla becomes NSW State Lightning Champion.
  • At FIDE's 2nd quarter Presidential Board Meeting, the title of International Master is bestowed on Vladimir Smirnov.
  • Max Illingworth wins Ryde Eastwood Open.
  • Max Illingworth equal first in the First Saturday tournament in Hungary, scoring 7/9 in a field of 3 GMs, 3 IMs and 3 FMs, obtaining a GM norm.
  • Roger Jeffreys takes a board prize for his score of 4.5/6 in the Under 1400 division of the NSWCA Grade Competition.
  • Shane Dibley wins all his eight games in the NSWCA Grade Competition, helping the U1600 Grizzly Bears into second place.
  • Anton Smirnov scores 5/8 and takes a board prize in the U2150 team's =2nd performance in the NSWCA Grade Competition.
  • Max Illingworth wins the Integra NSW State Championship 2011; Vladimir Smirnov =2nd.
  • Max Illingworth 3rd, Gold Coast Open.
  • Blair Mandla wins the City of Sydney Rapid, with David Webster equal 3rd and Best U1800
  • At the Oceania Zonals: Max Illingworth 3rd in the Open division; Biljana Dekic 3rd in the Women's division.
  • At the Australian Open Vladimir Smirnov earns his final International Master norm

2010

  • Max Illingworth wins NSW 2010 State Lightning; Vladimir Smirnov 3rd.
  • In the May rating list, with his rating passing 2300, Max Illingworth is now officially recognised as a FIDE Master (FM).
  • Frank Hutchings, =3rd, Oceania Seniors, New Zealand.
  • our members shine at the City of Sydney Rapid, won by Max Illingworth; Vladimir Smirnov 2nd; Peter Abbott =1st U1800; Jonathan Adams 1st U1600.
  • Anton Smirnov takes multiple prizes at the Australian Junior Championships: 3rd, Under 14 Open; 1st, Under 10 Rapid; 1st, Under 12 Lightning.
  • With his win over IM Gary Lane in the Australian Chess Championships, Vladimir Smirnov secures his second International Master norm.

2009

  • Anton Smirnov, =2nd Under 8, World Youth Championships, Turkey
  • Max Illingworth, =2nd, Gold Coast Open
  • The Bear Cubs, all juniors with an average age of 12, win the U1800 division of the NSW Chess Association grade competition; norths teams take a clean sweep of the division
  • Steven Javor, shares the Senior’s Prize, Australian Open Chess Championships