|Congratulations Francisco taking the title with a near perfect score, only dropping a half point to the second place taker.
1st: Francisco Plaza-Quinteros 2nd: Reyaansh Chakrabarty; 3rd: Cameron McGowan
Rating Group A: =1st Anton Wijaya and Ian Stalker; Rating Group B 1st: Clara Zhou
Click here for detailed results
|Exciting News for Chess Enthusiasts: The 2024 Norths Chess Club Championships
The Norths Chess Club is thrilled to announce the 2024 Club Championships, an event that promises to bring together the best of strategy, skill, and sportsmanship. This tournament is both FIDE and ACF rated, offering a unique opportunity for players to showcase their talents and improve their rankings.
Special Event - Club Championship Blitz:
Join the Chess Community:
This championship is more than just a competition; it's a celebration of the chess community's spirit. Whether you're a seasoned player or a budding enthusiast, the Norths Chess Club Championships offer an excellent platform to learn, compete, and connect with fellow chess lovers.
Registrations Open Now:
Ready to make your move? Registrations for the tournament are now open so please click here.
Please visit our website for more details on the tournament or any other queries.
Don’t miss this chance to be part of the 2024 Norths Chess Club Championships. We look forward to seeing you at the board.
|Many members know that Norm Greenwood rarely resigns a game, and rue losing or drawing what they thought was a safe win.
After long service to our club Norm has stepped down from his role on the committee. We thank Norm for his hard work over many years.
He has written the following letter to members.
It is now time to call it a day as a committee member of Norths Chess Club. I want to avoid hearing the old saying ‘there’s no fool like an old fool’ applied to me.
It was my mother who taught me to play chess. She had played with her invalid father during the First World War and I still have the over 100-year-old set that they used.
I joined Chatswood Chess Club (now our Norths Chess Club) in the late 1980s. It was at a low ebb compared to St George; a win in the Big Board was a rarity. However it was on a sound financial footing through fees from juniors, generated by activities run by Steve Garner. Only a few members acted on the committee.
It was not long after I joined that I was asked to take over as Treasurer from Ian Trott. Computers were primitive compared to today’s. In fact I was operating a ‘twin floppy’ in those days (younger members can Google that) and am grateful to the late Dennis Day’s assistance in upgrading my computer and skills.
We were all surprised that Dennis did not appear at the AGM in 1999 when he was Vice President, particularly his close friend Peter Lay. It was only later we learnt that Dennis had died suddenly when playing tennis at the young age of 62. His name has been commemorated in the perpetual trophy issued to the winner of the Club Candidates tournament.
Over the years we have lost members who were survivors of the Holocaust including George Kepper, Bob Maas and Les Kovacs as well as Horst Bleicher who emigrated to Australia shortly after World War Two. I have it on good authority that Horst and Paul Glissan shared many a bottle of red after a good night’s chess.
During the 1990s I was also took over as Treasurer of the Manly Leagues Chess Club (now Harbord Diggers) as well as the New South Wales Chess Association from Jeremy Hirchhorn (then a Chatswood member and now number two in the ATO administration). Later I took over as Treasurer of the Australian Chess Federation; records arrived from Melbourne in a shoebox containing one year's unbanked cheques! It was necessary to reconstruct the records for two years to get things back in order.
My efforts in acting for these four entities were recognised in the early 2000s when I received Honorary Life Membership of each of them followed shortly afterwards being awarded the ACF Koshnitsky Medal for chess administration. This was followed few years later by receiving the Norths President’s Shield as the chess club nominee. (Nick Cooper and David Stern have also won this award; no other intra-club nominee has received this award three times which is evidence of our good standing with our host club.)
With the accession of Paul Glissan in 2008 as President and with a fully effective committee of members dedicated to specific tasks there was a substantial improvement of the chess club’s position. So much so that in a short time we successfully hosted three Australian Championships as well as a number of FIDE Zonal events. This improvement during Paul’s term as President has carried on under his successor Peter Abbott with active members now exceeding 150.
Chesswise I have had some success catching higher rated opponents off-guard including, in the one tournament, Lloyd Fell, Johnny Bolens and Laura Moylan. One year in the Ford/Greenwood Seniors Tournament I also beat Gareth Charles in andthe winner Paul Glissan. I have also managed to beat our budding GMs Max Illingworth and Anton Smirnov, although at a time when their feet did not touch the ground and a kick in the shins was added hazard in the games. After Max and Anton attained the status of Grandmaster the club recognised their achievements with the granting of Emeritus Membership, together with WIM Biljana Dekic who has represented Australia at the Women’s Olympiad a record number of times.
Highlights of my years with the Club include Paul Glissan organising an 80th birthday party for me at Norths followed 10 years later with a surprise 90th birthday celebration at my home organised by my son Geoff and daughter Angela with many of my chess friends in attendance at both events. Truly memorable occasions that I cherish.
2023 has been a difficult year for me healthwise with my medical team keeping me going but at the expense of my mobility. I no longer drive after 52 years and am grateful for receiving lifts from various people including Bruce Murray, Peter Abbott, Ian Wechsler and Geoff, with Angela attending to my needs. This enables me to play in club tournaments where hopefully I will remain competitive.
I have introduced my granddaughter Jewel to chess and we play one game each week. If she continues to show an improvement in her chess skills and maintains an interest she may start looking for a chess club to join.
I am confident Norths Chess Club will continue to maintain its prominent position as the premier chess club in Sydney in the forthcoming years and I am proud to have made a contribution.
Norths have retained the Little Board, by a five point margin, and in the Big Board unexpectedly won away to overtake St George's' first round lead, winning overall by three points .
For detailed results of the Little Board CLICK HERE
For detailed results of the Big Board CLICK HERE
|Congratulation to Bibek and Jacob and other prizewinners.
John Purdy Memorial Trophy: Open: 1st: Bibek Thing; 2nd: Sterling Bayaca. =3rd: Van Vo & Aiden Odenthal
Rating Group A =1st Benjamin Tee & Ethan Chang
Rating Group B 1st: Ayush Yajaman, =2nd: Nathan He, Marcel Lima, Maxwell Ponza
Open: 1st Jacob Mcgruddy; 2nd: Scott Zhou; 3rd: Leo Gong
Rating group A =1st Vicky Qian and Emma Zhang
Unrated 1st Rahul Gandharva
|Congratulations to 2023 Allegro Champion Sterling, and other prizewinners
1st: Sterling Bayaca
2nd: Cameron McGowan
3rd: Changhao Yu
Rating group A (1401 - 1730): Leo Gong
=Rating group B (1400 and under):
Clara Zhou, Marcus Ni, Deves Manoji, Craig Duker, Jason Gemenis, Michael Tonon
Unrated: Winston Bai
|Congratulations Ford-Greenwood Seniors Champion Ton Luchtmeijer and other prize winners:
1st: Ton Luchtmeijer, 2nd: Bruce Murray, =3rd: Peter Abbott & Rob Waton
75 or over: Paul Glissan
Rating group A: David Cook
Rating group B: Paul Pilowsky
|Congratulations to Arthur and Peter, and other prizewinners
1st: Arthur Huynh
=2nd/3rd: Terrence Tang & Van Vo
Rating group A: Daniel Wang
Rating group B: Benjamin Tee
1st: Peter Cai
2nd: Nathan Arav
=3rd: Mason Tay and Jacob McGruddy
Rating group A: Michael Zhang
=Rating group B: Albert Xiong, Nick Harrigan, Lindsay Chegwidden
|Congratulations to 2023 Allegro Champion Sterling, with a perfect score, and other prizewinners
1st: Sterling Bayaca
2nd: Cameron McGowan
3rd: Changhao Yu
Rating group A (1401 - 1730): Leo Gong
=Rating group B (1400 and under):
Clara Zhou, Marcus Ni, Deves Manoji, Craig Duker, Jason Gemenis, Michael Tonon
Unrated: Winston Bai
|A Special General Meeting of Norths Chess Club for will be held on 25 July 2023 at 7.30pm, at Norths Leagues Club, Cammeray
The meeting is called to vote on adopting a constitution for Norths Chess Club.
The constitution put forward by the Committee for adoption may be found at: www.northsydneychess.org/Constitution
There are no other items of business.
Notes. This meeting is called purely to vote on the constitution, not to debate it so commencement of play should not be unduly delayed.
|Congratulations 2023 Rapid Champion DAniel Gong and all prizewinners
1st Daniel Gong
2nd Samuel Asaka
3rd Ryan Can
Rating group A. Joy Liu
Rating group B. =1st Marcel Lima, Nathan Arav and Maxwell Ponza
Rating Group C. =1st Jonathan Kuba, Mason Tay, Marcus Ni, and Jason Gemenis
Unrated. Paul Ventura
|Congratulations 2023 Club Champion Cameron McGowan and all division winners
|Warren Morris, who died on Christmas Day, was a great supporter of Norths Chess. He was a director of Norths Leagues Club for 30 years, and served as secretary its Sports Council for much of that time.
Our Treasurer Steve Garner worked alongside Warren inthe 1990s; at the time the chess club met at the hall of Willoughby Uniting Church. The church often complained about our members smoking on the premises. Overnight the rent they charged for using the hall doubled and we were losing money fast. Warren suggested to Steve that we move to Norths Leagues. It took a lot of convincing but eventually we agreed to move.
What Warren kept relatively quiet at the time because he couldn’t guarantee it, was that Norths gave grants to its sporting clubs. So, we went from paying rent we couldn’t afford to a much better hall that was rent free. And we were given a monetary grant each year. Initially it was around $400; last year we got $3,000.
Warren was more than a supporter of our Club - he helped transform it into the strongest chess club in Sydney,
|Clive Ng won the Summer Blitz with a perfect 9 from 9.
1st Clive Ng, =2nd Robert Sunaryo, Bruce Murray, Benjamin Wise Jiang
Here Clive plays Benjamin in the 8th round, prevailing in a King's Indian game. He commented later that Benjamin played well but blundered an exchange in an equal position in the middle game.
Congratulations to our 2022 Purdy Champion Cameron McGowan and other prizewinners
|Each year, Norths Leagues Club asks each of their affiliated sports and activities clubs to nominate someone special for their President’s Shield - based on their contribution to Norths, their intraclub, their sporting achievements, service to sport or special interest group over the preceding year.
Our club committee nominated David Stern who does so much for us.
David was adjudged the stand-out nominee by our hosts, Norths, and awarded the Shield at the President’s Shield dinner last Friday.
Wonderful recognition for David’s hard work and dedication.
Congratulations to our 2022 Allegro Champion Anthony Fikh and other prizewinners
CLICK HERE for the detailed results.
Congratulations to our 2022 Classic Champion Alaina Vincent and other prizewinners:
CLICK HERE for the full results.
|Congratulations to our 2022 Seniors Champion Denis Wan and other prizewinners
1st: Dennis Wan
2nd: Bruce Murray
=3rd: Stephen Garner, Gary Armstrong
Over 75: =1st Marek Baterowicz, Paul Glissan
Rating Group A: Bob Quek
= Rating Group B: Vince Chiara, David Cook
CLICK HERE for the detailed results..
|Norths leads in both of our interclub games.
After overwhelming Harbord at home 15 - 2, we travelled to St George expecting a difficult match. However we siurprised the Dragons by taking the night 25 - 13. The 12 point buffer should secure the 2022 title but no doubt St George will come to Norths hungry for revenge in November.
For details of the matches see
|Congratulations 2022 Rapid Champion Cameron McGowan and all winners
Open: 1st Cameron McGowan, =2nd Arthur Huynhand Clive Ng
Rating Division A Jared Cheung
Rating Division B Jason Xu
Rating Division C Lucas Ni
Unrated Division Lachlan Kavanagh
For full tournament details see http://www.northsydneychess.org/rapid
|Congratulations 2022 Club Champion Cameron McGowan and all division winners
The federation’s 2022 annual lifetime achievement medal for services to chess as an administrator has been awarded to its former Secretary, Paul Glissan. Paul was Norths Chess Club President during 2008-2018 and guided organisation at the club of numerous major chess events, including two Australian Championships, two Australian Open Championships and Oceania Zonal and Seniors championships.
|The new Club Blitz Champion is Robert Sunaryo, taking the title on tiebreak with Clive Ng.
=1st Robert Sunaryo and Clive Ng; 3rd Arthur Huynh; Rating group A =1st Daniel Seaton, David Stern, and Joy Liu; Rating group B =1st David Miller and Robert Fenton-Lee Click here for detailed results.
|25 January our tournament calendar starts with the Club Championship Blitz. No registration is needed ... come play!
The following week 1 February is the first round of the Club Championship on 1 February. Details and entry for the Club Championship are @ www.northsydneychess.org/club-
It was another unusual year with a number of highs interspersed with some Covid-induced lows.
Fortunately, the negatives were few. We had to close the club for a significant part of the year and as a result had to truncate and declare results for our two winter tournaments – Ford-Greenwood Seniors and Winter Classic just after the half way mark. We were also unable to run the 2021 Purdy Memorial which was a pity as the 2021 edition was to incorporate State Championship and State Women’s Championship.
The positives were many though. Winning back both the Big Board and Little Board trophies from St George and Harbord was a highlight. Winning both legs of each so emphatically was special. Many thanks to all who supported those fixtures – wonderful results for our club.
We have a new club champion in Matthew Bennett. This year we trialled a new format of small swisses across the various sections of our club championship. I personally feel that this was a good innovation that deserves repeating. The sections all proved well contested and the elimination of postponements was welcomed by many.
We have also been able to run Rapids and Blitzes and our online club continues twice a week. Congratulations to all of our prize winners in our tournaments this year.
The growth in our membership this year was extraordinary and we gained a number of very strong new recruits. All this bodes well for the club but our sheer size makes it tricky when government imposes venue capacity restrictions.
In term of our committee, Rob Watson very ably slotted into the Director of Play role. David Stern delivered a new website which gives us a good base for future development. In addition, there was a huge amount of work by some unsung heroes behind the scenes. During the year Tristan Weijermars left our committee due to a move interstate and Pertti Sirkka was unable to stand again as secretary. Thanks to my fellow committee members for their hard work in keeping our club running and developing. We all also appreciate the longstanding support from our hosts at Norths Leagues Club.
The running of our large club falls on a small number of people and that creates a risk. Broadening our resources will be a clear focus as we move into, hopefully, a covid-unaffected 2022.
Peter Abbott, President Norths Chess Club
|Congratulations to Jack Rodgers, who took the event over 2nd Robert Sunaryo and =3ed Gareth Charles and Dmitry Miscenko Click here for detailed results
The next at the club will be the 2022 Club Championship Blitz on 25 January.
Norths have taken the Little Board, with thirteen point win on 13 Decemer and an overall 2021 result of 27.5 - 11.5. For detailed results of the match CLICK HERE
A team of 44 Norths players travelled to St George in November and scored a fantastic 9 point win on the night, and an 18 points overall in 2021 to bring home the John Kellner/Terrey Shaw Trophy. For detailed results of the match CLICK HERE
We look forward to retaining the trophies in 2022.
Thanks Natalie Chen for thebgroup photo taken at St George.
|We are pleased to be reopening and have the following events to take us to the end of the year.
9 November - Social chess
16 November - Social chess
23 November - Big Board at St George Leagues Club
30 November - Rapid
7 December - Rapid
Monday 13 December - Little Board at Harbord Diggers Club
14 December - Rapid
20 December - Blitz (includes prizegivings & AGM)
Our return to Norths is under Covid-safe conditions which are set out in the attached Safety Plan which has been approved by Norths, and Safety Guidelines that must be complied with by vistors to the chess club.
Note that Norths requires all guests over 16 entering the club to show proof of double-vaccination and check in with the NSW government QR code. For detailed requirements see https://norths.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SignInRequirements.pdf
Although we hoped we could return on 19 October, Notths now plan to open their hospitality services first and allow the return of their sporting and social groups a little later.
We will stay in regular contact with them and let everyone know as soon as chess can resume.
By the time we return they will have completed the finishing touches to their auditorium renovation.
|We will be open on Tuesdays from 19 October. At first this will be social chess; we hope to have an event later in the year.
Norths has set the following conditions for entry to the club:
We will be adhering to the guidelines from the NSW Government which states that all those entering venues over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated.
Upon entry you will need to show proof of double vaccination and to find out how you can download this to your device, please follow this link https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccination-nsw/proof.
There may be more detail on protocols as government and the club prepare for opening. Watch here for updates.
|Unfortunately we weren't able to complete all rounds of the tournaments. In that case results are based on the scores after round 5. And we congratulate
Ford Greenwood Seniors.
Seniors Champion Paul Glissan, on tiebreak for 1st with Bruce Murray and George Morgan.
Rating Group A. David Stern
Rating Group B. Rex Simmonds and Robert Laurie.
There were insufficient unrated players to award an unrated prize.
For tournament details see www.northsydneychess.org/seniors
1st and Classic Champion. Sterling Bayaca.
|Congratulations to prizewinners:
1st: Jack Rodgers
=2nd: Vladimir Chugunov, Henry Cronin
U1800: Ethan (Yuze) Li
U1510: Peter Creek
Unrated: =1st Michael Kyaw, Kurt Daley
For full details see www.northsydneychess.org/allegro
2021 Club Champion: As winner of Tournament 1, Matthew Bennett
Championship: 1st Stirling Bayaca; 2nd Gareth Charles; 3rd Jack Rodgers
A: 1st Chris Taffard; 2nd Pertti Sirkka; 3rd. Toby Huey
C: 1st Thomas Ban; 2nd Ian Case; 3rd Yuze (Ethan) Li
E: 1st Sean McDonald; 2nd Ethan Chang; 3rd James Ford (6.5/9)For full results, see: www.northsydneychess.org/club-championship
|Well done Josh winning our first on-line long-play tournament on chess.com.
Silver and bronze went to Jack Rodgers and Dmitry Miscenko
Click here for detailed results of the knock-out event go to www.chess.com/tournament/norths-long-play-1
|Norths Chess is open!! The situation remains fluid though and your committee will keep monitoring Government regulations and our host's instructions. Plus take note of our protocols regarding safe practices, personal hygiene and social distancing to help keep yourself and others COVID-19 safe.
We are still running our chess.com tournaments. Access is for members of Norths Chess so first go to www.northsydneychess.org/membership to join and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to find it.
Chess is a game that requires touching shared objects and surfaces, and physical proximity. Attendees of Norths Chess Club meetings must therefore take care for their own and others' wellbeing.
Visitors to Norths Leagues Club are required to register on entry, and we encourage you to have the CovidSafe app on your mobile phone. Visitors must comply with the COVID-19 safety plans and instructions of of Norths Leagues Club.
At the club the following rules will apply
1. Do not attend if you
* have been overseas or in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last two weeks
* have a fever, cough, cold or other signs of illness
* have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person until you have had a negative test
* are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test for yourself or a close contact.
2. Wash/cleanse your hands before and after a game, and as needed during a game. If possible bring your own hand sanitiser and use it before touching your face and after touching your face. The chess club will have hand sanitiser only at the entrance of the playing area.
If coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with flexed elbow or a paper tissue. Dispose of tissues hygienically, eg in closed bins. Wash/cleanse your hands before touching shared objects and surfaces.
3. Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from another person. Do not shake hands or have any physical contact with another person other than those in your own household.
4. During play:
- At the commencement of the session players’ chairs will be set 1.5 metres apart. Players should try to maintain as much distance from their opponent as practically possible during the game. Respect the personal space of your opponent.
- If observing a game, stay at least 1.5 metres from the players and their equipment, and from other observers
- More than one game may be required to be played during the session. Should that lead to any item of equipment being handled by more than two players, the Director of Play will determine any additional equipment sanitation protocols required
5. Parents must supervise their children at all times and ensure they are following these measures.
6. You are welcome to use your own standards above these, such as wearing a face mask or gloves.