• Winter Classic results
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 27 Aug 2023
    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
  • Allegro picket fence
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 27 Aug 2023
    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 
  • Special General Meeting 25 July
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 11 Jul 2023
    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:
    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. 
  • Daniel Gong Rapid Champion
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 13 May 2023
    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
  • Cameron retains Club Championship
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 26 Apr 2023
    Congratulations 2023 Club Champion Cameron McGowan and all division winners

    Champinship won by Cameron McGowan
    Championship: 1st Cameron McGowan; 2nd Samuel Asaks; =3rd Sterling Bayaca and Vladimir Feldman
    Candidates: 1st Harry Ruan=2nd Kurt Daley and Ton Luchtmeijer
    Tournament 3 won by Harvey Zhu
    A: 1st Harvey Shu; =2nd Robert Cregan and Benjamin Jiang
    B: 1st Ian Welch;  2nd Nikola Vujasin; =3rd ReyaanshChakrabarty; David James, Lucas Ni, Kristine Quek
    Tournament 4 won by Ashok Reddy
    C: 1st Ashok Reddy, 2nd Bosko Aleksovky; =3rd Gary Armstrong and Chelsea Huey
    D: =1st Bosko Aleksovky and Dean Chen; 3rd Vedantik Bhattacharyya
    Tournament 5 won by Matthew Turek
    E: Matthew Turek; 2nd Adrian Deccico; =3rd Andrew He, Jonathan Si Seng Ong, and Michael Zhang

    ​​​​​​​For full  results

  • Vale Warren Morris
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 31 Dec 2022
    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's picket fence
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2022
    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. 

  • Purdy Champion Cameron McGowan
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 26 Nov 2022

    Congratulations to our 2022 Purdy Champion Cameron McGowan and other prizewinners

    John Purdy Memorial Trophy: Cameron McGowan on tiebreak
    Open: =1st Cameron McGowan, Marco Zheng;  3rd Sterling Bayaca
    Rating group A: 1st Ian Parsonage; =2nd Chris Ball, Mark Baterowicz, Stephen Garner, Jongmin Lim, Henning Muller, Kristine Quek
    Rating group B: 1st Reyaansh Chakrabarty;=2nd Tom Beeh, Craig Duker
    Rating group C: =1st Joy Liu Vedantik Bhattacharyya
    Rating group D: 1st Nathan Arav; 2nd Jonathan Kuba
    Unrated: =1st Jonathan Sua, Layla Nafari
    Upset prize winners: Daniel Ding, Chelsea Huey, Nathan Arav, Jonathan Kuba, Ethan Chang, Darryl Ross, James Gough, Reyaansh Chakrabarty, Owen Yang

    CLICK HERE for the full results.

  • Worthy winner from our chess club!
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 4 Sep 2022
    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.  
  • Allegro Champion Anthony Fikh
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 12 Aug 2022

    Congratulations to our 2022 Allegro Champion Anthony Fikh and other prizewinners

    1st: Anthony Fikh
    =2nd: Arthur Huynh, Bahman Kargosha, Robert Sunaryo
    Rating Group A: =1st: Ethan Chang, David Stern
    Rating Group B: =1st: Ryan Liu, James Gough
    Unrated:   =1st: Frederick Kruger, Anthony Karnaout

    CLICK HERE for the detailed results.

  • Winter Classic Champion Alaina Vincent
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 1 Aug 2022

    Congratulations to our 2022 Classic Champion Alaina Vincent and other prizewinners:

    =1st: Alaina Vincent (Champion on tiebreak), Ridley Scott
    =3rd: Nick Kordahi, Paul Russell
    = Rating Group A: Arihant Yadav, Dean Chen, Ashok Reddy, Benjamin Tee
    = Rating Group B: Marcel Lima, Deves Manoji
    Unrated: Jongmin Lim

    CLICK HERE for the full results.

  • Seniors Champion Dennis Wan
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 1 Aug 2022
    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..
  • Big wins in the Boards
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 24 May 2022
    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 

  • Rapid Champion Cameron McGowan
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 23 May 2022
    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
  • Club Champion Cameron McGowan
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 6 Apr 2022
    Congratulations 2022 Club Champion Cameron McGowan and all division winners

    Tournament 1 won by Cameron McGowan
    Championship: =1st Cameron McGowan and Dmitry Miscenko; 3rd Gareth Charles
    Candidates: =1st Joshua Brown and Chris Taffard; 3rd Allan Richards
    Tournament 2 won by Van Vo
    A: 1st Dennis Wan; =2nd Jose Escribano and Kurt Daley
    B: 1st Van Vo; 2nd Gary Armstrong; 3rd Lucas Ni
    Tournament 3 won by Benjamin Jiang
    C: =1st Dominic Earle and Arihant Yadav; 3rd Yuze (Ethan) Li
    D: 1st Benjamin Jiang; =2nd Robert Fenton-Lee and Leon Munk
    Tournament 4
    E: 1st Annan Yadav; =2nd Haowei Wang and Robert Carollo

    For full  results


  • ACF awards Paul Glissan the Koshnitsky Medal
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 1 Feb 2022

    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.

    Under Paul’s presidency at Norths, several club members represented Australia in a variety of international events, won Australian championship titles and achieved two grandmaster and several other FIDE titles.

    Paul served as Secretary of the ACF when the Council was based in Sydney in 1998.

    Paul is an active member of Norths Chess and the current Senioirs Champion. 

  • Club Championship blitz results
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 27 Jan 2022
    The new Club Blitz Champion is Robert Sunaryo, taking the title on tiebreak with Clive Ng.

    Prizewinners were

    =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


  • Message from the President
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 30 Dec 2021

    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
  • Summer Blitz
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 25 Dec 2021
    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.
  • Trophies come home!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 25 Nov 2021

    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.
  • Opening ... again at last
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 5 Nov 2021
    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
  • Reopening delay
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 12 Oct 2021

    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.

  • Reopening 19 October
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 5 Oct 2021
    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

    There may be more detail on protocols as government and the club prepare for opening. Watch here for updates.
  • Seniors and Classic results
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2021
    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

    Winter Classic

    1st and Classic Champion. Sterling Bayaca.
    Rating Group A. Joshua Li.
    Rating Group B. Dean Nguyen-Jariv.
    Unrated group. Kurt Daley

    For tournament details see

  • Allegro results
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 28 Aug 2021
    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
  • The Boards
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 28 Aug 2021
    We've taken leads against Harbord and St George in the first round. Now we hope that the Covid shutdown will end and allow us to plat the secound rounds. See detailed results HERE for the Little Board.and HERE for the Big Board
  • Club Championship results
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 7 Apr 2021

    2021 Club Champion: As winner of Tournament 1, Matthew Bennett

    Tournament 1

    Championship: 1st Stirling Bayaca;  2nd Gareth Charles; 3rd Jack Rodgers
    Candidates: 1st Matthew Bennett (7/9); 2nd James Spencer; 3rd Vladimir Chugunov

    Tournament 2

    A: 1st Chris Taffard; 2nd Pertti Sirkka; 3rd. Toby Huey
    B: 1st John McFarlane; 2nd Linden Fennamore; 3rd. James Zaverdinos

    Tournament 3

    C: 1st Thomas Ban; 2nd Ian Case; 3rd Yuze (Ethan) Li
    D: 1st. Lucas Ni; 2nd Tom Beeh; 3rd Dominic Earle

    Tournament 4

    E: 1st Sean McDonald; 2nd Ethan Chang; 3rd James Ford (6.5/9)

    For full results, see:
  • Josh Brown victorious
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021
    Well done Josh winning our first on-line long-play tournament on

    Silver and bronze went to Jack Rodgers and Dmitry Miscenko

    Click here for detailed results of the knock-out event go to
  • COVID-19 at Norths
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 17 Feb 2021
    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 tournaments. Access is for members of Norths Chess so first go to to join and contact 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.
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