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(13 Jul 2019):

Winter Tournaments 2019

Jack Keating wins Sydney Winter One-Day and Two-Day Tournaments

The Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament has been won by 15-year-old Jack Keating. After winning his first eight games he agreed to a quick draw in the final round to secure first place, half a point ahead of Autumn One- and Two-Day winner Kerry Lin.

Jack Keating also won the Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament. Despite a loss (to Yifu Wu) and a draw he finished a full point ahead of the next highest scorers, Justin Wayne-Lowe and Celina Wu.

For detailed scores click on "Results" in the menu at left.

Enter now for the remaining winter school holiday tournaments see "Coming Events" in the menu at left.


(15 June 2019):

NSWJCL Showcase Westfield Chatswood

The NSWJCL is holding a showcase event at Westfield Chatswood on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 June, similar to the popular showcase we held in 2016. Included will be the Westfield Chess Challenge (or rather two, one on each day) these are blitz (lightning) tournaments for our more experienced juniors (invitation only) but there are plenty of activities for others.

For details click on "Coming Events" in the menu at left.


(26 Apr 2019):

Autumn Tournaments 2019

Braiden Cox and Liam Lightfoot tie for first in Newcastle Autumn One-Day Tournament
Kerry Lin wins Sydney Autumn One-Day and Two-Day Tournaments
James Joseph wins Orange Autumn One-Day Tournament

The Newcastle Autumn One-Day Tournament resulted in a tie for first place between 14-year-old Braiden Cox and 12-year-old Liam Lightfoot. They drew with each other and won all their other games.

Sixteen-year-old Kerry Lin has won the Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament with the convincing score of 9 out of 9. He finished one and a half points ahead of 11-year-old Sayum Rupasinghe. Kerry's previous victories include last year's Autumn and Winter One-Day Tournaments.

Kerry repeated his success by winning the Autumn Two-Day Tournament, also with a perfect score, 11 out of 11. Second was Mittun Sudhahar from Tamworth, who scored 10 out of 11 (losing only to Kerry) this was Mittun's first Sydney tournament, but he had previously won last year's Orange Spring Tournament with a clean score.

The Orange Autumn Tournament was won by James Joseph with a score of 7.5  out of 8. He finished a point ahead of Nikhil Reddy, who was the top Under 12 player.

For detailed results click on "Results" in the menu at left.


(24 Feb 2019):

Summer Tournaments 2019

Jason Pan and Jack Keating tie for first in Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament
Sarayu Prakashbabu wins Orange Summer One-Day Tournament
Cameron McGowan wins Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament
Vincent Qiang wins Wollongong Summer One-Day Tournament

The Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament resulted in a tie for first place between 12-year-old Jason Pan and 14-year-old Jack Keating. This was Jason's best result to date, but Jack had already starred by winning last year's NSW Reserves Championship.

In the Orange Summer Tournament Sarayu Prakashbabu repeated her Winter Tournament victory with the same score, 7 out of 8.

Newly crowned Australian Under 16 champion Cameron McGowan conceded only half a point to win the Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament, with Kerry Lin half a point behind him.

Vincent Qiang has achieved his twelfth win of a Wollongong seasonal tournament and did so with a clean score, 7 out of 7.

For detailed results click on "Results" in the menu at left.


(22 Jan 2019):

Australian Junior Championships 2019

NSW players win six of the twelve main titles

NSW had its best results for many years at the Australian Junior Championships, which have just concluded in Sydney. The championships were held at Trinity Grammar School, which proved an ideal venue for the nine-day event, and attracted 362 entries from 334 players in the main tournaments, plus more in the Lightning (Blitz) and Problem Solving Competitions.

The title winners included the following NSW players:

   ●  Under 18 Open: Sterling Bayaca

   ●  Under 16 Open: Cameron McGowan

   ●  Under 14 Open: James Spencer

   ●  Under 12 Open: Seth Peramunetilleke

   ●  Under 10 Open: Aiden Wen

   ●  Under 8: Girls: Chanya Rupasinghe

Another NSW player, Alaina Vincent, won the Under 14 Girls Championship, but was ineligible for the title.

The new Australian Junior Champion, Sterling Bayaca, had a particularly impressive win, scoring 8.5 out of 9 and finishing 2 whole points ahead of his nearest rival.

For details, including scores, see the Australian Junior Championships link (at top right) or use the direct link www.ajcc.org.au.




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