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(25 Jan 2023):

Summer Tournaments 2023

David Miller wins Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament
Harvey Zhu wins Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament
Chamathsara Mendis, Braydon Bouffler and James Fowler tie in Orange Summer Tournament
David Guo and Ralph Tsui toe in Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament
Jean Rusakov and Tristan Dyson tie in Central Coast Summer Tournament

The large number of entries for our Summer tournaments indicates that players are eager to get back to face-to-face tournaments after three years of Covid disruption.

Our first tournament of the year, the Sydney Summer Three-Day Tournament, attracted 88 players, over 15% more than the last Summer Three-Day Tournament (in pre-Covid 2020). The tournament was won by 17-year-old David Miller, who scored 7.5/9 (six wins and three draws).

The Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament was contested by 143 players and was won by 10-year-old Harvey Zhu, who scored 8 out of 9 and finished half a point ahead of Ralph Tsui and Jean Rusakov.

The Orange Summer Tournament attracted 34 players and ended in a three-way tie between Chamathsara Mendis (aged 15), Braydon Bouffler (13) and James Fowler (17), who each scored 6.5 out of 8.

The 122-player Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament was closely fought for all its 12 rounds and finished in a two-way tie between David Guo and Ralph Tsui with 9.5 points each.

A large field of 90 players took part in the Central Coast Summer Tournament, which ended in a tie between Jean Rusakov and Tristan Dyson with 6.5/7 each.

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


21 Jan 2023):

Australian Junior Championships 2023

Yifei Hu wins Under 12 Open Title
Reyaansh Chakrabarty wins Under 10 Open Title

The 2023 Australian Junior Championships were held in Melbourne from 12 to 20 January and NSW players secured two titles, three second places and four third places.

Yifei Hu won the Under 12 Open title and Reyaansh Chakrabarty winning the Under 10 Open title .

Leading Scores:

Under 18 Open (27  players, 9 rounds):
1st Ruicheng Wang (Vic) 7.5; 2nd Ryder Testolin (Vic) 7; =3rd Jayden Ooi (Qld), Benjamin Leong (Qld), Jesse Zafirakos (Vic), Randheer Thogata (Vic) 6

Under 16 Open  (40 players, 9 rounds):
1st Yihe (Rebo) Fu (WA) 8; 2nd Sayum Rupasinghe (NSW) 7.5; =3rd Seth Paramunetilleke (NSW), Chao Xin Cheng (Vic), Rheyansh Reddy Annapureddy (Vic) 7.

Under 14 Open  (70 players, 9 rounds):
1st Leo Kalina (Vic) 7.5; =2nd Saisiddharth Naraharasetty (NSW), Tedric Li (Vic), Malhaar Bipin Mehta (Vic) 7

Under 12 Open (75 players, 9 rounds):
1st Yifei Hu (NSW) 8; 2nd Lachlan Wang (Qld) 7.5; =3rd Lucas Ni (NSW), Daniel Wang (NSW), Shun Him Leung (Hong Kong), Justin Xia (Vic), Billy Huang (Vic), Neil Fu (Qld) 6.5

Under 10 Open (88 players, 9 rounds):
=1st Reyaansh Chakrabarty (NSW), Zeqi Xing (Qld) 8.5; =3rd Ricky Gao (Vic), Nolan Lin (Vic) 7
(Reyaansh won the playoff for the title)

Under 8 Open (46 players, 9 rounds):
1st ChengYi Xia (Qld) 8; 2nd Marcus Ni (NSW) 7.5; Angus Frost (Qld) 7

Under 18 and Under 16 Girls (18  players, 9 rounds):
=1st Chloe Fan (Vic), Ekaterina Gratchev (Qld) 6.5; =3rd Myiesha Maunders (Vic), Om O'Carroll (Vic) 6
(Chloe Fan won the playoff for the title)

Under 14 Girls(15 players, 9 rounds):
1st Zuzanna Gaszka (Poland) 8.5; 2nd Angela Zeng (Vic) 7.5; 3rd Elisaveta Gratchev (Q) 7; =4th Joy Liu (NSW), Vera Zeng (Vic) 5.5

Under 12 Girls (24 players, 9 rounds)
1st Vidushi Dissanayake (Vic) 8; 2nd Deethya Sai Katakam (Vic) 7.5; 3rd Olivia Song (Vic) 6.5

Under 10 Girls (22 players, 8 rounds):
1st Cindy Chen (SA) 7; =2nd Emma Huang (Vic), Xintong Zhang (Qld) 6.5

Under 8 Girls (21 players, 8 rounds):
1st Anjana Reddy Arumatta (Vic) 8; =2nd Bella Xia (Vic), Aadhya Sai Katakam (Vic) 6

For detailed results click HERE.


(11 Jan 2023):

Australian Open Championships 2023

Jayden Arav wins Australian Minor Championship

The 2023 Australian Open Championships, which were held in Perth in early January, included several subsidiary tournaments, one of which was the Australian Minor Championship. This tournament, for players with ACF ratings below 1600, was won by 13-year-old Jayden Arav from NSW. He was helped by his 12-year-old brother Nathan, who defeated the tournament leader in the last round, allowing Jayden to pass him and win the tournament by half a point. Nathan finished in equal second place.

For details click HERE.


(11 Dec 2022):

NSW Country Junior Championships 2022

Jacob Mills wins Under 18 Title

Avinav Sivaraj wins Under 12 Title

Jacob Mills aged 16 of Port Macquarie has won the NSW Country Junior Championship title. Jacob won all five games in the Under 18 finals, which were contested by six players who qualified from three preliminary heats in the north, south and west of the state. Jacob finished two points ahead of three players who tied for second place.

The Under 12 Championship was won by Avinav Sivaraj aged 9 of Port Macquarie ahead of Marcus Wells aged 11 of Woongarrah. Avinav was running third after the first half of the six-player double round robin but finished strongly in the second half to win by a one-point margin.

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


(11 Dec 2022):

Australian Schools Teams Championships 2022

This year's ASTC was held in Cairns in Queensland, a welcome return to the normal format after two years in which the event washeld online because of Covid. NSW teams achieved a second place and a third place in the four divisions.

The results are summarised below:

Secondary Open: 1st Anglican Church Grammar School (Qld) 14.5/20

NSW team: Knox Grammar School 7/20, place 5th/6

Secondary Girls: 1st Mac.Robertson Girls' High School (Vic) 19/20

NSW team: Sydney Girls High School 11/20, place 3rd./6

Primary Open: 1st Anglican Church Grammar School (Qld) 17/20

NSW team: Sydney Grammar School St Ives Preparatory 14.5/20, place 2nd/6

Primary Girls: 1st Sunnybank Hills State School (Qld) 16/20

NSW team: Neutral Bay Public School 7.5/20, place 5th/6

For further details click HERE.


(25 Nov 2022):

Primary Schools Competition 2022

The state-wide Primary Schools Competition (for teams of four players), which commenced in second term, has at last concluded. Despite the ravages of Covid 601 teams from 196 schools took part well down on pre-Covid numbers but better than expected considering that there was an upsurge of Covid at the time entries were due. The competition was divided into 10 regions and 32 zones, although one zone, Coffs Harbour, could not be held mainly due to Covid. Over the last few months the zone winners participated in region finals and the region winners then took part in the inter-region finals to determine the country and metropolitan champions, Wollongong Public School and Sydney Grammar St Ives Preparatory respectively. These two teams then met in the NSW final, in which Sydney Grammar St Ives Preparatory proved successful.

Congratulations to the winners and also to all the other finalists for their achievement in reaching the finals. For full details click on "Schools" in the menu at left, then on the Primary Schools Competition's "Draw & Results" and then on "Finals".


(18 Nov 2022):

Country Secondary Schools Competition 2022

Marian Catholic College Griffith from the Riverina Region has won this year's Country Secondary Schools Competition. This was the school's first victory since the competition started in 1996. In the grand final Marian College defeated last year's winner Merewether High from the Hunter Region in a tense battle. The competition started in first term with 114 teams and was only minimally disrupted by COVID as most matches were played online and schools are by now well used to this.

For full details click on "Schools" in the left-hand column and then look under the heading "Country Secondary Schools Competition".


(13 Nov 2022):

Spring Tournaments 2022

Tristan Dyson and Braidon Cox win Central Coast Spring One-Day Tournament
Yifei Hu win
s Sydney Spring One-Day Tournament
Seth Peramunetilleke wins Sydney Spring Two-Day Tournament
Chamathsara Mendis and Sarayu Prakashbabu win Orange Spring One-Day Tournament
Aditya Kumaresan wins Wollongong Spring Tournament

A record field of 63 players took part in the Central Coast Spring Tournament, which was jointly won by Tristan Dyson and Braidon Cox.

Nine-year-old Yifei Hu has won the Sydney Spring One-Day Tournament with a clean score, one and a half points ahead of his nearest rivals, Seth Peramunetilleke and Harvey Zhu,. The tournament attracted 166 players, the largest number since autumn 2018.

Fifteen-year-old Seth Peramunetilleke has won the 134-player Sydney Spring Two-Day Tournament with a score of 9 out of 10. In second place, half a point behind, was NSW Junior Champion Ryan Lane.

Two girls, Chanathsara Mendis and Sarayu Prakashbabu, shared first place in the Orange Spring Tournament, a full point ahead of the rest of the field.

Aditya Kumaresan has won the Wollongong Spring Tournament for the second time, his previous win being four years ago.

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


(22 Oct 2022):

NSW Junior Championships 2022 - Under 12 Playoff

Daniel Wang wins Playoff for NSW Under 12 Title

Following the tie between Daniel Wang and Reyaansh Chakrabarty in last July's NSW Under 12 Championship it has taken three playoff matches of two games each to decide the NSW Under 12 title. The first two matches were tied 1-1, but the third was won by Daniel 1.5-0.5. Daniel is 11 years old, but Reyaansh is only 8 and therefore has three more years to win the title.

Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left.


(7 Oct 2022):

City of Sydney Junior Championships 2022

Ryan Lane wins Under 18 Championship

Yifei Hu and Anh Quan Nguyen tie for first in Under 15 Championship

Daniel Wang wins Under 12 Championship

Ryan Lane recovered from a first round upset loss to win this year's City of Sydney Junior Championship. He won his remaining games to finish half a point ahead of Seth Peramunetilleke.

Nine-year-old Yifei Hu led most of the way through the Under 15 Division but conceded a draw in the last round, which allowed Anh Quan Nguyen to catch up and share first place.

Daniel Wang won the Under 12 Division with a score of 10 out of 11, a full point ahead of Ryan Chengji Liu, with Benjamin Tee (the only player to defeat Daniel) half a point further behind.

The three divisions attracted a total of 110 players, which was one more than last time (in pre-Covid 2019).

For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.


(30 Sept 2022):

NSW Girls Championships 2022

Chelsea Huey wins Under 18 Championship
Linda Qian wins Under 12 Championship

Thirteen-year-old Chelsea Huey has retained her title of NSW Girls Champion. She scored 5 out of 6, conceding draws to Renee Yang Pan and Joy Liu, who finished in equal second place half a point behind.

The Under 12 Championship was won by Linda Qian with a clean score of 9 out of 9, two points ahead of Vicky Qian (no relation).

For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.


(18 Sept 2022):

Australian Schools Teams Championships Selection Playoffs

The playoffs to select the teams to represent NSW in the Secondary Open and Secondary Girls divisions of the Australian Schools Teams Championships (ASTC) have been held.

The Secondary Open playoff was won by Knox Grammar School ahead of Sydney Boys High School, Baulkham Hills High School and Sydney Grammar School.

The Secondary Girls playoff was won by Sydney Girls High School ahead of Meriden School, North Sydney Girls High School and Queenwood School.

The winner of the NSW Primary Schools Competition, which is still in progress, will represent NSW in the Primary Open division.

Neutral Bay Public School will represent NSW in the Primary Girls division (there was no need for a selection playoff).

The ASTC will be held in Cairns over the weekend of 3-4 December.


(16 Sept 2022):

Metropolitan Secondary Schools Competition 2022

The 2022 Metropolitan Secondary Schools Teams  Competition, which commenced at the beginning of second term, has concluded. The winners of the three grades were as follows:

Senior Grade (Years 11-12): Baulkham Hills High School
Intermediate Grade
(Years 9-10):  Knox Grammar School
Junior Grade
(Years 7-8): Sydney Boys High School

A total of 300 teams from 73 schools took part in the competition an excellent recovery after more than two years of Covid disruption. The teams were divided into four regions and then into divisions of approximately 8 teams. Division winners qualified for knock-out region finals, the winners of which progressed to the inter-region finals in each grade. For full details click on "Schools" in the menu at left.


(12 Sep 2022):

Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament 2022

Knox Grammar School wins the Terrey Shaw Shield

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid the annual Secondary Schools One-Day Tournament attracted 70 teams from 30 schools, which was considerably more than the previous event (48 teams from 19 schools in pre-Covid 2019).

Knox Grammar School won the Open division and with it the Terrey Shaw Shield. With one round to play three teams shared the lead. but Knox finished strongly to capture first place by a full-point margin. Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Boys High School and St Patrick's College Strathfield shared second place, with trophies being awarded in that order on tie-break.

Sydney Boys High School won the Junior Division (Year 7-9), one and a half points ahead of James Ruse Agricultural High School.

For full scores click on "Schools" in the menu in the left-hand column.


(15 July 2022):

NSW Junior Championships 2022

Ryan Lane wins Under 18 title

Jean Rusakov and Harvey Zhu tie in Under 18 Reserves Division
Daniel Wang and Reyaansh Chakrabarty tie in Under 12 Championship

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Lane has won the NSW Junior (Under 18) Championship by a half-point margin over 15-year-old Eric Liu. Ryan is the son of International Master Gary Lane and former Australian Girls Champion and NSW Women's Champion Nancy Jones.

The Under 18 Reserves Division finished in a tie between Jean Rusakov and Harvey Zhu. A playoff will be held.

The Under 12 Championship also ended in a tie with Daniel Wang and Reyaansh finishing one and a half points ahead of their nearest rivals. They will play off for the title.

Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left.


(18 July 2022):

Winter Tournaments 2022

Ryan Lane wins Sydney Winter One-Day and Two-Day Tournaments
Theo Stein and Mikaere Pora tie in Central Coast Winter Tournament
Sarayu Prakashbabu and Avinav Sivaraj tie in Orange Winter Tournament

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Lane has won the Sydney Winter One-Day Tournament, a full point ahead of Henjo Coetzee and Michael Wang. The tournament was contested by 141 players.

Ryan followed up his One-Day win with a similar victory in the 107-player Sydney Winter Two-Day Tournament. His margin, however, was smaller only half a point, this time ahead of Ralph Tsui and Seth Peramunetilleke, who shared second place.

Fourteen-year-old Theo Stein and thirteen-year-old Mikaere Pora finished equal first in the Central Coast Winter Tournament by drawing with each other and defeating all their other opponents.

Twelve-year-old Sarayu Prakashbabu and nine-year-old Avinav Sivaraj tied for first place in the Orange Winter Tournament, both scoring 6.5 out of 8.

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


(3 July 2022):

NSW Junior Championships 2021 Under 12 Playoff

Yifei Hu wins playoff for Under 12 title

The long delayed playoff between Yifei Hu and Vihaan Anup Kumar for the 2021 NSW Under 12 title has been completed. The initial two-game playoff (held in May) was tied but the second has been won by Yifei 2-0. Yifei will hold his title for less than two weeks as the 2022 Championship will betake place on 13-15 July..


(29 May 2022):

Autumn Tournaments 2022

Seth Peramunetilleke wins Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament
Braiden Cox wins Central Coast Autumn One-Day Tournament
Seth Peramunetilleke and Eric Liu tie for first in Sydney Autumn Two-Day Tournament
Callan Arav wins Orange Autumn Tournament
Jean Rusakov wins Wollongong Autumn Tournament
Maxim Micevski wins Newcastle Junior Tournament (Dorothy & Allan Wright Challenge)

Fifteen-year-old Seth Peramunetilleke recovered from a first-round upset loss to 12-year-old Nestor Chan to win the Sydney Autumn One-Day Tournament. Seth and Nestor shared the lead going into the last round, but Nestor was held to a draw by Eric Liu and had to be content with equal second place (tying with Ralph Tsui).

Braiden Cox won the Central Coast Autumn One-Day Tournament with a picket-fence score, a point ahead of Jazz Jones.

Seth was again victorious in the Sydney Two-Day Tournament but had to share first place with Eric Liu. They emerged winners in the last round when top seed Ryan Lane, who had been leading, was defeated by Saisiddharth Naraharasetty.

The Arav brothers, Jayden, Nathan and Callan, journeyed from Sydney to capture the top three places in the Orange Autumn Tournament. The youngest, Callan (aged 8), came first and Jayden (13) and Nathan (11) shared second place. The most successful local player was Sarayu Prakashbabu (aged 12).

The Wollongong Autumn Tournament was won by 12-year-old Jean Rusakov with a clean score this was his fourth consecutive Wollongong win.

Maxim Micevski has won the Junior Division of the Newcastle Family Tournament (Dorothy & Allan Wright Challenge), conceding only half a point to second place winner Zac Hiughes.

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


(22 Jan 2022):

NSW Junior Championships 2021

Marco Zheng wins Under 18 title

Alaina Vincent wins Under 18 Reserves Tournament
Yifei Hu and Vihaan Anup Kumar tie in Under 12 Championship

Fourteen-year-old Marco Zheng has won the NSW Junior (Under 18) Championship, which was deferred from July 2021 because of the COVID lockdown. He scored 8/9, his only loss being in the first round to Brendan Anderson, who led for most of the tournament but dropped behind in the last round when he conceded his third draw. Top seed Jack Keating unfortunately had to withdraw early because of illness.

The Under 18 Reserves Tournament was won by 14-year-old Alaina Vincent (2019 NSW Girls Champion) with a score of 8/9 (two draws), one and a half points ahead of her nearest rivals, Anh Quan Nguyen and newcomer David Miller.

The Under 12 Championship finished in a tie between 2020 Under 12 champion Vihaan Anup Kumar and Yifei Hu. A playoff is to be arranged.

Full details may be found by clicking on "Results" in the menu at left.


(13 Jan 2022):

NSW Girls Championships 2021

Chelsea Huey wins Under 18 Championship
Renee Yang Pan wins Under 12 Championship

The 2021 NSW Girls Championships were held in January 2022, having been deferred from September 2021 because of COVID. The Under 18 Championship was won by 12-year-old Chelsea Huey with a score of 4 out of 5, half a point ahead of the 2019 champion Alaina Vincent.

The Under 12 Championship was won by Renee Yang Pan with 10.5 out of 11, one and a half points ahead of the 2020 champion Chanya Rupasinghe.

For full scores click on "Results" in the left-hand column.


(13 Jan 2022):

Summer Tournaments 2022

Yifei Hu, Jason Yan, Joseph Guo and Joshua Seo tie in Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament
Alaina Vincent wins Orange Summer One-Day Tournament
Ryan Lane wins Sydney Summer Two-Day Tournament

The Sydney Summer One-Day Tournament ended in a four-way tie between 9-year-old Yifei Hu and three players considerably older, Jason Yan, Joseph Guo and Joshua Seo.

Travelers from Sydney took the top places in the Orange Summer One-Day Tournament Alaina Vincent was first with 8 out of 8, ahead of brothers Jayden Arav (7) and Callan Arav (6). Next were three local players, Sarayu Prakashbabu, Gabriel Krause and Krishan Kandeepan, each with 5 points.

Ryan Lane was the clear winner of the Summer Two-Day Tournament by a margin of two whole points

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


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