The 2020 Australian Chess Championships at St George Chess Club comprise four tournaments:

  • Australian Championship 
  • Australian Reserves – Under 2150 
  • St George Chess Club Classic – Under 1800 
  • Australian Blitz Championship 

The Championships are run by St George Chess Club on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation and NSWCA.

NSW residents must be members of the NSWCA. NSW Juniors under-18 must be NSWCA or NSW Junior Chess League Members. Other juniors must be members of the equivalent State or Territory organisation.

Prizes

With the generosity of our new sponsor, we are pleased to increase prizes in line with the gift’s stated aim of “encouragement of chess players in Australia and for further promotion of chess as a game and sport”.

We also extend thanks to our host St George Leagues Club, without whose support this tournament would not be possible.

AUSTRALIAN
CHAMPIONSHIP
RESERVESST GEORGE
CLASSIC
1st $3,0001st $1,2001st $500
2nd $2,0002nd $8002nd $300
3rd $1,0003rd $5003rd $200
4th $7004th $300U1600 $200
5th $500U2000 $250
6th $400U1800 $250
7th $300U1600 $550
8th $200U1400 $250
U1200 $250
Unrated $250

Limit of one cash prize per player. ACF Classic rating (or if a player doesn’t have one, FIDE Standard rating) is used to determine rating prizes. Unrated players (i.e. those without an ACF Classic or FIDE Standard rating) are only eligible for the Unrated prizes in the Reserves and Classic.

Dress

Smart casual in accordance with St George Leagues Club regulations. Food and drink may not be brought into the club but is available for purchase at the venue.

Arbiters

Chief Arbiter IA Charles Zworestine. Charles can be contacted on 0410 563 965 or charlesz@ozemail.com.au.

Byes

As determined by the ACF in 2015 the following will apply with regards half point byes:

  • No half point byes are allowed in the Australian Championship.
  • For the Australian Reserves only one half point bye is allowed and only in the first six rounds, and will be permitted only by prior arrangement with the arbiter.

If you will not be able to play a round in any tournament, request a bye by speaking to Charles Zworestine at the venue or 0410 563 965; charlesz@ozemail.com.au.

Time Control

Championships: 40 moves in 90 mins, + 30 mins to finish game, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.
Reserves: All moves in 90 mins, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.
Classic: All moves in 60 mins, with an increment of 30 secs per move from Move 1.

Forfeiture

Any player who arrives at the chess board more than 30 mins after scheduled start of the session shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.

Withdrawal

In accordance with ACF requirements a report will be made to the ACF on players who withdraw from the events with the reasons for their withdrawal. Action may be taken by the ACF on unapproved withdrawals.

Tie

In case of a tie the ACF By-laws for ACF Tournaments apply.

Results and Pairings

Results and pairings will be posted in this site’s “Results” section and will be updated round by round.