Interclub Teams Tournament 2021

Updated May 1st, 2021

When: 7:15 for 7:30pm start on consecutive Tuesdays, from 27th of April until the 22nd of June
Venue: The Chess Centre of South Australia,
10 Ranelagh Street, Adelaide.
Entry Fee: $12 a night, $10 concession (Seniors, Students, Unemployed).
This tournament is open to all players.
Players are expected to play all rounds or be able to organize a replacement.
Format: 9 round ACF-rated teams competition.
4 players per team, Swiss Draw or Round Robin.
Time Control: Fischer – 60 Minutes + 30 Seconds a move
Grade Restrictions A-Grade: None
B-Grade: Under 1600 ACF
C-Grade: Under 1000 ACF

All players are encouraged to read the rules document below.

Thursday Night Chess – Cancelled

December 30th, 2020

THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL CHESS is CANCELLED for tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve! We will be back next week (6pm-9pm at the SA Chess Centre) for your weekly fix of friendly games and chess fun.

Lidums Australian Allegro Championship

Updated December 22nd, 2020

Lidums Australian Allegro Championship 2020

South Australia’s Premier One-Day Chess Tournament

Proudly sponsored by the Lidums Chess Foundation

Please note that this year’s Lidums Australian Allegro will be held at the Chess Centre instead of Glenelg due to the Covid-19 virus. We will be following all the Covid-19 Guidelines and it should be a fabulous event!

Notable Entrants: IM Leonid Sandler

When: 12.00pm, Saturday the 26th of December 2020

Venue: Chess Centre of South Australia,10 Ranelagh St Adelaide.

Entry Fee: $25 all players, late entry fee +$5 (all entries received after 9am, 26th of December)

Format: 7 Rounds, Swiss System

Time Control: Fischer Allegro – 15 Minutes + 2 Seconds per move


Entry Form

or text or phone Alan Goldsmith on 0401 672 481 and let him know you are playing!!

2020 Interclub Matches

Updated April 15th, 2021

The 2020 Interclub Matches

These were played over 10 weeks and were among the first face-to-face chess matches in the world to be played in the Covid-19 environment. We followed strict Covid-19 guidelines with the boards spaced out as far as possible and all the sets, boards and clocks sanitised after each round. All the players and spectators were also required to fill in the contact-tracing sheets on entry, as well as sanitise their hands and bump elbows at the start and end of each game.

That being said and done, it was great fun. It was just fabulous to play someone across the board again, rather than across the Internet and the competitions were amazingly close. Bill Jordan was the arbiter and it all ran smoothly, apart from running 10 minutes late each time through no fault of his own .. rather Alan trying frantically to try ensure players all had a game.

There were only 5 teams in the A Grade which was very messy but it was played as a double round-robin and so the B Grade which had 8 teams was played as a 7 round round-robin and then a Swiss for the final 3 extra rounds. A new program called Orion was used for the pairings and it was not easy to use or able to cope with these different tournament formats.

The final Results:

A Grade

1st Matisons 20.5
2nd Adelaide 20
3rd Modbury 14
4th K&B Red 12
5th K&B Orange 6.5

The final round was particularly tense – Matisons had the bye and only just needed the K&B Orange team to take a point off the Adelaide team to win the competition and that looked like it had happened when Mathew Drogmuller was substituted in to the K&B Orange team at the last moment against Chris Benham and won relatively early, allowing the Matisons team to go off celebrating, little realising that there is rule that new players cannot be entered into a team in the last round if they had not played in the competition at all that season. Fortunately for Matisons, Jwalit Parikh for the K&B Orange team saved the day by winning on board 4.

The Matisons team consisted of IM Trevor Tao, Michael Hoff, Robert Hoile, Aivars Lidums with Peter Gregoric and Peter Ballard substituting for a few rounds.

B Grade

The B Grade competition was also very close and decided in the last round too. There were 8 teams and it was very pleasing to see a good number of new players taking part for the first time.

Final Standings:

1st West Torrens – 31.5
2nd Modbury – 30
3rd Norwood – 24
4th K&B Green – 18.5
5th Adelaide – 15.5
6th K&b Yellow – 15.0
7th K&B Blue – 12.0
8th Extras Newagency – 11.5

The West Torrens Team consisted of Alex Maschkowsky, Anthony Haywood, Laslo Kanovics and Ben Smith with Michel Barone, Tom Windram and Rick Lu as reserves.

So congratulations to all who took part – we hope you had fun!