Author name: Winston

A Message from our President Peter Cassettari 

Dear All,

I need to talk about Coronavirus, and how it affects all of us.

I do not think we have much to worry about, but we need to take precautions. 

Fortunately, children seem to be more immune system to the Coronavirus yhan adults. This doesn’t mean they cannot get it, just not severely. But they can carry and transmit to their parents and other adults.

Coronavirus is passed on by water droplets from an infected person, usually by sneezing or coughing. These Water droplets can land on you or onto a surface that you then touch.


A face mask offers limited protection; it does not protect your eyes! Hand Sanitizers should only be used when you cannot wash your hands! 

Hand Sanitizers are anti-bacterial, not antiviral. Coronavirus is a Virus not bacterial!

The best protection is hand washing! 

We touch our faces many times in a minute; only touch your eyes, nose or mouth with clean hands!

Wash your hands often, especially after going to the toilet.  Wash thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Please also dry your hands thoroughly. Do not Rush! Use a paper towel to open the bathroom door to exit, drop the paper towel, in the bin by the door. 

Your hands should not touch any surfaces where possible.

Congratulations to Chanya Rupasinghe for her great achievements at the 2020 Australian Junior Chess Championships held in the Gold Coast.

Chanya shared first place with Darline Augustine in the U10 Girls Championship with 6.5 out of 8. Going into the last round Chanya was actually leading by 1/2 a point, but a last round draw allowed Darline to catch up and force a playoff.

Unfortunately Chanya had to concede the AJCC U10 title playing black in a Armageddon tie-break game.

Nevertheless this was a fantastic result for Chanya!!

Other great results were winning the U10 Girls Blitz and second prize in U14 Girls Problem Solving. She also did well in the U10 Open as best girl with 6 out of 9 and sharing 9th place with six other players including Vihaan and Daniel (Zhiyi).  

Final Standings – Monday 9 December

Place Name                    ACF  Score

  1   Cameron McGowan         2201 9    
  2   Yifu Wu                 1922 6.5  
 3-5  Daniel Pigram           2177 6    
      Daniel (Zhiyi) Wang     1631 6    
      Winston Zhao Chen       1544 6    
 6-7  Jeff Cabilin            1968 5.5  
      Alaina Vincent          1986 5.5  
8-13  Sayum Rupasinghe        1750 5    
      Erwin Plaza             1874 5    
      Dennis Okan             1894 5    
      Tarek Rahman            1948 5    
      Ziad Komer                   5    
      Peter Cassettari        1875 5    
 14   Soliman Soliman         1584 4.5  
15-20 Chanya Rupasinghe       1554 4    
      Albert Parengkuan            4    
      Muhamed Buza            1940 4    
      Eddie Quesada           1533 4    
      Bill Herreros           1451 4    
      Vihaan Anup Kumar       1559 4    
21-23 Jonathan Adams          1526 3    
      Jed Okan                1328 3    
      Caleb Wang              865  3    
24-25 Renee Yang Pan          1113 2    
      Allan Goldsmith         1248 2    
26-28 Alvin Vincent           218  0    
      Peter Tomlinson         610  0    
      Arjun Anand                  0