Thursday 13 May – 2021 Johns Putra JETS

This year 28 players have been selected to participate in the 2021 Johns Putra Junior Elite Training Squad.

From the 7 NSW juniors selected, 6 are currently playing at Rooty Hill.

They are:

Alaina Vincent
Daniel Wang
Renee Pan
Savin Peramunetilleke
Seth Peramunetilleke
Vihaan Anup Kumar

Vicki Qian was selected as a reserve.

Congratulations to those juniors and the Rooty Hill Chess Club.

2020 NSW Junior Championships – Deferred from July 2020 due to COVID-19

NSW Junior U18 Championship 2020

Congratulations to 17-year-old Cameron McGowan, who won the NSW Junior U18 Championship, which was deferred from July 2020 because of COVID.

This is his third win in a row, and he is only the second player to become sole winner three times – after Tomek Rej, who won in 2000, 2001 and 2003 (Colin Davis won in 1985, 1986 and 1988 but two of these wins were shared).

Ryan Lane did also very well with second place.

For full results go to NSW JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP - (18-22/01/20219) (

NSW Junior U18 Championship Reserves (2020)

Congratulations to 13-year-old Seth Peramunetilleke, who won the U18 Reserves.

For full results go to NSW JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RESERVES - (18-22/01/2021) (

NSW Junior U12 Championship

Congratulations to 9-year-old Vihaan Anup Kumar, who won the Under 12 Championship. 
3-4 Yifei Hu and Savin Peramunetilleke.

For full results go to NSW JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP UNDER 12 - (20-22/01/2021) (

NSW Girls U18 Championship (2020)

Angelea He third place.

For full results go to NSW GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP - UNDER 18 - (13-14/1/2021) (

NSW Girls U12 Championship (2020)

Congratulations to 9-year-old Chanya Rupasinghe, who won the title after beating 8-year-old Vicky Qian 1.5-0.5 in a two-game playoff.

For full results go to NSW GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP - UNDER 12 - (13-14/1/2021) (

COVID-19 and Return of our Chess Club – Sunday 19 July

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the extreme uncertainty it has created, Chess club meetings will not happen at the West HQ/Rooty Hill RSL club, until further notice.

This is due to health concerns for our chess club members and the West HQ/Rooty Hill RSL Club applying current NSW Government restrictions.

Consequently, sadly all planned upcoming over-the-board tournaments for the rest of 2020 have now been cancelled.

When the NSW COVID-19 restrictions applying to clubs are lifted, we will notify members when we are able to resume over-the-board activities.

In the meantime. please join us to play chess at our Online Chess Club on Monday and Wednesday nights at Any friends are welcome to join as well.

Sunday 5 July, 2020

This week we received the sad news that Donato Mallari has passed away.

Donato was an enthusiastic, popular player and was a respected member of various chess clubs during his chess career, including Rooty Hill Chess Club.

He was one of the most active players in NSW in the last ten years.

His greatest achievement was being awarded the FM title at the 2017 Oceania Zonal Championship in Auckland with a score of 6 out of 9.

Other achievements included shared first in the 2012 Rooty Hill FIDE Open and winning the 2013 North Sydney Chess Club Championship ahead of a strong field, including a young (but already very strong) Anton Smirnov, who he beat in their individual game.

For Donato playing chess was lots of fun and even a painful loss would hardly effect his good mood, because there was always the next game to look forward to!

One of his chess skills that stood out was to keep looking for hidden tactical resources to escape defeat in lost positions and often against the odds he would succeed in doing so.

He will be greatly missed and we wish his family lots of strength during this difficult time.

Five RHCC Juniors selected for 2020 JETS

Congratulations to Vihaan, Shaheel, Dhwani, Alaina and Daniel, who have all been selected for the 2020 Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS).

The JETS will be trained online this year, including training by top Grand Masters like Judith Polgar and Ian Rogers.

For more details go to

Please ensure you email [email protected] if you are unable to make it to your game.