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.

Chanya Rupasinghe =1st at AJCC U10 Girls

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).  

Cameron McGowan wins AJCC U18

Congratulations to Cameron who won the 2020 Australian Junior U18 Championship at Southport on the Gold Coast. 

Final Standings after round 9:

Pos Pts ID Name                 ACF  Fed Cmlt

 1  7.0  1 McGowan, Cameron     2221 NSW 34.5
 2  6.5  3 Ostapenko, Michael   1958 QLD 35.0
 3  6.5  2 Renjith, Sravan      2029 OS  30.0
 4  6.0  6 Fikh, Anthony        1860 NSW 32.0
 5  5.5 10 Odenthal, Aidan      1765 NSW 29.5
 6  5.5  5 Slater-Jones, Henry  1874 QLD 27.5
 7  5.5  7 Yang, Gordon         1857 NSW 26.0
 8  5.0 16 Pattison, Hamish     1465 SA  25.0
 9  5.0  8 Wang, Jason          1806 QLD 23.5
10  5.0 12 Poberezovsky, Daniel 1654 VIC 23.5
11  5.0 14 Yang, Oliver         1565 QLD 21.0
12  4.5  9 Morris, Byron        1797 QLD 24.5
13  4.0  4 Salasan, Haran       1895 VIC 22.5
14  4.0 11 Kiripitige, Chathula 1735 SA  19.5
15  4.0 13 Atia, Ben            1567 QLD 18.5
16  4.0 17 Agadzhanian Griroriy 1448 RUS 18.0
17  3.5 15 McCartney, Connor    1494 QLD 15.5
18  2.5 18 Shorey,Caleb         1034 QLD 15.0
19  1.0 19 Burnside,Jack         649 QLD 9.0

2020 Australian Junior Championships

2020 Australian Junior Championships January 18 – 26

Final results Rooty Hill Chess Club Juniors:

Australian Junior U8  Championship  45 entries
  Caleb Wang        14-20 5/9

Australian Junior U10 Championship  77 entries
  Aiden Wen          3-5  7/9
  Daniel Jingxi Chen 6-8  6.5/9
  Vihaan Anup Kumar  9-15 6/9
  Daniel Wang        9-15 6/9
  Chanya Rupasinghe  9-15 6/9

Australian Junior U12 Championship  71 entries
  Shaheel Faizal     6-13 6/9 
  Aiden Wen         21-30 5/9
  Vihaan Anup Kumar 21-30 5/9

Australian Junior U16 Championship  28 entries  
  Ryan Lane          7-9  5.5/9
  Winston Zhao Chen 13-16 4.5/9
Australian Junior U18 Championship  19 entries 
  Cameron McGowan  first  7/9 U18 Champion. Congratulations!!

Australian Junior Girls U12-U18 Championship  31 entries
  Dhwani Patel      11-15 5/9
  Jasmine Lane      18-23 4/8

Australian Junior Girls U10 Championship  18 entries
  Chanya Rupasinghe  1-2  6.5/8 - lost playoff. Well played!!

Australian Junior Girls U8 Championship 15 entries
  Vicky Qian         7th  4.5/8 

U18 Blitz Australian Junior  68 entries
  Cameron McGowan    2-4  7/9
  Ryan Lane          4-7  6.5/9
  Winston Zhao Chen 29-39 4.5/9
  Dhwani Patel      47-53 3.5/9

Problem Solving Competition
  U18       2nd Cameron McGowan 
  U16 Girls 3rd Jasmine Lane  
  U14 Girls 2nd Chanya Rupasinghe (aged only 8)




Cameron awarded 2019 Arlauskas Medal

Congratulations to Cameron McGowan who capped of a fantastic chess year with the Australian Chess Federation awarding him the prestigious 2019 ACF Arlauskas Medal for Junior Player of the Year.

In 2019 Cameron won the Australian U16 Junior Championship with 8.5 out of 9 and the NSW U18 Junior Championship with 8 out of 9.

In July Cameron had another excellent result tying for first with 5.5 out of 9 in the NSW State Championship, but unfortunately missed out on the title after a play off with Jack Rodgers. 

Recently Cameron also won the Rooty Hill Chess Club Championship with the maximum score of 8 out of 8 plus an added win on forfeit.