A Message from our President Peter Cassettari
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).
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 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)
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.