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Welcome to the Chess Association of Western Australia's Website

Here you will find all the information you need regarding chess in Western Australia.

The site primarily caters for registered CAWA chess players be they Senior or Junior. But if you are an unregistered player, casual player or even an interested visitor feel free to look around. Perhaps after viewing the CAWA site you may wish to join the CAWA. By becoming a member you are then eligible to participate in ratified tournaments and obtain an official rating. Membership forms are available under the Administration section in the site navigation menu on the left.

You may also consider volunteering to help CAWA in running (or helping out at) events and competitions. Your gift of time would be much appreciated and meaningful to CAWA and participants. To volunteer please use the link: For more information regarding volunteering for CAWA, please contact: Faith Tee - CAWA Junior Vice President     email:

We hope you enjoy the CAWA site and if you have any comments, corrections or questions please forward them to:

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WA Junior Allegro The 2023 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships will be held on Sunday the 15th of October at North Perth Town Hall, 24 View Street, North Perth, WA 6006

Full details are available from the entry form:
WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships Entry Form

Entry fee is $30 per player and you can register here using trybooking:

Note: Entries close on Friday, 13 October 2023, at 5:00 PM. Strictly no last-minute entry.

Please direct any enquiries to: Alan/Carvin/Faith     Email:


WA Chess Championship Trophy The 4-player double round robin
WA Reserves Championship Playoff concluded this week, with David King (4.0/6) claiming this year's title, half a point clear of WFM Kathryn Hardegen and Dominador Andador (3.5/6).

Congratulations to David and well done to all participants for their tenacity in seeing out the playoff that lasted almost 3 months.


School Chess League Girls Finals The 2023 School Chess League Girls Finals was played on Sunday 24th September at the Royal Park Hall in West Perth.

A nice report from Arbiter Dylan Gough is available from the link below:

2023 School Chess League Girls Finals


School Chess League The
2023 School Chess League Finals was held on the 4th of September at Perth Modern School.

Congratulations to the winning schools:

Oberthur Primary School and Rossmoyne Senior High School

Both schools will now be invited to the national finals later this year to represent Western Australia.


Perth Chess League
Hi Chess Players,

The CAWA Council is now considering a proposal for a Perth Chess League to start next year.

The basic idea is as follows:

l Teams to consist of a maximum of six players.
l Teams do not need to be aligned to a club, but all players must be CAWA members.
l Maximum two Open players, two U1850 players and two U1550 players.
l At least one U1850 and one U1550 player must play in a match.
l Games will be rated at a classical time control, most probably 75 minutes plus 30 seconds increment.
l Matches will be played in a four-board format.
l Team rating will be the sum of the four highest rated players.
l League will be run in a Teams Swiss format, subject to entries.
l Maximum of nine rounds, subject to venue availability.
l One round per month, starting in March and running to November if there are nine rounds.
l The games will be played on a week night, probably at one of the Senior clubs in Perth.
l A maximum of three rounds will be played at any one club.
l The winner will be based on Match Points with Game Points used as the tie-break.

There will be a nominal team entry fee to cover venue and rating costs, probably $10 per player.

At this point we are seeking expressions of interest from anyone who would like to form and enter a team. If there is sufficient interest we will flesh out and agree the details.

Please let me know in the first instance if you would be interested in forming a team (I don't need to know that you would just be interested in playing).

Kind regards Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator     Email:


Harris/Edwares Competition The
2023 Harris/Edwardes Interclub competition was held on Sunday 10th & Sunday 17th September at the Blue Gum Community Centre in Brentwood, WA 6153.

Congratulations to Southern Suburbs Chess Club who took out the Premier and the Major, and to the Indian community association MAWA who took out the Minor.


Chess Arbiter Rules From 26th August to 2nd September 2023, a National Arbiters' Seminar was organised in Perth, by the Chess Association of WA, under the auspices of the ACF. The Lecturer was IA Andrew Hardegen (AUS).

Nineteen (19) Arbiters from WA participated in the Seminar and eighteen (18) of them participated in the examination test, held after the end of the lectures.

The following succeeded in the test, and they have fulfilled the ACF's seminar requirement for the award of the NA licence:

Hui Huang, Michael Molenaar, Daniel Clarke, Saminda De Vas, IM Patrick Gong, John Pimenov, Dennis Holland (already has NA licence), Celine Ong, FM Yihe (Rebo) Fu, Paul Harris, Oscar Gao (does not yet meet the minimum age requirement), Stephen Mazza, Sanjay Mukhedkar, Dylan Gough (already has NA licence) & Carvin Kumar.

Report kindly provided by CAWA President - FA Andrew Hardegen.

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(Click on photos to enlarge)


Chess Pieces Dylan Gough has a number of sets for sale. Boards and pieces for $40.

If you are interested please contact Dylan.     Email:     Mobile: 0402 747 737


Chess Simul The
Warwick Community Chess Club are organising a simultaneous chess display featuring GM Temur Kubokarov on Thursday the 21st of September, to support Temur's participation in the 2023 Qatar Masters and the 2023 FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

We wish Temur all the best in these events and hope that the chess community can support him.

This is not a CAWA organised event, so please direct any queries etc to:

Warwick Community Chess Club President: Stephen Jones     Email:     Mobile: 0417 976 872 (text)


2023 FIDE World Youth Olympiad The
FIDE World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad concluded on the 19th of August 2023 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

It was an incredible experience for the Australian Junior Chess Team. The players, hailing from different parts of Australia, came together to represent their country on an international platform. Australia had sent 2 teams for the tournament.

Team Australia 1 was represented by:
1. FM Yihe Fu, 2. Rui Gen Teh, 3. CM Yifei Hu & 4. WCM Chao Xin Cheng

Team Australia 2 was represented by:
1. Iker Hernandez Mendez, 2. Randheer Thogata, 3. WCM Chloe Fan & 4. Om O'Carroll

Over the course of 9 rounds of intense competition, Team Australia 1 scored 9 points (4 victories, 1 draw, 4 losses) while Team Australia 2 scored 8 points (4 victories and 5 losses)

Out of the 36 games played, Team Australian 1 scored a total of 22 board points, while Team Australian 2 scored 14 board points.

The fact that Team Australia 1 ranked 28th and Team Australia 2 ranked 44th out of over 60 teams is quite an achievement, which is a testament to their hard work and determination. The resilience they showed, especially against the top-seeded Kazakhstan team, is truly commendable. It's clear that the players gained valuable experience and lessons from this tournament.

The camaraderie they built and the pride they felt in representing Australia are just as important as the points they earned. This experience, no doubt, has fostered a sense of unity and team spirit among the players.

Captain GM Zhao Zong Yuan, Hui Lam Teh, and all the parents involved must be incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished. This experience will surely serve as a stepping stone for the players, inspiring them to continue pursuing their passion for chess and representing Australia in future tournaments. It's heartening to see such dedication and passion for chess among the youth. This experience will be a memorable one for all involved.


Some Photos:

Report kindly provided by Hui Lam Teh.


Willetton Open The
2023 Willetton Open was held on the 19th & 20th of August at Leeming Primary School.

Congratulations to the winner: Tim Hare

The 2023 Grand Prix standings after the Willetton Open are available here: 2023 Grand Prix Standings after the Willetton Open


School Chess League After completion of the
2023 School Chess League West Zonal it is now time for the School Chess League Finals for 2023.

This will be held on the 4th of September at Perth Modern School.

Congratulations to the following schools for securing spots in the finals:

Primary Schools

1. Oberthur PS (42 points)
2. Caledenia PS (34 points)
3. Carmel PS (32 points)
4. Christchurch Grammar (19 points)
5. Nedlands PS (16 points)
6. Scotch College (16 points)

Secondary Schools

1. Perth Modern School (35 points)
2. Christchurch Grammar (29 points)
3. Rossmoyne SHS (18 points)
4. Harrisdale SHS (17 points)
5. Willetton SHS (15 points)
6. Wesley College (14 points)
7. Trinity College (12 points)
8. Kingsway Christian College (12 points)
9. Shenton College (12 points)
10. Duncraig SHS (11 points)

We extend to you an official invitation to attend the 2023 WA School Chess League Finals. This event is by invitation, and there is no participation fee.

The tournament is scheduled for:

Date: Monday, 4th September

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue: Perth Modern School

(We will provide you with the precise location map as the date approaches.)

Kindly register your players' names using the following link:

Registration closes: 1st September 2023. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in completing the task before the designated deadline.

The winner of this tournament will earn the opportunity to represent WA at the annual Australian Schools Teams Championships 2023. This prestigious event is anticipated to take place at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, on 2nd-3rd December. Each State and Territory are entitled to send their teams to compete in the Australian Schools Teams Championships.

Please send any enquiries to: Faith Tee     Email:     Mobile: 0413113002 (SMS only)


CAWA Newsletter The August Edition of the CAWA Newsletter is now available.

Please enjoy!!!!

For those wishing to contribute anything to the next edition please send your submission to:

Newsletter Editor: Mike McGregor by the 30th of September 2023.


Margaret River The
2023 South West Open was held in Margaret River on the 29th & 30th of July.

Congratulations to the winners:

Marc Vlietstra - 2023 South West Open Champion

Michael Molenaar & John Prince - Joint 2023 Country Champions

The 2023 Grand Prix standings after the South West Open are available here: 2023 Grand Prix Standings after the South West Open


WA State Trophy The
2023 WA Open Chess Championships was held from the 21st of May to the 2nd of July at Southern Suburbs Chess Club

Congratulations to Patrick Gong who defeated Rui Gen Teh (2-0) in the play-off for the WA Chess Champion title.

The Reserves title play-off is currently underway between David King, WFM Kathryn Hardegen, Dominador Andador & Dylan Gough.

Results of this will be published when the play-off is completed.


Chess Simul On Sunday 23 July at Leeming Primary School (Southern Suburbs Chess Club) a simultaneous chess display was given by Rebo Fu and Rui Gen Teh.

Please click on the link below to see a nice report of this event kindly provided by Tim Hare.

2023 Rebo Fu / Rui Gen Teh Simul Report


Chess Arbiter Rules CAWA will be running its first National Arbiter Seminar on Saturdays 26th August & 2nd September at North Woodvale Primary School (Perth Chess Club)

Information about the Seminar can be found here:
2023 CAWA National Arbiter Seminar Information Sheet

Currently there 13 registered participants, so there are 7 spots still available.

All Enquiries to: FA Andrew Hardegen - CAWA President, Lecturer - ACF Arbiters' Commission    Email:     Mobile: 0407 421 084


Margaret River As of the 24th of July we have now filled 37 of the 40 available places.

Please book now if you are still interested in attending.

Book here:

Organiser: Ian McAteer     Email:     Mobile: 0403 776 220


Junior Chess The
2023 State Junior Chess Championships was held last week and attracted 198 players for 7 different tournaments.

Congratulations to the following:

Iker Hernandez Mendez - Under 18s Champion.

Paula Gruber - Girl's Under 18s Champion.

Oscar Gao - Under 16s Champion.

Kobe Wu - Under 16s Girl's Champion.

Noah Taylor - Under 14s Champion.

Ashvin Balavignan - Under 12s Champion.

Senudi De Vas - Under 12s Girl's Champion.

Lennon Kerr - Under 10s Champion.

Senudi De Vas - Under 10 Girl's Champion.

Carter Kerr - Under 8 Champion.

Anja Guo Wang - Under 8s Girl's Champion.

Oscar Gao - Problem Solving Champion.

Kobe Wu - Girl's Problem Solving Champion.

Iker Hernandez Mendez - Under18s Blitz Champion.

Kobe Wu - Under 18s Blitz Girl's Champion.

Alan Wolstencroft - Chief Arbiter     Email:


School Chess League The SCL Western Zonal will be the last preliminary round of the School Chess League, and it will be closely contested event with all schools still in the running to book their place in the WA School Chess League Finals to be held at Perth Modern School on Monday 4th September.

The winning WA schools in each division of the Final on 4th September (one team from each of Secondary Open, Secondary Girls, Primary Open, Primary Girls divisions) will qualify to represent WA in the 2023 Australian Schools Team Championship, a weekend event to be held in Adelaide in December this year.

Once the limit of 120 participants is reached for the Western Zonal on 13th August, we will keep entries open so that additional players who wish to participate can be added to a waiting list. In the event of withdrawals in the lead-up to the tournament, players from the waiting list will be approached and asked whether they wish to confirm their place.

Information for the SCL Western Zonal is available here:
SCL West Zonal Entry Form

Bookings for the SCL Western Zonal can be made here:

Note: Entries close at 4pm, Saturday 12th August. We want to emphasize that no last-minute registrations will be accepted for this event, and no refunds will be issued for cancellations after the close of entries on 12th August. To ensure a smooth and well-organized event, we kindly request your cooperation in adhering to the registration deadline.

FA Andrew Hardegen - Chief Arbiter, SCL Western Zonal     Mobile: 0407 421 084     Email:


Margaret River The Margaret River Community Centre has really helped us out by making an additional room available. The capacity has gone up to 40 players and with 33 tickets sold it is going to be a great event. If you are still interested, please get in quick for one of the last seven spots available.

Book here:

Organiser: Ian McAteer     Email:     Mobile: 0403 776 220


Blitz Chess The
2023 WA Blitz Championship was held on Sunday the 16th of July in the State Library.

Congratulations to the winner & 2023 WA Blitz Champion: IM Patrick Gong.

The 2023 Grand Prix standings after the WA Blitz Championship are available here:

2023 Grand Prix Standings after the WA Blitz Championship

Latest News

2023 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships

2023 WA Reserves Championship Playoff

2023 School Chess League Girls Finals Report

2023 School Chess League Finals Report

Perth Chess League

2023 Harris/Edwardes Interclub Results

2023 CAWA National Arbiter Seminar Report

Chess Equipment for Sale

Chess Simul Featuring GM Temur Kubokarov

2023 FIDE World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad

2023 Willetton Open Results

2023 School Chess League Finals

August 2023 CAWA Newsletter

2023 South West Open Results

Congratulations to Patrick Gong
2023 WA Open Chess Champion

Simultaneous Display by Rebo Fu & Rui Gen Teh

2023 CAWA National Arbiter Seminar

2023 South West Open - A Few Spots Still Available

Results of the 2023 State Junior Championships
10th to 13th July

School Chess League Western Zonal
Sunday 13th August

2023 South West Open - More Tickets Now Available

2023 WA Blitz Championship Results

Upcoming Events

15 Oct
WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships

04 & 05 Nov
Kingsley Open

10 Dec
Christmas Blitz

Recent Results

Previous tournament results can be found under the
Past Tournaments section in the site navigation menu on the left.

2023 SCL Girls Finals

2023 SCL Finals

2023 Harris/Edwardes Interclub

2023 Willetton Open

2023 SCL West Zonal

2023 South West Open

2023 Rebo / Rui Gen Simul

2023 WA Junior Chess Championships

2023 WA Blitz Championship

2023 WA Open Chess Championships

2023 SCL South Zonal

2023 SCL Central Zonal

2023 Junior Rapidplay

2023 WA Rapid Championship