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2024 Perth International Open

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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: Andrew Hardegen - CAWA 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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Junior Rapidplay A reminder that the Junior Rapidplay Championships is on Sunday, 25th February at the Royal Park Hall, 180 Charles Street, West Perth.

For this one day, 9 round event. The venue will open at 8:30am with the aim of starting play at 9am.

The Trybooking link is:

Please remember there will be no last minute entries as entries close on Friday, 23rd February at 7pm.

There has already been a good response so it suggested that potential players should book early to avoid disappointment.

Alan Wolstencroft - Chief Arbiter     email:


CAWA Newsletter The February 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 31st of March 2024.


Junior Rapidplay The Chess Association of WA Inc are pleased to announce that the first Junior tournament of 2024 is the Junior Rapidplay championships to be held at The Royal Park Hall on Sunday, 25th February.

This one day 9 round event has a time limit of 20 minutes + 10 seconds, with two tournament divisions - Under 18 and Under 12.

The tournament will also be ACF Quick rated.

The trophy categories are Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 15 and Under 18.

Merit trophies will be awarded for good performances in all age groups subject to the number of entries.

Full details are available from the entry form:
2024 WA Junior Rapidplay Chess Championship Entry Form

To enter please book here:

Please note:
In order to play in this event participants must be a member of the Chess Association of WA.
The Trybooking link for Junior membership is

It is strongly recommended that you book early for this event as places will be limited.

For all tournaments merit Trophies will be awarded subject to the number of entries.

Please send all enquiries to: Chief Arbiter Alan Wolstencroft     email:


Perth Chess League A reminder to all that the
2024 Perth Chess League will be commencing soon (12 March).

You can register your team here on Try Booking:

Please send all enquiries to: Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator     email:

2023 ACF MEDALS (25/01/24)

ACF Logo Congratulations to:

GM Temur Kuybokarov and FM Rui Gen Teh who were each awarded the respective ACF medals for which they were nominated: the 2023 Steiner Medal (Leading Australian Player 2023) and the 2023 Arlauskas Medal (Leading Australian Under 16 Player 2023).


2024 Australain Junior Chess Championships The
2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships were held in Adelaide, South Australia (13 to 21 Jan).

Congratulations to: Anh Quan Nguyen - 2024 Australian Junior Chess Champion

Event Winners

U18 Open - Anh Quan Nguyen NSW (7.5/9)
WA players results: Oscar Gao 9th (5.5/9), Iker Hernandez Mendez 10th (5.5/9)

U18 Girls - Om O'Carroll VIC (6.5/9)

U16 Open - Reyaansh Chakrabarty NSW (8.0/9)

U16 Girls - Angela Feng VIC (6.0/9)

U14 Open - Tedric Li VIC (7.5/9)
WA players results: Yonal De Vas 14th (5.5/9)

U14 Girls - Vera Zeng VIC (8.0/9)
WA players results: Kobe Wu 6th (5.5/9)

U12 Open - Wilbur Hong VIC (8.0/9)
WA players results: Leo Gong 18th (5.5/9)

U12 Girls - Vidushi Dissanayake VIC (9.0/9)

U10 Open - Rheyash Reddy Annapureddy VIC (8.0/9)
WA players results: Leo Gong 9th (6.0/9), Jet Mehanidis 27th (5.0/9)

U10 Girls - Chloe Wang QLD (7.0/8)
WA players results: Senudi De Vas 2nd (6.5/8), Jo Gao 15th (3.0/8)

U8 Open - Zining Jia QLD (8.0/9)
WA players results: Quang Minh Le 13th (5.5/9)

U8 Girls - Iris Wang QLD (7.0/8)

Other events WA Results

Blitz - U10 Girls Champion: Senudi De Vas, U16 Open 3rd: Oscar Gao, U16 Girls 3rd: Kobe Wu

Problem Solving - U16 Girls Champion: Kobe Wu, U12 Open Champion: Leo Gong, U16 Open 3rd: Oscar Gao, U10 Girls 3rd: Senudi De Vas


2024 Australain Chess Championships
The 2024 Australian Chess Championships were held in Adelaide, South Australia (2 to 11 Jan).

Congratulations to: IM Rishi Sardana - 2024 Australian Chess Champion

Event Winners

Championship - IM Rishi Sardana ACT (9.5/11)
WA players results: Iker Hernandez Mendez (4.5), Leah Rice (3.5), Saminda De Vas (1.5)

Reserves - Aidan Odenthal NSW (8.5/11)
WA players results: Yonal De Vas (6.0), Oscar Gao & Lauren Rice (5.5), Dennis Holland (5.0)

Classic Major - Declan Smith VIC (9.0/11)
WA players results: Hui Huang (7.0), Jacob Bumbak & Wallace Sheridan (5.5), Yuqi (Ricky) Huang (4.5), Lana Rice (3.5)

Classic Minor - James Baylis SA (8.5/11)
WA players results Senudi De Vas (4.5)

Allegro - FM Yi Liu QLD & FM Jack Rogers QLD (5.0/5)
WA players results: Jacob Bumbak (3.0), Hui Huang (2.5), Yuqi (Ricky) Huang (1.5)

Blitz Championship - CM Tri Kien Le VIE (10.0/11)
WA players results: Oscar Gao (8.0), Yuqi (Ricky) Huang (6.0), Leah Rice & Hui Huang (5.5), Jacob Bumbak (5.0)


SSCC Logo The 2024 Southern Suburbs Open (7 rounds) will commence on Tuesday 13th February at Southern Suburbs Chess Club, Leeming Primary School (Meharry Rd, Leeming).

Full details are available from the entry form:
2024 Southern Suburbs Open Entry Form

Please send all enquiries to:

Chief Organiser - Ian McAteer     email:     mobile: 0403 776 220


CAWA Logo The 2024 Annual General Meeting of the Chess Association of Western Australia will be held at Leeming Primary School (Meharry Road) on the 30th of January 2024 starting at 7:30pm.

2024 CAWA AGM Agenda

2023 CAWA AGM Minutes

Nominations for Council should be made in writing (include nominator and seconder) to the Secretary: David Barry (email: by the 28th of January.

If there is more than one nomination for an office-holder Council position, then the election will be decided by vote at the meeting. If there is only one nominee, then that member will be declared elected. If no nominations for a position are received, then nominations will be called from the floor of the meeting.


Swan Valley Chess Club The Swan Valley Chess Club is holding an Open Allegro Event on the 22nd & 29th of January.

Please see the information sheet for full details:
Swan Valley Open Allegro Information Sheet

Note: The Swan Valley Chess Club is now located in a beautiful new location and would love to see new members up there soon.

Please send all enquiries to:

Dylan Gough - Swan Valley Chess Club President     email:     mobile: 0402 747 737


Future Star Chess Kelsey DeWit is an ACVVS (Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme) volunteer coordinator for People Who Care in the South West and East Metro areas and is looking for volunteer chess players.

The ACVVS program aims to match volunteers with seniors at risk of isolation and loneliness in the community to form meaningful connections. The volunteer meets with the ACVVS recipient in the clients home or at an aged care facility. There are residents living in their home and aged care facilities at risk of isolation who enjoy playing chess and would love to have a volunteer visitor to play with.

If you would like to volunteer some of your spare time to play chess, please see the flyer for more details:
People Who Care Volunteer Services Flyer

Please send any enquiries to: Kelsey DeWit     email:     mobile: 0488 668 033


Australian Chess Federation The CAWA has nominateed GM Temur Kuybokarov for the 2023 Steiner Medal (Australian Player of the Year) and FM Rui Gen Teh for the 2023 Arlauskas Medal (Junior Player of the Year).

GM Temur Kuybokarov

A succession of exceptional results in the international arena from WA's International Grandmaster Temur Kuybokarov in 2023 has seen his FIDE rating reach 2600 for the first time. He becomes only the third Australian player to reach this milestone. Temur will enter 2024 with a world ranking inside the top 200.

Temur's achievements in 2023 were as follows:

l 1st / 112 players - 2023 Australian Open Chess Championship (Perth, 2-10 January 2023)
l 1st / 254 players - 2023 Oceania Chess Championship (Melbourne, 23-29 January 2023) - Temur qualified for the 2023 FIDE World Cup as a result of his win in this tournament
l 2nd / 69 players - 2023 O2C Doeberl Cup Premier (Canberra, 6-10 April 2023)
l 26th / 78 players (all International Grandmasters) - 2023 Sharjah Masters (Sharjah UAE, 17-25 May 2023), performance rating 2688
l Reached the Round of 64 in the 2023 FIDE World Cup (29th July to 25th August 2023) - eliminated by Yu Yangyi (ranked #27 in the world)
l 34th / 150 players - 2023 Qatar Masters Open
l 33rd / 114 players - 2023 FIDE Grand Swiss (Isle of Man, 25th October to 5th November 2023). Performance rating 2716. Possibly Temur's best result of the year. This was an invitational tournament featuring 114 of the world's leading players. WA's GM Temur Kuybokarov (ranked #250 in the world) received a wild card invitation to this tournament from the FIDE Presidential Board. Temur faced 11 opponents from the world's top 100 players, finishing with 2 wins, 8 draws and only 1 loss. The highlight of Temur's tournament was his win against top Indian player GM Gukesh D (2758, ranked #12 in the world)

FM Rui Gen Teh

Rui Gen (b. 2008) is an Australian permanent resident, is registered through FIDE under the Australian flag, and is not a previous recipient of this award.

Rui Gen's achievements in 2023 were as follows:

l 2023 Australian Open (January 2023) - Rui Gen scored 7.0/11, finishing 17th / 114
l 2023 Doeberl Cup Premier (April 2023) - 5.0/9, 25th / 69
l Rui Gen was the convincing winner of the 2023 Oceania Under 16 Chess Championship (Canberra 11-15 April), scoring 9 wins from 9 games, earning the direct FM title conditional on rating
l 2nd place in 2023 Western Australian Open Championship
l 2023 Gold Coast Open (July 2023), 14th / 53
l Rui Gen was one of 2 Western Australians to be selected in the Australia 1 team (comprising 4 players in total) for the 2023 Youth (U16) Chess Olympiad (Eindhoven, Netherlands 11-18 August). Rui Gen achieved an individual score of 6 points from 9 games (4 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss). This individual result was a factor in leading Australia 1 team to a very respectable final placing of 28th out of 63 teams
l Winner of 2023 Metro Respini RR Div A Tournament (6.5/7)
l FM title awarded October 2023
l December 2023 ratings: FIDE 2132, ACF 2338


Future Star Chess Future Star Chess will be holding a Christmas Chess Tournament on Saturday the 16th of December at EZONE Room 210, Fairway, University of Western Australia, Crawley WA 6009

For full details please see the flyer:
Future Star Chess - 2023 Christmas Tournament Flyer

Please send any enquiries to: Organiser - IM Patrick Gong     email:


Christmas Blitz The final CAWA Grand Prix Event for the year - the
2023 Christmas Blitz was held on Sunday the 10th of December at the Bull Creek Community Centre.

Congratulations to the winner: Trent Gulley

The 2023 Grand Prix standings after the CAWA Christmas Blitz are available here:

2023 Grand Prix Standings after the Christmas Blitz

As this was the last CAWA Grand Prix event for 2023 congratulations go to:

Open Division Winner: Tim Hare       Major Division Winner: Hui Huang       Minor Division Winner: Kobe Wu


Perth Chess League
Hi Chess Players,

CAWA is now calling for formal entry to the 2024 Perth Chess League.

Following the consultation earlier this year, the following format has been agreed:

l 1. The Perth Chess League will be a Swiss-system team tournament with a minimum of six and a maximum of eight rounds (depending on entries and venue availability).
l 2. Teams must consist of a minimum of four and a maximum of six players. All players must be CAWA members.
l 3. Teams do not need to be aligned to an existing club. Teams can be club, school, community group, or simply casual. All welcome.
l 4. Teams will be rated for the purposes of the Swiss-system pairing. Team rating will be the sum of the four highest rated players. No limits on ratings.
l 5. Games will be ACF rated at a classical time control: 75 minutes with a 30 second increment from move 1. FIDE laws of chess will apply.
l 6. Matches will be played in a four-board format.
l 7. One round per month, starting in March and running no later than November.
l 8. The matches will be played on a weeknight. Three rounds will be at Southern Suburbs, one at Metro, and one at Swan Valley. The other venues are TBC.
l 9. The winner will be based on Match Points with Game Points used as the tie-break.
l 10. The team entry fee (to cover venue and rating costs) is $40.

This is the inaugural year of the Perth Chess League, hopefully the first of many.

We are looking forward to a positive response from the Perth chess community.

Please let me know your team details and confirm your team registration on Try Booking here:

Hope to see many of you there.

Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator     email:


2024 Perth International Open The annual Perth International Open is Western Australia's leading weekend chess event. It is a festival of 3 different tournaments run by the Chess Association of Western Australia. Whether you are a serious club player or a relative newcomer to chess, there will be something of interest for all.

The 2024 Perth International Open will be a 7 round Swiss. All players in the Open must be rated above 1400 FIDE or above 1500 ACF.

The 2024 Perth Minor is another 7 round Swiss tournament, running parallel to the Perth International Open. All players in the Minor must be rated below 1500 FIDE or below 1600 ACF.

The event will be hosted by the beautiful Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough. Players will be able to enjoy Scarborough's perfect beach, art projects, outdoor heated swimming pool, children's playgrounds, laid-back cafes, and a wide range of restaurants and vibrant bars along the beachside. There will also be some of the best chess that you will find anywhere. It has the makings of a memorable tournament.

For visiting players, there are plenty of accommodation options available within Scarborough and surrounding suburbs.

Please click on the link for full tournament information and the official brochure:
2024 Perth International Open

To enter please use the Trybooking link:

Feel free to email the organisers with any questions that you may have:


Australian Schools Teams Championships The
2023 Australian Schools Teams Championships were held at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, 2-3 December.

Each state was invited to send representative teams of 4 players in each of 4 divisions: Secondary Open, Secondary Girls, Primary Open and Primary Girls.

WA was represented by the winners of its own 2023 CAWA School Chess League: Rossmoyne SHS (Secondary Open), Oberthur PS (Primary Open) and Nedlands PS (Primary Girls).

Each team contested a round-robin of team matches against the representative teams from each of the other states.

In a nail-biting finish, WA's Rossmoyne SHS (FM Yihe Rebo Fu, FM Rui Gen Teh, Yonal de Vas, Ilya Eimery) defeated the Brisbane Homeschool team (CM Benjamin Leong, Joel Leong, Joshua Cooper, Calen Tang) by a margin of 2.5-1.5 in the final round, to secure 1st place with a score of 22.0/28. This is a tremendous result for the Rossmoyne team, and an appropriate reward for all of their hard work throughout the year.

Congratulations to Rossmoyne Senior High School - 2023 Australian Schools Team Champions (Secondary Open).

In the Primary Open division, Oberthur PS scored 7.5/20 to finish 5th, thanks to strong contributions from Leo Gong (3.0/5, Board 1) and Jeremy Li (3.0/5, Board 3). A very solid result for a team that was unfortunately missing its Board 1, Angus Chen, who had to leave for China late last month and was unable to represent the school in the ASTC.

In the Primary Girls division, Nedlands PS scored 3.5/20 to finish in 6th place. Nithuli Liyanage returned a very good score of 2.5/5 on Board 1. All players performed well and will benefit greatly from the experience of representing WA in this strong national competition.

Congratulations and thanks to the WA players, and to the parents who helped to coordinate their school teams and travelled with their players to Adelaide. We can all be very proud of your achievements.

Links to the official tournament result pages are below:

IA Andrew Hardegen - CAWA President

2023 CHRISTMAS BLITZ (01/12/23)

Christmas Blitz
The final CAWA Grand Prix Event for the year - the 2023 Christmas Blitz is scheduled for Sunday 10 December at 2:00pm at Bull Creek Community Centre.

Full details are available from the entry form: 2023 Christmas Blitz Entry Form

You can enter here:

All enquiries to: Ian McAteer     email:


Blitz Chess The
2023 CAWA Spring Blitz was held at North Woodvale Primary School (Perth Chess Club) on Sunday 26th November.

Through participating in the event, the players helped to raise a total of $258 to help offset the expenses of the WA Australian School Teams Championship representatives and WA Junior Squad representatives who will be contesting the upcoming 2023 ASTC Finals and 2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships, respectively.

Congratulations to:        Open Winner:   NA / FM Rebo Fu        Junior Winner:   Ricky Huang

2023 CAWA SPRING ALLEGRO (24/11/23)

CAWA Spring Allegro The
2023 CAWA Spring Allegro was held at Perth Chess Club (North Woodvale PS) on Sunday the 19th of November.

Congratulations to the winner: Edidiong Amos

The 2023 Grand Prix standings after the CAWA Spring Allegro are available here:

2023 Grand Prix Standings after the Spring Allegro

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2023 ACF Medals

2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships

2024 Australian Chess Championships

2024 Southern Suburbs Open

2024 CAWA Annual General Meeting

2024 Swan Valley Open Allegro

Volunteer Chess Players Wanted

CAWA Nominations for 2023 ACF Awards

Future Star Chess - 2023 Christmas Tournament

2023 Christmas Blitz Results

Perth Chess League Call for Teams

2024 Perth International Open

2023 Australian School Teams Championships

2023 Christmas Blitz

2023 CAWA Spring Blitz Report

2023 CAWA Spring Allegro

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24 Mar
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