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CAWA logo Chess Association of Western Australia Inc.

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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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


Rook and Rock As part of an initiative between the
Swan Valley Chess Club and Adrenaline Vault as they work in partnership to present a fun new conceptual tournament, where we incorporate the great game of chess (mind) with the tactical sport of rock climbing (body).

This event is to be held on Sun 16th December, 2:00 pm. All are welcome but numbers are limited. Entry can be made via the barcode on the brochure: Rook and Rock Chess Tournament Brochure

Please note this is not your regular tournament, it is a fun event where structure and format is made to adapt to the conditions (more on that later when numbers are known) and there are plenty of prizes and fun to be had for everybody.

NUMBERS WILL FILL UP FAST (150 maximum). Please get your interest in ASAP to ensure attendance.

For more information please contact: Dylan Gough     email:


Junior Chess Event The 2023 WA Junior Spring Blitz Chess Tournament was held at North Woodvale Primary School on the 12th of November.

Please click on the link below for a nice report and some photos kindly provided by organizer Faith Tee.

2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Chess Tournament

2023 CAWA SPRING BLITZ (13/11/23)

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

There will be separate Open and Junior tournaments. The Junior tournament will be ACF Quick rated. The Open tournament will be ACF Quick rated and FIDE Blitz rated.

All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support WA representative school players participating in the 2023 Australian Schools Team Championships and WA Junior Squad players participating in the 2024 Australian Junior Championships, both events to be held in Adelaide in summer 2023/24.

Full details are available from the entry form: CAWA Spring Blitz Entry Form

All bookings through TryBooking:


Hi Chess Players,

Please see the updated 2023 Grand Prix Standings following the 2023 Kingsley Open last weekend - thank you to Dylan Gough for running this event.

Tim and Kobe maintain a handy lead in the Open and Minor respectively but, with two more events to go things can change. In the Major though, things are incredibly tight with Hui and Noah overtaking Dylan and Ashvin only a point behind in 4th - all to play for!

Our next event is the Spring Allegro on the 19th November at North Woodvale PS with Rebo taking the lead as Arbiter.

There are already several entries in already and you can book here:

Also note that on Thursday 30 November at 7pm, GM Temur Kuybokarov will lecture at Warwick Community Chess Club, 77 Ellersdale Ave, Warwick, on "Best moments from my games."

Admission is free but a generous donation towards the cost of Temur's tournaments in 2024, will be appreciated.

Note: This isn't a CAWA organized event so any enquires to Stephen Jones at email:

Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator


2023 FIDE Grand Swiss WA's GM Temur Kuybokarov was invited to compete in the
2023 FIDE Grand Swiss. Held on the Isle of Man from 25/10/2023 - 5/11/2023, it was an exclusive tournament comprising 114 players (including 106 GMs) which offered two qualification spots for the next Candidates Tournament in the World Championship cycle.

Seeded 94th, Temur played a field of 11 GMs rated between 2640 and 2758, scoring 6.0/11 to finish =28th (performance rating 2716): a fantastic result. From an Australian perspective, the highlight in a superb tournament was Temur's Round 9 win over leading Indian player GM Gukesh D (2758, ranked #12 in the world).

Temur gained 19 FIDE rating points from the event. A draw in the final round was sufficient to ensure that he will return home with a live FIDE rating above 2600. Temur becomes only the 3rd Australian player to achieve this milestone.

Temur, your performances are an inspiration to young chess players in Australia, and the Western Australian chess community congratulates you on a job well done.

CAWA President - IA Andrew Hardegen


The CAWA Council has recently selected the 2024 WA Junior Squad of 10 players, who will receive the first offer of CAWA funding to offset their anticipated expenses in travelling to the 2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships.

The upcoming AJCC will be held in Adelaide, 13-21 January 2024, at Glenunga International High School, Glenunga. For full details, see the website:

The WA Junior Squad members have been chosen based on their results in CAWA, ACF and FIDE junior and adult tournaments held between 1st January 2023 and 24th September 2023. The Council was instructed to choose the 10 best-performing players over the course of the year up to 24th September, with direction to ensure that a range of different age groups were represented in the final selection.

Angus Chen (b. 2013 - U12 Open)
Senudi De Vas (b. 2014 - U10 Girls)
Eric Deng (b. 2012 - U12 Open)
FM Yihe (Rebo) Fu (b. 2007 - U18 Open)
Iker Hernandez Mendez (b. 2009 - U16 Open)
Carter Kerr (b. 2016 - U8 Open)
Celine Ong (b. 2006 - U18 Girls)
Noah Taylor (b. 2010 - U14 Open)
FM Rui Gen Teh (b. 2008 - U16 Open)
Kobe Wu (b. 2010 - U14 Girls)

CAWA offers its congratulations to all selected players, and wishes them well in their chess endeavours in 2024.

CAWA President - IA Andrew Hardegen


2024 Australian Juniors On behalf of the chess community in South Australia, I cordially invite the Western Australian chess community to attend the 2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships (AJCC) in January 2024 in Adelaide, which are to be held at Glenunga International High School from Saturday 13th January to Sunday 21st January, 2024.

Please note that Early Bird registration closes on 30 November.

Several accommodation venues have kindly offered discounts exclusive to tournament players and their families.

While the players are at chess, there are plenty of places, events and activities their families and friends can do and visit in Adelaide.

Further information for all the above is available at: which also contains information regarding the Australian Chess Championships.

An online store for pre-order of tournament tee shirts and merchandise will go live from mid next week. I will keep you posted and please keep your eyes peeled.

My children Ethan and Athena and the chess community in South Australia look forward to welcoming you all in Adelaide and are excited by the prospect of many great chess games and more!

Kindly forward this invitation to all the chess coaches and clubs in Western Australia.

In the meantime, take care.

Kind regards, Jocelyn Ho Retnaraja


WA Junior Allegro The
2023 State Junior Allegro Chess Championships was held at the North Perth Town Hall on the 15th of October.

Congratulations to the following winners:-

Under 18s State Champion: Eric Deng
Under 18s Girls Champion: Senudi De Vas
Under 15s: Yonal De Vas
Under 12s: Ashvin Balavignan
Under 12s Girls Champion: Nithuli Liyange
Under 10s: Senudi De Vas
Under 8s: Quang Minh Le


Junior Chess Event
CAWA is excited to announce the 2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Chess Tournament, which will be held on the 12th of November at North Woodvale Primary School.

Full details are available from the flyer: 2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Chess Tournament Flyer

Book online here:

Entry price is $30 per player and entries close on Saturday, 11th November 2023, at 7:00 PM.

Strictly no last-minute entry. We have a limit of 100 players.

All the profits generated from the upcoming chess tournament will be dedicated to sponsoring the Western Australian Teams participating in the
2023 Australian Schools Teams Competition in Adelaide. This initiative aims to provide an enriching and competitive platform for the talented young chess enthusiasts in our community. We believe that fostering their passion for chess can have a significant impact on their personal growth and development.

By participating in or supporting this tournament, you are not only engaging in a thrilling chess experience but also contributing to the future of our youth. Your generosity will go a long way in making the dreams of these aspiring chess players come true.

We genuinely appreciate your support and hope that you will join us in this noble cause. Every dollar we raise will help cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and participation fees for our local school chess teams. Your involvement will make a significant difference in the lives of these kids and their parents, who work tirelessly to support their children's aspirations.

Whether you are a chess enthusiast or simply someone who cares about the future of our community, your participation or contribution is highly valued. Together, we can inspire and empower the next generation of chess players while strengthening the bonds of our community.

We look forward to your support. Let's come together and make a positive impact on the lives of these young, talented chess players.

Please direct all enquiries to organizer: Faith Tee     email:


Hi Chess Players,

After what seems like an age, the CAWA Grand Prix is back for the Kingsley Open at North Woodvale PS on the 4th & 5th of November.

Full details are available on the flyer: 2023 Kingsley Open Flyer

Please enter here using trybooking:

Please contact Arbiter Dylan Gough for any information:     email:     mobile: 0402 747 737

And not long after that is the Spring Allegro, also at North Woodvale PS on the 19th of November.

This event sees the debut as a CAWA GP Tournament Arbiter for FM Rebo Fu, welcome Rebo!

Full details are available on the flyer: 2023 Spring Allegro Flyer

Please enter here using trybooking:

Please contact Arbiter Yihe (Rebo) Fu for any information:     email:     mobile: 0406 704 218

Ian McAteer - CAWA GP Coordinator


In the 2023 WA Open Championship, there was an incident involving a breach of the mobile phone rule. While the player denies accessing their phone during the game, the CAWA Council, following an investigation by the Appeals and Disputes Committee, is satisfied that the player did engage in inappropriate phone use. The CAWA Council has banned that player from ACF-rated chess tournaments in Western Australia, the ban being active for three years from 3 July 2023.

To protect the integrity of the game, CAWA plans to update its Phone Use Policy. The policy will be designed to ensure that electronic devices are not accessible by players at any stage during a game, with any breaches of this rule handled more efficiently and effectively. Players attending CAWA events should expect to play in tournaments confident that no competitor is accessing an electronic device. This will cover any device capable of giving analysis on a chess position or a device capable of communicating with another electronic device.

CAWA President - Andrew Hardegen


Kingsley Junior Chess Club Logo The 2023 WA Junior Chess Interclub Tournament, proudly presented by the
Kingsley Chess Club, Duncraig SHS P&C & the Chess Association of WA, will be held on Saturday, 25 November, 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $20, suitable for all levels.

Tickets along with a PDF with full details are available from the link below:

Get your tickets quick, they are limited to 180.

This event was very popular last year, with nearly 130 players.

We will have all the extras that everyone loved, such as popcorn, fairy floss, coffee truck, and this time we will also have a sausage sizzle!

For further information, please contact: Paul Harris     email:


FIDE Rui Gen obtained the FM title conditional on rating in April this year, by winning the Oceania Under 16 Championship.

He has more recently fulfilled the required rating condition, achieving a FIDE rating above 2100 on the October 2023 list.

Congratulations FM Rui Gen Teh, from all WA chess players!


CAWA Newsletter The October 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 November 2023.


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)


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.

Latest News

2023 Christmas Blitz

2023 CAWA Spring Blitz Report

2023 CAWA Spring Allegro

Rook and Rock Chess Tournament

2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Tournament Report

2023 CAWA Spring Blitz

2023 CAWA Grand Prix Results & Standings

GM Temur Kuybokarov in 2023 FIDE Grand Swiss

2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships
Selection of WA team

Invitation to the 2024 AJCC in Adelaide!

2023 WA Junior Allegro Chess Championships Results

2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Tournament

2023 CAWA Grand Prix - Kingsley Open & Spring Allegro

CAWA Response to Fair Play Incident at 2023 WA Open

2023 WA Junior Chess Interclub Tournament

Congratulations - FM Rui Gen Teh

October 2023 CAWA Newsletter

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

2023 South West Open Results

Congratulations to Patrick Gong
2023 WA Open Chess Champion

Upcoming Events

02 & 03 Dec (Adelaide)
2023 Australian Schools Teams Championships

10 Dec
Christmas Blitz

16 Dec
Rook and Rock Chess Tournament

02 to 11 Jan (Adelaide)
2024 Australian Chess Championships

13 to 21 Jan (Adelaide)
2024 Australian Junior Chess Championships

Recent Results

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

2023 CAWA Spring Blitz

2023 CAWA Spring Allegro

2023 WA Spring Blitz Junior Chess Tournament

2023 Kingsley Open

2023 WA State Junior Allegro

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