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Club Members in the News

The Age covered the Club Championship Play-off between IM Guy West and FM Dusan Stojic this August

Bobby Cheng is the new World Under 12 Champion

The club congratulates Bobby Cheng, for winning the World Under 12 Junior


(Ref. Date Nov.23 Note)



Ari Dale wins the Victorian Junior Under/12 Championship (July 2009)

The club congratulates Ari Dale, aged 10 for winning the Victorian under 12 Junior Championship.

Ari is a regular prize winner at the Allegro on Saturday afternoons.


Mirko Rujevic IM wins the Victorian Open Championship (June 2009)

Photo by: A. Rosario (Closet GM).

Congratulations to this years Victorian Open Champion, IM Mirko Rujevic.

Mirko won the tournament with an undefeated 6/7, on tiebreak from IM Erik Teichmann (ENG). both finishing ahead of a titled pack of players on 5.5/7.

Included were GM Gawain Jones (ENG), IM Stephen Solomon, IM Igor Goldenberg and MCC members IM Guy West and Domagoj Dragicevic.


The Club regrets to report the passing of John Hanks, 83, who died on May 31, 2009 after a lengthy illness.

Club Champion in 1967,  Victorian Champion in 1955, 1956 and 1968, John scored 6/11 on Board 2 in Australia's first Olympiad team at Tel Aviv, Israel in 1964. Vale John.


Darryl Johansen GM wins the Sydney International Open (April 2009)

Photo by: A. Rosario (Closet GM)

Congratulations to GM Darryl Johansen, who was undefeated on 7/9 to win on tiebreak from IM George Xie, Abhijit Kunte (IND) and GM Gawain Jones (ENG).

The 100 entry tournament included players from 14 different federations; there were 8 GMs and 2 WGMs amongst the 32 titled players.


The Club regrets to report the passing of Dr Albert Cymons, 90, who died on 31 January 2009 after a lengthy illness.

Albert Cymons, Doctor of Laws, was indefatigable in his committment to the Club throughout the years of his membership. At different times, he served the Club as President, Vice-President or Committee Member; he was always ready to help at all times. He negotiated, with the Melbourne City Council, for the Club to run Street Chess in the CBD and on Southbank, and was instrumental in obtaining the City of Melbourne endorsement and sponsorship for the 2001 Melbourne Festival of Chess - two weeks featuring the Australian Open Championship and many other events. Vale Albert.