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The Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) has been announced!
The JETS squad selection process was incredibly difficult this year due 62 high calibre of applications being received.  To select the final squad, three selectors were appointed, and graded each applicant on a scale of 1-5, taking into account areas that included improvement, potential and enthusiasm.  The combined grading's were then used to rank the applicants, taking into account that a each gender was at a minimum to represent one third of the squad.

Congratulations to those who have made the squad, I'm sure it will be an exciting and challenging experience!  To those who missed out, I hope that you continue to work on and enjoy your chess and look forward to seeing your applications come through next year.

Chang, Emma
Chang, Sophie
Chiverton, Fergus
Dharmapuri, Sri Krishna Kousel
Dharmapuri, Kundan
Herrmann, Oscar
Lee, Abigail
Li, Oliver
Rupasinghe, Sayum
Shen, Fiona
Shen, Kevin
Slater-Jones, Henry
Slater-Jones, Tom
Wang, Yifan Eva
Wilson, Callum
Yang, Gordon
Young, Dashiell
au, alexander
Dullaway, Erin
Gooch, Heath
Jain, Anshika
Maunders, Myiesha
Rumley, William
Mikkelsen, Max
Gong, Michael
Melamed, Daniel
Woon, Rachel
Tennakoon, Nadula
Hooi, Kathleen
Marsh, Luke
Marsh, Brett

Young Aussie, Justin Tan has just scored his first GM Norm! It came after an impressive 7/9 finish in the strong Colin Crouch Chess Congress. Well done Justin! You can see the final standings here
We are looking for your stories about tournaments around the country! We can only publish about events we know about. Please email us the links to your newsletters, final results from championships or recommendations for Facebook pages and Blogs to follow. 

Gold Coast Junior Championship

87 players took part in the Gold Coast Junior Championships on the weekend. It was a fantastic tournament and a big thank you to everyone that came along. Prize winners listed below:

1st - Jason Wang (on count-back)
2nd - Jacob Chan
3rd - Jason Li

1st U16 - Henry Slater-Jones (=1st overall)
2nd U16 - Lucas Su
3rd U16 - Dashiell Young

1st U14 - Byron Morris
2nd U14 - Melody McKenzie
3rd U14 - Simho Lee

1st U12 - Hikaru Oka
2nd U12 - Jennifer Yeung
3rd U12 - Eason Wang

1st U10 - Oliver Yang
2nd U10 - Daniel Tseng
3rd U10 - Marcus Su

1st U8 - Io Kubo 
2nd U8 - Shaun Li
3rd U8 - Cynthia Li

Churchie International Queensland

Many juniors played some amazing games at the Churchie International!  Read more about the tournament and see other photo's on this blog here
The Melbourne Chess Club continues to hold great  Novice lectures. The last one was by Carl Gorka on the subject of: "Asses - What we are when we assess incompletely" He has uploaded a test for you to complete: WHY NOT TRY THE TEST HERE 
There are many great opportunities for Juniors to play overseas. Have you checked out the AusJCL website lately?
The Australian Olympiad Teams have been Selected!
  Title State FIDE Rating ACF Rating  
  Open Team    
1 David Smerdon GM ACT 2529 2533  
2 Zong Yuan Zhao GM NSW 2541 2562  
3 Moulthun Ly IM QLD 2504 2487  
4 Anton Smirnov IM NSW 2475 2512  
5 Max Illingworth GM NSW 2458 2571  
  Team Captain Manual Weeks  
  Women's Team    
1 Heather Richards WIM QLD 2199 2171  
2 Giang Nguyen WFM SA 2119 2255  
3 Emma Guo WIM ACT 2035 2098  
4 Biljana Dekic WIM NSW 2068 2072  
5 Alex Jule WIM QLD 2001 2009  
  Team Captain Ian Rogers          
The 42nd Olympiad is being held in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, using the spectacular Crystal Hall as the playing venue.

Unlike most competing nations, the Australian teams receive no government support and must pay their own way, a burden compounded by the distance involved from Australia to Azerbaijan and the corresponding high air fares (the cheapest as at the end of April were via Seoul and Istanbul, taking 48 hours). They can't do it alone, but depend on the support of the Australian chess community. 

We ask you all to give what you can to the ACF Olympiad Appeal. 
No donation is too large or too small. 
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