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Shaun Press
Worked at Australian National University
Attended Australian National University
Lived in Canberra
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2017 Gibraltar Masters - Day 0
Quite a busy day yesterday, which is the reason for the missing blog post. Most of it was taken up with settling in to the hotel, a bit of sightseeing, and working out the various ways of getting to the venue. It turns out we didn't do the last bit quite as...
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2017 Oceania Zonal - Smirnov and Timagazi win events
IM Anton Smirnov (AUS) has finished outright first in the 2017 Oceania Zonal. Leading by half a point going into the last round, he drew a dramatic game against FM Karl Zelesco on the top board, which ended in a repetition after Zelesco sacrificed two rooks...
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Hans Berliner 1929-2017
Hans Berliner, former World Correspondence Chess champion, passed away a few days ago. He was an ICCF GM as well as a FIDE IM, and was also well known for his work in the field of computer science. A Professor at Carnegie-Mellon, he helped developed the che...
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4NCL Weekend - Part 2
The second day of the 4NCL went pretty much the same as the first for me, in that a played the opening poorly, tried to survive, and eventually lost. Harry Press at least proved one family member can still play chess, finishing the weekend with a nice win, ...
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Tie-breaks. But which one?
By all reports the 2017 Australian Open was an excellently organised event, which was enjoyed by all who played. However it appears there was an issue at the end of the event that seems to have left a sour taste in the mouths of the organiser. Although ther...
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Australian Open ends in 4 way tie
Australian FM Yi Liu finished of an excellent 2017 Australian Open by defeating Round 10 leader IM Temur Kuybokarov (UZE) to join him in first place. This result also allowed IM Kanan Izzat (AZE) and GM Max Illingworth to also finish in equal first on 8.5/1...
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Next stop Gibraltar
The final leg of my chess holiday start tomorrow, with a morning flight to Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Masters starts on Tuesday, with 256 players in the top section. I'm currently seeded 228th and expect a couple of tough rounds before a find my level. I'm no...
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A pint, a curry, with a Kings Gambit on the side
I'm not sure if I'm singing for my supper, but I did get roped in to playing a Leeds League much yesterday evening. It turned out to be an A/B match where the Leeds CC A team was playing the Leeds CC B teams. The A team was quite strong (IM, FM on boards 1&...
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2017 Oceania Zonal
Instead of staying up late to watch chess tournaments in Europe, I'm currently staying up late to watch the 2017 Oceania Zonal from New Zealand.  Last night was a double round "day" so I got to see the early round, and woke up to get the round 6 results. GM...
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4NCL weekend - Northampton
The 4NCL is a significant part of the UK chess scene. It has become the premier teams event in this country (surpassing the county championships) and now runs over 4 divisions. In fact it is so large that divisions 3&4 are split into North and South zones. ...
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Street Chess in Yorkshire?
Given the weather in Leeds at the moment (snow is forecast), holding Street Chess in Yorkshire may see a few chess players coming down with exposure. But that is not to say that something similar isn't worth trying. The Wakentake Cafe in Leeds hosted a semi...
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Visiting the local
Another significant between UK chess and Australian chess is at the club level. League chess is still a big thing here, and in Yorkshire, some clubs exist only to play league chess. In Australia inter-club (as it is called) is much rarer, and only happens i...
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Chess: International Arbiter, Member of FIDE Rules and Tournament Regulations Committee, FIDE Swiss Pairing Programs Committee
Education
  • Australian National University
    eScience (Masters), 2001 - 2003
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Roboticist
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  • Australian National University
    2014
  • ACMA
    2016 - present
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Canberra - Sydney - Port Moresby - Melbourne - Ballarat
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