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All South Australian Champions are recorded here with information about each individual. At the moment I'm trying to find out who they are so keep looking back. I would also like to mention briefly that South Australian Chess history will have it's own page. I will say from what little I know that the club started in 1864 and has been through two world wars and several depressions. At one time the financial membership dropped to three but still the club carried on, those devoted survivors dipping deeper into their own pockets enabled to keep it afloat. Their love of chess has made S.A.C.A what it is today a continuing well established chess association.

I personally would like to dedicate this archive section to Evelyn Koshnitsky who over the years has contributed tirelessly to South Australian Chess.

Here is one of Evelyn Koshnitsky's games where Evelyn beat L.Horton in 1964

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Previous S. A. title holders:

The first GM to visit Adelaide was GM Yuri Averbakh in 1960 here he is giving a simil outside John Martins. Yuri Averbakh has a website called that is most interesting and worth a visit. In the foreground of this photo is Nick Koshnitsky amoungst many talented young chess players.

Luciuos Endzelins had won the South Australian Championship eight times, having defeated A. Cuntala in the 1964 play-off by two points to one. The first game was drawn, Cuntala lost the second one on time, and the third was also drawn. View Game

Gary and Evelyn Koshnitsky made chess history by being the first married couple in Australia to win their respective titles in the same year of 1966. They also each finished with the same convincing margin of 1 and a half points. It was Garys first attempt at the State title and he produced something of the form which won for him two national titles, three Queensland titles and seven N.S.W. titles, the last of which however was in 1952. His win was something of an anniversary he won his first tournament in Australia, the Queensland championship in 1926.

Peter Sanders was born in 1943 in London and emigrated to Australia in the early sixties with his parents. They settled in Para Hills, where I believe Peter is still living today. Here is one of Peter Sanders games from the seventh round playing Dr. P. Kalinovsky, View Game

In 1964 The grandmaster and writer Alexander Kotov (1913-1981) from Tula in Russia made a visit to Adelaide, there was some concern about his involvement with the NKVD setting aside politics and personal opinions he was accepted by the majority and gave a wonderful similtaneous display where 38 individuals took full advantage of his appearance. At a remarkably rapid rate by the GrandMaster 4 games were won by Adelaide players 3 of them from the Norwood club, seven games were drawn. The players who obtained draws were P. Koshnitsky, A. Driscoll, J. Tindale, L. H. Monouze, M. Halusko, G. Bennet and J. Ferguson. The winners were D. Rudd, M. Cekulis, G. Peters and B. Foster. Here are the four won games. View Games

The First International Chess Tournament in Adelaide was in 1971 it was called The Karlis Lidums International Tournament where a large group of Grandmasters attended. There was GM. L.Portisch from Hungary, GM. A. Matanovic from Yugoslavia, GM. Gheorghiu from Romainia, GM W. S. Brown from Australia and GM. L. Schmid from Germany. The first top five out of 155 chess participants were:

  1. Portisch
  2. Schmid
  3. Gheorghiu
  4. Matanovic
  5. Brown

Three prizes had been won by A. Flatlow, D. Hamilton and H. Barber these were the best three performers ( excluding those who also shared in the top five major prizes. ) Top prizes were $200, $100, and $50.

After the K. L. International Tournament all five grandmasters toured Australia, giving simuls and lectures. In all 58 exhibitions were given and this gave tremendous stimulation to chess in every state. Results of the S.A. simuls :

The following game was played by one of our best players at the time Mr. R. Arlauskas Vs GM. A. Mantanovic the game ended in a draw but what a good game it was, shows that the grandmasters are not invincible. View Game

If you have any information to add to this archive please e-mail Steven Nicholls.