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2010 Players of the month

 2010 CV players of the month
January IM James Morris
2009 has been fantastic year for 15-year old University High School  student
James recorded many excellent results.
In December he won the title Victorian Master 2009 being top Victorian performer in Australasian Masters 2009(and coming second overall behind current Australian Champion Stephen Solomon).
Amongst his other notable results:
Second in Victorian Championship 2009
Second in Freytag weekender in Adelaide 2009
Equal second in Oceania Zonal 2009 (this result earned him International Master Title).
James increased his FIDE rating in one year by whopping 235 points (from 2089 till current 2305).
We hope that James will go one step further and will be winning tournaments very soon!
Victorian chess player for the month of February 2010 is a big share  between the Victorian, Australian Junior championship winners in Hobart. Here they are: click on thumbnails to enlarge
2010 Australian Junior Champion FM Bobby Cheng2010 U 16 Junior Champion IM James Morris2010 U12 Girls Australian Junior Champion
Savithri Narenthran
2010 U10 Australian Junior Champion Peter Wallmueller2010 U8 Australian Junior Champion Ethan Lim
Victorian chess player for the month of March 2010 was permanent English visitor Erik Teichmann
Erik moved to Australia in 1996 and became proud resident of Melbourne in 1997.
He had very successful last year (winning  Ballarat Begonia weekender, Victorian Open and Melbourne Cup weekender).
Last month he won tournament in Ballarat once again.
He was the top scoring Victorian in Premier division of Doeberl Cup 2010 scoring his 4th International master norm( the last three he make in nineteen eighties)
His current  FIDE rating is around 2380 and no doubt he will lift his rating to required 2400 mark very soon.
Erik is highly original player who very often starts game with  Sokolsky opening (1.b4).
Erik will turn 49 April 11th and we wish him very Happy Birthday!
Victorian chess players for the month of April 2010 are in alphabetical order
Michael Addamo

Bobby Cheng

Sam Dalton

Victorian chess player for the month of May 2010 was Karl Zelesco
10 year old Karl Zelesco is a Grade 5 student at Deepdene Primary School.  He became a member of the Box Hill and Canterbury Junior Chess Clubs in 2009 and currently plays for "Canterbury Raiderz" in Division 2 of the Victorian Teams Tournament.
Karl played his first 'long game' at the Box Hill Club Championship in May, 2009 and obtained a classic rating of 487 in September of that year.  Since then he has been Australia's Top Improver twice and the only person ever to achieve this honour, back to back.  The June 2010 ratings saw Karl improve a massive 594 points - the highest quarterly improvement ever recorded from a reliable rating.  He was awarded the CJCC Trophy for the most improved player in 2009.  He is a very active player on the chess circuit and is currently rated 1604.
Victorian chess players for the month of June 2010 were FM Erik Teichmann and FM Bobby Cheng
Acceptance speeches
Joint Vic Open winners seen here at the prize giving with CV president Leonid Sandler
finished with 6/7 half point clear of a star studded field that included a grand master plus four international masters
Victorian chess player of the month of July 2010 is IM Guy West
Guy has performed brilliantly at the strong  International tournament in New Zealand scoring 8,5 points from 9 games (!) with performance rating around 2800!
This was probably Guy West  best result since he became Australian Champion in 1996
Victorian chess players of the month of August 2010 were Chris Wallis and Dusan Stojic
Victorian chess player of the month of September 2010
Victorian chess players of the month of October 2010
Victorian chess player of the month of November was IM James Morris

IM James Morris 
[seen here in football mode]

is the Victorian Chess player for  the month of November for winning the 2010 Victorian Blitz title

Victorian chess player of the month of December was FM Bobby Cheng
FM Bobby Cheng

winner Victorian Master 2010 title came second behind IM Stephen Solomon in Australasian Masters 2010