Australian junior chess, already feting their first World Champion in Melbourne’s Bobby Cheng, has a new reason to celebrate with the signing of a new sponsor for the national chess Junior Elite Training Squad, JETS.
The JETS squad, founded in 2000, features 30 of the best junior players from around Australia, with an emphasis on developing the skills of young talents of 14 years or less. Johns-Putra Limited has agreed to fully fund the 2010 JETS squad, including the national camp in Sydney in July.
Managing Director of Johns-Putra Limited, Geraldine Johns-Putra expressed her pleasure at the agreement struck with the Australian Junior Chess League, the organiser of the JETS squad; “As someone who has benefited tremendously from chess as a junior, I feel privileged to be in a position to do something for Australian juniors today. Many of the opportunities I gained through chess would not have been possible without the support of individuals who donated time and money. I wish all of the juniors in the JETS squad the best and hope that they learn and grow as much as they can from this wonderful initiative. "
Johns-Putra Limited is a London-based boutique legal consulting practice focussing on cross-border China mergers and acquisitions. Its mission is to help clients build bridges between China and the West and to secure success across cultures. It is committed to advancing cross-cultural business in China and is one of the few boutique legal consulting practices in cross-border corporate transactions in China.
The Australian Junior Chess League is dedicated to organising and promoting chess among young people around Australia. In January the AJCL will be backing the Australian Junior Championships in Hobart and later in 2010 will select players to represent Australia at the Asian and World Junior Championships.
For more information, please contact Geraldine Johns-Putra, on +44 (0)20 7286 7664 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ian Rogers, Deputy President AJCL, on +61 (0)416599230 or GMIanRogers@gmail.com .
I think the first time I saw Geraldine, although we never formally met, was way back in the 1995-'96 Aussie Championships. It's that one that IM Guy West won. Now if you don't know her, she, of course, was once a regular competitor. Here's a sampler.
1999 Oceania zt (Women)
Johns Putra, Geraldine
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bc4 e6 6. f5 Nge7 7. fxe6 fxe6 8. O-O O-O 9. d3 d5 10. Bb3 a6 11. Bg5 Qd7 12. a4 b6 13. Qd2 Bb7 14. Bh6 Nd4 15. Nxd4 Bxd4+ 16. Kh1 Bg7 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Qg5 Qd6 19. Rae1 Rae8 20. exd5 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 exd5 22. Ne4 Qe6 23. Nf6 Rf8 24. Nh5+ Kg8 25. Rxf8+ Kxf8 26. Qh6+ Ke8 27. Ng7+ 1-0