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Friday, December 19, 2014

It's Chess Summer in Australia!

Hello chess blog friends, hot chess in Australia coming up this December because they've got summer now. Here is an update by IM Leonid Sandler, Chess Australia PTY LTD, via FIDE : --

Traditionally in December and January in Australia we are holding many chess events for the players of different strength. At the moment quite a few foreign players are visiting the Green continent and participating in various events around the country. International Master Kanan Izzat from Azerbaijan won the Australian Young Masters competition scoring 6.5 points from 7 games.

Full details are there

After 3 rounds in the Cat. 8 Australasian Masters Grandmaster Norm 10 players round robin tournament being held in Melbourne. This event is the strongest round robin tournament ever held in the Victorian Capital!

GM Vasily Papin (Russia) and the youngest player in the field 13-years old International Master Anton Smirnov (Australia) leading with 2.5 points. This event is the strongest round robin tournament ever held in Melbourne! By the way Vasily Papin is spending more than a month in Australia and will play in total 62 tournament games in 7 different competition.

Kazakhstan Grandmasters Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Rustam Khusnutdinov will play 56 games in Australian soil.

In the Australasian Masters IM Norm event (10 players, round robin)

Bob Smith (New Zealand) is an early leader with 3 points.

Live games, full results plus much more can be viewed following the link

Our guests are actively promoting chess in Australia.

Vasily Papin has visited school in the bush where all 150 students are participating in a very successful chess program. Here are the list of some notable events in Australia in the coming weeks.

December 22---Victorian Blitz Championship (Melbourne)
December 26---Australian Allegro Championship (Adelaide)
January 2-11/2015----Australian Open Championship (Sydney)
January 12-22/2015------Australian Women's Masters (Melbourne).

We are welcoming chess players around the world to visit our beautiful country!

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