Monday 14 July 2008

Chess in Port Moresby

The Papua New Guinea Chess Federation organised a successful one-day event in Port Moresby on the weekend. The tournament attracted more than 40 players, and even made the sport section of the local papers (Click here for the story).
This tournament (and future events) is part of a strategy to increase playing numbers in the South Pacific. Working with the Asian Confederation, officials like Stuart Fancy and Gary Bekker, are organising the distribution of sets to schools, clubs and federations in Oceania, as well as receiving Confederation funds to support tournaments (such as the Fiji Zonal).
BTW If you happen to be in Port Moresby and are looking for a game, there is a regular chess group that meets at the Round House Restaurant in Boroko, from 1:30pm on Saturday afternoons.

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