Friday, 4 May 2012

Asian Continental Championship

If you are looking for live coverage of a big chess tournament, and at a time that won't keep you up all hours of the night, then the 2012 Asian Continental Championship might be for you. It started today (with the opening ceremony) in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, and runs until the 12th of May. The first two rounds are tomorrow, with the first round starting at 9am local time (Midday Canberra time). I'm assuming that the tournament website will have live coverage, but Chessdom is also promising their own coverage here.
The tournament looks very strong, and there is around $60,000 in prizes. I did a quick check and could not spot an Australian representative (and no one from PNG accepted their invitation), so the Oceania region looks under-represented.
The tournament has a mixture of single round and double round days, and interestingly, requests all players to either wear their countries official sporting uniform, or at least clothing with their countries flag on it. No necessarily a bad idea, and something I will look into organising for the PNG team at the Olympiad.

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