Like most of Australia, club chess in Canberra takes a break over Christmas. A couple of clubs have already finished for the year, but for the keen player there is still enough chess to keep either occupied, or away from the family, for some of the holidays.
Belconnen Chess Club is holding its Xmas Blitz tomorrow night, Tuesday 17 December. The club meets at the Natsem Building on Hayden Drive, Bruce (across from the University of Canberra) from 7pm. The blitz will either be a round robin or a swiss, depending upon numbers, and is the last evening event in Canberra for the year.
On Saturday, 21st December, the ACTCA will be holding the 2013 ACT Rapidplay Championship. It will be held in City Walk, Canberra City, outside King O'Malley's/Chicken Gourmet (at the usual Street Chess venue). It starts at 11am and has a guaranteed first prize of $100. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for juniors. It is a 7 round swiss with a time limit of G/15m.
Of course Street Chess will be running over the Christmas break, with tournaments every Saturday from 11am in City Walk, Canberra City. And if previous years are anything to go by, the tournament that happens between Christmas and New Year will once again be very popular.