Being away from Australia at this time means I am only catching the chess news from that part of the world in bits and pieces. There are a couple of significant events running at the moment, in Australia and New Zealand.
FM Scott Wastney is the new New Zealand champion, winning his last round game against Bill Forster. Wastney actually lost is first round game before 'submarining' through the field, surfacing when it counted. As it was an Open event, the overall tournament was won by IM Ari Dale, with 7.5/9.
The Australian Open is also running in Brisbane at the moment, and IM Temur Kuybokarov and GM Ahmed Adly lead the 11 round event with 7.5/9. GM Max Illingworth is the best placed Australian, showing a welcome return to form with 7/9.