Thursday, 23 July 2009

2009 ANU Chess Festival starts tomorrow

The 2009 ANU Chess Festival kicks off tomorrow (24 July) with the traditional University Co-Op Bookshop Simul. IM Andras Toth will play 20 players in the centre of Canberra (outdoors no less), with the winners not only gaining a little bit of chess glory, but also winning a $25 book voucher provided by the sponsor. The simul is in Citt Walk (outside King O'Malley's pub) and begins at 12 noon. There is no charge to take part.
Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th July) sees the 17th ANU Open, at Fenner Hall, Northbourne Ave, Dickson. Always a popular (and dare I say, important) weekender, has been won by some of the great names of Australian chess. GM David Smerdon is defending the title he won last year, and a field of over 80 players is expected for the Open and Minor tournaments.
Then a few weeks later the ANU Schools Championship takes place. Originally the only schools teams event in Canberra, it is now more a end of chess season get together for the regions schools, with the serious stuff now being organised by the ACT Junior Chess League.
Depending on net access from the venue I will try and bring results and games from the weekender as frequently as possible. I will also try and use my twitter feed to bring more immediate news.

(Usual disclaimer: I am one of the organisers of this event)

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