Sunday, 14 March 2010

A busy chess calendar

Normally the Canberra chess year gets off to a slow start, but this year has been very different. The ACT Championship has already been run and won, and the O2C Doeberl Cup is only 3 weeks away. Squeezed in between this are a couple of tournaments, including the Autumn Junior Weekender, which was held yesterday and today.
The Autumn Weekender was the brainchild of Ian Rout a number of years ago, and serves both as a warm for juniors planning to play in the Doeberl Cup, and as a gentle introduction to tournament chess for juniors who are making the step up from schools chess.
The tournament was won by Allen Setiabudi, fresh from his heroics at last weeks ACT Championships. Although I don't have complete scores to hand, I believe that second place was shared between Megan Setiabudi and Yijun Zhang.
Although it is about 400km away from Canberra, next weeks Dubbo Open is always popular with ACT players. This year is the 10th edition of the event and GM Zong Yuan Zhao and IM George Xie are both playing in the event.
Then a weeks break (for those not coaching) and then the Doeberl Cup. Entries have passed the 150 mark and significantly, there are only 18 spots left in the Premier.
And finally for the very keen, there is the Sydney International Open starting on the Wednesday after the Doeberl.
Throw in the ANU Masters (for a small group anyway) and it would be possible to play 36 FIDE rated games in the March/April period, a feat previously unachievable in Canberra chess.


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Anonymous said...

Close. Megan, Yijun and Michael. Yijun second on countback, Michael third.

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