Monday, 30 May 2011

It's raining titles

Congratulations to all the Canberra players who earned titles at the 2011 Oceania Zonal. The titles have now been officially confirmed on the FIDE website.
The new title holders are IM Andrew Brown, WIM Emma Guo, FM Gareth Oliver and WFM Megan Setiabudi. Also earning titles from that tournament were FM Moulthun Ly (AUS) and WFM Nicole Tsoi (NZ).
All the players are still quite young, with Gareth Oliver the oldest at 23. They also were home grown Canberra players, all coming through the ACT Junior Chess League development program. They join the growing list of titled players in Canberra, although the departure of GM David Smerdon for overseas study has left us short 1 GM. However Andrew Brown and Junta Ikeda are planning a overseas chess adventure for the second half of the year, so more (and improved) titles may be not that far away.

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