Wednesday, 15 July 2015

2015 ANU Open

The 2015 Australian National University Open is just a week and a half away. This year is the 23rd running of this event, which started in the early 1990's, to encourage more people to visit Canberra in winter!
In fact winter is one of the best times to visit Canberra, as while it may be chilly, the weather is often fantastic (clear blue skies and sunshine!). And with it being the off season for tourists, you can get to see the cities attractions while avoiding the crowds (Questacon, Old Parliament House, and the National Gallery are all good places to see).
Of course the 23rd ANU Open should be the main attraction, with a prize fund of $3300, and a strong field already shaping up. As in previous years the tournament is split into 2 sections, with an Open, and an U/1600 event. First prize in the Open is $1000, while the Under 1600 has $500 as the top prize.

Further details are

  • Venue: ANU School of Art, Childers St, Acton (10 minutes walk from the city)
  • Dates: Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th July 2015
  • Format: 7 round swiss (4 rounds Saturday, 3 rounds Sunday)
  • Time Control: G60m+10s
  • Entry Fee: $70 Adult, $50 Concession (if registered before 18 July)
If you wish to register online, simply go to and click on the event you wish to play in. You will get the earlybird discount if you register, even if you do not pay until the day of the event! (NB The Vesus system uses FIDE ratings for registered players, so it may show Over 1600 rated players in the Under 1600 event. Be assured these players have ratings Under 1600 on the ACF list)

And if you get to Canberra early, or are a local looking for some fun, then drop into King O'Malleys on Friday from 5pm for the ACT teams Blitz Event. It is for teams of 2, and is a 5 round swiss. No entry fee and anyone can come and play!

(NB I am an unpaid official for this event)

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