Chess champs battle for Open title

Thursday, 8 July 2004

The fourth annual University Open Chess Tournament will be held this weekend (July 10-11) at the University of Adelaide.

The event is one of Australia's top weekend chess tournaments, and this year is attracting many of Australia's top players.

This includes Grandmasters Ian Rogers and Darryl Johansen, International Masters Leonid Sandler and Mark Chapman, Australian Seniors Champion Srbo Zaric, and Australian Chess Olympian Trevor Tao.

The tournament also boasts a wide range of local talent, with former state champions, including Song Yang, strong juniors, including Tristan Stevens, and Asian Under 16 Girls Champion Giang Nguyen.

However, the University Open also prides itself on making chess available to players of all experience levels, with many participants playing their first major chess tournament.

The prize pool of $4000 caters for the wide array of players entering.

"This event keeps getting bigger and better with every year," says tournament Chief Organiser Andrew Saint, who is also president of the Adelaide University Chess Club.

"Following the success last summer of the national chess championships hosted in Adelaide, there are now more South Australians aware of the sport of chess and are willing to give it a go.

"We hope to encourage players of all abilities, backgrounds and ages to take part in the University Open Chess Tournament. We also encourage those who don't want to play to come and see what all the excitement is about," Mr Saint says.

WHERE: 4th Floor, Union Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

WHEN: July 10-11, 9am-10pm Saturday, 10am-7pm Sunday


Contact Details

Andrew Saint
Chief Tournament Organiser
President, Adelaide University Chess Club
Mobile: 0423 192 278

Media Team
The University of Adelaide
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Mr David Ellis
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External Relations
The University of Adelaide
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