Chess champs converge on campus

Friday, 12 July 2002

Around 50 of Australia's (and some of Asia's) best chess players are expected to attend the second annual University Open National Chess Tournament, to be held this weekend (July 13-14) at the University of Adelaide.

The tournament is part of the Australian Chess Federation's Grand Prix circuit of events held throughout the nation.

Confirmed for the tournament is Australia's highest rated chess player and top seed, Grandmaster Ian Rogers, who has drawn with chess Super-Grandmaster Garry Kasparov of Russia.

Other players of note are:

  • International Master Mark Chapman
  • Trevor Tao, who represented Australia at the 1994 World Championships
  • Women's International Master Ngan Koshnitksy
  • Asian Under 16 Girls Champion Giang Nguyen
  • past and present State Champions Kevin Sheldrick, Song Yang, Srbo Zaric and Bob Cowley </ul>

    The first prize is $800 and the total prize pool is $2800.

    "The University Open prides itself on providing the chance for players of all abilities to play, with over $1400 in divisional prizes not going to the overall top players," says the Chief Tournament Organiser, Andrew Saint.

    The first round of the tournament gets underway at 9.45am.

    WHERE: 4th Floor, Union Building
    University of Adelaide
    North Terrace Campus
    WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14

    The University Open's sponsors include local chess firms Knights And Bytes and The Chess Set, along with the Adelaide University Clubs Association, Bank SA and SANTOS.


    Contact Details

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