Calling all chess champs: $4000 on offer

Wednesday, 9 July 2003

One of Australia's biggest chess events is on again at the University of Adelaide this weekend (July 12-13).

The annual University Open Chess Tournament has become one of Australia's top 10 chess competitions. This year it will attract around 80 participants, including some of Australia's best players.

This includes Grandmaster Darryl Johansen, International Master Stephen Solomon, State Champion and Correspondence International Master Srbo Zaric, Asian Under 16 Girls Champion Thu Giang Nguyen and female chess Olympian Narelle Szuveges.

The tournament also boasts a wide range of local talent including former State Champions Song Yang, Kevin Sheldrick, Alan Goldsmith and Bob Cowley.

"As well drawing top names in the chess scene, the University Open prides itself on making chess available to all player abilities, including those who have not played competitive chess before," says the Chief Organiser, University of Adelaide student Andrew Saint.

"Our $4000 prize pool caters for the diversity of player strength and experience, and we would encourage all members of the community who have an interest in chess to attend, either as competitors or to see the tournament in action."

WHERE: 4th floor, Union Building
University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13
(9am - 11pm Saturday)
(9am - 7pm Sunday)

Following the popularity of the annual University Open Chess Tournament in Adelaide in previous years, the organisers have also been awarded the Australian championship to be hosted in Adelaide later this year.


Andrew Saint, Chief Organiser: 0422 918 656, or (08) 8332 3752,


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