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    First International Tournament to be Held in Australia

    Today, while Browsing Ballart Chess Club History Page I found the following passage:
    ''international chess tournament in Melbbourne, which coincided with the Olympic Games in 1956: 1.Sarapu (NZ); 2/3.Ozols, Lazare; 4.Campomanes (who later became a controversial FIDE president). ''
    I've never heard about this tournament before. Was it the first international tournament to be held in Australia? Is the complete cross-table available?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Today, while Browsing Ballart Chess Club History Page I found the following passage:
    ''international chess tournament in Melbbourne, which coincided with the Olympic Games in 1956: 1.Sarapu (NZ); 2/3.Ozols, Lazare; 4.Campomanes (who later became a controversial FIDE president). ''
    I've never heard about this tournament before. Was it the first international tournament to be held in Australia? Is the complete cross-table available?
    I think that might be the 1956/7 Australian Championship, held in Melbourne, with the title shared between Ozols and Lazare (Sarapu being ineligible as a Kiwi). Campomanes also played in it. The games are available in the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    I think that might be the 1956/7 Australian Championship, held in Melbourne, with the title shared between Ozols and Lazare (Sarapu being ineligible as a Kiwi). Campomanes also played in it. The games are available in the link.
    Thx for the info.
    And Campo must have been quite a decent player at his prime!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Thx for the info.
    And Campo must have been quite a decent player at his prime!
    He was a Philippines National Master and twice Philippines national champion.

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    Another early Australian chess tournament that attracted international players was the Karlis Lidums Australian Open, Adelaide 1971.

    The winner was Lajos Portisch (Hungary). He won by half a point from Walter Browne, Florin Gheorghiu (Romania) and Lothar Schmidt (Germany).

    See item four on: http://www.chesschat.org/showthread....ustralian-Open for newspaper articles about the tournament.

    Last edited by blackbishop; 28-11-2022 at 10:47 AM.

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