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    Australian Open 2009 at Manly Leagues Club

    PRESS RELEASE


    Australia's top chess event comes to Northern Beaches


    Australia's premier chess tournament will be staged on the Northern Beaches for the first time next year.

    Manly Chess Club president, Mr Chris Dimock, announced today that the venue for the 2009 Australian Open Championship, from January 2-11, will be the Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues Club.

    Mr Dimock said: "The Leagues Club has very generously made its spacious main auditorium available for the 11-round event, which we hope will attract a field of up to 150 players. We are aiming for prize money in excess of ten thousand dollars, and are seeking sponsorship from banks and local businesses for this prestigious event.

    "Entry will be free for international masters and grandmasters to encourage them to participate. We have booked rooms for players at the Manly-Warringah Travelodge, adjacent to the Leagues Club, and will be approaching other accommodation centres in the Manly-Brookvale area'.

    Mr Dimock said he was approached for an expression of interest in hosting the event by The Sydney Morning Herald chess writer Peter Parr on June 11. "We jumped at the chance. Fred Schutz, a Manly Chess Club member, and I put together a bid which we presented in less than two months to the Australian Chess Federation. ACF vice-president Bill Gletsos rang soon afterwards to say it had been accepted."

    Mr Dimock said the bid would not have been possible without the continuing support for local chess by the Leagues Club; where the Manly Chess Club meets every Monday night. "Concurrently with the Open, we are also staging the inaugural Manly Classic tournament, which will be open to lower rated players in the area keen to improve."


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    I am very much looking forward to this tournament!

    Have any GMs/IMs expressed their interest in participating?

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    Too early yet

    Too early yet - no entry forms ready yet! I will advise as details get known.
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    I wish the organisers well for the Open but unfortunately it will be missing many good juniors and also strong players who will be coaching in Adelaide including me. To be fair I am usually about 50-50 to play in the Open anyway. The SIO may have been a good idea for the open title this time.

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    Both me and Anton are planning to play in this event.

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    I'm definitely interested.

    Interested to see accomodation options.

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    I have been advised by a member of the organising committee that Nick Chernih has been appointed as the Chief Arbiter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drug
    Both me and Anton are planning to play in this event.
    Would Anton have played in the Australian Juniors if the Australian Open had not clashed with it?
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    What steps are the organisers of the event taking to ensure there will be enough females playing in the event to allow the title of Australian Women's Champion to be awarded?
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    i would have thought in this enlightened age any girl or women who enters would do so intending to win the australian open title itself

    wouldn't you agree, jono?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclectic
    i would have thought in this enlightened age any girl or women who enters would do so intending to win the australian open title itself

    wouldn't you agree, jono?
    I think most of the participants who will enter this tournament won't really expect to win, although they will enjoy the challenge of playing. Sadly there is currently no active Australian women players who have more than an extremely slim chance of winning a moderately strong Australian Open, not a good thing.
    Whether you agree with a seperate title is one thing (and discussion of this does not really belong in this thread), but the title exists and is supposed to be awarded to first Australian women in the Australian Open. I am hoping the organisers will take on the responsibility of making sure the conditions for this to happen are meet, hence my question.
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    if sufficient numbers of women do enter the open to make the women's title realistic then are any points women win against men in the australian open disregarded when deciding who wins the australian women's championship?

    i think there is already a thread about the future of the australian women's chess championship title elsewhere

    perhaps a split from here and a graft onto there is in order
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    Accommodation

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    I'm definitely interested.

    Interested to see accomodation options.

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    Hi Garrett,
    Latest on accomm is still as per press statement: "We have booked rooms for players at the Manly-Warringah Travelodge, adjacent to the Leagues Club, and will be approaching other accommodation centres in the Manly-Brookvale area". Will advise when I hear updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Sertez
    Would Anton have played in the Australian Juniors if the Australian Open had not clashed with it?
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    Hard to say... At this stage the Australian Open (AO) looks much more attractive. Firstly, AO is free and we will probably have to pay for the juniors in Adelaide a similar amount to the amount we paid for the World Youth coming in Vietnam in October. The World Youth is obviously a big challenge and worth all the money spent, while with the Juniors Anton already got the under 8 title when he was 5; other kids also want to get this title. You can say that he can play with older kids but then why not adults; as I said it will cost us nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drug
    Hard to say... At this stage the Australian Open (AO) looks much more attractive. Firstly, AO is free and we will probably have to pay for the juniors in Adelaide a similar amount to the amount we paid for the World Youth coming in Vietnam in October. The World Youth is obviously a big challenge and worth all the money spent, while with the Juniors Anton already got the under 8 title when he was 5; other kids also want to get this title. You can say that he can play with older kids but then why not adults; as I said it will cost us nothing.
    Okay thanks, it would have been good to have Anton play in Adelaide, but your reasons make perfect sense. I am just a bit concerned, as a South Australian, more Sydney juniors, and perhaps others, will decide to play the Open instead of coming to Adelaide. It seems a pity that they have to clash especially since the Australian Open has such a short time to be organised.
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