The four of us will be playing in the two big national opens of Oceania in January 2015.
Andrew, Junta, Moulthun: Australian Open in Castle Hill, NSW, January 2nd-11th.
First prize of $8000, a record in Australian chess! Perhaps it will also be one of the strongest Australian Opens ever, with 13 GMs, 7 IMs and 2 WGMs already registered!
|The playing venue is the Castle Hill RSL Lyceum - picture from Western Sydney Academy of Sport gallery here|
Fedja: New Zealand Open in Devonport, Auckland, January 1st-9th.
Although a continuation of the Queenstown tradition from 2006, 2009 and 2012 was not seen, playing in New Zealand is always an enjoyable experience, and Devonport looks like a beautiful seaside resort. There are already 4 GMs, 3 IMs and 1 WGM registered.
|The playing venue is the New Zealand National Chess Centre - picture from official site|