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Upcoming Events

There are a number of great events coming up for players to take part in!

Bundaberg Open

Being held on the weekend of 3rd and 4th September, the Bundaberg Open has a great prize pool with $1000 for first place! This event usually attracts 30-40 players including many from Brisbane who take advantage of the later starting time on Saturday. For full information, see this link.

Nell Van de Graaff Classic

A unique event in that the tournament contains an added teams element, this  tournament has grown so much in popularity that there are two divisions! Being held at one of premier chess venues – Mermaid Waters Hotel, this event will be another fantastic opportunity for players of all abilities to test out their knowledge. See the flyer for more information. Being held on the 17th and 18th  September

Leo Wilkinson Memorial
Following directly on from the Nell Van de Graaff, Redcliffe host their annual Leo Wilkinson Memorial. Another popular event that often attracts a strong field, this should be another great opportunity for players of all levels to take part in across a busy time for chess. Find more information here. Being held on the 24th and 25th September.

Queensland Championships and Under 1600 Championships
Whilst not fully confirmed, this tournament will be running over the long weekend. The QLD Championship will be held from the Thursday night (29th Sept) through to the Monday evening (3rd Oct). The Under 1600 event will be run from the Friday night.  The likely venue at this stage is Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell – the home of the Redcliffe CC events. Details will be on the Upcoming events page shortly.

Queensland Inter-School State Finals
The Girls State Finals is open to female players from all schools with no qualification needed. This will be held on Friday October 7th. The Open State  Finals will be held on the weekend of the 8th and 9th October. This will be for invited teams only (via qualification).

Queensland Junior Elite Training Squad

There are plans to hold another training squad in the upcoming holidays. A sub-committee has been appointed by the CAQ Council to coordinate this. More news coming soon on this front!

Local Tournament News

Many tournaments have been recently held! All tournament results can be found on the CAQ Results Page.

First since our last newsletter was the Darling Downs Open in Toowoomba which featured 92 players. The tournament was won by IM Brodie McClymont with 6/6 ahead of Aidan Brady on 5.5/6 with Benjamin Leong and Sam Grigg on 5/6.

The Gold Coast Open is the largest event on the calendar and was a fabulous event once again this year with 204 players taking part! The Premier Division saw the awarding of the Australian Champion title and was won by GM Temur Kuybokarov with 7/9, who then played on board 2 for the Australian Olympiad Team. GM Bobby Cheng and IM Rishi Sardana were =2nd with 6.5/9. The Major division was shared by Oleg Kitikov and Joe Chua with 6/7. Finishing in =3rd were Ekaterina Gratchev, Jay Weigall, Oliver McCarthy and Craig Stewart with 5.5/7. In the minor division, juniors dominated (as they often do!) with Matthew Lin scoring 6/6 to clinch the title. 2nd was shared by Isaac Liu, Mia Jigando, Eric Yang, Elaina Qiang, Mohan  Thandi, Michelle Lin, and Nathan Arav on 5/6.

The Queensland Junior Championships were held directly following the Gold Coast Open to make for a very busy week for many players! The under 14 to 18 division saw 48 players take part and some mammoth ties! Equal first were Oliver Strong, Kiamehr Baneshi, Joshua McCorkell, and Terrance Tang. Equal first for Under 16 were Jason Leitch, Benjamin Leong, Lachlan Wang, Alexavier Ly-Liu, and Nicholas Bond. Equal first under 14 were Max Phillips and Joshua Cooper. The Under 12 tournament was won by Bryan Yang with an impressive 7.5/8. The Under 10 title was shared by Calen Tang and Martin Sun with 7/8, whilst the Under 8 tournament was won by Zeqi Xing with a perfect 8/8.

Next up was the Peninsula Open, which saw 86 players take part. It was still fierce at the top, with a tie for first between IM’s Stephen Solomon and Brodie McClymont. 3rd was shared by Kelvin Finke, Jayden Ooi, Ben Peach, John Nothdurft, and Aiden Brady.

The Wendy Terry Memorial was  then held with 47 players being involved. IM Brodie McClymont kept his impressive series of weekend results going with an impressive performance to score 6/6 and win the title. IM Stephen Solomon was joined in 2nd place by youngster Micah Young.

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