2023 St Lucia Winter Challenge – FIDE Rated at UQ. Updated field at end.

2023 St Lucia Winter Challenge

The University of Queensland Chess Club will this weekend be hosting the 2023 St Lucia Winter Challenge! The event is a FIDE-rated classical tournament with a high rating floor, providing a valuable opportunity for strong players to test their mettle against similarly strong opposition for the duration of the weekend competition. Players rated 1700 FIDE or higher are invited to sign up for a great weekend of chess!

The event will be held at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland, within the Walter Harrison Law Library. Full details for the competition are below:

  • Dates: 22-23 July 2023
  • Venue: Room 01-W458, Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia
  • Format: FIDE Dutch Swiss, six rounds
  • Time Control: 60+30 (Fischer)
  • Eligibility: FIDE standard rating between 1700 and 2399 (limited exceptions)
  • Ratings: Rated in FIDE standard, ACF and QJ lists
  • Chief Arbiter: NA Maximilian Windsor
  • Entry Fee: $35

Prizes (shared):
1st Place: $100
1st U2000 FIDE: $70

Playing Schedule:
Registration: 8:45 am 22 July
Round 1: 9:30 am 22 July
Round 2: 1:00 pm 22 July
Round 3: 4:30 pm 22 July
Round 4: 9:30 am 23 July
Round 5: 1:00 pm 23 July
Round 6: 4:30 pm 23 July

How to Enter:
To enter, pay the entry fee by direct deposit to the UQ Chess Club account (details below) and contact Max Windsor to advise of your entry (email: max.windsor@outlook.com). Entries close at 9 pm on Friday 21 July.

Account Name: UQ Chess Club
BSB: 064-158
Account Number: 1075 9451

Entry list as of 4 am 21 July:

  • 2123 FM Sravan Renjith
  • 1905 Kiamehr Baneshi
  • 1856 CM Tyson Walker
  • 1852 Michael D’Arcy
  • 1844 Gordon Yang
  • 1836 Eder Oquendo
  • 1694 Jai Turner
  • 1665 Leon Lee

There’s still time to enter! Follow the instructions above to join what is shaping up to be a strong field!

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