Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:23 pm

Sorry Ian. I missed your post.
I just wrote it down quickly from the fide Calendar earlier this evening.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Ian Thompson » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:59 am

Simon Rogers wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:57 pm
12th-23rd December VII Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival. Sitges, Spain.
Entries for this tournament are slowly increasing since I posted about it last Thursday. They've now got 24 entries including 7 GMs and 2 IMs.

Less encouragingly, the further information that was going to appear within a few days of 28 September has not. High up my list would be what happens to the 30%, normally non-refundable, deposit on hotel accommodation arranged through the organisers if they had to cancel the event at short notice.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:48 pm

Here are some more events that I have found:

According to the Tasmanian Chess Association website:
Saturday 7th November Launceston Open Lightning.
Kings Meadows, Tasmania, Australia.
7th-8th November Launceston Cup 2020.
Kings Meadows, Tasmania, Australia.

According to the Australian Chess Federation website Calendar:
12th-13th December
Tasmanian Rapid and Lightning Championships.
Ranelagh, Tasmania, Australia.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:46 pm

Here is another one I have found.
This is according to the New Zealand Chess Federation website Calendar:

Saturday 21st November
Kapiti Rapid, Paraparaumu.
(Near Wellington), North Island, New Zealand.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:58 pm

Well, New Zealand seems to be fine holding events, often with spectators; the England netball team had to get special permission, though, travel without their head coach, and isolate for 2 weeks on arrival BBC report
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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:58 am

Ben Hague must feel very lucky to be living in New Zealand with all the events taking place.
There are loads more planned for next year.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:25 am

Very nice playing conditions for a junior tournament at the Olympus Sports Hall in the City of Sun in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina all ready to start. Looks very like the Horntye in Hastings though I suspect the chairs in this one might well do my back in.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:26 am

Here are two OTB Events taking place before the New Year down under.
According to the New Zealand Chess Federation website Calendar:
20th December Howick Pakuranga Christmas Tournament in Auckland.
According to the Australian Chess Federation website Calendar:
19th-20th December TopChess 2020 Xmas Swiss Weekender in Woolloongabba, Queensland.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Matt Bridgeman » Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am

Don't forget the annual Australian Allegro Championship (15+2) on Boxing Day in Adelaide. They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play. We played there once when it was in Glenelg on the coast. Great event! http://sachess.org.au/event/lidums-aust ... ship-2020/

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:37 pm

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am
Don't forget the annual Australian Allegro Championship (15+2) on Boxing Day in Adelaide. They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play. We played there once when it was in Glenelg on the coast. Great event! http://sachess.org.au/event/lidums-aust ... ship-2020/
There are two more taking place in Adelaide.
Here they are:
18th-20th December Chess in Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide (3 afternoons of Chess in outside venue).
22nd December Lidums Christmas Allegro 2020. Adelaide. (Starts at 7.30pm).

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:40 pm

Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am
They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play.
I don't think they're crossing state lines at the moment.
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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:41 pm

Here are some more:
19th December Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Rapid Championships. Civic, Canberra.
27th-28th December Gufeld Cup. Woodvale, Western Australia.

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by shaunpress » Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:52 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:40 pm
Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am
They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play.
I don't think they're crossing state lines at the moment.
We were almost there, but now we are not (Sydney is being quarantined from the rest of the country).
But in a hopeful sign for organisers, almost all the OTB events held post-lockdown in Australia have attracted larger than usual entries (or have reached capacity well in advance of the final entry date).

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by John McKenna » Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:55 pm

shaunpress wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:52 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:40 pm
Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am
They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play.
I don't think they're crossing state lines at the moment.
We were almost there, but now we are not (Sydney is being quarantined from the rest of the country).
But in a hopeful sign for organisers, almost all the OTB events held post-lockdown in Australia have attracted larger than usual entries (or have reached capacity well in advance of the final entry date).
Not bad going for "obscure events".

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Re: Obscure International OTB Events Going Ahead

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:40 pm

shaunpress wrote:
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:52 pm
NickFaulks wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:40 pm
Matt Bridgeman wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:47 am
They usually get a good slice of the best players in Australia, plus a number of special guest GM's to play.
I don't think they're crossing state lines at the moment.
We were almost there, but now we are not (Sydney is being quarantined from the rest of the country).
But in a hopeful sign for organisers, almost all the OTB events held post-lockdown in Australia have attracted larger than usual entries (or have reached capacity well in advance of the final entry date).
Welcome to the forum Shaun. Shame about the Sydney area. Good to see OTB events taking place across the country in Adelaide and Canberra. I've noticed a number of Chess Clubs have reopened in Tasmania.
I'm pleased that entries for the tournaments have increased.

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