The North Queensland Open Chess Championship is on the 11th and 12th of August this year. Entry is open to all and you can enter online.
This year the NQ Open is being held at the Cowboys Leagues Club, 335 Flinders St, Townsville, QLD, 4810. The event is in the function room which can be accessed via the Star Graze dining area.
Saturday the 11th
Round 1: 09:30am
Round 2: 12:00pm
Round 3: 02:30pm
Sunday the 12th
Round 4: 09:30am
Round 5: 12:00pm
Round 6: 02:30pm
Juniors (under 18): $30
GM’s & IM’s: Free
*Players will also need to be members of Chess Association Queensland. If not already a member then there will be an additional $20 membership fee.
Format & Time Control
Swiss Style tournament with 60mins +10s/move (Fischer time) per player.
Director of Play
1st under 1800: $150
1st under 1400: $100
1st Unrated: $50
1st Female: $100
1st Junior: $50
2nd Junior: $25
Plus additional Junior prizes supplied by Gardiner Chess.
Each player can only win one prize.
Also the highest placed local player (i.e. registered with the Townsville Chess Club) win gain entry to the QLD State Championships this year.
On-site parking is available at the Cowboys Leagues Club. If you are not a club member you will need to let reception know you are there for the event so they can give you a temporary card to use at the club each day. You will also need to get your parking ticket reset at the end of the day so you can get out of the car park.
This information is for anyone who may not have played at a tournament like this before:
Firstly even though there is rating and junior prizes, there is one pool of players and all players can potentially play anyone else in the event. Prizes are paid based on your finish position in the whole event. If you are the highest placed player below a certain rating, i.e. highest placed U1800, you win that prize. There are not separate events or player pools for each category.
There is also an expectation that each player knows how to record their own games and is familiar with using a chess clock. There will be electronic boards used on the top 6 boards and these have no notation markings, so being familiar with the board coordinates will help if you are playing on one of those boards.
Lastly mobile phones will be banned from the event. Any player who has a phone make a noise during a game will lose their game (be aware some phone events such as reminders will still make noise even if the phone is on silent). All players’ phones will be kept up at the arbiter’s desk as well (like last year) to prevent any chance of its use for analysis during a game.
Further questions or enquiries can be made via our Contact Page.
Event promotional flyer is here: NQ Open Chess Championship 2018