2012 Queenstown Chess Classic

2012 Queenstown Chess Classic

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jan 16, 2012, 5:45 AM |
14 | Chess Event Coverage

Murray Chandler.jpgThe 2012 Queenstown Chess Classic runs from 15-23 January in New Zealand.

The competition is a nine-round international open incorporating the 119th New Zealand Chess Championships, with a guaranteed prize fund of NZD 30,000 (approx USD 24,000).

The tournament is the inspiration of New Zealand chess Grandmaster Murray Chandler (pictured), and is the third edition following two successful previous events in 2006 and 2009. 

Games start each day at 3 pm local time (02:00 UTC) and the time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and 15 minutes to a finish plus a 30 second increment from the start.

The field is headed by Li Chao of China. The top 20 rated entrants are:

1 2693 Li Chao (CHN)
2 2653 Gawain Jones (ENG)
3 2639 Surya Ganguly (IND)
4 2592 Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU)
5 2572 Sune Berg Hansen (DEN)
6 2569 Zhao Jun (CHN)
7 2553 Dejan Bojkov (BUL)
8 2551 Zhao Xue (CHN)
9 2537 Klaus Bischoff (GER)
10 2459 George Xie (AUS)
11 2455 Kivanc Haznedaroglu (TUR)
12 2422 Trevor Tao (AUS)
13 2414 Akshat Khamparia (IND)
14 2403 Darryl Johansen (AUS)
15 2401 Herman Van Riemsdijk (BRA)
16 2388 Max Illingworth (AUS)
17 2376 Moulthun Ly (AUS)
18 2375 Stephen Solomon (AUS)
19 2375 Bobby Cheng (AUS)
20 2359 Anthony Ker (NZL)

 

Some of the beautiful local scenery - Lake Wakatipu

lake-wakatipu.jpg

 

Live coverage is available at the official website, including a live blog of each round as it happens.

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