The first of the Jamboree chess events took place on the 10th of January and it was hot, dry and a typical Adelaide summer day. Typical that is, apart from some serious chess being played at the Chess Centre by 38 intrepid souls battling it out over the chessboard.
It was fabulous to see some many old and new players taking part. We had originally planned to have 4 tournaments but eventually merged the ‘Returnees’ with the Open Tournament and the ‘Beginners’ with the Junior Tournament and it all went very well – lots of exciting games, fun and a fabulous distraction from the heat.
Congratulations to Aaron and Kyle on winning the Open but they were well tested by a very strong field that included Jeff Hams and Kevin Sheldrick. It was particularly pleasing to see Raad Rahman and Benita Paukkunen again amongst the top boards while Mathew Drogemuller is improving rapidly and Nikola Markovic is obviously a player to watch. And a big welcome back to Alex Hanysz and Calvin Fong!