Australian Open: Can Anton Smirnov Compete Successfully With Invited GMs?

Время публикации: 01.01.2015 23:42 | Последнее обновление: 03.01.2015 16:55

The Australian Chess Open is about to start in Sydney. The event is noteworthy for the fact that it has gathered nearly all strongest national players, as well as Chinese GM Ni Hua (2676) and the titled guests from Kazakhstan and Russia. The complete field can be seen at the official website.

The venue for the event is the Castle Hill RSL Club (photo:

The winner of the tournament will get 6000 Australian dollars.

Another peculiar thing about the Australian Chess Open is the participation of 13 y.o. Anton Smirnov (2432 for January 2015) who is currently rated #6 in Australia and #2 in the world among chess players born in 2001. In the recent round-robin GM tournament in Melbourne, the young IM from Sydney was very close to fulfilling a GM norm. 'All eyes are on Smirnov really in this tournament', says GM Ian Rogers who will be providing live commentary during the event.


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