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Australian Open

The Australian Open chess tournament is being held January 2-11, 2015 at Castle Hill RSL and is attended by a multitude of professional and club players from both Australia and overseas. The prize fund of AUS $25,000 with $8000 for first place is the largest ever for an Australian chess tournament. The format is an 11 round Swiss with a rate of play of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for remaining moves, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 1. Official site: ausopenchess.com