Australia will not be in it, of course, and this is understandable. But there is at least a lone Aussie who will participate in the chess proceedings. It is none other than Sydneysider IA Jason Lyons. The guy has just scored one of the best gigs ever - sports manager for chess. He's off on an Emirates flight to Doha this week to perform some pre-event checks and then run the show. Awesome! Good luck to that.
There's a funny story to this actually. At this time, construction of the athletes village is still incomplete. The situation has apparently forced the organisers to hire a cruise liner, to be docked in Doha Harbour, and to have some of