We bring you this obviously belated news now because we've just learned of a very strange condition of entry to this event. All participants were required to agree to this:
All public reporting rights to the event are reserved exclusively by the Burnie Chess Club.
This type of condition is understandable for big events - chess or whatever. But a weekender in Australia's most remote state? What could have possibly possessed the organisers to impose such a ridiculous demand as to prevent people from talking about their experience? Are they making money from those exclusive rights? If not money, then what is the advantage to be gained?
We find this very strange and can only hope that it is not repeated. Meanwhile, we'd like to get some answers from the Burnie Chess Club. An email is on its way to Phil Donnelly.