The organisers of the Queenstown Chess Classic are delighted to announce that the 2009 international tournament is formally confirmed. The main event will take place January 15th-24th January 2009 in the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand.
The prizefund is now NZ $50,000 (equivalent to Australian $45,000), a New Zealand record. The first prize is $10,000. A player finishing in 15th position will take home $1400.
The 2009 Queenstown Classic is open to players of any strength, and any nationality.
In association with the New Zealand Chess Federation, the event will also incorporate the official 116th New Zealand Chess Championships. This event has a famous history, being the oldest continuously staged national championship in the world.
For more information and updates, visit www.queenstownchess.com. With an increased prize fund as well as a very nice chess holiday, I reckon this 2009 edition will break all records. Start saving up!