Grandmaster Murray Chandler is back in action in New Zealand for that country's 115th Chess Championships. The now managing director of Gambit Books is seeded first ahead of familiar names like Ker, Dive, Smith and Garbett. Our readers might recall that Chandler last won this event two years ago in the unforgettable Queenstown Chess Classic where he finished on 8.5 points from 10 games.
After two rounds - Chandler has won one, lost one. In round 2, he lost to the affable FIDE master Stephen Lukey.
A couple of overseas players are also there: Aussie FM Tim Reilly, Denmark's FM Ove Hartvig and, flying off to New Zealand straight after the Aussie Championships, Brazilian IM Herman Van Riemsdijk.
Live games are available here and the usual tournament data can be found here.
I should also take this chance to remind our foreign readers, especially, that the 116th New Zealand Chess Championships will once again be held in Queenstown. Visit www.queenstownchess.com for more info. So if you missed out on the 2006 edition, believe me you won't want to miss the next one.