I’m underwriting the tournament again for about $100,000 as a thank you to the NZ chess community, who were fantastic to me when I started out as a professional player in 1975 when I was aged 15.
See you all there next week! I'm just praying that I won't suffer from any further hiccups between now and then. Some genius in Qantas actually decided to cancel my return flight, Queenstown back to Christchurch. Consequently, I had to buy another ticket via Air NZ. Luckily the difference in prices wasn't all that significant.