There's a couple of events coming up for Sydney chessers. Lightning fanatics can head off to the Canterbury CC for their annual Winter Lightning event. It will be held this coming Monday, 24 August with entries taken between 7PM and 7.30PM. The tournament is a 9-rounder.
Venue: Lakemba Services Memorial Club, Corner Quigg Street and The Boulevarde, Lakemba.
For more serious chess, the Ford Memorial Open sets off from the following night on Tuesday, 25 August and will run until 10 November. That schedule, of course, accounts for breaks and postponement sessions. It's also a 9-rounder with a TC of 90 minutes + 30 second incrtement per move.
Further info can be found at www.northsydneychess.org.