Good news for Australian chessers. The Myer Tan connection with Australian chess will continue for at least another year into 2007. Brian Jones, who took over as Grand Prix director this year, has just confirmed a $16,000 sponsorship for the year-long competition.
Prizes will include cash plus 4 economy class return airfare tickets to Kuala Lumpur to participate in the 2008 Malaysian Chess Festival.
When asked what this continued sponsorship means to Aussie chess, Brian says, "Hopefully more participation in 2007". The GP competiton is growing with 2 tournaments added to next year's calendar. One event is called the March Madness Open in Brisbane, Queensland.
And while making no promises, Mr Jones is planning a few changes for next year's GP including possibly prizes for both U1400 and U1800 sections.
I must say, this move to outsouce the organisation of a fairly complex nationwide event to a professional organiser was definitely one of the ACF's best.