The Sidney International Open 2013 is taking place on 2nd – 7th April at the Parramatta Town Hall in the Australian city.

It is one of the biggest chess tournaments in Australia. It attracts beginners to grandmasters from all parts of Australia and from several other countries around the world.

The tournament has two categories (1) Open, in which anyone with any rating can play, and (2) Challengers, in which only those with ACF ratings lower then 1900 can play.

It is a 9-round Swiss open with a time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move from move 1.

A lot of players that participated in the Doeberl Cup are taking part, including champion Li Chao. Joining him in the battle for the 4,000 USD first prize are GM Loek van Wely, last year winner GM Vajda Levente, Doeberl Cup runner-up GM Jiri Stocek, and 8 other GMs.

Official website

Participants (top seeds):

1 GM Li Chao B CHN 2686
2 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2684
3 GM Vajda Levente ROU 2632
4 GM Heberla Bartlomiej POL 2562
5 GM Stocek Jiri CZE 2544
6 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2541
7 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2537
8 GM Horvath Adam HUN 2509
9 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2479
10 GM Varga Zoltan HUN 2472
11 IM Palit Somak IND 2449
12 IM Stany G.A. IND 2432
13 GM Johansen Darryl K. AUS 2430
14 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2429
15 FM Cheng Bobby AUS 2425
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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