Monday, August 27, 2012

Victorian Women's Championship

The revamp of the Victorian Women's Championship has been a success story for Chess Victoria and Box Hill Chess Club. The tournament has an interesting format with games taking place over 2 consecutive weekends, 29/30 September and 6/7 October. Sponsorship for the tournament has been found and at the time of writing this there are already 14 entrants.

While Victoria's top female player will be absent (Sally Yu will be at University in America when the tournament is being held) there will be plenty to play for. The top seed is currently Sri Lankan born Vineetha Wijesuriya who has played a number of times for Sri Lanka at Olympiads and currently lives in Ballarat. A large part of the field is made up of young players, pointing to the potential for a great future for women's chess in the state.

I am unable to find any history of this event, so if anyone has any information such as who the last champion was, how long the championship has been established, and any details of previous winners, that would be greatly appreciated.

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