This year the Australian Junior is being hosted by Bond University on the Gold Coast. An excellent venue in every way. This is the main entrance, the playing hall being on the first floor, left hand side.
Inside is a well lit, spacious playing area
which could accommodate many times the number of participants present. This is actually baffling to me. At our local school competitions during the year thousands of children take part and now during the holidays the National championship is in our area, at a great venue, excellently organised (as usual by Gardiner Chess) and only a handful of locals are playing.
Focusing on the positive, this gives coaches plenty of time to sightsee.
Leonid Sandler, ex-Soviet power-broker and current VP of the powerful ACF enjoyed our trip to Burleigh heads for a swim. Leonid is not only coaching Victorians but also some of Queensland's bright young stars.
Speaking of Queensland's bright young stars, here is the crucial encounter of the Australian lightening championship.
Enjoy, I have to go scold some children :-)