Rusty Barbarian Chess Tournament

this page will be updated with venue and entrants as info becomes available
An open one day tournament organized for current and ex Hobart club players to get together to catch up and play some casual chess.

When: Jan 3, 2014
Where: In Hobart, location to be fixed.
Format: 15 minutes per player per game
Draw: Depends on number of entrants, probably 7 round Swiss.
Cost: $10 entry
To enter: email david at fromoz dot com or call Dave Rolph at 0423-189-274

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