43rd Chess Olympiad
23 September - 7 October 2018
ACF Olympiad Appeal
A proud record
The biennial Chess Olympiad is one of the world's largest sporting events, and the premier teams event on the global chess calendar.
Australia has performed remarkably well against the rest of the world. We have contested every Olympiad since 1968, tying for 24th place in the last two.
Again this year Australia will be one of the expected 190 nations competing, fielding an open and a women's team (each five players plus captain) of our best available players. For the first time, we are able to field an all-Grandmaster open team, and have three WGMs eligible for the women's team. (Update: They weren't all available, as it turned out. We're fielding three GMs and two WGMs)
...but there's a catch
...the Australian nemesis, the tyranny of distance. Australia is a long way from just about anywhere. Almost 14,000 km from Sydney to Batumi. It takes at least 33 hours to get there, and of course the airfares aren't cheap. Skyscanner's best fare is now $2211 economy return via Malaysian to Kuala Lumpur and Turkish Airways to Istanbul then Batumi.
While other national teams receive government support, our teams must meet their own travel costs.
That's where you come in. The teams need your support to represent us. Please give what you can to the appeal.
All donations will be acknowledged here and in the ACF email bulletin. The Australian Chess Federation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to half of the total cost, leaving an estimated $14000 to be raised, including incidental costs such as entry fees and accommodation for each team's coach.