Welcome from the Mayor of the City of Burnside, Mayor Anne Monceaux.
On behalf of our community, I welcome you to the Australian Chess Championships as they return to the City of Burnside, Adelaide, South Australia after a long period of time. It is exciting for us to host this event in Burnside during the month of January 2024. The key events will be the Australian Chess Championship (Jan 2nd-11th, 11 rounds) and the Australian Junior Chess Championship (Jan 13th-21st, 9 rounds) with a $32,000 prize pool. It will also feature a chess carnival with diverse activities for all levels and ages involved in the sport. The Burnside Chess Club, central to the festivities has already been offering free workshops during December on Tuesdays and Fridays. January will bring chessmaster lectures, exhibition games, and masterclass workshops.
Chess competitions are regulated by strict governing bodies implementing standard rules and players use many different strategies to mentally outplay their opponents. Playing chess requires a great deal of strategic planning and problem-solving skills. Chess also promotes social, emotional and intellectual well-being, as well as critical thinking skills. Our inclusive South Australian chess community welcomes players aged 6 to 96 and encourages anyone at any level to come along and enjoy the game. All are invited to join us in Burnside for a month of chess excellence in January, 2024.