1. GM Ni Hua CHN 2689 6.0
2. GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2476 5.0
3. IM Morris James AUS 2378 5.0
4. GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2573 4.5
5. IM Illingworth Max AUS 2476 4.5
Official Website and LIVE GAMES with GM Ian Rogers commentaries
NEW ZEALAND Open 2015
At almost the same time, New Zealand Open 2015 is also started. The events held in Davenport, Auckland, and also noted for its long history. Indeed this is the 122nd New Zealand Open and Blitz Championship. The official website is HERE. Four GMs are participating, rating wise lead by GM David Howell. Indonesian chess lover should be noted that IM Irene K. Sukandar is participating. The event is well reported in Chessbase.
Standing after round 6 :
1. IM DIVE, Russell J 4.5
2. GM Bischoff, Klaus 4.5
3. GM Zhao, Xue4.5
4 GM Howell, David W 4.5
5. Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 4.0
I wonder if both federation (Aussie and NZ) can coordinated each other and make the tournament's schedule in such a way that they are not happening at the same time. Perhaps both Australian Open and New Zealand Open can make a twin Oceania tourney. Perhaps with this arrangement, the region can attracted more "European" chess players. With two events, the journey to the southern part of the world will worth considering.
Photos from 2015 Australian Open:
GM Ian Roger in commentary area
GM Ni Hua vs WGM Julia Ryjanova, on his way to 6/6 later
Young talent Anton Smirnov vs FM Gregory Canfell, round 3
round 3, IM Bjelobrk Igor vs IM Illingworth Max
round 3, IM Jones Richard S. vs GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas
all photos generously provided by my friend on site "R.S".