Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Congrats and Welcome to Australia's latest and newest Grandmaster (elect)!!!

Australia now has 6 Grandmasters in chess with Queenslander Moulthun Ly achieving his 3rd and final GM norm at the 2016 Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Masters Tournament. GM-elect Moulthun will be representing Australia at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan which begins on 1st September (play starts on 2nd September). The title will become official sometime in November 2016. Moulthun is a truly original nice guy and great role model for the youngsters coming through the ranks in chess. He has also contributed back to youth chess eg, being instructor at the AusJCL annual JETS camp as well as acting as selector for AusJCL. His achievement came on the heels of Sydneysider Max Illingworths' GM title last year. Presently, Australia also has Victorian IM Justin Tan actively pursuing the GM-title overseas, mainly in tournaments across Europe. Justin has 2 GM-norms and is seeking his 3rd norm.

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