45th Chess Olympiad
BOK Sports Hall, Budapest, Hungary
10-22 September 2024

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. After a succession of Asian venues in recent years, the Olympiad returns to Europe - Budapest, the Hungarian capitol, is hosting the 45th Olympiad.

Australia has performed remarkably well against the rest of the world. We have contested every Olympiad since 1968, our open team tying for 25th place (of 187) and our women tying for 35th (of 161) at the 2022 Olympiad in Chennai.

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.

...but there's a catch

...the Australian nemesis, the tyranny of distance - Australia is a long way from just about anywhere. As airlines recover from the Covid-19 downturn, the days of cheap fares are yet to return. Chinese carriers offer the cheapest fares but over longer routes through China and longer flight times. With the appeal proceeds now covering the cheap fares, it's time to raise the bar and aim for shorter more restful flights for our teams. At mid-July, best on offer is with Emirates with one stop at Dubai - $2820 return

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 $11000 to be raised, including incidental costs such as FIDE registration and entry fees and uniform costs.

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