44th Chess Olympiad
to be advised 2021
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, our open team tying for 25th place (of 150) and our women tying for 32nd at the 2018 Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.
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, together with a Head of Delegation representing ACF at the FIDE Congress.
...but there's a catch
...the Australian nemesis, the tyranny of distance. Australia is a long way from just about anywhere. 14500 km from Sydney to Moscow. It takes at least 24 hours to get there, and the airfares aren't cheap.
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 $8000 to be raised, including incidental costs such as FIDE registration and entry fees and uniform costs.
Aunix will donate $20 to the Appeal for every new sign-up to an Aunix mobile phone plan using the code OLYMPIAD
Coronavirus containment measures have compelled FIDE to postpone the Olympiad (and ancillary events) for twelve months, until (northern) summer 2021.
The Olympiad Appeal has now been extended for twelve months to match the new timetable. Actual dates are not yet known.