43rd Chess Olympiad, Batumi, Georgia, 23 September – 7 October 2018.
The following text is taken from the April ACF Newsletter.
Australia has performed remarkably well against the rest of the world. We have contested every Olympiad since 1968, tying for 24th place in the last two.
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. Expect a big result this time!
…but there’s a catch
…the Australian nemesis, the tyranny of distance. Australia is a long way from just about anywhere. Almost 14,000 km from Sydney to Batumi. It takes at least 33 hours to get there, and of course the airfares aren’t cheap. Skyscanner’s best fare is $1563 economy return via Qantas to Singapore and Turkish Airways to Istanbul then Batumi.
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 newsletter. The Australian Chess Federation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to half of the total cost, leaving an estimated $10,000 to be raised, including incidental costs.