IM Adam Hunt and FM Justin Tan (both Woodbridge School) are playing in the huge Bavarian International Open Chess Championship in Bad Wiessee, Germany, which starts today. There are 478 entrants in the Open, including 20 Grandmasters (and two Women’s Grandmasters)! The event is over nine rounds, finishing on 3 November. Adam is seeded 30th and Justin 51st. The tournament website is here; hopefully it will carry round by round updates.
Bad Wiessee sounds an idyllic location. According to the website, “Lake Tegernsee is 6.5 km long, 1.4 km wide and fed by crystal-clear alpine brooks. Its south end is bordered by impressive Mts. Wallberg, Leonhardstein and Hirschberg. From authentic traditions to alpine sophistication, from lively culture to unspoiled nature, this exclusive region charms its visitors with its sheer diversity and many assets in terms of pleasure, wellbeing, glamour and good fun.
As Bavaria’s first and only Gourmet Region, the Tegernsee Valley treats its guests to outstanding culinary diversity, from high quality regional produce to exquisite gourmet restaurants, cosy mountain inns and beer gardens with lake views. At the picturesque ponds beside the Kreuth fish farm, guests can enjoy smoked vendace or buy freshly caught fish for home-cooking. The TegernseerLand dairy delights visitors with organic speciality cheeses. Fabulous lake vistas, Bavarian delicatessen and freshly tapped beer are on offer at Tegernsee Town’s 355-year old beer hall called Herzogliches Bräustüber.”
Adam certainly knows where to go to play his chess….