Notice of Event Cancellation

Attention all participants, spectators or those otherwise involved with the Macquarie Uni Chess Festival incorporating the Sydney International Open.

As everyone would be aware, the COVID-19 (Corona virus) pandemic has reached a large number of countries, including Australia and the organisers of the Sydney International Open have all player's health and well-being in mind. Due to the latest travel restrictions put in place by the Australian Government, as well the previous advice to limit large public gatherings, the organisers have decided to cancel this year's event due to it being infeasible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision to anyone who had already decided to compete in the tournament. The tournament organisers are arranging refunds for those who have entered online through Trybooking and hope this will be a speedy process. If you do not receive a refund to your entry by Monday 23 March, please contact Please also get in contact with any other questions you might have.

We look forward to having you participate in this event in future years.

Thank you,
Max Forrester,
Chief Organiser, 2020 Macquarie University Chess Festival

Welcome to the official website of the 2020 Macquarie University Chess Festival. Here you can find all the information about the tournament, including schedule, prizes, entries list, and results. You can also watch live games when the tournament starts.


  • Masters from all around the world
  • Grand Master and International Master Title Norms on offer
  • $14,850 in prizes on offer
  • Live coverage of games from all 9 rounds
  • Live commentary of games at the venue by GM Ian Rogers
  • Category 5 Australian Chess Grand Prix event