The tournament information is as follows:

All interested players are invited to apply to participate in the 2016 Australian Women's Masters. The top ten applicants rated over 2000 FIDE will be given a place in the field. Others will be added to the field of Reserve players, and may be invited to the Masters event if places are available. As in the past, appearance fees will be paid to titled and international players, and free billet accommodation will be provided in the home of a local chess player or organizer where possible.

Masters format: 10 player WIM-norm round robin.

Venue: Melbourne Chess Club,
66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Dates: Thu 14th January to Fri 22nd January 2016.

Schedule: Games at 2pm daily

Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish, with 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Masters Prizes:
1st - A$900
2nd - A$600
3rd - A$300

Reserves Prizes:
1st - A$300
2nd - A$200
3rd - A$100

Average rating of the Masters players will be approximately 2100 FIDE.
Appearance fees for foreign players:
WGM: A$800
WIM: A$500
WFM: A$200
Appearance fee for local WIMs: A$300
Airfares are not provided.

Please contact IA Gary Bekker,, or IA Jamie Kenmure,, to register your interest.