Can James Morris become a GRANDMASTER?
To get a shot at the title, he needs our help…
HOW CAN YOU HELP JAMES?
The short story is that the entry fee is $500!! So very simply, James needs money.
We are asking for "pledges" of $100 per sponsor... but the exciting news is that you may not need to pay the money out!!
Make a pledge to sponsor James in any given round of the event (1-9). If James wins that game then you don't pay anything and everyone celebrates!
If James draws then you hand over $50.
If James loses then you hand over the full $100.
Pairings aren't done yet, so you won't know who he is playing in which round until early December. So pick your "lucky" round; don't worry there are no easy games!
We can only take 9 sponsors, so get in quick and pledge your support!
WHAT do you get?
The 9 sponsors will attend an exclusive post-event workshop with IM James Morris.
During this 3-hour workshop James will go through each of the 9-games from the tournament and explain his thoughts and feelings at the time.
This is a UNIQUE opportunity to get inside the mind of a master. It is something you cannot pay for ... it is only for his 9 sponsors.
This would be incredible value even if you had to pay $100 for the session; but there is a good chance that you'll be paying half, or even nothing!
Get on board... pledge your support now!
All enquiries please contact:
David Cordover 0411 877 833
His Fabulous sponsors
Thanks to all James' supporters ...
Displayed here is the list of Round Sponsors:
Round 1 David Hughes
Round 2 Bev Goldfarb
Round 3 David Cordover
Round 4 Rowena Moyle
Round 5 Lee Forace
Round 6 Devi Segal
Round 7 Kevin Morris
Round 8 IM Robert Jamieson
Grandmaster events are as rare as hens teeth in Australia. If we're lucky there is one each year! It's probably because there are only 2 active GMs in Australia and you need at least 3 in the tournament to qualify with FIDE as a GM event!
The "Australasian Masters" is a Round-Robin (all-play-all) with one game against each opponent. James won this same event in 2011 with a performance rating of 2529.
Each game will usually take between 4-6 hours to complete!
Starting list of players:
1. GM Normunds Miezes (2565)
2. GM Vasily Papin (2510)
3. IM Max Illingworth (2440)
4. IM Bobby Cheng (2440)
5. GM Tu Huang Thong (2414)
6. GM Darryl Johansen (2409)
7. IM Stephen Solomon (2401)
8. IM James Morris (2392)
9. FM Anton Smirnov (2324)
10. FM Luke Li (2318)
As you can see - no easy games!
What is a Grandmaster?
A Grandmaster (or GM) is the highest level of achievement in chess. It is a lifetime title awarded by FIDE (World Chess Federation).
There have only been 4 Grandmasters ever in Australia!
Read more on Wikipedia
How do you become a Grandmaster?
A player must perform at 2600 rating in an approved Grandmaster Norm Event....
And have an international rating of 2500+ ....
All within a time-frame of 5 years.
IM James Morris
- Second youngest International Master ever in Australia (at age 15)
- Outstanding year in 2012 - Victorian Champion, Victorian Junior Champion and =1st Victorian Open and =1st Australasian Masters
- 2011 Australasian Masters Champion with performance rating of 2529!
- Rating of 2371!! and FIDE rating 2392
- Ranked #9 in Australia on the international rating list