We are back for another Easter of chess, kicking off the Premier division on Thursday 14 April 2022.
Entry requirements for the Premier and Major have been revised - please see the Registration page for the full details.
Hotel rates for Doeberl 2022 are available now at Abode Woden and Abode Narrabundah - book using our event code and receive a 10% discount on your room at the time of booking! Read more on how to book your room on the Accommodation page.
International and Interstate Travel Advice
If you are traveling internationally to participate in the 2022 Doeberl Cup, please check the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for the most up-to-date advice on travel restrictions:
Read more on current international travel restrictions
At present the Australian border is closed, with only a few exceptions for entering the country. The Australian Government is keeping strict controls on who can enter the country in order to keep our transmission rate in check and prevent further outbreaks.
We cannot predict what international travel to Australia will look like in April 2022. If you wish you may attempt to apply for an Australian visa for entry in March/April, but please be aware that you may a) be refused a visa at this time, or b) have your visa approved but not receive a refund of your visa fee if your visa is later cancelled due to changes in government restrictions.
Also to be noted: at the time of writing all travellers to Australia must be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and all travellers must be carrying vaccination certificates in a specific format.
Any travellers entering the ACT (Canberra) should check the latest ACT Government advice:
Travelling to and From the ACT
For all Doeberl Cup participants we require registration fees paid in full before the event. This is to confirm participation and ensure players a place in their tournament. If you pay for registration and are unable to attend due to changes in the COVID travel restrictions, a full refund of your registration fees will be offered. You will need to contact us in the event that you are prevented from travelling to the event. Please note that the refund of any accommodation fees will be at the sole discretion of the accommodation provider.
Family entry is based on 3rd and subsequent fee-paying members of the family paying ½ price for entry.
Discounts are calculated on the lowest value registration, i.e. if a family is registering one participant in the Premier, one U18 in the Minor and one in the U1200s, the discount will be applied to the U1200s registration.
While Australia is currently in a favourable position, we must remain vigilant regarding the pandemic situation.
The Doeberl Cup committee has drawn up a COVID-Safe plan for use during the event, outlining procedures and protocols designed to keep our attendees, spectators, event staff and the club staff safe and healthy. All persons attending the event will be required to observe these procedures and follow COVID-Safe directions given by event and venue staff.
As we are operating inside the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden, you are required to comply with the venue's COVID-Safe procedures and directions/signage, including check-in for all persons attending (players and spectators): https://www.cscc.com.au/covid-safe-procedures.
As per the ACTCA regulations you are not required to wear masks. Sanitising stations will be provided by the venue. We reserve the right to limit the number of players or spectators in specific areas of the venue.
At the time of writing, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canberra or the Australian Capital Territory.
According to advice from the Australian Department of Health, the virus is most likely spread through:
We encourage all attendees and support personnel to exercise good hygiene:
Handshakes: While FIDE usually mandate a handshake at the start of a game, we will be waiving this rule.
Rule Amendment for Withdrawals (Bonds): Players with a chronic medical condition may be exempt from this regulation. Please contact the organisers before entering for further information. Read the full version on the Rules page.
Feeling Unwell? Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience: fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, shortness of breath.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please seek medical advice. If you have recently returned from overseas or if you may have been in contact with a person recently returned from overseas, please monitor your health. If you have been advised to self-isolate and cannot participate in the tournament, please advise the organisers as soon as you are able. If you have been tested for COVID-19 and have not received your results by the time the tournament has started, we ask for the safety of your fellow chess players that you do not attend the Doeberl Cup.
Please note that as the situation evolves, advice from Australian Government and the World Health Organisation may change. Keep up to date with the details with the resource links below:
Players can become a one year member of the Canberra Southern Cross Club (CSCC) at nil cost to them. This provides players with a range of discounts to food and beverages across the weekend and for those living in Canberra for the remainder of their membership.
To accept this offer, players need to complete the form and bring to the club when they check in on Thursday or Friday of the competition.
Being a member helps the Doeberl Cup track our current partnership with CSCC in support of future years.
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