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The Australian Open 2015 was held in Sydney 2nd-11th January.
1. Ni Hua - 10.5 out of 11, 2-3. Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Max Illingworth - 8.

The New Zealand Open Chess Championship 2015, the New Zealand Rapid and Blitz Championships 2015 took place in Devonport, Auckland 1st-11th January. 122nd New Zealand Chess Congress.
New Zealand Open Championship: 1. Zhao Xue - 8 out of 9, 2-5. Klaus Bischoff, David Howell, Allan Stig Rasmussen, Eu Wen Aron Teh - 7.
Zhao Xue, New Zealand Open Championship 2015: All 9 Games
In round 6 David Howell made a mistake in the drawish endgame 36...Bb2? and Klaus Bischoff attacked the king with 37.Rxf7+ and then checkmated with 43.f3#. In round 7 Zhao Xue attacked on the kingside like in the Dutch Defence and beat Klaus Bischoff. Girl power: Zhao Xue of China leads, in round 8 played vs Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia, a draw. In round 9 Zhao Xue grabbed the exchange with 23.Nb6 and beat Karl Zelesco, won the NZ Open Championship.
New Zealand Rapid Championship: 1-2. Allan Stig Rasmussen, Zhao Xue - 8 out of 9, 3-6. David Howell, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Russell Dive, Hans Gao - 7.
New Zealand Blitz Championship: 1. Klaus Bischoff - 8.5 out of 9, 2. Allan Stig Rasmussen - 7.5, 3. David Howell - 7, 4-6. Zhao Xue, Giovanni Thornton, Ralph Hart - 6.5.
Site: http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/, http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Vega2015/wwwNZOpen/

The Hastings Chess Congress 2014-2015 took place in England 29th December 2014 - 6th January 2015.
1. Zhao Jun - 8 out of 9, 2-4. Alexandr Fier, Aleksander Mista, Gudmundur Kjartansson - 7.

The Rilton Cup 2014-2015 took place in Stockholm (Sweden) 27th December 2014 - 5th January 2015.
1-2. Hammer Jon Ludvig, Hillarp Persson Tiger - 7 out of 9, 3-7. Roiz Michael, Turov Maxim, Smirin Ilia, Goganov Aleksey, Blomqvist Erik - 6.5.

The Basel Chess Festival 2015 was held in Switzerland 1st-5th January. 1-5. Naiditsch Arkadij, Donchenko Alexander, Iturrizaga Bonelli, Dann Matthias, Pavlovic Milos - 5.5 out of 7.

The Chennai Open 2014-2015 was held in India 30th December 2014 - 6th January 2015.
1-8. Ivan Popov, Marat Dzhumaev, Mikhail Mozharov, Bhuvanesh Ramnath, Dhopade Swapnil, Siddharth Ravichandran, Eldar Gasanov, Nguyen Duc Hoa - 7.5 out of 10.

The Zurich Christmas Chess Open 2014 was held in Switzerland 26th-30th December. 1. Naiditsch Arkadij - 6.5 out of 7, 2. Gonda Laszlo - 6, 3-5. Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal, Meier Georg, Rapport Richard - 5.5.

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