Chess masters will prepare their opening gambits ahead of Australia's premier weekend chess tournament at the Australian National University this Easter.
The Doeberl Cup, the nation's longest-running chess tournament, is expected to attract more than 250 players, including seven grandmasters.
Canberra Chess Club president Roy Teymant said the tournament was more than 50 years old but in the past decade it had developed a more international flavour.
The past six winners of the cup have been from overseas, including China, Russia and India.
"It is the biggest weekend tournament in Australia. The only other event that has the same status is the Australian championship, but that is a two-week event," he said.
The Doeberl Cup was named after its primary sponsor, Erich Doeberl. The family tradition of sponsoring the tournament continues today with Rosemarie Doeberl providing support for her father's vision.
The cup has taken place in the capital since 1963 and always takes place over Easter.
"There is always a strong Canberra contingent," Mr Teymant said.
Although he doesn't believe a Canberra player is likely to win the tournament this year, upsets do occur in individual games.
"But what you will find, where the premier event is over 11 rounds, you can afford to lose one game and still win the tournament. So there is a law of averages in a sense."
One Canberra player who probably has a remote chance of victory is university student Junta Ikeda.
As an international master, he is the highest-ranked player from the ACT and he will be mixing it with the big boys of the tournament.
"I'm definitely not one of the favourites to win," Mr Ikeda said. "I'm seeded around 10th or 15th. I just want to play some good games and see how it goes.
"I'm not a professional or anything. It is just a hobby. Maybe after I graduate I'll travel a bit in Europe and play some tournaments before I start working."
That could lead him on the path to grandmaster status in the game. Although he said that was a long way off yet.
The last Australian to win the cup – in 2007 – was grandmaster Ian Rogers, who will commentate this year's cup.
Rogers holds the record for the most wins, with 12.
Doeberl Cup organiser Charles Bishop said the tournament brought players to the nation's capital from around the country. He said the cup was also a family event with competitions at all levels.
Mr Bishop said players brought their families to see Canberra during autumn; a beautiful time of year.
The tournament is capped at 270 players and Mr Bishop expected to reach that cap this year. The 2015 Doeberl Cup takes place at University House, ANU, from April 2 to 6.