Going into the 7th round, Sydney player Andrew Bird holds a slim half point lead from Greg Canfell and Max Fuller. Bird will now face the winner of last year's U2000 division, Alex Mendes da Costa. Even at this level, preparation will be an important factor. I think that saddled by his poor time management and faced with Bird's formidable talent, da Costa will suffer his third loss for the tournament.
On another matter, it is not clear if the NSWCA will actually still pay out the advertised prize fund. While I acknowledge this condition, "prize fund based on 75 entries" (they attracted only 44 entries), it is absolutely a disgrace that this cash-rich Council will effectively undercut the winners. We are here talking about the state's premier event! Let's treat the prizes as such. As a matter of fact, there's a chance that the TD will end up richer! His daily rate, over nine rounds, is $100.
What will the NSWCA do?