The City of Sydney championships opened on Sunday at the New South Wales Bridge Association Centre in Surry Hills. Turnout was low - truly a disappointment for the state association. I can imagine the new administration scratching their heads wondering what in the world do they need to do to excite players. Here is a venue that is right in the heart of the world's most beautiful city, highly accessible, plenty of pre-game activities - but no players! Well, only about 40 or so anyway. I'll have the exact numbers next week plus some photos.
I did manage to sneak away with a player list. Here are some of the top players.
George Xie, Tomek Rej, Andrew Bird, Johny Bolens, Laura Moylan, Raymond Song, Pat Halpin
Actually, there are two sections to this event and I'm playing in the stronger one. I'm hoping to play enough FIDE rated players to complete my second FIDE block. Also I think the tougher opposition will do me some good. My dear fans, wish me luck!