It's Doeberl Cup time again next week. As my friend Toby says, if you're not in Doeberl, you're not a real chess player. This year's edition has been dubbed the O2C Doeberl thanks to a $6K injection from O2C. It's just a bit disconcerting that smack in the centre, the first words I see on O2C's website are the words, "mental health training"; it makes you think they must train loonies or something. Nonetheless I suppose we should say thanks!
And another mention of the SIO. Over the last week or so entries to this tournament have suddenly surged hitting the 150 mark. New players include Pinoys FM Jesse Sales, Angelito Camer and Arianne Caoili. My initial plans to play in this event have been sadly derailed by work. I have to be OS, for work, the following week and that involves quite a lot more serious prep than chess! We'll see what happens.
For those who want to get in some rapid warm up, the City of Sydney Rapid is on tomorrow at the Parramatta RSL. See some of you there.