Just some bits and pieces to end the week.
In the Fiji Zonal, IM Zhao and FM Goldenberg are in the lead with 5 points apiece after 6 games. A highlight so far seems to be this kid Gene Nakauchi. It looks he's in the running for an FM title. Wow!
Thanks also to some helpful readers I've managed to ID the Torre book that I asked about. The book is called "Beyond The 13th Move". My cousin happens to be in RP now so hopefully she can pick up a copy!.
And Remember Josh Waitzkin? He seems to have transformed himself into some sort of self-help guru and recently released a book, "The Art of Learning".
Finally, no word yet from the ACF on the state of our national championships - not here and not on Chess Chat. It's like these guys are just totally ignoring the whole thing. The normally combative Dr Kevin Bonham, usually the ACF's spokesperson on this blog (though he often insists that he speaks only for himself), is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps he's away. No matter as it boils down to this: nobody is willing to take on the financial risk - not Mr Parr, not the NSWCA and, as far as we can establish, certainly not the ACF. What we do know is that an approach has been made to ACF head Gary Wastell to possibly broker a deal that will involve a shared profit/loss arrangement between the NSWCA, the ACF and an organiser (not necessarily Peter Parr). Can the championships be saved?
Have a good weekend all!