Sunday, January 27, 2008

NSWCA Australia Day Weekender

Shaun Press is wondering why some tournaments are successful. Well, some of us, and I'm talking players here, do wish that some of these tournaments are not so successful. That is especially if the venue is pretty limited in space, like the North Sydney Leagues Club, for example, where the NSWCA Australia Day Weekender is currently taking place.

Thankfully, only about 60 players are competing. It's a good manageable number. I can recall one state championships here years ago, and there was barely room to move! So, maybe bad for the organisers, but good for players' comfort.

GM Dejan Antic is the top seed here followed by Bjelobrk, IM Xie, Sales and a few other 2000+ rated guys. And yes, yours truly is also playing. I thought I might as well put in some warm-up time for Doeberl (and possibly the SIO). After 4 games, I've managed 50%. Not bad really, losing only to two strong fellows and against whom I played what I felt to be questionable moves, just for a bit of fun.

I'll hopefully have more details tonight after the event. Meanwhile, here's a crazy game from round 3 yesterday.

NSWCA Australia Day WE 2008
Bjelobrk, Igor
Atzmon-Simon, Barak

1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 Ng4 6. Qd3 c5 7. Qe4+ Be6 8. Ng5 Nxh2 9. Nxe6 Bg3+ 10. Kd1 fxe6 11. Qxe6+ Qe7 12. Qc8+ Qd8 13. Qxc5 Rf8 14. Nd2 g6 15. e4 Nd7 16. Bb5 a6 17. Bxd7+ Qxd7 18. Nf3 Qg4 19. Bh6 Rf7 20. Qg5 Rxf3 21. Qxg4 Nxg4 22. gxf3 Nf2+ 23. Ke2 Nxh1 24. Rxh1 Kf7 25. f4 1-0

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