I'm getting a little caught up with the whole event that yesterday I just didn't bother to post anything. Losing my first game didn't quite help either! Fortunately, I managed to bounce back in round 2 after my opponent simply dropped his Queen for nothing.
One fellow who rarely blundered away the Lady, if ever, was Lloyd Fell. After some 40 plus years of attending this event, Lloyd is very sadly absent from this year's proceedings. He wasn't exactly in good shape the last time I saw him, sporting a couple of bruises as well as being visibly weaker than usual. Hopefully, he's alright.
Yesterday, was yet another forfeit by the mobile phone rule. Sebastian Jule resigned on the spot when he leaned over and somehow activated his phone by accident. There was nothing much to be said about it and the Queenslander calmly accepted his fate. More seasoned adults ought to learn from this well-mannered young man. I hear that someone in the Dubbo weekend event a couple of weeks ago even tried the old "it wasn't me, it wasn't me" defence! It didn't work, thankfully.
In other action from round 4, IM Lane pulled off a trap from one of his books to defeat Melbourne's Eugene Schon. A good reason to keep buying the prolific writer's outputs. While further up the board order, Canberra's IM Toth placed his King on the e7 square and there the hapless monarch eventually died, caught under heavy fire. Toth eventually resigned his position against visiting Indian WFM Nkrithika.
IM Sandler managed only a draw against the Singaporean junior FM Daniel Fernandez. The Melburnian wasn't happy with that one and walked around mumbling to himself. Also unlucky was Sandler's fellow Victorian Christopher Wallis. Wallis mishandled his opening and suffered a horrible loss to Queensland junior FM Gene Nakauchi.
2009 Doeberl Cup
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. e4 dxe4 6. d5 Ne5 7. Qa4+ Bd7 8. Qxe4 Ng6 9. Nb5 e6 10. d6 Bc6 11. Qd4 Kd7 12. Nf3 a6 13. Nc7 Rc8 14. Bg5 f6 15. Rd1! Bxf3 (15... fxg5 16. Bc4) 16. gxf3 Ne5 17. Qxe5 fxe5 18. Bxd8 Bxd6? In his time trouble, Wallis chooses the wrong path. More resistant might have been 18... Rxd8 19. Bh3 Bxd6 20. Nxe6 Rb8 21. Nxg7+ Kc6 but of course, it's still a hard life. 19. Nxe6 Kxe6 20. Bh3+ 1-0