This weekend is, of course, the big NSW Open tournament in the historic city of Parramatta. IM David Smerdon will lead a powerful line up there that includes famous author IM Gary Lane and the 2009 Aussie Open co-winner IM George Xie. Our Pinoy readers will be interested to know that RP will be represented by current Sydney resident FM Jesse Sales.
Sadly I won't be playing. Instead, I'll be indulging in some food and vino at the Manly Food & Wine Festival on Sunday. However, I'll definitely be dropping in tomorrow for the first day of play.
Over down south in Victoria, the Box Hill CC will host their own big state open. That, too, features in impressive list of combatants as no less than English grandmaster Gawain Jones leads the field.
Good luck to all players.