It's quite painful to watch the Doeberl Cup proceedings from afar. Wish I was there, I keep saying to myself. But even more painful is when their damn website just can't take the traffic and decides to fall over. Like at this very moment, for instance, as I type!
Anyway, I have to say congrats to a couple of guys for earning their norms. It's just been confirmed over on Australia's number one chess bulletin board, Chess Chat, that FM Tomek Rej and Moulthun Ly have secured IM norms. I think it's Rej's second (could be wrong), but I'm pretty sure that Ly now has his 3rd. Moulthun bagged a pair of IM norms in 2006, so he's taken a while to secure the last one.
Kudos also to IM George Xie. At the rate he's going, he'll be a GM in no time. And if the Olympiad selectors won't be half-drunk or smoking crack, Xie should be heading for the Olympiad.
UPDATE (5 Apr, 11.19PM): IM Xie beat GM Kunte to secure his third and final grandmaster norm. All he has to do now is raise his rating to over 2500 and that's it! Here's the game.
Doeberl Cup 2010
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bg2 Bg7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. a4 Re8 11. Bf4 Nh5 12. Bd2 Nd7 13. Rb1 c4 14. b4 cxb3 15. Rxb3 Nc5 16. Rb4 Nf6 17. Nd4 Bg4 18. h3 Bd7 19. Nb3 a5 20. Rh4 Rc8 21. Nd4 Qb6 22. Ndb5 Bf5 23. g4 Be4 24. g5 Bxg2 25. Kxg2 Nfe4 26. Nxe4 Nxe4 27. Be3 Qd8 28. Rg4 Rc4 29. Qd3 Rb4 30. Rc1 f5 31. gxf6 Qxf6 32. Nc7 Re5 33. Ne6 Rxe6 34. dxe6 Qxe6 35. Rb1 d5 36. f3 h5 37. Rh4 Bf6 38. Rf4 g5 39. Rxf6 Nxf6 40. Qg6+ Kh8 41. Kf2 Ng4+ 0-1