Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!

I should take the time to wish all my readers and loyal fans a Happy New Year! And, of course, it's that time of year again for those resolutions. For me, maybe I'll finally out myself as a genuine grandmaster. Ha! That could take a while longer. Whatever your hopes and dreams for the coming 12 months - good luck.

If anyone should have a positive outlook on Aussie chess for 2006, it is local GM Ian Rogers. Writing in today's Sun Herald, GM Rogers has his eyes on what he terms a "generational change" at the top. That is, when he and Daryl Johansen (the only other Aussie grandmaster) will finally be replaced by younger guns.

Results from the ongoing Australian Championship and the subsequent Queenstown Classic in New Zealand will be critical. These two tournaments could conceivably be the events at which the two Australian grandmasters, who have dominated the local scene for two decades, were finally caught or overtaken by the new generation of players, led by [international masters] Zhao Zong and David Smerdon.

If the long awaited generational change at the top does indeed occur - showing the way for the tens of thousands of juniors now competing around the country - then 2006 could be a truly significant year for Australian chess.

I think all Aussie readers will surely share Rogers' positive outlook. It certainly is time for Zhao and Smerdon to step up. With the latter's victory over Johansen overnight in the Aussie Champs' round 4 - the signs are good.

And to those two international masters, I would add the likes of Moulthon Ly, George Xie and Raymond Song. It's only a matter of time.


Milan Lee said...

Good thing that you have RSS feeds now. Maybe you should make plain XML button as well (for people using Mozilla etc).

Happy New Year

The Closet Grandmaster said...

But I don't know how. And feedburner no longer includes that XML chicklet in their selection.

GilaChess said...

You can do what I do. I just uploaded the orange XML image to blogger and link to it.

Check out for an example.

BTW, Happy New Year to the Closet Grandmaster.