Friday, January 20, 2006

Upsets Galore

The fifth round yesterday was a day of upsets. Most notably was IM Russell Dive's defeat at the hands of Aussie Girls U18 champ (2006), Alexandra Jule. It seems that Australian juniors are becoming Mr Dive's bete noir. Yesterday, he lost to 12 year old Raymond Song.

While the result on board 12 yesterday further left the locals stunned as yet another New Zealand IM lost to less fancied Sydneysider, Jason Chan. Mr Chan only took up chess about 5 years ago!

However, the first New Zealander to fall was Richard Sutton. And yes, you guessed it: another Aussie junior did the deed - Ben Lazarus.

Surprising was WIM Arianne Caoili's loss to Maciej Wojnar. The young Australian was terribly upset with herself but graciously admitted, "He outplayed me".

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