Saturday, October 28, 2006

Adventures in Georgia

Our deepest thanks to Jenni Oliver for sending us a copy of Michael Brown's updates from Georgia whose son, Andrew, is a participant in the World Youth Championships. For easier reading, we're not going to blockquote the text.


By Michael Brown
Yesterday as I said goodbye to Andrew and he went into the playing hall there was a beaut scene that I'll remember for a long time. As I watched Andrew go in, his 2nd Azerbaijani opponent - the one who had outplayed Andrew for most of the game a few rounds ago but had been stunned and left open-mounted by a sudden somewhat lucky checkmate - saw Andrew coming and raced across to Andrew with a great big smile and handshake and then they entered into one of those "gestures conversations" as they had no common language as they walked in together. Given that the Azerbaijani boy, who looked like about half Andrew's size, could be expected to have rued his missed opportunity against Andrew, I thought that was a beaut gesture - great to see.

The Australian team put in a shocker in yesterday's 9th round (2 wins, 4 draws, 10 losses for 25%) and Andrew put in an absolute shocker. Every one of the older players (U12, U14, U16 and U18) lost except for Angela Song,who drew. The good news is U8 Cedric Koh's form - he is on 5.5 from 9, having strung together 4.5 from his last 5 games. He now has 1/2 a point more than Raymond Song! Today's 10th round, now underway, is bound to be better! Andrew is on 4.5 from 9,and Megan Setiabudi is on 3 from 9. There is some mental fatigue around.

Andrew and I enjoyed some tennis yesterday afternoon. The courts we've been using are tournament-standard courts - which doesn't stop us hitting the ball over the wall from time to time!

I am enjoying many things here that strangely remind me of my childhood in Korea in the 1960s and early 1970s. Figs, chestnuts, persimmons, little muscatel grapes. Given that Korea was then a 3rd-world country, other things here that remind me of Korea of 34-46 years ago are the tiny little street stalls that make you wonder how on earth people eke out a living, and the state of the roads and buildings.


Overnight it rained. More furniture rearrangement in our room so that the steady drip from the ceiling hit the edge of my bed rather than the middle.

The thought occurred to me that maybe this hotel isn't real. Maybe it's one of those Hollywood facades, put up temporarily. Maybe as soon as we leave this weekend the cardboard will all be folded up and there'll be a vacant lot once again.

Yesterday I saw the Gregorian (Armenian) church; a gallery; the aquarium; and a museum. The museum was certainly worth a visit. Once again there was a 5 staff to 1 visitor (ie me) ratio.

That's all my news for the moment.


After 10 rounds, Cedric Koh, playing in the U8 boys section, is the highest scorer amongst the Aussies on 6.5 points. The last 4 rounds were all wins for Cediric. Raymond Song is on 6 points, a run that included a string of 3 straight losses from the 7th to the 9th rounds. The rest of the Australian tally is available here.


Anonymous said...

AR, this is not a scoop because you know this and all previous reports are available at the Australian Chess Club Forum. You should in good faith link to the reports there just as you would link to or the Syndney Morning Herald and every other site. Do the honourable thing, AR, and link to ACCF.

The Closet Grandmaster said...

At the time of this posting, Michael Brown's report above does not yet appear in ACCF.


Anonymous said...

Quite right :) Before I sent it to Amiel, it checked to see whether it was in ACCF and when it wasn't I sent it on, because it seems a pity for Michael's gems not to be available to the Aus public.


Anonymous said...

re Ray's losses. I am told he was totally winning his 7th round - +16 on Fritz!! However he blundered, lost the game and then became depressed and lost another 2 in a row.

Anyway he is very young and very talented and hopefully will still be playing for Australia next year, when conditions will be better.


Anonymous said...

Don't be such a pessimist GG - we've had some great venues in the past. All 3 Greek comps were fantastic, particularly the Crete ones.

I reckon Turkey will put on a good comp next year.

Anonymous said...

Turkey has hosted a successful olympiad and world junior,plus they are putting a ton of money into chess.

You can bet they have a well organised