International master George Xie has won today's NSW Rapid play event with an undefeated 7 points. Congrats George. Other leading scores are as follows:
5.0 Chan, Berezovski, Faris, Bolens
4.5 Broekhuyse, Ilic, Huynh
Yours truly managed only 3 points. The last game was truly disappointing! I missed a simple enough trick that would have netted a piece. Anyhow, I was just happy to play despite being a whole hour late thereby missing the first round. I was in no rush in the morning actually - just going about my usual routine, reading my paper, drinking coffee, etc. I just knew that the tournament would be late in starting, as usual! Sure enough, it was. Apparently they had to manually enter all the players into Swiss Perfect because the autosearch function didn't work. Consequently there was no lunch break and that still allowed us to finish on time.
Continuing with recent trends, a bad turnout of just 33 players attended the event. This poor number reduced the prize money to about 80% of what was originally advertised.
What can we do to get these attendance numbers back up?