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Not even the TCG gets the trust and lovin'. OK, so I'll pay up first thing tomorrow.
All this strict management of the event don't really bother me much. But I know of at least one other player, who's played in numerous Doeberls, who won't make it this year. The poor guy is pissed off! He missed the premiere section deadline, but also the rating cut-off. Just play in the major, I tell him. Nope, he says, reasoning that there's not much point in forking out a few hundred dollars for the trip when he can't play good competitive games.
Tough luck, but that's one regular customer gone.
As for the current list of entries, the premiere section now has 90 players listed and three wait-listed. One of those 3 is none other than Arianne Caoili. Now we don't know if the ex-dance starlet will apply for a berth in this year's Australian women's Olympiad team. If she's planning to, then she'll need the games in Doeberl (plus in at least two other tournaments) if she's going to meet this new 20-game requirement.
And by the way, anyone wishing that a certain 2700-rated player would drop in sometime during chess festivities will be sorely disappointed. The guy is listed as a participant in Melody Amber.