Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Oz Olympiad Selections Open

Selections for this year's Olympiad representation have just opened. Dr Bonham makes the announcement here.

The men's team shouldn't be too hard. I'll stick with the 2008 crew, except that I'd dump Solo and replace him with IM Alex Wohl. It's a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. And I think it's important to keep hammering with George. He'd have already learnt quite a bit from his last campaign and more hungry this time.

On this distaff side, well, who the hec are we going to put on board 1 other than WIM Arianne Caoili? As for the rest, Berezina-Feldman is an easy pick on second board, powerhouse Moylan on three, and I'd seriously start looking at Guo and, wait for this, Vaness Reid.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be nice to know for sure there's going to be an Olympiad? No information so far - no website, no invites to federations, no charter flights to book. No hotel built, either, for that matter... Why don't we organise a nice big tournament down here instead?

Olympiadhopefull said...

yes, Wohl has had some great 2009 results including the 2600 performance.

Location and lack of details may effect the top ranked players who are keen to go.

jenna said...

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Anonymous said...

You are bad selector Closet!

Anonymous said...

I think he is a pretty good selector in this case...Which part of his selection is wrong??

Anonymous said...

Solo's an awesome player! whats wrong with him fot the team?

Anonymous said...

Nothing other than the fact the a team can only take 5 players. And the 5 given by Closet seems to be pretty good.
Awesomeness can easily earn Nobel prizes but to make it into the Australian team, one has to show a bit more:)

Anonymous said...

What about the 5 for the womens team? wouldnt you say there are stronger players?