Just a quick note.
The Sydney International Open is now in its second day.
You can view the live results from here (only 2 DGT boards are available for transmission - many thanks to the organisers for arranging all of this - they did a good job):
Sydney International Open
The Open field is very strong with over 10 GMs participating.
Les Mikolajczyk just emailed me informing all club members that the grade matches are starting soon. I'm not sure if I should go for it. I would love to, definitely.
I've reproduced his email below:
The above competition starts on 19 May and will continue until 24 July, if you would like to play in a team for Ryde-Eastwood please let me know by return email or talk to Dennis Hale on Wednesday night. You must be a member of NSWCA to play in this competition.
Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Chess Club
Tonight is my game with Dennis Hale, I've decided that no matter what happens, I'm going to play as normal with no special preparation on my part and play actively.
It's a bit scary. I nearly lost to Vincent Chiara the last time I played as Black (did I mention my opening repertoire is just plain lousy?).