Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Sydney International Open

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:

Dear Members,

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.

Les Mikolajczyk
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?).


  1. Good luck to you tonight! And I have to say go for it! It's a big tourney and you're bound to have fun.

  2. Thanks for the well wishes, but unfortunately Dennis got the better of me tonight. He held the advantage all the way from the beginning to the end.

    I'm relieved in a way now. I only have 5 more games to go! And have a bye for the next round so I'm hitting the books for the next 7 days.