I have another 2 more games for the NSW Grade Matches (both tonight and next Wednesday), after which I hope to sign up for the North Sydney's annual Ford Memorial tournament which starts on August 28.
The Ford Memorial is a Swiss tournament comprising 9 rounds. I expect to face very tough competition there.
Last year, 65 players took part with Vladimir Smirnov winning clear first with a round to spare (!). Going by last year's list of participants, there were at least 40 players with a higher rating than I am so there is a high likelihood that I'm going to be smacked right in the lower half of the group, facing a very tough opponent in the first round.
So between 30 Jul and 28 Aug, I have nearly a month to prepare myself for the tournament.
That means more opening repertoire work and tactical and endgame training. Yikes!