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Alan Shore
09-12-2005, 04:33 PM
Are you going to be in Brisbane for the Australian Champs? Just to get an idea of numbers, I thought we'd perhaps organise a chesschat lunch/dinner like we did in Canberra at the Doeberl, if anyone's interested.

Garvinator
09-12-2005, 04:52 PM
you know you are addicted to chesschat when you start making arrangements for lunch/dinners with chesschat ppl you have/havent met :P :whistle:

Alan Shore
09-12-2005, 11:47 PM
you know you are addicted to chesschat when you start making arrangements for lunch/dinners with chesschat ppl you have/havent met :P :whistle:

Well I think I'd know most people that will be there..

I think the more poignant question is 'Would you rather post on chesschat than play chess?'

The answer... is yes. ;)

PHAT
10-12-2005, 12:06 AM
Dion, maaaaaate.

Get it happening. since I wil not be there It falls on your shoulders to showt the table(s]. ;)

I expect nothing lees.

Come to Deoberl 2006 adf i will shout you ANY type of bottle you can scoll.

Gringo
10-12-2005, 07:42 AM
hic......

firegoat7
10-12-2005, 09:46 PM
Negative,


Despite having free accomodation, an interest in chess, a desire to go surfing again at kirra,rainbow bay or d-bah and wanting to catch up with a few old friends.

Why?

Because $200 is a complete rip off.

cheers Fg7

Spiny Norman
11-12-2005, 06:52 AM
I'm going to be as far north as Coolangatta. Whether I make it to Brisbane or not, I am not sure. I might bring Jared up for a day, just to see what all the fuss is about.

Trent Parker
14-12-2005, 01:15 PM
Maybe maybe not. Any backpackers close to the venue? (between 20 and 40 per night preferably.)

I've also got job interviews which may mean i need to start work. Desperately want to play though. I have an appointment with my unemployment case manager on the 4th which i may not be able to get out of.... Unless i have a job interview.......hmmm light bulb goes on!

arosar
20-12-2005, 02:48 PM
I will not be there but I wish all participants the best of luck and happy new year.

Now that I am a master of capitalism, I think I have more time for tournament play next year. So I think I can travel interstate again. See youse!!

AR

jase
20-12-2005, 11:34 PM
I'll be there. Everything I've seen to date has been awesome. Don't want to get ahead of reality, but all bodes for a great event.

The entry fee was $160 Dave, not $200. I'll agree with you if your stance is that this is a nominally steep fee. Measured against other costs, or against the $40-$70 you'll pay for a weekender, maybe it works out a little more reasonably?

I would prefer the entry fees to be reduced, even if it means a reduction of prizemoney; however I do think that players will get value for their entry fee from this tournament.

As for social gatherings ... it was suggested on ICC last night that some informal soccer match/es be played - perhaps a qld v the rest muck-around game or three - to which I replied that I'd (try to) play.

Garvinator
20-12-2005, 11:41 PM
that some informal soccer match/es be played - perhaps a qld v the rest muck-around game or three - to which I replied that I'd (try to) play.
There is a park near by and also the roma street parklands arent that far away either. Both can be used for informal football matches.

Trent Parker
21-12-2005, 01:32 AM
I'm 85% chance of going atm. I have one more thing to iron out before i can say yes i'm going...... even then i might be able to get there with a bye or two to start with....

(i'll be playing in the minor though)

Trent Parker
21-12-2005, 12:07 PM
No i'm almost a dead cert to be there! Just need to book stuff.....

BFG
21-12-2005, 01:17 PM
http://www.ourbrisbane.com/

Trent Parker
21-12-2005, 05:30 PM
I have booked into the YHA

I have made an online entry to the Minor

Oepty
21-12-2005, 06:40 PM
I will be in Brisbane from the 2nd to the 6th of January, hopefully playing in the lightning on the 6th, although it might prove to be impossible.
Scott

RuyLopez
22-12-2005, 09:19 PM
Well I think I'd know most people that will be there..

I think the more poignant question is 'Would you rather post on chesschat than play chess?'

The answer... is yes. ;)

I agree with Garvin.

1. Most people on chesschat you wouldn't know (like me).

2. And there are many people who have chesschat accounts who like to keep their identities private.

3. It seems a bit... strange that you'd just invite anyone to a restaurant for lunch.

:confused:

Mischa
22-12-2005, 09:32 PM
how is it strange?
Just fun and friendly

Alan Shore
22-12-2005, 10:28 PM
I agree with Garvin.

1. Most people on chesschat you wouldn't know (like me).

2. And there are many people who have chesschat accounts who like to keep their identities private.

3. It seems a bit... strange that you'd just invite anyone to a restaurant for lunch.

:confused:

1. Of those that post here regularly, I know quite a lot of them; many in person, and others who I talk to regularly online.

2. What's that got to do with anything?

3. Forgive me for being 'strange', I was trying to be hospitable. About 15 of us met up in Canberra earlier this year for dinner and it was a very enjoyable experience, that would be nice to replicate.

But, if that's your anti-social attitude RuyLopez, I probably wouldn't want to meet you anyway. :hand:

Carl Gorka
22-12-2005, 10:37 PM
I'll be there with my wife. Would love to meet some of you folks :)

Watto
23-12-2005, 10:06 AM
I agree with Garvin.

1. Most people on chesschat you wouldn't know (like me).

2. And there are many people who have chesschat accounts who like to keep their identities private.

3. It seems a bit... strange that you'd just invite anyone to a restaurant for lunch.

:confused:

Interesting this issue of being resistant to meeting online people in person. Reminds me of people I’ve heard of who carry on lengthy online romances with people they’ve never met (and possibly hope never to meet!! ;) )

That’s an extreme example… of course it’s fine to prefer to just visit chesschat and not meet up with the people on it.

Nevertheless, I tend to think it’s the opposite of strange to make arrangements to meet online mates and acquaintances face to face … especially when you’re all going to be at the same chess tournament.

It’s just being friendly, normal.

Spiny Norman
23-12-2005, 10:19 AM
3. It seems a bit... strange that you'd just invite anyone to a restaurant for lunch.
I've done "meet the Internet folks" events a few times over the years. It can seem a bit odd at first, but then you realise that the people that you have met "mind to mind" as it were are still the same people face-to-face ... although almost never have I been able to correctly guess what the person would look like based on their 'Net persona.

Cas
23-12-2005, 10:28 AM
Hi...I'm Fireeaters wife...and and am going as a escort and 'Mum' for the length of the tournament to 3 boys - I've not met 2 of them...and 1 only briefly.

Would also like to meet up for whatever may be planned..or maybe other people in my situation - ie loose end for periods of the day.


Cas

jenni
23-12-2005, 10:31 AM
Hi...I'm Fireeaters wife...and and am going as a escort and 'Mum' for the length of the tournament to 3 boys - I've not met 2 of them...and 1 only briefly.

Would also like to meet up for whatever may be planned..or maybe other people in my situation - ie loose end for periods of the day.


Cas

Hi Cas

There should be a lot of us up there - I have already made tentative "coffee" dates with a number of other Mums. (I promise you they are not boring!)

I suspect you will find people quite friendly.

Jenni

arosar
28-12-2005, 11:58 AM
F**k it! I'm coming up. Just for a weekend break. I can't stand this sh*t just sitting here.

AR

Garvinator
28-12-2005, 12:03 PM
F**k it! I'm coming up. Just for a weekend break. I can't stand this sh*t just sitting here.

AR
oh no, time for me to run for the hills :P

arosar
28-12-2005, 12:07 PM
gray...I'm gonna kick your ass in the lightning on 6 Jan!

AR

Alan Shore
28-12-2005, 12:11 PM
F**k it! I'm coming up. Just for a weekend break. I can't stand this sh*t just sitting here.

AR

Nice, what days?

arosar
28-12-2005, 12:15 PM
I will arrive on 5/1, about noon. Then come back to SYD on Sunday, 8/1. Just thought I'd take a weekend break from work.

AR

Garvinator
28-12-2005, 01:23 PM
gray...I'm gonna kick your ass in the lightning on 6 Jan!

AR
this is funny, i wont be there on the rest days :P

Trent Parker
28-12-2005, 02:30 PM
this is funny, i wont be there on the rest days :P
what about the trivia night?

Oepty
29-12-2005, 10:34 AM
My tip is Kevin Sheldrick will win the trivia night
Scott

Garvinator
01-01-2006, 11:23 PM
F**k it! I'm coming up. Just for a weekend break. I can't stand this sh*t just sitting here.

AR
where are you?

Duff McKagan
02-01-2006, 01:46 PM
My tip is Kevin Sheldrick will win the trivia night
Scott

Sheldrick + Sarfati would be unbeatable

Alan Shore
02-01-2006, 10:22 PM
I had a lovely time New Years Eve, with Mischa, Rincewind and Macavity, had dinner and drinks and chatting about things on the forum and off. Thanks again Rowena for cooking, and Baz and Malcolm too for the evening. Even managed to squeeze in some chess, and was lucky to beat Malcolm one game, so wasn't bad, hehe.

Also I met up with Frosty and his family, who kindly invited me down to where they were staying for dinner too, thanks again for your hospitality. I managed to win the chess challenges I had with Frost and Frost Jr. but there's plenty of up and coming talent there!

Some of you I got the chance to say hi to, albeit briefly and best of luck with the rest of the tournament.

Oh and Greg, I still owe you at least one, probably more beers from various bets on AFL etc. so will have to make good on that another time!

I'm leaving tomorrow for Europe for a few weeks so didn't get the opportunity to catch up with everyone but to everyone who's up, enjoy your stay in Brisbane.. stay cool!

Spiny Norman
03-01-2006, 08:14 AM
Also I met up with Frosty and his family, who kindly invited me down to where they were staying for dinner too, thanks again for your hospitality. I managed to win the chess challenges I had with Frost and Frost Jr. but there's plenty of up and coming talent there!
Thank YOU for paying the visit ... enjoyed the chats and the chess (espec. Jared, who had gotten sick of playing against me). Have fun in Europe!

For those at the champs, I will be coming up on Friday and I hope to catch up with some of you then.

Trent Parker
03-01-2006, 10:18 PM
I had a lovely time New Years Eve, with Mischa, Rincewind and Macavity, had dinner and drinks and chatting about things on the forum and off. Thanks again Rowena for cooking, and Baz and Malcolm too for the evening. Even managed to squeeze in some chess, and was lucky to beat Malcolm one game, so wasn't bad, hehe.

Also I met up with Frosty and his family, who kindly invited me down to where they were staying for dinner too, thanks again for your hospitality. I managed to win the chess challenges I had with Frost and Frost Jr. but there's plenty of up and coming talent there!

Some of you I got the chance to say hi to, albeit briefly and best of luck with the rest of the tournament.

Oh and Greg, I still owe you at least one, probably more beers from various bets on AFL etc. so will have to make good on that another time!

I'm leaving tomorrow for Europe for a few weeks so didn't get the opportunity to catch up with everyone but to everyone who's up, enjoy your stay in Brisbane.. stay cool!

Bugger!