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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Cox
    I reckon his hair was around length when he won the Aust Champ 12 years ago. It might have been up and down in between of course.
    In Europe over the last three years I only ever saw him with long hair, and he loves to play with it while he is thinking over the board, it really is a weird sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Dickinson
    what will you buy with that Kiwi money.. NZ$75 should be enough to buy you a Big Mac and a Coke I suppose
    The exchange rate is almost 1:1. In fact, there is actually a cross-circulation of small coins (5c, 10c, and 20c) in both countries.

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    Signing out from Wanganui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    The exchange rate is almost 1:1. In fact, there is actually a cross-circulation of small coins (5c, 10c, and 20c) in both countries.
    The current exchange rate is closer to 91.5c. But if that is close to 1:1 please open a chess bookshop and I'll make sure I buy all my stuff off you in NZ$.

    The cross-circulation of small coins has more to do with the number of people travelling both ways and that the coins are minted off the same or very similar blanks. This means the coins pass casual inspection and are generally accepted in vending machines.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Hello there, I just stumbled over this thread and couldn't resist registering and adding my $NZ0.02 (which in terms of local purchasing power for all intents and purposes equals or even slightly exceeds $AU0.02, believe me:-). I was playing in Wanganui too. Amiel and the other Aussies all seemed to be decent friendly blokes and were most welcome. I'm sure it works the other way when kiwis play across the ditch. Amiel posted his disappointment with a draw in round 8. That was against me! He was pressing me but let me bail out to a perpetual. We split our mini match 1-1 in the lightning too. What's the deal with "can't believe they talk during games" Amiel ? I thought the whole tournament was about as silent as can be imagined. I played in a tournament in Brazil once, now there people really talk during games.

    Anyway cheers and best wishes from one of your kiwi cousins.

    Bill.

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    Bill -

    I am in Christchurch now mate. I swear I will send you those pics when I get to Sydney.

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    More pics from NZ

    Czech visitor Tom Civin. He was top seed on rating but played bad - losing to Garbett and Ker while managing only a draw against Bennett. But in the second half he picked up the pace and even included a win against Wohl in the tenth round.

    He was also involved in a minor dispute with FM S Lukey in the ninth. Civin had written down a move, thought for a while again then changed what he initially recorded. Lukey protested.

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    IM Russell Dive

    Quite a friendly bloke with a hearty laugh. He was a little lucky against my room-mate Gino Thornton.

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    FM Stephen Lukey

    His win against Dive was perhaps one of the tournament's best. Then in the 11th he lost to Stuart in an exciting rook endgame. Both players had their audience on the edge of their seats.

    [Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
    [Site "Wanganui"]
    [Date "2005.01.04"]
    [Round "4.4"]
    [White "Lukey, Stephen"]
    [Black "Dive, Russell"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "E12"]
    [PlyCount "63"]

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    IM Anthony Ker

    NZ's board 1 at the Olympiad. Some might say he had an unfair advantage. Just before the start of his games, he'd get a bit of back massage from the Mrs.

    He finished the tournament with a draw against the very dangerous G. Spain, thus retaining his title for the 4th time in a row. This feat equalled that of the legendary Sarapu.

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    IM Wohl

    A very powerful performance by this friendliest of blokes. His only stumble was the loss to Civin. Later he said to me, "I just played the whole game very weakly".

    [Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
    [Site "Wanganui"]
    [Date "2005.01.09"]
    [Round "10.1"]
    [White "Wohl, Alek"]
    [Black "Civin, Tomas"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "D34"]
    [PlyCount "60"]

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    FM Paul Garbett

    Former title holder Garbett.

    [Event "112th New Zealand Championship 2004-05"]
    [Site "Wanganui"]
    [Date "2005.01.02"]
    [Round "2.3"]
    [White "Wohl, Alek"]
    [Black "Garbett, Paul"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "A04"]
    [PlyCount "73"]

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    FM Robert Smith

    Current NZCF president, Robert Smith. He was in a peaceful mood against his country's best.
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    Main playing hall

    The main playing area was spacious. Each pair of players had a table all to themselves.

    Also, as you have all probably observed, they use Saitek clocks down there. I found these to be quite uncomfortable at first particularly during the blitz. I rather prefer banging down on those lever type mechanisms of the DGTs.

    Apparently the main motivation for using these clocks was their cheaper price.

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    Open Section

    While the top 6 boards of the Major Open section were in the main playing hall, the rest were just outside.

    It seemed crowded but, in fact, there was plenty of room to move about. Just next to this playing area is The Oaks - the motel's very well equipped restaurant. So, from time to time, we'd see the waiting staff carry some pretty delicious food to patrons. Now that was really distracting!

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