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    Australian Open games

    Good to see that this tournament actually started, good luck to all participants!

    I was just looking through the first round games. Mr. Jason Chan (rated 1900+) began his game with 1. a3 Can any of the NSW people tell us why and whether he does that on a regular basis?

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    Yes he does. All the bloody time. In fact, he even tried it against Solo at this year's Doeberl. He lost that one.

    It's Jason's attempt to get opponents out of book. This partly explains his fascination for FR.

    Btw, Jason is our very own fellow BBer, 1minGM. He's also a member of the Hyde Park chess club (where he devised our first ever rating system) and is prez of Uni of Sydney CC (where he produces a fantastic chess newsletter and where he is a PhD candidate).

    Mr Chan is a very thoughful player as you can see from his postings re prize money distribution, tournament formats, etc. Once - he left us patzers at the park a bit dumb struck when he asked: whats the difference between Pirc/Modern and KID?

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    Srbo Zaric has also been known to play it. He played it against Rogers in the Checkmate weekender in 2000 and I think only lost in a time scramble at the end, although I don't think I have ever seen the complete game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Yes he does. All the bloody time. In fact, he even tried it against Solo at this year's Doeberl. He lost that one.

    It's Jason's attempt to get opponents out of book. This partly explains his fascination for FR.

    Btw, Jason is our very own fellow BBer, 1minGM. He's also a member of the Hyde Park chess club (where he devised our first ever rating system) and is prez of Uni of Sydney CC (where he produces a fantastic chess newsletter and where he is a PhD candidate).

    Mr Chan is a very thoughful player as you can see from his postings re prize money distribution, tournament formats, etc. Once - he left us patzers at the park a bit dumb struck when he asked: whats the difference between Pirc/Modern and KID?

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    Sounds like a cool bloke. He's playing against one of the visiting masters today. I reckon either Chan or Pyke will produce an upset today.

    Of the other top-10 boards, I like Ly's chances. The kid he's playing is a bit robot-like and may not cope with young Ly very well.

    Anyway, maybe AR can tell us more stories about NSW players in the open. Let's start with Escribano - what's his official position on the whole Internet qualifier debacle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoroPhil
    Anyway, maybe AR can tell us more stories about NSW players in the open. Let's start with Escribano - what's his official position on the whole Internet qualifier debacle?
    Mate, that's a well and truly dead horse that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoroPhil
    Of the other top-10 boards, I like Ly's chances. The kid he's playing is a bit robot-like and may not cope with young Ly very well.
    Tomek is a very experienced player (and tough), so it will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Mate, that's a well and truly dead horse that.

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    Well, if you say so, then it probably is. For:
    1) those in the know
    2) those in NSW

    What about the rest of us? We long to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoroPhil
    Well, if you say so, then it probably is. For:
    1) those in the know
    2) those in NSW

    What about the rest of us? We long to know!
    Not sure that those in NSW have any special knowledge. Next time you see Gary Bekker you could try asking him. I believe he was on the investigation panel.
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Of the other top-10 boards, I like Ly's chances. The kid he's playing is a bit robot-like and may not cope with young Ly very well.

    Tomek robotic? I always thought he was a creative player, he says Shirov is his idol. I think he coped quite easily with young Ly.
    BTW why does it take so long to post up the results, I mean almost all of the games finish by 6pm.

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    Round two results

    A few little upsets today.One big upset was in the making on board one but Dusan Stojic went sent his knight 12.Ng5? to the wrong spot,instead of 12.Bc8 and 13 o-o with advantage.After this Latvian champion 2004 convert whites mistake very nicely.An instructive game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoroPhil
    I reckon either Chan or Pyke will produce an upset today.

    Of the other top-10 boards, I like Ly's chances. The kid he's playing is a bit robot-like and may not cope with young Ly very well.
    Correct predictions so far 0 out of 3

    For the third round I reckon there won't be any draws on first 9 boards with all the results going according to ratings.

    I like Chan's gane from round2. Would Qh3 just before Qxh6 achieve anything? Anyway, nice attacking game. Bjelobrk game was amuzing as well. Seems like the other guy could have taken bishop on e7, thus ensuring a draw but decided not to

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoroPhil
    I like Chan's gane from round2.
    Yes, yes . . . This Arlandi bloke seems fond of the 9. Nd2 var. Compare that game with this below, which I chanced upon last night in the database. As it turns out, this old Kasparov victory is extensively analysed by Keene & Jacobs in their "The Complete KID".

    [Event "URS-ch55"]
    [Site "Moscow"]
    [Date "1988.07.??"]
    [Round "12"]
    [White "Kasparov,Garry"]
    [Black "Smirin,Ilia"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [Eco "E97"]

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    Just beautiful!

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    Code:
    No	Name                 	Feder	Loc 	Total	 Result  	Name                   	Feder	Loc 	Total
    
     1	Kengis, Edvins       	LAT  	2543	[3.5]	    :    	Arlandi, Ennio         	ITA  	2440	[4]  
     2	D'Amore, Carlo       	ITA  	2448	[3.5]	   0:1   	Johansen, Darryl       	VIC  	2485	[3.5]
     3	Bjelobrk, Igor       	VIC  	2392	[3.5]	    :    	Smerdon, David         	VIC  	2431	[3]  
     4	Sedina, Elena        	ITA  	2431	[3]  	   1:0   	Jackson, Ralph         	SA   	2015	[3]  
     5	Song, Raymond        	NSW  	1995	[3]  	  .5:.5  	Hecht, Hans Joachim    	GER  	2389	[3]  
     6	Guthrie, Aaron       	SA   	2084	[3]  	    :    	Wallis, Christopher    	VIC  	1944	[3]  
     7	Sonter, Matthew      	QLD  	1981	[3]  	   0:1   	Humphrey, Jonathan     	QLD  	2060	[3]  
     8	Hu, Jason            	NSW  	1873	[3]  	    :    	Wei, Michael           	ACT  	2043	[3]  
     9	Chan, Jason          	NSW  	1957	[2.5]	    :    	Xie, George            	NSW  	2351	[2.5]
    10	Wongwichit, Phachara 	QLD  	1947	[2.5]	   1:0   	Jordan, Bill           	VIC  	2348	[2.5]
    11	Rej, Tomek           	NSW  	2225	[2.5]	   1:0   	Obst, James            	SA   	1942	[2.5]
    12	Voon, Richard        	VIC  	1908	[2.5]	   0:1   	Dragicevic, Domagoj    	VIC  	2122	[2.5]
    13	Mendes Da Costa, Alex	NSW  	1877	[2.5]	   1:0   	Dizdarevic, Mehmedalija	VIC  	1971	[2.5]
    14	Pecori, Ascaro       	VIC  	2046	[2]  	    :    	Hardegen, Andrew       	WA   	1820	[2]  
    15	Mortensen, Henrik    	DEN  	2030	[2]  	    :    	Lilly, Richard         	WA   	1818	[2]  
    16	Lin, Zhigen Wilson   	VIC  	1819	[2]  	   1:0   	Stojic, Dusan          	VIC  	1984	[2]  
    17	Chadwick, Charles    	TAS  	1797	[2]  	  .5:.5  	Bonham, Kevin          	TAS  	1980	[2]  
    18	Zvedeniouk, Ilia     	NSW  	1978	[2]  	   0:1   	Truscott, Tony         	QLD  	1783	[2]  
    19	Vijayakumar, Rengan  	VIC  	1239	[2]  	    :    	Silas, Frank           	VIC  	1927	[2]  
    20	Ly, Moulthun         	QLD  	1881	[2]  	   1:0   	Vijayakumar, Rukman    	VIC  	1768	[2]  
    21	Holt, Kenneth        	VIC  	1860	[2]  	   0:1   	Lea, Tom               	VIC  	1765	[2]  
    22	Lugo, Ruperto        	VIC  	1845	[2]  	   1:0   	Kara, Barbaros         	VIC  	1748	[2]  
    23	Van Der Wal, Fritz   	NSW  	1841	[2]  	    :    	Zileski, George        	VIC  	1702	[2]  
    24	Alkin, John          	QLD  	1762	[2]  	   0:1   	Illingworth, Max       	NSW  	1839	[2]  
    25	Frost, Peter         	VIC  	1831	[2]  	    :    	Escribano, Jose        	NSW  	1611	[2]  
    26	Pyke, Malcolm        	VIC  	1941	[1.5]	   0:1   	Ali, Mosaddeque        	ACT  	1734	[1.5]
    27	Song, Angela         	NSW  	1771	[1.5]	    :    	Davidson, Nathan       	QLD  	1637	[1.5]
    28	Neudel, Bernd        	GER  	1750	[1.5]	  .5:.5  	Guo-Yuthok, Sherab     	ACT  	1578	[1.5]
    29	Stojic, Svetozar     	VIC  	1802	[1]  	   1:0   	Cooke, Tristrom        	SA   	1588	[1]  
    30	Tulevski, Vasil      	NSW  	1771	[1]  	   +:-   	Laugery, Bernard       	NSW  	1377	[1]  
    31	Arkins, Damien       	NSW  	1435	[1]  	  .5:.5  	Murray, Russell        	VIC  	1755	[1]  
    32	Van Dijk, Devrim     	VIC  	1680	[1]  	   1:0   	Yu, Derek              	VIC  	1388	[1]  
    33	Baxter, Craig        	VIC  	1338	[1]  	    :    	Ghobrial, Adel         	VIC  	1659	[1]  
    34	Schon, Eugene        	VIC  	1279	[1]  	   0:1   	Oliver, Shannon        	ACT  	1644	[1]  
    35	Buciu, Aurel-John    	QLD  	1633	[1]  	  .5:.5  	Nour, James            	VIC  	1336	[1]  
    36	Yu, Sally            	VIC  	857 	[1]  	   0:1   	Beckman, John          	VIC  	1576	[0]  
    37	Kaspar, Ric          	QLD  	1450	[0]  	   1:0   	BYE

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    This is almost like being there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenni
    This is almost like being there.
    which you will be in about a week

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