Ex Australian Chess Federation Webmaster and Newsletter editor Paul Broekhuyse (pictured Left) defeated International Master elect George Xie (pictured right)! This was by far the upset of the round. Other upsets included Anthony Lo (1625) defeating Allan Mcgregor (1872), Shane "Bergil" Burgess(1498) drawing with Francisco Plaza (1825), Terence Wall (1488) defeated Andrew Furst (1773), Robin Mayo continued to perform above his rating by beating Carla Wettstein (1773), Balsalan Karayi (1311) defeated Mark Ryan (1557). Unrated Thai Pham defeated Benjamin Whiteside (1350).
On top boards in round 4 Dejan Antic defeated Vincent Suttor and Igor Bjelobrk defeated Paul Broekhuyse to be the only two leading the tournament on a picket fence score: 4/4. Upsets on the lower boards included: Michael Morris (2030) defeating Neil Wright (2138). John redgrave defeated Michael Dunn, Balsalan Karayi defeated Jose Escribano (1687) E Tamsot defeated Ian Dickson (1575) and My mate Lance Chiddy (955) drew with George Smit (1464)
On Sunday, round Five, it was time for the Titans to Clash:
In the 5th round it was time for GM Dejan Antic (Top, Please excuse the Blur) to play Igor Bjelobrk (bottom). This game ended in a long draw.
Further down the boards more trouble for George Xie was brewing. After a while away from weekend chess Romeo Capilitan defeated the FM - IM elect. George whats happening? 'spose people just have a bad tournament (puts had up!) Other upsets included John Redgraves draw against T Hisler, Herman rachmadi defeating Rob Hvistendahl, Anthony Lo drawing with Ahmed Farris, Tarek Elgindy drawing with Danny Wayne Bisson and Lindsay Went (1278) drawing with Mark Ryan.
I wasn't able to get much for rounds six and seven but the major results were Igor Bjelobrk drawing to Jason Hu in the final round to fall short of first by half a point. Oh and an upset win in the last round by Luthien Russell Over The Chess Nut :D
1st was GM Dejan Antic on 6.5 points (only losing the half point to Bjelobrk),
2nd was FM Igor Bjelobrk 6 (having drawn with GM Antic and Hu)
3rd was Johny Bolens with a score of 5.5 (Taking a half point bye in fourth round and losing to Antic in the sixth round)
My appologies for the lateness of this report. I will try to get one more promptly in future.
Other photos I took at the Australia Day Weekender:
Shane Burgess and Nick Chernih have a laugh over the life of brian series of movies! :D
Below: Robin May L and Lance Chiddy R