|Our great venue, Bond University on the Gold Coast|
|A university on a natural conservation area!|
|Great lakeland surroundings|
|Plenty of food and drink in the University Market Square|
|Colourful lakeland surroundings|
|Water fountain dominating the lake view|
As for the chess, things are going according to plan in the younger sections. Kevin Willathgamuwa of NSW is the player to beat in the under 10's, and so far no one has managed even to draw against him in the first 6 rounds. In the under 8's, Victorian Christopher Lim has proved equally successful and sits at the top of the table on 6/6. However, there are still 3 games to go and anything could happen in these tournaments with a number of players in with a chance.
|Boards 3 and 4 in the under 10's hot on the heels of the leaders|
|Under 8 leaders, with unbeaten Christopher Lim in the red shirt|
|Top boards in the under 10's minus leader Kevin Willthgamuwa|
The under 18's and under 16's had their tough day today with 2 games played and it left interesting standings. In the under 18's no one has made it to 3/3. Instead a group of 3 players are unbeaten on 2.5 while a big pack sits close behind. It is early days here but one of the favourites, Yi Yuan, lost a game today, and he'll have to find better form against the top players if he is to overtake them (Pengyu Chen, Gene Nakauchi and Yi Liu). The under 16's does have an outright leader on 3/3 with Punala Kiripitige winning all his games so far. Again it is early days, but this tournament looks wide open with some definite under rated players floating around. Take, for instance, local boy (well, Brisbane which isn't too far away in the scheme of things) Clint Therakam with a rating of 1191 finding himself on board 1 in the third round after wins against Eddie Han (1595), and Alex MacAdam (1720). Unfortunately his run came to an end when Punala beat him, but what a start to his tournament!
|Under 16 top boards, giant killer Clint Therakam sits in the foreground on the right!|