|Australian Blitz Champion 2014, IM Bobby Cheng. Can he do the double?|
So yesterday there was a the Australian blitz championship which holds little interest for me. Bobby Cheng won the title though Vietnamese GM Hoang Thong Tu won the event. There was also an ACF AGM held, but this holds about as much interest for me as the blitz event. Apparently, the ACF have decided to sponsor the Australian Championship to the tune of $5000 in the future, as averse to offer $5000 as a guarantee against losses. Personally, I think the ACF should be directing the running of the event anyway so while this is a welcome step, I guess I'd still like to see more central involvement from the ACF in organisation of the Championship.
And talking of the Championship, 3 rounds have happened since I last wrote. At the top we have 3 leaders on 5.5/7 and they've all played each other: GM Papin, IM's Cheng and Ly. They are followed on 5/7 by IM Bjelobrk and GM Tu, so the top 2 pairings of round 8 are:
Bobby Cheng is floating further down to meet IM Max Illingworth who is one of 7 players on 4.5, while a further 5 sit on 4. I know a lot can happen in the last 4 rounds, but I can't see anyone from below this group taking a high position (though I'd be happy to eat my words if this happens).
|3 times Champion, Doug Hamilton adjusting his pieces against Derek Yu|
|Springvale Town Hall, with great viewing balcony|
|WGM Sukander-GM Johansen (a win for the WGM)|
|Karl Zelesco-Max Illingworth|
|WCM Vineetha Wijesuriya|
|WIM Alexandra Jule|
|Zhi Lin Guo|
|Alanna Chew Lee|