After a straight month on the road, complete with four countries, 19 tournament games, one blitz tournament, a problem solving championship, a Bermuda party and an amazing wedding, only Bruno Mars can explain how I feel.
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(Note: First published with better quality - and unstretched! - photos here.)
A lot's happened, and I've been neglecting my updates. I guess that just means plenty of post-Tromsoø updates. For now, here are the cliff notes:
Australia is having ... | Read More
"If you can draw with Aronian from the exchange down, you'll definitely have no problems against Magnus!"
That was Aussie GM Ian Rogers' comment after my game with Levon Aronian. Quite a few people have complimented me on my 'inspired' exchange s... | Read More
Goodbye Denmark, Hello Norway!
The Politiken Cup once again lived up to its billing as one of the most enjoyable tournaments on the European Summer calendar. This year was especially pleasant for the Aussies; as a team, we scored 4.5/5 in the f... | Read More
It's not like me to write about chess politics (i.e. my last post), but I'm sure I'll have no choice at the Olympiad next week. Not to mention Australian politics; these days, it's hard for me to read the politics section of The Australian witho... | Read More
It's hard to know what to make of the latest Olympiad drama. There are so many conflicting reports, rumours, innocent victims and different parties with skin in the game, that it reminds one of an election campaign. Oh hang on; there IS an electio... | Read More
Yeh I know, I need new material. But come on, I love this guy.
My tournament in Växjö (pronounced "Vair-kshh", as I was quizzed on by the organisers in the opening ceremony) was not an overwhelming success. I finished middle of the field on a... | Read More
0-0-0. Queenside castling - again!
I'm in Växjö, a sleepy little Swedish town. Well, it seems sleepy, although I'm told it's a lively student joint outside of the summer. Just my luck: you can have the sun, or fun, but not both.
I'm here for a... | Read More
Ah, Australia. The sunburnt land. The land down under. The lucky country.
Don't worry; I promise this post isn't about the latest Federal budget, though many of you are aware how much I have to say about that. Cutting $8 billion f... | Read More
Today was a good day. The sun was not only shining but actually warm, which is a rarity for the solar mass that usually takes an aesthetic-only approach to the Amsterdam sky. In fact, shorts and flip-flops were the order of the day, for the first ... | Read More