Round 1 of the Australian Open Championship, Sydney 2011


So the Australian Open Championship has begun today in Sydney Australia. This being the first open I've ever played in I was extremely nervous as I entered the playing hall. Off in the distance, sitting alone, I saw Australian Chess Champion GM Zhang Yuan-Zhong, also in the hall were other big names in Australian Chess today such as IM George Xie and IM Steven Solomon. It was all very intimidating and only served to add to my nervousness.

This is my Round 1 game, with no commentary as I would like some objective eyes on the game. I was playing against Ilija Ilic (1986 FIDE rating) Please feel free to comment on the game.