So I finally decided to play a chess tournament ... and hopefully I will play a few more this year than I have in recent years (Doeberl Cup & Sydney International are the next big weekender-type events I'm planning to play in).
This year the Begonia Open moved from its previous home of the School of Mines, with its infamous 'pit' to Ballarat Clarendon College to accommodate for the growing number of entrants to the tournament. I found the new playing hall to be generally very nice, although the lack of air conditioning (albeit with a 'passive cooling' system being used in the building) still being a little issue. It was also a bit out of town compared to the previous venue, however when travelling that far from Melbourne, an extra kilometre or two isn't that much of a big deal (although it does make a car more desirable during the tournament).
Anyway, easing my way into looking at my round 6 game, can you find the finish to my round 4 game against Geoffrey Barber?
In round 6 I played the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit against Russell Murray & he played the tricky Ziegler Defense, which has many similarities to the Caro-Kann & is considered to be one of the toughest variations against the BDG. I played the Alchemy variation & Russell played what should have been a losing move, but I didn't find the best follow-up & went on to lose rather quickly!
1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 d5 3. e4 dxe4 4. Nc3 exf3 5. Nxf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7.
O-O e6 8. Ng5 (The Alchemy Variation)
Maybe I can do better in 2015 ...