Occasionally tournaments in Australia offer special prizes like 'Best Game' or 'Brilliancy'. However they are pretty rare, mainly due to the effort involved in judging them. It is difficult to both line up a player of sufficient strength to do the judging, have it all done before the prize giving, and most commonly, get players motivated enough to submit their games for consideration.
However I did get one entry for the 'Brilliancy Prize' at the Doeberl Cup, even though we weren't offering such a prize. In lieu of a prize I promised the winner the reward of good publicity (on this blog), and now I fulfill my end of the bargain.
Sandler,D (1454) - Scully,M (1110) [A51]
O2C Doeberl Cup Minor Canberra (1.8), 10.04.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 a6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 Re8 7.Nge2 c6 8.0-0 b5 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Ng3 d6 11.dxc6 Nxc6 12.cxb5 Nb4 13.Qe2 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 e4 15.Qc2 axb5 16.b3 Bd7 17.Bb2 b4 18.Nce2 Ng4 19.Nd4 Rac8 20.Qd2 Qh4 21.h3 Ne5 22.Ndf5(D)
22. ... Nf3+ 23.gxf3 Bxf5 24.Nxf5 Qxh3 25.fxe4 Rxe4 26.Qd5 Rce8 27.Ng3 Rxe3 28.Nf5 Rf3 29.Rae1 Qg4+ 30.Ng3 Rxg3+ 0-1