I'm heading off to Sydney early tomorrow morning for the 2012 NSW Open (as an arbiter). Since its breakthrough year a few years back the entry numbers for this even have made it the number 2 weekender in Australia, after the Doeberl Cup. This years sees a larger than usual international entry, with players who played in the Asian Seniors & Amateur Championships staying on for a few extra days to also play this event.
Earlier this evening there were around 130 entries in the Open and the Minor, and with walk-ups tomorrow, it will go close to breaking the 150 mark. We hope to broadcast at least 6 games from the Open each round, at the tournament website. I'll also try and keep up a steady stream of results via twitter etc, as the internet connection at the venue, Parramatta RSL Club, is normally pretty good.
First round is at 12 noon tomorrow (9th June) with the tournament running until Monday afternoon. The top section will be FIDE rated, with GM Zong Yuan Zhao the top seed.