Saturday, 12 January 2013

It was 30 years ago (almost) to day ...

I spent today watching the action from the 2013 Australian Open. I spent the morning at the Oceania Chess Confederation Annual Meeting, and the afternoon watching the chess. While walking around the room I realised it was 30 years since I attended my first 'big' chess event.
It was the 1982/83 Australian Open at the Paddington PCYC in Sydney. I had just started to get interested in chess, and as I was in Sydney on holidays I decided to drop in to watch. I would have spent 4 or 5 days there watching Rogers, Johansen (the tournament winner), West (the tournament winner), Solomon, and a host of other players take part. While my memory is a little hazy after all this time, I think I was present to see the following game. At the time it was a sensational upset, as Rogers was considered the favourite to win the tournament. This stopped his run, and allowed Darryl Johansen Guy West to win the event.
(I also covered may attendance at this tournament in an earlier post)

(**Edit: Sloppy research on my part had Guy West winning this event rather than Darryl Johansen. I was looking at the Australian Open trophy yesterday and saw both Darryl's and Guy's name on there, but mixed up the years. Of course Guy West won the next Australian Open in 1985)

Fell,Lloyd Stanley - Rogers,Ian [E43]
AUS op, 1983


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Darryl Johansen won the Open in 1983 and Hjorth was second.

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