Saturday 10 January 2009

2009 O2C Doeberl Cup - 3 months and counting

Only 3 months to go until the 2009 O2C Doeberl Cup begins. Entries for the various tournaments have passed the 40 mark, with the Premier being a quarter full. For anyone planning to play in the Premier this is important as once the entries reach 40 players, the remaining 40 places are often filled in a rush. So the smart thing to do is to reserve your place by registering now, so you know you have a guaranteed spot.
Of the other events the Minor (U/1600) and the Mini (U/1200) already have a number of entries, although the Major (U/2000) has it's typically small number of confirmed entries at this stage (1!). The other event where it is important to enter early is the Seniors event (over 50), not so much because you might miss out, but to ensure the event is actually held. (Last years event wasn't held due to lack of entries).
For anyone wondering about accommodation, the website lists a number of options. If you aren't planning to stay close to the venue then my insiders tip is to stay in Civic, as there is a direct bus link from the City to Woden with a travel time of only 15 minutes. As a point of reference, this was about the same travel time most of the Olympiad teams had between their hotels and the playing hall in Dresden.

(Disclaimer: I am a paid official at this event)

1 comment: said...

I would like to know whether the 'play to win' rule be applied this year, or if players will be allowed to agree to short draws.