Dual Kāpiti and Wellington member, Ross Jackson travelled down to Dunedin to compete in the 2020 South Island Champs, held 3-9 October. Here is his report, plus one of his games from Round 6.
“The South Island Chess Championship was a wonderful occasion. Dunedin is a beautiful city and we had rented a house at Warrington beach about 20 mins drive north of the city. There was only one round a day so plenty of time to explore. The Otago Chess Club building is owned by the club and both outside and inside is decorated in chess-theme style. Can you identify all the champions in the mural on their clubrooms wall? On left is club President Bob Clarkson who painted the paler portraits to update the mural.
These days I play for fun without any particular expectation of success. I have done no chess preparation for years and predictably made countless mistakes in all my games, including in this, my solitary win against a higher rated opponent, my friend Quentin Johnson. We both missed countless opportunities. The message from this is that 2000 rated players are very beatable to lower rated opponents. Particularly if you prepare.”