I had a call from GM Ian Rogers the other day. He was organising a fund-raising auction for the Australian 16U team going to Turkey later in the year and was wondering if I’d like to bid for some of the chess memorabilia. I ended up bidding $100 for Bill Egan’s new book “The Doeberl Cup – 50 years of Australian Chess History” (retail $39.95). My bid was successful. It may have cost me $60 more than the retail price, but I figured if it helped to get “Check Norris” (the #1 ranked player on Chess Kids On-Line) out of the country for a few weeks it was money well spent. That would give me a chance to catch up to him!
I’ve discovered that the book comes with a CD in the back, with 6000 chess games from the Doeberl Cup as well, and it’s a big book with 336 pages, photos, games and player profiles. It’s a great read that I’d recommend to everyone, even juniors who know only the digital age. It’s nice to learn a bit about the background of Australian Chess rather than just the current players. Better still you get to see pictures of Australia’s top players before they became fat, bald and old. Ian Rogers and Guy West look much the same but the rest of us have changed somewhat!
Speaking of Guy West, I don’t think Guy ever won the Doeberl Cup, but he has provided us with a nice puzzle for this week. Guy is playing White against Alistair Anderson and clearly has a good attack going. Can you find a pretty finish for White?
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