On Saturday 13 August, eight players took part to determine the winner for this year. The Open was played at a function room in the St Kilda Town Hall. Like in past tournaments, five rounds were played and the two participants with the most wins / points made it to the final.
Both Matt Vinar and Sam Milankov were the top two players of the preliminary five rounds and earned a spot in the final. Matt won the final quite convincingly (51 to 0). Despite the lopsided result, there were some interesting moves throughout the game.
The tournament was a first for Anthony Hain who takes home the rookie prize. Quite impressive for a first timer to finish third in the tournament.
One of the highlights of the day was the appearance of a veteran of the 1984 WOC in Melbourne. It was great to hear stories from Frank Meerbach.
Thanks to Robert Girardo for finding the venue for us.
Transcript for final game
MILANKOV Samuel 0-51 VINAR Matt