There's now an outright leader! Dusan Stojic won the top board clash against Carl Gorka (Carl has put his game against Dusan up on his blog), while IM Guy West continued his climb back through the field beating Mirko Rujevic, to end Mirko's undefeated start to the event. This leaves Dusan a point clear of a growing chasing field, with 6 people tied for second on 4/5. The tournament now takes a break, with the Labor Day long weekend & the annual Ballarat Begonia Open on, but the final four rounds should prove interesting in determining the final placings at the top, particularly if Dusan manages to drop a point & fall back to the chasing field.
As for the Ballarat tournament, although it is a great tournament, I think I'll be giving it a miss this year, but will definitely be following it online. That means most likely that there will be a few different things on the blog for the next few weeks - less chess reporting & more variety ... maybe more DreamTeam stuff, perhaps some poker ... wait & see!
Results for last round are as usual on Chesschat & the draw for round 6 will also be there in the next day or two.
This week's game is an example of why white normally doesn't castle queenside in a Benoni!