CSIM - The Tournament
This year's CSIM featured 58 players: 10 Australian Champions (including the current national Champion Edward Okulicz and former World Champion David Eldar) and a former African Champion (Ayorinde Saidu). As such, the quality of Scrabble on display was extremely high (there is no better example of this than Andrew Fisher's beautiful find of HOLUBTsI
The tournament itself was 18 games over 2 days, with ten games played on Day 1.
At the conclusion of the first day, Edward Okulicz was the leader, equal on 8 wins with Jakob Teitelbaum and Ryan Sutton. There were some notable players outside the top 10 at day's end with David Eldar (12th), Andrew Fisher (13th) and Trevor Halsall (18th) some of the players who ended the day on 6 wins.
Excellent work done by John Hamilton ensured that there was live streaming coverage of most games - and you can view the games via his Scrabble Live Streaming page on Facebook
. It allowed those who could not manage to be able to attend a glimpse into some of the high quality Scrabble on offer.
With three games to go, Edward Okulicz led by one game and sizeable spread from Ryan Sutton and a further two games from Andrew Fisher and David Eldar (having both gone 4-1 to start the day). Things would take a dramatic turn and with the final game left, there were now four players on 12 wins just behind Edward, who was still on 13. The final game fixtures for the contenders to win were Edward Okulicz vs Trevor Halsall, Andrew Fisher vs Mythili Rudra, David Eldar vs Naween Fernando and Ryan Sutton vs Wayne Jones.
By the tournament end, wins to Trevor, Andrew, Naween and Ryan meant that the 2019 City of Sydney International Masters winner was Andrew Fisher with Edward runner up. Ryan Sutton came in third, securing the highest rating increase of those in the top 10 as a result.
Australia features many WESPA rated events throughout the year, with the next event on the calendar in March and its Nationals at Easter time. We present a gallery of some of the prize winners from CSIM below; congratulations to all prize winners!