The strongest Doeberl Cup in its 45 year history is underway. The Premier section has 8 GM's playing in it, which is a record for any Australian weekend event, and probably a record for any Australian event, at least until Tuesday.
GM Sergei Shipov is the top seed, with GM's Mikhalevski, Timoshenko, Matamoros, Rogers, Johansen, Antic and Bakre filling 8 of the top 10 seedings. IM's David Smerdon and Stephen Solomon are seeded 7th and 9th respectively, with IM Gary Lane seeded 11th and IM Andras Toth seeded 12th.
At the end of two rounds all the GM's are on 2/2 with the exception of Antic who was held to a draw by Junta Ikeda in Round 2. Also on 2 points is David Smerdon who won his second round game against Homer Cunanan (PHI) in crushing style.
Smerdon,D - Cunanan,H [D32]
Doeberl Cup, 06.04.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.h3 a6 11.Bg5 Be6 12.Rc1 Rc8 13.Bb1 Re8 14.Re1 b5 15.Ne5 Na5 16.Qd3 g6 17.Nxg6 hxg6 18.Rxe6 Ne4 19.Nxe4 Rxc1+ 20.Bxc1 fxe6 21.Nd6 1-0
For the first time since the event was run in divisions the Premier has attracted the largest field with 72 players. The Major has 44 players, the Minor 68, and the Seniors 12. The total field of 196 is a little disappointing given the 210-220 fields over the last few years, as well as the stellar field and the extra prize money.