Thursday, 12 April 2007

Sydney International Open 2007 - Day 3

Round 4 is almost finished in the 2007 Sydney International Open and already there have been a number of upsets. It appears that top seed Sergei Shipov has lost to Indian player Manthan Chokshi, leaving him back on 2.5/4.
As I am observing the tournament from over 300kms away, I am relying on the excellent tournament website to keep me up to date.
One game from Round 4 worth featuring is a cracking win by Canberra player Gareth Oliver over former Canberran Vladimir Smirnov. The opening is an interesting one as I believe that Smirnov has some experience with it, as it was used in a fixed opening match between Canberra and the Dutch town of Soest some years back.

Smirnov, V - Oliver, G
Sydney International Open 2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bh4 c5 4.f3 g5 5.fxe4 gxh4 6.e3 Bh6 7.Qh5 Qb6 8.Nd2 cxd4 9.Nc4 Qb4+ 10.Kd1 Bxe3 11.a3 Qa4 12.Nd6+ exd6 13.Bb5 Qa5 14.Bxd7+ Bxd7 15.Qxa5 Nc6 16.Qh5 Rg8 17.h3 Rxg2 18.Qxh4 Ne5 19.Qf6 d3 20.Qxd6 dxc2+ 21.Ke1 Nc4 22.Qd3 Bd2+ 0-1

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