After the hectic first day, the second day of the 2008 O2C Doeberl Cup was a little easier, at least for me. With extra staff on hand we were able to welcome the extra 150 players taking part in the Major, Minor and Mini tournaments. And for those who doubt the benefits of pre-registration and online only entries, all tournaments (approx. 230 players) started at 1:05pm, a mere 5 minutes after the scheduled starting time.
In the Premier Australian GM Darryl Johansen is the sole leader on 4/4. In the Board 1 game last night he defeated GM Vadim Malakhatko after Malakhatko overreached trying for a win. A triumph for resilient defence! Top Seed GM Zhang Zhong is in the group of players on 3.5 after being held to a round 3 draw by IM David Smerdon. Zhong bounced back in Round 4 with a win over New Zealand star IM Puchen Wang. Full results for each of the events can be found on the results page.
Day 2 also saw the start of GM Ian Rogers commentary sessions, and these have proved immensely popular. Using a combination of modern (but flaky) technology (DGT systems), and older but reliable systems (board runners), he has presented the games being played on the top boards to a large and appreciative audience.
And finally, more tournament videos are being posted, with summaries for Rounds 1,2 & 3 up on the video page.