The second round of the O2C Doeberl Cup finished some time after midnight, with Li Chao grinding out a win against IM Dinesh Sharma. After 2 games their are still 9 players on 2/2 but a lot of them aren't the top seeds. Instead a lot of draws in round 2 (and even some in round 1) leaves 4 GM's on 1.5/2 and even 1 (local hope David Smerdon) on 1.
Smerdon's round 2 game against former Australian Junior champion Michael Wei in round 2 was interesting, in that Wei has hardly picked up a piece for the last 2 years as he completed his university degree. And after taking half point in round 1, Wei was welcomed back to competitive chess with a GM in round 2. However the layoff wasn't that much of a handicap as Wei split the point.
The second round clash between GM Zong Yuan Zhao and FM Erik Teichmann was an exciting affair. Teichmann had just won the Ballaratt Begonia Open, and so clearly had some form behind him. However Zhao gained an edge against Teichmann's off-beat opening and after sacrificing the exchange built up a big advantage. However at the crucial juncture, Zhao missed 2 killing moves, and Teichmann engineered a perpetual.
Zhao,Zong-Yuan - Teichmann,Erik [E10]
O2C Doeberl Cup Premier (2), 01.04.2010
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 d5 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Qc2 f5 7.e3 Be7 8.b4 Bf6 9.Bb2 Ne7 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Bd7 12.Ne5 Be8 13.f3 Nxc3 14.Qxc3 Bh5 15.b5 g5 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Qb3 Qe8 18.Bc4 Rd8 19.e4 fxe4 20.fxe4 Nf4 (D)
21.Rxf4 gxf4 22.Bxe6+ Kg7 23.d5 Be2 24.Qc2 Qxb5 25.Qxc7+ Kh6 26.Ng4+ Bxg4 27.Bxf6 Rxf6 28.Qxd8 Qb2 29.Bxg4 Qxa1+ 30.Kf2 ½-½