Probably the person who would be the happiest concerning the 2010 Doeberl Cup Lightning tournament wasn't even there. Indeed he isn't event in the country. I am of course referring to my fellow blogger, TheClosetGrandmaster. The reason for his happiness? This years Lightning event attracted a field of 81 players. This is at least 30 more players than last year when the Saturday night event was run as a Chess960 tournament. There were 2 GM's and 5 IM's playing, and half the field was rated over 1600.
The 9 round event was lead for most of the way by GM Dibyendu Barua, until the final round, when he was overtaken by GM Gawain Jones. This came about due to Junta Ikeda beating Barua in round 9 while Jones beat IM Roy Chowdrey. Barua still collected second place, with Vladmir Smirnov edging out Ikeda for third on countback. Full crosstables for this event can be found at this link.