Probably the most interesting round 3 pairing from this years Doeberl Cup was George Xie versus Bobby Cheng. In a sense it was also an unfortunate pairing, as both players have strong title ambitions (Xie looking for a third GM norm, and Cheng looking for IM norms) so a negative result for either player would make it hard to work towards the title.
As it turned out, Xie came to the game better prepared, as although Cheng looked better out of the opening, it turned out to be theory that favoured White. The seemingly audacious 14.Qh5 was just the hint of what was to come as Xie threw everyhting at the Black king, eventually winning on move 27.
Xie,George - Cheng,Bobby [B43]
O2C Doeberl Cup (3), 02.04.2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 a6 4.g3 b5 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bb7 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.0-0 b4 9.Na4 Bxe4 10.Bxe4 Nxe4 11.Re1 d5 12.c4 bxc3 13.Nxc3 Nxc3 14.Qh5 Ne4 (D)
15.Nxe6 Qb6 16.Nc7+ Qxc7 17.Qxd5 Qc6 18.Rxe4+ Be7 19.Rxe7+ Kxe7 20.Bg5+ f6 21.Re1+ Kf8 22.Qd8+ Kf7 23.Re7+ Kg6 24.Qxh8 Ra7 25.Qxg7+ Kf5 26.g4+ Kxg4 27.Bxf6+ 1-0