Saturday, 12 June 2010

2010 NSW Open - Day 1

The organisers of the 2010 NSW Open were caught unawares by the big turnout, with the 148 player field stretching the resources to the limit. In fact the first round started with the bottom board of the Minor minus a board, pieces and clock. A hurried trip gathered the extra equipment required, and all players were underway (albeit half an hour late).
While the first round saw few upsets, it was the second round where the top seeds really struggled. On board 1 Arthur Huynh held a determined Zong-Yuan Zhao to a draw, while John Papantoniou went one better by beating George Xie in a game where Xie was never in the hunt. A number of other top seeds could only draw, leaving the leader board with a somewhat strange appearance.
Full results of the tournament can be found at, while I will be providing regular mid-round updates via my twitter feed (look to the right of this blog).

Papantoniou,John - Xie,George [A28]
NSW Open Gent BEL, 12.06.2010

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 e4 5.Ng5 Bb4 6.d5 Ne5 7.Qd4 Qe7 8.Ngxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 f5 10.Qxf5 d6 11.Qc2 0-0 12.e4 Bc5 13.Nd1 Qh4 14.Be3 Bg4 15.Bxc5 Bxd1 16.Kxd1 dxc5 17.f3 Rae8 18.Qe2 c6 19.g3 Qf6 20.f4 Ng4 21.Kc2 Qg6 22.Bg2 b5 23.Rae1 bxc4 24.Bh3 Nf6 25.Be6+ Kh8 26.f5 Qg5 27.Qxc4 cxd5 28.exd5 Ng4 29.h4 Ne3+ 30.Kd3 Qxg3 31.Rxe3 Qf2 32.Qc2 c4+ 33.Qxc4 Rxf5 34.Rhe1 Rf4 35.Qc3 Rd8 36.h5 h6 37.R1e2 Qf1 38.Rg3 Qb1+ 39.Kd2 Rf6 40.Rxg7 Qf1 41.Rg6 Rdf8 42.Rxh6+ Kg7 43.Rg6+ Kh7 44.Qc7+ Kh8 45.Qg7# 1-0

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