Wednesday, 26 January 2011

2011 Oceania Zonal Day 2

The hero of the 2nd day of the 2011 Oceania Zonal was Andrew Brown. In the morning session he defeated Australian Junior Champion Bobby Cheng, and then in the afternoon he defeated Australian Open Champion IM George Xie. Brown is leading the zonal with 3/3, along with GM Zong Yuan Zhao and IM Gary Lane. Tomorrows draw sees Zhao play Lane, while Brown plays Max Illingworth.
Another player performing above his seeding is Tristan Stevens, who is on 2.5, with a win over IM James Morris and a draw with GM David Smerdon. He is one of 6 players half a point off the lead.
As for Fiji/PNG players it was a mixed day. Both Joselito Marcos and myself won in the morning (my opponent seemed to lose hope just as tricks were in the offing and resigned), while we both lost in the afternoon (I manged to drop a piece quite early on). Manoj Kumar from Fiji also won one and lost one today, while the other Fiji rep, Sam Goundar is hoping to break his duck tomorrow.
Full results of the event are now available at, while pgn files for all the rounds can be download from the Canterbury Chess Club website.

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