Due to the luck of the draw, the top two seeds Junta Ikeda and Andrey Bliznyuk played in the first round, with the game ending in a draw. Third seed Andrew Brown almost had the same result against Peter Pullicino (the only unrated player in the field), but with a draw in sight, Pullicino tried for more, only to have the position blow up in his face. Michael Reading and Adrian De Noskowski played a quick (in terms of time, not moves) draw, while Ian Rout won the following game, with a combination of opening prep, and a nice sacrifice.
Rout,Ian (1983) - Reading,Jeremy (1893) [A40]
2011 ANU Masters (1), 09.02.2011
1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 c5 4.d5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5 6.e4 fxe4 7.f3 Qa5 8.Qc2 Nf6 9.fxe4 Nxe4 10.Bd3 Nd6 11.Nf3 b5 12.0-0 bxc4 (D)
13.Bxg6+ hxg6 14.Qxg6+ Kd8 15.Bg5 Re8 16.Qxd6 Qb6 17.Qf4 d6 18.Rae1 Kd7 19.Qf5+ Kc7 20.Qf7 Bd7 21.Bxe7 Na6 22.Ng5 Rh8 23.Rb1 Qa5 24.Bxd6+ Kc8 25.Qg7 Re8 26.Ne6 1-0