Sunday, 24 April 2011

2011 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 4

At the end of a very long day the likely winner of the 2011 O2C Doeberl Cup is still not entirely clear. GM's Andrei Deviatkin and Dejan Bojkov share the lead on 6.5/8, although they have already played each other. Half a point back are GM David Arutinian, GM David Smerdon, GM Sune Berg Hansen and Eugene Schon. As the final round pairings see Arutinian v Deviatkin and Smerdon v Bojkov the winning score will be either 7 or 7.5/9. The winner of the Hansen v Schon pairing also has a chance of finishing first, depending upon the other results, but the added interest in this game is a chance of an IM norm for Schon, if he wins.
In the Major tournament there are still 9 players in with a chance of first place. Three players (Cloudsdale, Savige and Huynh) are on 5/6, with a further 6 players on 4.5. A draw on the top board opens the door for a possible 6 way tie for first!
The Minor is a little more straightforward with Peter Grinyer leading with 5.5/6. There are 3 players on 5/6 but a win or draw for Grinyer guarantees at least a share of 1st place.
The final round for each of these tournaments begins at 9:30 am (AEST) and live coverage of the top 4 boards in the Premier, plus the tops board from the Major and Minor will be available on the tournament website.

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