Thursday, 28 April 2011

2011 Sydney International Open - Day 2

The 2nd day of the 2011 Sydney International Open began with the surprise pairing of Hansen v Zhao on board 9. The top two seeds obviously had an eye on their tournament future, as the game was quickly drawn. However the top boards were a little more combative, with FM Chris Wallis beating FM Vladimir Smirnov, FM Ashkat Khamparia beating GM Darryl Johansen (for the second time in a week), and FM Greg Canfell surviving a strong attack against GM Dejan Bojkov to draw.
There were further upsets in the 4th round with FM's Khamparia and Wallis being the only players to reach 4/4. Half a point back are GM's Deviatkin and Bojkov as well as IM Kevin Goh.
In the Challengers event, Maros Zajac and Ian Dickson lead with 4/4, half a point ahead of Dennis Wan. With a large group of players on 3, it mat still take a couple of rounds before the likely winner of this event emerges.

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