Today saw more upsets of the top seeds with GM Sune Berg Hansen losing his round 7 game to FM Greg Canfell. This win by Canfell, plus his round 8 draw against FM Junta Ikeda, means that Canfell can earn an IM norm tomorrow, if he beats New Zealand FM Michael Steadman. IM Stephen Solomon also pulled of an upset win over GM Dejan Bojkov in round 8, wining an ending a pawn down, in typical Solomon style.
In the Challengers event, the joint leaders are Harry Press and Tony Davis, on 6.5/8. Curiously they played each other in the first round of the tournament, with the game ending in a draw. In the final round Davis is paired against Richard Voon, while Press plays Patrick Behan.
The final round for both events starts tomorrow at 9:30 am at the Parramatta Town Hall. Live coverage of the top 8 games from the Open can be found at the Parramatta Chess Club website.