Friday, 6 April 2012

2012 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 1

The 2012 O2C Doeberl Cup got off to a smooth start, with the first 2 rounds of the Premier being played yesterday. 79 players have entered the tournaments top section, including 8 Grandmasters and 13 International Masters. Such was the strength of the field, IM Andrew Brown found himself down on board 32 for his first game (and he was held to a draw by David Webster).
In fact the first round saw a number of results that ran against rating, with a number of lower rated players earning draws against their higher rated opponents. Laurence Matheson drew with GM Attila Czebe, while 6 of the IM's had to share a point.
This made being on half a point a tricky proposition in round 2, although only IM's Andrew Brown and James Morris drew a second time.
At the top of the event there are still 12 players on 2/2. One of these players is FM Bobby Cheng he defeated Australia's No 1 player Zong Yuan Zhao in one of the final games to finish. Cheng held a pawn advantage, and although Zhao tried to complicate the position with very little material left on the board, Cheng was able to liquidate into a won position.
Today sees the start of the supporting events, with around 240 players entered for the entire event. There will be the full opening ceremony for the tournament, and the launch f Bell Egan's book on the history of the Doeberl Cup. It all kicks off at 12:30pm and spectators are most welcome.

Wei,Michael (2130) - Champion,Patrick (1962)
2012 O2C Doeberl Cup Premier Canberra AUS (2.33), 05.04.2012


Anonymous said...

Whilst pleasing for the spectators, I hate this style of 'Cage Fighting' chess that seems to be played by youngsters these days. You'd think Tigran Petrosian and Vasily Smyslov never lived!

Anonymous said...

It's great to find some commentary of this years tournament, and what a surprise to find a game I participated in as the included game!
Black actually had a pretty nice win available with 41...Qa8, weaving a mating net, but in desperate time trouble I was just checking madly to avoid losing on time. Didn't realize I had made the time control until a few moves later. Such is life.

Anyway, thanks again for all your effort.