Saturday, 28 July 2012

2012 ANU Open - Round 2

Like the first round of the 2012 ANU Open, the second round did not hold any terrors for the top seeds. The most interesting pairing of this round was WIM Emma Guo versus GM Zong-Yuan Zhao. After the minor pieces disappeared from the board, Zhao was able make his heavy pieces count, and after dropping a couple of pawns, Guo lost her queen in time trouble. In the Under 1600 event the top seeds are finding it a lot harder, with most of the top half dropping at least something. However Geoff Barber has shown it isn't impossible to do well as the number 1 ranked player, leading with 2/2 (along with a few other players). There are still 2 rounds to play today, and I expect some very tired chessplayers by late this evening.

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