Saturday 30 March 2013

2013 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2013 O2C Doeberl Cup was a very busy one, as you can see from the lateness of this post. All 4 tournaments were in action yesterday, meaning that all 240 players were at the board and playing.
The Premier was once again tough on the overseas players, with the upsets continuing. Having beaten Loek Van Wely in rd 2, IM Stephen Solomon then beat GM Jiri Stocek in round 3. Solomon passed up the opportunity to play a 'safe' ending, instead going for the tactical endgame where he excels. Also doing well in the third round were FM Bobby Cheng who drew with top seed GM Li Chao, Luke Li who drew with GM Zong Yuan Zhao, and FM Domagoj Dragicevic who beat GM Zoltan Varga to reach 3/3.
In the 4th round the top overseas players did get some of their own back, with GM Vajda Levente stopping Solomon's charge, GM Sethuraman beating Dragicevic in a tough game, and Li Chao taking the point from Luke Li. However the effort of playing 4 rounds in 2 days is beginning to show, with a number of other games being drawn, including the game between GM Loek Van Wely and FM Junta Ikeda.
Round 5 is currently underway, with a number of crucial matchups on the top boards. You can follow the live action at the tournament website, and join in the discussion at the tournament live blog.

Smirnov,Anton (2194) - Lei,Tingjie (2232)
O2C Doeberl Cup Premier 2013 Canberra AUS (3.9), 29.03.2013


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