Sunday, 5 April 2015

2015 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2015 O2C Doeberl Cup Premier saw far less upsets, but there were still some scares for the top seeds. The fact that no player has reached 4 from 4 shows how tough the tournament is, with every point and half point being fought over. After top seed GM Loek Van Wely lost to IM Gary Lane in the 2nd round, all eyes turned to GM Weiqi Zhou. However determined defence by GM Daryl Johansen in their 4th round game resulted in a draw game, and 7 players on 3.5/4
While most of the GM's made their way back to the top after earlier difficulties, GM Surya Ganguly had another hiccup, losing the Justin Tan. New Zealand FM Luke Li also had a good finish to the day, beating IM Junta Ikeda.
The day also saw 2 rounds of the Major and the Minor. Just like the Premier, both tournaments saw a significant number of upsets. In fact the top 2 boards of the major were drawn, while there were a few other results that went against rating further down.

1 comment:

Theodore Katz said...

Day 3: Probably the most talked about player at the moment is the Nigerian national Oladoyin Fasakin as he shows the locals how to play by drawing solidly with Igor "Yellow Brick" Bjelobrk (try saying that name 5 times fast!)
In the Major the biggest disappointment has been FM Brian Jones who has been having great trouble beating local club players.