The 2016 O2C Doeberl Cup officially begins tomorrow, but the first tournament of the Easter weekend actually took place this evening. The ANU Chess Club organised the pre-Doeberl Lightning tournament, which attracted a solid field of 25 players. Top seed was GM Hrant Melkumyan, who dominated the event with 9 wins from 9 games. His win over IM Max Illingworth in round 4 was the key result for the tournament, and he kept that full point lead over Illingworth all the way to the end. A trio of Canberra players tied for third place, with Victor Braguine, Eugene Konovalov and Mus Banu all scoring 6.
While there were no prizes in the fun event, the win my Melkumyan entitled him to pick his first round colour for the main event. He duly chose white, meaning the players with odd seeding numbers also get White. Full pairings for the first round of the Premier can be found here.
All the action kicks off at 1pm tomorrow, with the evening round at 7. Live coverage of the top boards (on 30 minute broadcast delay) plus full results can be found at www.doeberlcup.com.au