The Premier Section of the 2017 O2C Doeberl Cup begins today. The pairings for the first round can be found at the tournament website, with the field reaching a somewhat fitting 64 players. As there is no acceleration in the pairings, there is a bit of a gap between the top half and bottom half, although there are still some interesting pairings. Normally first round upsets occur in the middle boards, so I would keep an eye on boards 10 to 15 if you do turn up to watch.
The first round begins at 1pm at University House, ANU, with live coverage on chess24.com Like last year there will be a slight delay on the broadcast, although it may not matter if you are watching from home. The evening round begins at 7pm, while the other 3 events (Major, Minor and Under 1200) all start on Friday.
I will be busy being an arbiter at the event, and I can never tell if that gives more more chances to blog, or less. I will try and keep the running coverage going, but it does depend on the workload of looking after 275 players.