Friday 26 June 2009

Canberran's Win Oceania Zonals

Sometimes the press releases just write themselves. Having saluted David Smerdon's GM title just last week, expect a new round of local publicity (in Canberra at least) with both David and Arianne Caoli winning the Open and Womens Oceania Zonals.
Smerdon won the Open Zonal by a full point, scoring 7.5/9 with 7 wins, one draw (with GM Zong Yuan Zhao) and one loss (to Igor Bjelobrk). Caoli went half a point better, scoring 8/9, conceding draws to IM Irina Berezina and Sarah Anton (in the final round).
David went into the final round holding a half point over the chasing pack, and wrapped up first place with a smooth victory over Tomek Rej.

Smerdon,D - Rej,T [C45]
Oceania Zonal, 26.06.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 Qxf3 7.gxf3 bxc6 8.Be3 Bxe3 9.fxe3 Ne7 10.Nc3 0-0 11.f4 d6 12.Rg1 f5 13.Bc4+ Kh8 14.e5 dxe5 15.0-0-0 Ng6 16.Rd3 e4 17.Rd2 Nh4 18.Rgd1 g6 19.Rd8 Kg7 20.Rxf8 Kxf8 21.Rd8+ Ke7 22.Rh8 h5 23.Ba6 Nf3 24.h3 Kf6 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Bxc8 g5 27.Ne2 Nh2 28.Ng3 g4 29.Nxh5+ Kg6 30.Ng3 1-0

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