Saturday 15 April 2017

2017 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 2

The 2017 O2C Doeberl Cup got into full swing on Day 2, with the Major, Minor and Under 1200 players joining the Premier players. The extra players brought the total field up to 281 players, which is the second largest entry on record (311 in 2014 being hard to top).
After rounds 3 and 4 of the Premier, two players remain undefeated. GM Surya Ganguly (IND) defeated IM Igor Bjelobrk and GM Moulthun Ly, while GM Michal Krasenkow (POL) dispatched young Australian IM's Junta Ikeda and Anton Smirnov. Today's round 5 see them clash on board 1. Just behind the leading 2 are GM Zong Yuan Zhao (AUS) and defending Doeberl Cup champion IM James Morris (AUS). They play on the second board in this mornings round.
The Major started with the usual round 1 upsets. The top 5 seeds managed to score 50% against their lower rated opponents, and there were plenty of upsets further down. The Minor was a little less random, although Athena Hathiramani scored a nice round 1 win over 5th seed Bill Egan.
Today's round starts at 9:30 am (and is already underway as I type this), with this afternoons action starting at 3pm (for Major, Minor and Under 1200), and 3:30pm (for the Premier). The Doeberl Lightning is also on today, starting at 7:30pm this evening, and a capacity entry of 120 players is expected.

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