Sunday 4 April 2021

2021 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 4

 Just as the end of daylight savings caused us to lose an hour of daylight (not really so don't write in), the 2021 O2C Doeberl Cup has caused me to lose a day of blogging.

Yesterday saw a couple of players in the Premier (Bobby Cheng and Justin Tan) establish what looked like insurmountable leads, only to be reeled back in in this mornings round. Wins by Daniel Fernandez (over Cheng) and Temur Kuybokarov (over Tan) left these 4 players tied for first on 5.5/7. Fernandez then beat Kuybokarov in round 8 to take the lead on 6.5/8, but was joined by Tan, who beat IM Junta Ikeda. 

So the final round sees FM Jack Puccini (6) playing Tan on Board 1, while Fernandez is up against Melkumyan on board 2. As the winning score must be at least 7/9, the only other player with a chance of first is Cheng, who is up against one of the tournament surprises, Roger Farrell. 

In the Major (Under 2000), Aiden brady and Dylan Siow Lee share the lead on 5.5/6 and play each other tomorrow morning. In the Minor, Tedric Li holds a one point lead, but with 7 players tied behind him on 5, will need to get something from his round 7 game to ensure 1st place.

There were also a couple of completed events on Day 3, with Charles Huang winning the Under 1200 tournament with 6/6. The popular Kinford Consulting Blitz also attracted a large field of 137 players, with Ben Harris scoring an impressive 8.5/9 to take the top prize.

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