Sunday 3 April 2022

2022 Dubbo Open - Day 1

 The 2022 Dubbo Open has attracted a good field of 37 players. The top 2 seeds are Cameron McGowan and FM Michael Kethro, with a solid field of 1750-2000 rated players making up the next 7 seeds. 

After the first 3 rounds, McGowan, Kethro and WFM Alana Chibnall lead with 3/3. Close behind on 2.5 are WFM Kristine Quek, WIM Biljana Dekic and Kye Walls. The round 4 pairings see McGowan play Kethro on the top board, with Dekic v Chibnall on board 2.

After the 3rd round the traditional time handicap blitz event was held. Players were given a time bonus/penalty based on their rating, meaning that higher rated players might start with only 2 or 3 minutes on their click (versus their opponents 5). The handicapping system worked pretty well this year, with a 4 way tie for 1st. Lee Forace emrged as the winner on tie-break, ahead of WFM Alana Chibnall, Patrick Christie and Braiden Cox, after they all scored 4/5.

Scores and pairing for the tournament can be found here

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