Sunday 9 April 2023

2023 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 3

 After the tournament started with a few upsets (and semi-upsets), the last few rounds have seen the top seeds reclaim their spots at the top of the Premier. GM Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) and GM Temur Kuybokarov lead on 5.5/6, and will face each other in Round 7. In outright 3rd on 5/6 is more of a surprise, with FM Dusan Stojic getting there by beating IM Junta Ikeda and GM Samy Shoker in rounds 5 and 6. On 4.5 is large pack of players, including local (ACT) players, IM Rishi Sardana and FM Fred Litchfield. 

The Major, Minor and Mini events are well underway, although the large fields see a number of players at the top. The 2 day Under 1200 tournament was completed yesterday with Unrated Benjamin Rathjen scoring 6/6. Under the rules for this event, he picked up the Best Unrated player prize, while Nicholas Lee picked up the first place trophy with 5.5/6 

IM James Morris scored a perfect 9/9 to win the $500 in the Kinford Consulting Doeberl Cup Blitz, once again employing the "Wing Dings" opening to great effect. A record field of 180 players took part in the tournament, which did not finish until midnight!


Shane Lawson said...

What's the "Wing Dings” chess opening?

Shaun Press said...

1.a4 2.h4 (or 1 .. a5 2 .. h5 by black)