The first round of the City of Melbourne saw 24 players with games (a few players were unable to make it to the first round) & a number of very close games were played, with so much of the field rated over 1800 (21 of the 28 current entrants)! Although there were no wins by players in the bottom half of the pairings, Felix Wyss & Roger McCart held their higher rated opponents to draws in a round where some of the top seeds were lucky to escape with a point!
Players are still able to enter the tournament (entry is open until round 3) & should let me know (by email, or contact me via ChessChat or mobile) by Wednesday if they wish to be included in the round 2 pairings.
As usual, results are available on ChessChat.
This week's game sees David Beaumont play a speculative exchange sacrifice, and just when his attack appears to be running out of steam, disaster strikes for Chmiel!