The first round of the next Monday night tournament at Melbourne Chess Club got underway last Monday, with 21 players in attendance, with quite a large number of players unable to make it to the first evening (and taking half-point byes as a result). The top seeds for the event are Jesse Jager, Ari Dale, Sylvester Urban & John Dowling.
Ari is looking to continue his recent run of good results, as well as extending his lead in the MCC Grand Prix (he plans to head overseas later in the year, so will miss some events), but Jesse will be leading the charge to try to stop Ari from winning another event!
As usual, results from round 1 are available on ChessChat.
This week's game is between Sylvester Urban & Jack Puccini, which sees Jack win a pawn in the early middlegame, but Sylvester plays the rook ending actively to turn the tables, with multiple exchanges leading the players to agree to a draw.