The Guy & Dusan show continues to roll on, with wins for the two leaders over Carl Gorka & Richard McCart respectively. Ari Dale moved into outright third place with a win over Jim Papadinis, although Jim had the better position for much of the game. No less than six players are a further point behind on 5/8, and are hoping Ari stumbles to grab a share of third place. As is usual in this event, there were a few upsets, with John Beckman beating Paul Kovacevic & Tanya Kolak beating Gary Bekker, while Jack Puccini managed to hold a draw against Justin Penrose in a tough rook ending.
As usual, results are on ChessChat.
This week, David Beaumont finally gets a run as 'game of the round' after his victory over Mehmedalija Dizdarevic. After employing the Sicilian Dragon, Beaumont played the speculative b5, followed not long afterwards by a thematic Rxc3 sacrifice. Although it looked like Dizdarevic had things under control, Beaumont managed to activate his bishop pair, while limiting Dizdarevic's rooks, winning a few pawns, which he pushed to create threats, before finally setting up a mating net, which could only be prevented with heavy loss of material.
Also a reminder for players that the final round is in 2 weeks time (November 12) due to next weekend's Cup Weekender.