Before the games began, tournament organiser Paul Cavezza welcomed the players to the tournament & shared some anecdotes about both Andrew & Hannibal, who died tragically earlier in the year.
The first round of the tournament saw a few upsets, with Gary Lin beating John Nemeth & Jack Hughes beating Malcolm Pyke. Marko Grabovac, Cheng Dai & Alex Saint also managed to draw against their higher rated opponents.
Jason Chan looked to be in the game early against GM Miezis, but all the tactics worked for the GM
Round 1 underway in the main playing hall
IM James Morris filled in for round 1 so that there was no bye ... and added an impromptu coaching session afterwards for his opponent