A poster has just brought to our attention that Paragua is not, in fact, playing in the Dubai 2006 event. Now I know his name was there as Goran also saw it. GM Mariano, too, appears to have changed his mind and not turned up. Well who knows what happened to these two gentlemen?
But 12-year old sensation Wesley So is definitely playing. He is on 1 point. His round 2 assignment is IM Farrid Abbasov.
The Aussies Nur Yachou and Dusan Stojic, members of Box Hill Chess Club in Victoria, are currently on zero.