One of the biggest tournaments in Australia began yesterday - the Australian Open. Disappointingly, however, this year's edition has suffered from a very poor turnout. Just 58 players are participating. Canadian GM Mark Bluvshtein is top seed for the event.
First round results are already available. Nothing special there except for a handful of draws and an upset. On board 11 Queenslander Alex Jule held the 2189-rated Malcolm Tredinnick to a draw. Our keen readers will remember that Alex was the giant killer in Queenstown, New Zealand earlier this year where she downed local IM Russell Dive.
Speaking of New Zealand, Kiwi visitor Hilton Bennett, who sports an ACF rating of 1983, lost out to West Australian Marc Vlietstra (ACF 1735).
The organisers have promised regular bulletins as well as live games broadcast.