The Biel International Chess Festival began last Saturday with a lone Aussie in the event. It is, of course, Victoria's Sarah Anton who is playing in the "General Tournament" section. After the first round, Sarah is so far on nil.
Another familiar name to Aussie chess fans, and very definitely to our friends in Malaysia, is none other than Mas Hafizuhelmi. The 2386-rated international master who is gunning to be his country's first GM is off to a good start with 3/3 in the "Master Tournament" section of the festival. In the third round yesterday, he scored a big upset by beating the 2520-rated and 14th seed Russian GM Mikhail Ulibin. That game isn't up on the site yet, but as soon as it becomes available we'll post it here.
Mas' next opponent will be a toughie in top seed GM Ivan Ivanisevic of Serbia.