1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. d4 d6 6. c4 c5 7. d5 b5 8. cxb5 1-0
It's a line that's been around since the 1940's and recently witnessed in the game, Nikolic - Burg, Noteboom Memorial 2009, 1-0. Over on his live commentary, GM Rogers let us all in on the story.
By the way, not so long ago Caoili's main rival Irina Berezina was handed a free point when her opponent, Sue Maroroa, could not handle being asked not to talk to her boyfriend (GM Jones) during the game and resigned in tears on move 8. Sue had been playing well this tournament but it is amazing that a player would expect to be allowed to leave the playing hall to chat with anybody during a Zonal tournament.
Later during my live blog session, GM Gawain Jones confirmed this by saying, "Sue's okay. The [was] someone [who] had complained to the arbiters about us "talking" (cheating e.t.c) and said that she was not allowed to talk to me which upset her. Unfortunately after this she wasn't able to concentrate but hope to be back tomorrow."
In another incident players were left bemused when suddenly, in the midst of all that silent concentration, a sound, as if like a tweeting bird to me but apparently more like an aeroplane to IM Gary Lane, slowly but steadily grew from a low noise to a full-throated crescendo! Joselito Marcos, you naughty boy!
Instant death, we all thought. Nope, not for Marcos. The arbiter on duty at the time, Gary Bekker, at first issued only a warning. A warning? The rules are absolutely clear cut: no mercy. Thus, after a few more minutes, Mr Bekker returns to Marcos (who was by now actually seriously considering his next move and possibly thinking that he was a lucky sod) and tells the PNG player the real deal. Sorry mate, you're out!
The first game today will feature a most unexpected name on board 3, FM James Morris of Melbourne. At the half way mark he is undefeated on 3.5 points after posting two straight victories yesterday against more fancied players, Steadman and Ly. Morris' first assignment this morning will be IM Gary Lane.
Down on board 6, the 3-IM norm holder FM Greg Canfell will be seeking to make amends after losing last night to GM Zhao. Greg seemed quite upset about that setback so hopefully he's cleared his head for today's battles.