Orlov - Epishin Needing 3.5 out of 4 (including games against the three GMs), for a GM norm, Orlov pushed hard with White, but the passed d-pawn became a burden to defend, and Black's exposed king became an active king.
Ivkov + Herder The GM worried the annoying weakness at a6 until it became a festering sore and eventually it fell.
Vetemaa - Donaldson Needing to win the rest of his games for a GM norm (and it is not clear how he will play the opponents he needs to attain the required Category 7), Donaldson eked a tiny advantage out of the opening. Observers stated that Vetemaa could have drawn by continuing to defend the a6-pawn from behind, but he tricked himself into defending it from the side.
Gligoric + Gibney The knights never got going. An interesting sideplay was all the rooks on the knight files.
|4.5-2.5||Orlov, Gligoric, Fullbrook, Harmon, Heinola,|
|4-3||Basanta, Herder, Milicevic,|
|4.5-2.5||Desquieu, Krzyzowski, Chranowski, Medalen|
|4-3||Kruger, Caluza, Firor, Davies, Hardy|
Players in bold are in the Under-1700 section. Although the sections are paired together (until the last three rounds, when they will be paired separately), the prize funds are separate. The table now shows this separation.
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