Round 2 of the Malitis Memorial saw the first major upset of the tournament, with Ari Dale joining the infamous 'Richard Voon club' (yes, it even has its own Facebook group!), after going astray in a position where he appeared to have a clear edge. David Lacey & Garry Lycett also had wins to lead the tournament with Voon on 2/2. These players are followed by a large group of players on 1.5/2, which includes top seed Jesse Jager, as well as Sylvester Urban, John Dowling & Justin Penrose among others.
Richard McCart won the battle of brothers over Roger, even with Roger's birthday the following day!
As usual, results are available on ChessChat.
This week's game is Richard Voon's win over Ari Dale. After misplaying the opening, Ari obtains a clear edge, but Richard missed an golden opportunity to turn the tables with 33...Bg6. Ari then miscalculated the tactics, giving up his queen in the mistaken belief that he would promote a pawn & get a queen back. Richard then slowly pushed his advantage, finally checkmating Ari to seal the win.