Tapani Sammalvuo

In the second round the rating gaps got smaller and the games more interesting. The first grandmaster casualty was Bence Korpa from Hungary, who was outplayed by Tuomas Simola in an instructive Grünfeld Reversed. This was the kind of game all amateur players dream of in open tournaments!

Other notable results include Henrik Lönnqvist’s (2019) draw against FM Elham Abdrlauf and Sverre Lye’s (2009) draw against IM Alexander Mikhalevski who thus joined his brother GM Victor Mikhalevski on 1½ (the latter took a bye in the first round). Third round pairings promise a lot of excitement as titled players are finally starting to face each other.