|Berkeley International Begins with Upsets
|December 14, 2008
4 seed GM Josh Friedel's preview from last week , the official website for pairings , and watch the games live on the Internet Chess Club. (Finger EastBay08 for games) The event is a ten round Swiss, and the games are at 5 PM EST daily.
The Berkeley International began on Sunday 5 PM EST with five Grandmasters and many GM hopefuls. Check out #
The first round saw many upsets, with FMs Marc Esserman and Daniel Rensch defeating GM Josh Friedel and GM Vinay Bhat. There were also several "upset draws", although with a couple hundred rating difference in many boards, it's debatable if those really count as upsets. Izoria and Pruess drew on board one, while New York Knights team-mates Irina Krush and Iryna Zenyuk also drew.
Round 1 Game Highlights