With the last round 2 match decided this morning, we can now work out the draw for Wednesday’s third round.
In the battle of the two rusty players, Kevin May had reached a reasonable middlegame against Brendan Cuffe when rather uncharacteristically just hanging a knight. That means he joins Eddie and Ciarán as the rather unlikely trio of zeroes after round 2 – which of course means some fairly tough games at the bottom!
It’s tough at the top as well, where John and Gerry clash on board 1 in the highest-rated game since the competition’s return. The top three games all include players in the top ten seeds, while Dylan is lurking on board 4 after getting off the mark last week.
The draw in full is –
|1||Gerry O’Connell||2000||v||4||John Healy||1851|
|3||Zdravko Manojlovic||1864||v||8||Kevin Burke||1663|
|5||Mariusz Lokasto||1755||v||10||Dave Willow||1628|
|7||Dylan Boland||1667||v||23||Liam Kelly||1111|
|11||Ross Beatty||1617||v||20||Desmond Beatty||1241|
|15||Anastasija Manojlovic||1459||v||12||Mihailo Manojlovic||1574|
|18||Stephen Cunningham||1377||v||13||Brendan Cuffe||1499|
|25||Des Carroll||1006||v||14||Odhrán McDonnell||1479|
|6||Ciarán Mahon||1702||v||19||Denis Dempsey||1249|
|21||William Kenny||1197||v||24||Seán Devilly||1107|
|9||Ciarán Ruane||1662||v||26||Frank Kelly||672|
|17||Kevin May||1400||v||16||Eddie Gahan||1402|