Whilst the ‘Super Sixteen’ has now started, with many of the World’s top players competing (including Anand, Kramnik, Caruana, Gelfand, Polgar, as well as England’s Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Nigel Short and Gawain Jones), the FIDE Open has progressed to Round 5. In accordance with the rules of the Open, the two top players after four rounds (Sutovsky and Istratescu) have moved to the ‘Super Sixteen’, where they have to learn to adapt quickly to Rapidplay chess.
Meanwhile, the FIDE Open continues, with 180+ participants remaining. The only Suffolk player entered is 16-year old Silas Peck, from Ipswich. A brave decision to enter such a strong event, Silas has faced higher-graded opposition in his first four games, scoring only one draw. In Round 5, today, he has been paired against one of the few players lower-rated than him. The result(s) will be posted soon here. (Edit: Silas won!)