FM Daniel Fernandez fresh from his impressive performance at the Sidney International Open started confidently enough with a draw against IM Sithuru Nathaniel. Sithuru playing White, opened with a provocative 2. h4 in response to Daniel’s Modern defence. Daniel kept his cool and steered the game into calm waters.
Major exchanges led the game into a R+B+3P ending with the Bishop being opposite colours. Sithuru managed to exchange off the opposite colour Bishop and even won an extra pawn in the process. However the resulting Rook and pawn endgame was drawish. The game ended in a draw shortly.