The Wellington Open is now under way at the CQ Hotel in Cuba Street.
After 2 rounds, the leaders are Russell Dive, Anthony Ker, Nic Croad, Layla Timergazi and Jack James.
Highlight of round one was certainly Michael Steadman v Michael Sole where the young Wellingtonian beat the experienced Auckland FM with black in 17 moves.
Round 3 is playing as I write with the crucial games James v Dive, Ker v Croad and Timergazi v MacDonald still being fought out.
Full results here: