The first round has started. All 20 programs are on the premises. Although this means only their operators as approximately half of the participants are playing remote.
The first participants were already waiting half an hour before the playing hall was open. And it is cold at the moment in the Netherlands. After the doors opened the playing hall had to be set up. And to prevent any problems with the remote machines over wifi we rolled out the cables. Therefore your reporter will take care when being online (e.g. photo's will be uploaded between the rounds as will the PGNs).
Before we we forget to mention, not all the programs are updated to a 2010 version. Kallisto is playing its 1997 Aegon version!! Most of the games seems to be regular wins, except maybe for the game Scaramanga - Deep Shredder where all spectators say its a draw. But it is still playing. Finally ended in a draw.
The first round pairing: