Jeff Sarwer leads the way at EPT Vilamoura

Jeff Sarwer leads the way at EPT Vilamoura

Thursday, 19 November 2009

A field of 186-players sat down for Day 1B of the latest EPT event in Portugal yesterday and at the close of play there was a familiar face at the top of the leader board. Anyone who followed the action at EPT Warsaw will be aware of Canada’s Jeff Sarwer who was chip leader for much of the final day in Poland. The chess master continued that excellent form in Vilamoura, dominating proceedings on the second opening day, eliminating ElkY and building a stack of 142,000.

Joining him at the head of the field are Swede Steffan Mattsson and Germany’s Vishal Pundjabi. Rob Yong finished the day fourth in chips with a stack of 123,300 leading a strong British contingent that includes John Eames, JP Kelly, Julian Thew, Ross Boatman and Praz Bansi who are all handily placed.

Some big names are already out of the running for the €404,793 first prize though. Huck Seed was the first big name to go. Peter Eastgate, Vanessa Rousso and Dario Minieri were unlucky enough to be sitting at the same table and all of them hit the rail by the end of level six.

287 players will return for Day 2, which starts at noon UK time.

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