International News Today - August 27, 2012

In what might be a record for Canada, two players finished =1st in strong International tournaments over the weekend.

IM Eric Hansen finished in a three way tie for first in the Isthmia tournament, achieving his 1st GM norm.

Meanwhile, GM Kevin Spraggett finished in a six way tie for first in the Sants tournament, and should go back over 2600 with his result.

Round 1 of the Olympiad starts tomorrow. In the Open, Canada is paired with Haiti, while the Women go up against Aruba. Match scoring is used, and there should be few upsets in this round.

I'll try to keep round by round updates flowing.