Congratulations to IM Russell Dive for winning the North Island Championship.
Russel Won his first 6 straight games beating his main rivals FM Bob Smith and Michael Steadman. Zhang was able to hold Dive to a draw in round 7 and in round 8 Goodhue was offered a half point present, ensuring first place.
The field had a reasonable 31 entries but was boosted by many strong players over 2000. 5 of the top 11 players in the country made it.