Thai Ly was the judge for the MCC Open Brilliancy Prize, he had the following to say in awarding the prize:[I've gone] through the games and have decided upon awarding the MCC Open brilliancy prize to Mehmedalija Dizdarevic for his win against Tristan Krstevski in round 2 of the tournament.
Generally, there was no game that really stood out as being of high quality and exceedingly brilliant.
However, the winning game was a good tussle between white's attacking initiative and black's relatively stout defence and, while not perfect (black could have struggled on with 38...Rxg6 39. hxg6 Qg5), finished with a nice tactical flourish sequence of 39. Qg4 Rc6 40. Rxc6 bxc6 41. Qg6+!.
Honorable mentions went to the following games:
- Ray Yang's miniature 17 move win as black against Dizdarevic;
- Marcus Ogden's win against John Beckman; and
- David Lacey's win against Felix Wyss.