88 people played in the first round of the August event. We haven't seen this large of a first night turn-out for about two years. Since we typically average six players registering at round two every month we may break 90 players for the second month in a row.
The Open section has 12 masters and so far has an average rating of 2223. If the average holds till the end of the month this will be the third time this year we've had a section average over 2200.
A new report was posted this week which lists all the events where a section averaged 2200 or above.