Sunday, 30 November 2008

2008 Vikings Weekender - Final Results

Junta Ikeda was the outright winner of the 2008 Vikings Weekender, after scoring 3 straight wins on day 2 to finish the event on 5.5 points out of 6. Close behind on 5 points were Yi Yuan, Vladimir Smirnov, Endre Ambrus and Ramakrishna.
Ikeda and Max Illingworth shared the lead going into the final round, with Ikeda's king side attack deciding the $500 first prize.
The day got off to an exciting start with Andrew Brown upsetting top seed Endre Ambrus in round 4 to take the lead on 4/4. Brown then lost to Ikeda in Round 5, with Ikeda and Illingworth (after defeating Andrey Bliznyuk) moving into first. The size of the field meant that their were crucial last round games on the top 5 boards, as up to 6 players could take a share of first prize, depending on the results.
The Under 1400 section saw a 4 way tie, between Anton Smirnov, Mario Palma, Shanon Vuglar and Megan Setiabudi. The Under 1000 section was shared between Stuart Mason and Willis Lo, Matt Radisich was the best Unrated, while Max Illingworth received some consolation by winning the best junior prize.
Overall the tournament was a big success, with the increased size of the field allowing the organisers to increase the prize fund by $600, from $1100 to $1700. While the field was almost entirely local (only 4 interstate players entered), it was a nice mix of adult (25) and junior (33) players. Importantly there were a number of older juniors (ie over 16) taking part, showing that not all players of this age are inclined to take a very early retirement.
Thanks to the Tuggeranong Chess Club for organising the event, especially Michael Whitely, John Petersons, and Jim Flood.
Crosstables etc can be found here.

Ikeda,J - Illingworth,M [A13]
Vikings Weekender ICCF, 30.11.2008

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