Andrey Bliznyuk continued his good run of recent form with a win in the 2010 ANU Chess Club Masters. This 10 player round robin was designed to provide a more serious chess tournament for ANU club members and to allow some players to earn FIDE ratings.
Bliznyuk finished a comprehensive winner, on 8/9. He went through the tournament undefeated, conceding 2 draws, in the first and last rounds. In second place 2 points back was Adrian De Noskowski who started the tournament with 4 wins before a run of three losses brought him back to the field. However 2 wins to finish the event left him half a point in front of Miles Patterson and Emma Guo.
While most of Bliznyuk's victories were fairly lengthy affairs, his win over third placed Emma Guo was a more dynamic effort. After gaining an advantage out of opening Bliznyuk sacrificed his queen for a rook, a piece, and a couple of strong pawns. However in trying to gain time on the clock he inadvertently repeated the position 3 times, and was fortunate that his opponent made her move before realising she could have claimed a draw. Having missed her chance, Guo found she faced too many threats and walked into a mate.
Guo,Emma (1958) - Bliznyuk,Andrey (2193)
2010 ANU Masters (8), 15.04.2010
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