Wednesday, 2 March 2011

2011 ANU Masters - Round 4

The 2011 ANU Masters now has joint leaders after FM Junta Ikeda defeated (IM) Andrew Brown in their round 4 game. The opening was a Queens Indian, and at first Brown looked better with the two bishops and more space on the queenside. However Ikeda struck back in the centre, and eventually trapped Brown's queen after it went on a pawn grabbing excursion.
Alana Chibnall broke her duck for the tournament with a win over Peter Pullicino. Her choice of a closed sicilian resulted in better posted pieces, which was enough to win the ending. Ian Rout defeated Adrian De Noskowski after the latter seemed to lose control of the position early on. Rout won material with a nice tactic and quickly converted it into a mating attack.
There are a couple of deferred games from the early rounds of this event but at the moment Ikeda and Brown share the lead on 3/4, with Andrey Bliznyuk on 2.5/4

Brown,Andrew (2175) - Ikeda,Junta (2262) [E15]
2011 ANU Masters (4), 02.03.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.0-0 Bxd2 9.Bxd2 Be4 10.Qc3 d6 11.Rac1 Nbd7 12.Rfd1 Qe7 13.b4 Rfc8 14.a4 h6 15.Bh3 a5 16.b5 c6 17.Qa3 c5 18.dxc5 Nxc5 19.Bf4 Rd8 20.Nd2 Bb7 21.f3 Rac8 22.Nb3 Nxb3 23.Qxb3 d5 24.Qe3 dxc4 25.Qxb6 Nd5 26.Qxa5 Qc5+ 27.Kf1 c3 28.Rd3 Ra8 29.Rcxc3 Qf8 30.Qxd8 Rxd8 31.Bc7 Rc8 32.Rxd5 Bxd5 33.e4 Qb4 34.Rc1 Bc4+ 0-1

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