Thursday, 8 March 2012

2012 ANU Masters Week 5

It was a night for upset victories in the 5th round of the 2012 ANU Masters. With Junta Ikeda away in Vietnam, IM Andrew Brown took the opportunity to join him on 4 points with a win against Miles Patterson, the only result that went according to rating. Ethan Derwent made it two wins in a row after beating an out of sorts Sam Grigg. The pairing of WIM Arianne Caoili and Jeremy Reading brought together two TV stars (Dancing with the Stars, Beauty and the Geek), with Reading winning a game when Caoili misplayed her attack. In the longest game of the night, Martijn Van de Pol used the London System with great effect to bet Andrey Bliznyuk. After sacrificing a pawn in the middle game, Van de Pol had enough weak points to target, winning back the pawn and taking a clear advantage into the ending. There were a couple of stalemate tricks to avoid at the death but once they were avoided Bliznyuk had no choice but to resign. After 5 rounds Ikeda and Brown share the lead on 4 points, although Ikeda has played one less game. With his win last night Van de Pol moves into a share of third with Miles Patterson on 3 points.

Van de Pol,Martijn - Bliznyuk,Andrey (2205)
2012 ANU Masters Canberra AUS (5), 07.03.2012

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