Sunday, 29 July 2012

2012 ANU Open - Round 5

The 5th round of the 2012 ANU Open saw decisive results on the top 3 boards. GM Zong-Yuan Zhao beat Anton Smirnov on Board 1 while FM Max Illingworth defeated IM Moulthun Ly in a surprisingly short game. IM George Xie beat FM Junta Ikeda after Ikeda's attacking chances did not compensate for his material deficit. The three winners now lead the tournament on 4.5/5, with Dennis Ovcina and Giang Nguyen half a point back. Simon Ong is the outright leader in the Minor tournament after defeating Jason Gillard in Round 5. Harry Johnson recovered from his first round loss by winning his fourth game in succession to share third place with Erik Jochimsen and Brandon Lee. There are 2 rounds to play, and it is likely that both tournaments will be decided by last round clashes.

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