Saturday 21 December 2013

2013 ACT Rapidplay Championship

The last ACT Chess Association event of the year, the 2013 ACT Rapidplay Championship, was held today. Once again it was held outdoors, under the shade of the trees outside King O'Malley's in the centre of Canberra.
The event attracted 31 players, with the containing a mix of rapidplay veterans, up and coming junior players, and a few  old hands making a return after a number of years. As previous winners like GM David Smerdon, IM Andrew Brown and FM Junta Ikeda were out of town, it was a wide open event.
After 7 rounds, Wenlin Yin emerged as the winner on 6.5. In second place was Roger Farrell on 6 (only losing to Yin), with Willis Lo and Harry Press tied for third on 5/7. Aelfric Gardiner-Garden returned from a year away from chess to win the Under 1700 prize, while the Under 1000 prize was shared between Blair Morris, Ryan Harder, Daniel Kent, and William Rumley (just 7 years old!), on 3 points. Special mention should also go to Steven Sengstock, who bounced back from a very serious bike accident a couple of months ago, to finish on 4.5, losing only to the first and second place getters.

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