Saturday, 26 July 2014

2014 ANU Open - Day1

The 2014 ANU Open began today, with a much smaller field than last year. Of course the top section was affected by an upcoming tournament in Norway, but I am not sure why numbers are down by 25%.
The Open started with 19 players, and is already looking like a tough affair. Top seed IM Andrew Brown finished the first day on 4/4, after dispatching his closest rivals. His round 3 win over 2nd seed FM Endre Ambrus was probably the critical game of the day, with a tactical skirmish ending with a killer night fork.
Ambrus still holds a share of second, along side 3rd seed Jonas Muller. Muller dropped a point to Wenlin Yin, but bounced back with a 4th round win over Fred Litchfield.
In the Minor event, Dillon Hathiramani and Kayleigh Smith lead with 4/4. Smith, a last minute entrant, said her main goal was not to lose all her games, so clearly she has met that goal! There a 9 players behind them on 3/4, so a win for either in tomorrows round 5 clash will make the the clear favourite to take out first place.
At the web page for the 2014 ANU Open, you can find both the results, and replayable games from the early rounds. Results for the 2014 ANU Minor can also be found, although no games as yet.

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