The Australian Junior Chess Championships finished today, and both the Open winner and Girls winner scored a perfect 9/9. IM Ari Dale took out the title of 2016 Australian Junior Champion, finishing two points ahead of 2nd place Tom Maguire. Dale also won the Australian Junior Lightning with 10.5/11, so over 20 games of chess he dropped a single half point.
In the Girls Championship Zhi Lin Guo also scored 9/9, 2 points ahead of Alanna Chew Lee. The lower age groups were more closely contested, with a number of dramatic final round games, at least based on the score tables.
The numbers for the event were comparable to last years tournament in Canberra, and I'm assuming that the organisers were happy with how it went. I'm not sure where next years event is scheduled to be held, but wherever it is I expect another large and enthusiastic turn out.