Thursday, 17 March 2016

2016 ANU Masters Week 7

Although the final round of the 2016 ANU Masters has been played, one unplayed game could still affect the eventual winner. As it stands Miles Patterson is the winner of the tournament, with 4.5/7. However Alana Chibnall has a chance to tie for first if she can beat Andrey Bliznyuk on Monday.
The chances of this are a little better than usual as Bliznyuk both lost to Patterson in last nights round, and lost to Fred Litchfield the night before in his catch up game. As a result Bliznyuk's tournament chances went south, while Patterson reached 4.5/7, which is good enough for first place.
Litchfield's chance's of winning the tournament were undone by a resurgent Chibnall, who scored her third win in succession. She found a nice tactic to win a pawn in the middlegame, but some inexact endgame play by both players gave Litchfield a chance to salvage a draw. However he missed one final idea in the position and Chibnall won.
Harry Press ended his tournament with a draw against Dillon Hathiramani while Victor Braguine inflicted Adrian de Noskowski's first loss after finding mating attack with just a queen and rook on the board.

Bliznyuk,Andrey (2093) - Patterson,Miles (1953)
2016 ANU Masters Canberra, Australia AUS (7.3), 16.03.2016

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