Saturday 9 March 2019

2019 ACT Chess Championship - Day 1

The 2019 ACT Chess Championship is underway, attracting a field of 34 players. This seems to be the magic number for this event, as the last few years has seen similarly sized fields.
Top seed in the tournament is FM Michael Kethro, and he was made to work for his point by Erik Jochimsen. Eventually a favourable ending for Kethro was reached and he was able to convert by running Jochimsen out of moves. One of the more exciting games of the tournament was between Victor Braguine and Kamrin Aliyev on board 3. Aliyev had a stronger position, while Braguine had greater attacking chances. In time trouble Aliyev missed Braguines attacking plan and was forced to resign when faced with unstoppable mate.
There were a couple of upsets on the lower boards with Darryl Chan beating Yizhen Diao, and junior player Fahim Vidyattama drawing with veteran Bill Egan.
Tomorrows round begins at 10am and games from the top 4 boards are being broadcast live. All the results, pairings and live links can be found at

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