Sunday, 5 January 2020

2020 Australian Championship - Day 4

Four rounds, four wins for GM Temur Kuybokarov at the 2020 Australian Championship. Today he played second seed IM Junta Ikeda, in his toughest pairing so far. After an even opening Ikeda began to drift a little in the middlegame before allowing a tactical shot on move 25 which gave Kuybokarov a winning position. Ikeda tried to hang on while short of time, but resigned soon after the first time control.
IM Brandon Clarke and IM Brodie McClymont share second place on 3 points, after both recorded wins today. They are followed by a large group of players on 2.5, including IM Stephen Solomon and FM's Chris Wallis and Michael Kethro.
Kuybokarov plays Clarke tomorrow, while McClymont plays Bjelobrk. Bjelobrk is one of three players who are still undefeated (Wallis being the third) and will provide a challenge to McClymont.

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