Sunday, 12 January 2020

2020 Australian Championship - Day 9

GM Temur Kuybokarov looks to have the 2020 Australian Championship Title all sewn up, after beating IM Stephen Solomon in round 9. In a tricky game, Solomon looked to have Kuybokarov on the back foot for most of it, but a running h pawn was enough for Kuybokarov to win.
He now leads the tournament by 1.5 points, and with only 2 rounds to play, is almost assured of 1st place. IM Junta Ikeda is now outright second on 6.5, after FM Jack Puccini beat IM Brodie McClymont. Ikeda scored a quick win over FM Jason Hu, and he and Puccini meet in round 10.
FM Michael Kethro has quietly moved up the field, and is now on 5/9, after beating fellow ACT player Willis Lo. Also on 5 points is Cameron McGowan, who has recovered from a poor start to win his last 3 games.
In the Reserves event, Kevin Sheldrick won his 8th game in a row to lead the chasing pack by a full point. He still has some tough opponents to face in the last 2 rounds, including Angelito Camer, who he plays in round 10.

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