Thursday, 2 January 2020

2020 Australian Chess Championship - Day 1

The 2020 Australian Chess Championship is under, with the first round throwing up few surprises. Most game went according to seeding, with only the Kargosha - Wallis and Puccini - Ng games ending in a draw. Top seed GM Temur Kuybokarov played a very nice game against FM Jason Hu, with Hu resigning on move 25. Most of the other games went for longer than that, but despite some determined resistance, the top seeds triumphed 9-1.
There was a slightly different story in the Reserves tournament. With a field of 106 players, there was a greater chance of at least 1 upset, and this turned out to be the case. Second seed Kevin Sheldrick lost to Sydney veteran Mark Baterowicz, while 6th seed Angelito Camer lost to Jason Pan. There were another 2 drawn games on the top 10 boards, showing how tough this event is likely to be.
Tomorrows round starts at 2pm, and all the games from the Championship will be broadcast on Chess24 (with a 30 minute delay). With a field of 21 players in the Championship, their are already some important games in round 2, with the Ikeda v Bjelobrk game being a particular highlight.

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