Friday, 10 January 2020

2020 Australian Chess Championship - Day 7

GM Temur Kuybokarov recovered from his round 6 loss to defeat FM Jack Puccini in the 7th round of the 2020 Australian Chess Championship. Puccini looked to whipping up a strong attack against Kuybokarov's king, but one missed move was all Kuybokarov needed to escape the worst. With a draw on board 2 between IM Brodie McClymont and FM Chris Wallis, Kuybokarov has extended his lead out to a full point.
A win on board 3 to IM Igor Bjelobrk (against IM Brandon Clarke) moves him into a share of second place, and he is Kyubokarov's opponent in round 8. A win for Bjelobrk throws the tournament wide open with 3 rounds to play, while a loss leaves Kubokarov in the box seat for the title.
Further down the the table, Willis Lo has turned his tournament around, with his third win in succession. After starting with 0/3, he is now on 4/7, and may have a say in the tournaments final placings. Stirling Bayaca scored his first win of the tournament (against Clive Ng), while FM Jason Hu upset IM Stephen Solomon to move above 50%

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