Saturday 29 May 2021

2021 ACT Chess Championship - Round 1

 The 2021 ACT Chess Championship has moved from it's traditional Canberra Day long weekend (in March), to the Reconciliation Day long weekend (in May). On the one hand this has seen a big increase in entries (52 players), but on the other, a few of the stronger players have had to give it a miss due to university exams.

With a large field, the chances of first round upsets was diminished, and in fact there were none in the first round. The top sees went 23-0, although Fred Litchfield had to work hard to overcome a determined James Minogue. Cam Cunningham was another who put up a good fight (against WFM Alana Chibnall), but his habitual time trouble once again caused problems.

The results from the first round, as well as a link to the live broadcast of the top 4 games, can be found at tournament runs for another 3 days (finishing on Monday 31st May), with rounds at 10am and 2:30pm Canberra time.

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