Sunday 14 December 2008

ACT Rapidplay Championship

Yesterday saw the holding of the 2008 ACT Rapidplay Championship, which normally in Australia is G/30m, but in this case was G/15m (NB this is the lower limit for Rapidplay chess according to FIDE. One second less and it become a Blitz event).
A healthy field of 25 players took part with the field around 50% adults and 50% juniors (for those who care about such things). The winner was top seed Endre Ambrus, who started the event with 6 wins and agreed to a short draw with Gus Korda in the last round. This results also secured second place for Gus, although he benefitted from an easier set of pairings as a couple of his results were mis-recorded, and only corrected after round 6!
There was a 4 way tie for third place, with Alana Chibnall proving you can DOP and play at the same time by being one of the players on 5 points.
In the picture are ACTCA President Dr Stephen Mugford in the foreground, Endre Ambrus in the middle, and Nick Beare at the back. (And yes, eagle eyed readers will notice that I have been inspired by the ClosetGrandmaster to try some B&W shots, although he is far better at chess photography than I will ever be).

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