Monday, 17 January 2011

2011 Australian Junior Championship

The choice of a new format for the Australian Junior Championship seems to have paid off with a large turnout for this years event. Adopting the system used in the World Age Championships, each age title (Under 18, 16 14, etc) has a separate tournament (open and girls). The other change is to hold the younger events over the a shorter time fame, with only the under 16's and 18's running for the full length of the tournament.
After 4 rounds of the Under 18 pen, top seed Bobby Cheng leads with 4/4. He is followed by a large group of players on 3/4. One of those players is the sole ACT representative in the tournament Yi Yuan. While he has yet to play Cheng, he did demolish another of the top seeds, IM James Morris in round 3.

Yuan,Yi - Morris,James [B00]
Australian Junior , 16.01.2011

1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Bb5 a6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.h3 Bh5 8.Qe2 e6 9.g4 Bg6 10.Nh4 d5 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.0-0-0 g5 15.h4 gxh4 16.f4 c5 17.exd5 cxd4 18.dxe6 0-0 19.Ne4 fxe6 20.g5 Be7 21.Rxh4 Qd5 (D)
22.Rh8+ Kf7 23.Qh5+ g6 24.Qh7+ Ke8 25.Nf6+ Bxf6 26.Rxf8+ 1-0

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