Sunday, 13 November 2011

ACT Under 14 Championship - The POTUSA edition

The ACT Junior Chess League run a number of weekend events at the Campbell High School in Canberra, Australia. It is nice roomy venue, located close to centre of the city, and right next to the Australian War Memorial.
The ACT Under 14 Championship was being held there this weekend, but under slightly different circumstances. Soon after the tournament began a number visitors appeared, inspecting other buildings in the area. It was also helpfully suggested we move out cars from the school car park. Then on Sunday a number of workmen turned up to engage in a very rapid, and noisy, beautification project. Now while I'd love to say it was because of the chess tournament (and if it was I'd tell them to quiet it down a bit), I suspect it may have more to do a certain visitor who is scheduled to make an appearance this coming week.
As for the chess, Stuart Mason won the event in a playoff against Michael Kethro. Mason's win was built on the ability to hang on in difficult positions, turning 3 games on the second day where he was clearly worse in 1 win and 2 draws. A couple of  lower rated players also had excellent tournaments with Michael Searle and Donghoon Shin scoring big upsets against a couple of top seeds.

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