Saturday 27 July 2013

2013 ANU Open - Day 1

The first day of the 2013 ANU Open ended with an outright leader in the Open and and 5 way tie for first in the Under 1600. IM Andrew Brown was the top seed for the Open and lived up to his ranking by winning all 4 games. He started with a win over Matthew Bennet, and then followed it up with victories over Sally Yu, Fedja Zulfic and FM Luis Sanchez. In second place is Donato Mallari, who scored 3 wins and a draw, picking up a couple of points from very dubious positions.
In the Minor (Under 1600), 5 players share the lead. Nick Bear, Shannon Vuglar, Caleb Eriksson, Curtis Perry and Jo Mason all finished the day on 3.5.
The tournament initially attracted a similar sized field to last year, but curiously a number of registered players failed to show up. The other strange thing about this years numbers is that the size of the two tournaments has almost flipped from last year, with the Open attracting 29 players (down from 52) and the Minor attracting 51 players (up from 36 last year).
Current standings from both events, as well as a provisional draw for Round 5 can be found here, at the ANU Club website.

Brown,Andrew - Yu,Sally
2013 ANU Open Canberra (2.1), 27.07.2013

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