Friday, 3 January 2014

2014 Australian Championship

The 2014 Australian Championship began today, with good numbers in all the tournaments. The Championship attracted a field of 42 players, which is probably one of the largest in recent memory. As with any restricted field event, upsets are more common, and there were a few today. Eddy Levi and David Castor dispatched IM's Goldenberg and Wohl, while IM Andrew Brown last to 2012 Reserves Champion Justin Penrose. There were also a few draws, the most notable being Domagoj Dragicevic drawing with GM Tu Hoang Thong, and Laurence Matheson drawing with GM Darryl Johansen.
The Reserves event has attracted a very impressive 93 players, including FM Doug Hamilton, who won his first Australian Championship 50 years ago. The shorter Challengers  event has 57 players, meaning that the entire event has a total of 192 players.
Tomorrow sees rounds 2&3 of each of the tournaments and you can keep up with the action (including live coverage of the top boards) from the tournament website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Australian championship is also broadcast at chessbomb with analysis on all games: