Wednesday 19 February 2014

2014 ANU Masters - Round 2

Round 2 of the 2014 ANU Masters saw IM Andrew Brown and Fred Litchfield extend their winning streaks to 2 games. In the first game to finish Brown found a nice tactical shot to leave Adrian De Noskowski in an awkward position. De Noskowski then allowed his king to become exposed, and Brown was able to use the subsequent mating attack to win large amounts of material.
Litchfield defeated Wenlin Yin when Yin unwisely allowed Litchfield to exchange his queen for two rooks. Yin's king was trapped in a corner, and the two rooks quickly formed a mating net. In the third game of the night Andrey Bliznyuk defeated Alana Chibnall after she vacillated between attack and defence. At first it looked as though the game was going to be a race between attacks on opposite wings, but Chibnall chose the wrong moment to go on the defence, and Bliznyuk quickly overran her position.
After 2 rounds Brown and Litchfield lead the tournament on 2 points. However FM Junta Ikeda has a chance to catch them, as he currently has 2 games in hand.

Litchfield,Frederick (1898) - Yin,Wenlin (1941)
2014 ANU Masters Canberra AUS (2.1), 19.02.2014

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