Sunday, 30 March 2014

2014 ACT Championship - Final Day

The 2014 ACT Championship once again saw a dramatic finish with tournament leader FM Junta Ikeda and IM Andrew Brown finishing in a tie for first, and sharing the title. Ikeda took a one point lead into the final round but was upset by a determined Victor Braguine, allowing Brown to catch up after a quick win over Stephen Priest. Going into the last game Braguine was not confident of his chances, but after Ikeda declined an early draw offer, Braguine's 'nothing to lose' attitude helped him gain the upper hand, with a lead in material and a better position. Braguine kept the resulting position under control, and was rewarded with an upset win.
Braguines win moved him to outright third, with Andrey Bliznyuk, Jeff Suptut, and Brian Butler sharing fourth place. Suptut picked up the Under 1800 prize, while Siddhant Badrinarayan was the best U/1200 player with an impressive 5/9.
Final standings and gaes can be download from

Ikeda,Junta (2338) - Braguine,Victor (1775) [B06]
2014 ACT Championship Canberra, Australia (9.1), 30.03.2014

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