Thursday 21 January 2016

IM Junta Ikeda wins 2016 ACT Lightning

IM Junta Ikeda has won the 2016 ACT Lightning Championship with a perfect 9 from 9. In second place on 8/9 was Michael Kethro, who is cementing his reputation as a rising force in ACT chess. He lost to Ikeda but a win over IM Andrew Brown was enough to keep hold of the runners up prize. IM Andrew Brown took outright third, losing only to the players above him.
A good turn out of 30 players contested the 9 round event. There were no disputes at all in the event, and on the few occasions I (as the arbiter) had to make a ruling, both players were happy to accept the outcome.
This event is the traditional start of the chess year in Canberra, with the next big event being the FDIE rated ACT Championships, starting on the 12th of February.

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