Thursday 25 February 2016

2016 ANU Masters Week 4

Three decisive games saw the field in the 2016 ANU Masters spread out a bit. At the halfway of the tournament Fred Litchfield and Andrey Bliznyuk now lead on 3/4, and their individual game may decide who finishes as champion.
Bliznuk defeated Harry Press, when the latter overlooked a knight being trapped on the queenside, and lost on time trying to work out a way to extricate it. Litchfield won a nice attacking game against Dillon Hathiramani which also featured an interesting opening plan.
Alana Chibnall scored her first win of the tournament, choosing 1.d4 against Victor Braguine, although it wasn't until Braguine missed a tactic in a block position that the game turned against him. Miles Patterson looked to have a slight edge against Adrian De Noskowski, but De Noskowski gained control of the open h file, and Patterson had to go on the defensive, although this was enough for a draw.

Litchfield,Frederick (2061) - Hathiramani,Dillon (1828)
2016 ANU Masters Canberra, Australia AUS (4.3), 24.02.2016

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