Saturday 11 March 2017

2017 ACT Championship - Day 1

A slightly larger than expected field turned up for the opening day of the 2017 ACT Championship. Top seed was IM Junta Ikeda, with IM Andrew Brown seeded second. The expected challenge to the top two from the rising generation of Canberra chess players unfortunately failed to materialise with some notable absences in the field. After Ikeda and Brown, the field contains a few solid 1800-200 rated players, but once again it may be a battle between the two IM's.
Most of the first round games went according to rating, but a couple of higher seeded players did go down. Glenn Ingham lost to Amol Kiran in a well played game, while Paul Dunn never recovered from dropping a piece in the opening. Otherwise, it was the usual top half v bottom half beatings, although it did take some players a long time to harvest the point.
The 2017 ACT Championship is a 7 round swiss with rounds 2-7 running over the next three days. Coverage of the event (including live games) can be found at

Badrinarayan,Siddhant (1481) - Ikeda,Junta (2395) [E14]
2017 ACT Championships Canberra AUS (1), 10.03.2017

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