Monday 31 May 2021

2021 ACT Chess Championship - IM Junta Ikeda 7/7

 IM Junta Ikeda has won his 7th ACT Chess Championship, with a apt score of 7 wins from 7 games. Having entered the final day leading on 5/5, he defeated Miles Patterson in the morning round, before beating Wenlin Yin in the last round to score 100%. Fred Litchfield also finished the day with 2 wins, to reach 6/7 and outright second place. There was a 5 way tie for third, with Wenlin Yin, CM Hui Li, Harry Johnson, Sankeerten Badrinarayan, and Saffron Archer all on 5 points. Johnson, Badrinarayan and Archer also shared the Under 1900 prize, while Archer was the best scoring junior.

Jame Minogue scored 4.5 to win the Under 1500 prize while Louis Serfontein scored 3.5 to be the best Under 1200. With a near record field of 52 players the ACTCA was able to offer over $2000 in prizes. Also notable was the number of players earning their first FIDE ratings, including 6 year old Dev Raichura, and 86 year old Thomas Mautner. 

Full results from the event can be found at along with a link to a replay of the top 4 boards from each round. The rest of the games will be available shortly (once the tournament arbiter types them in!)

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