Sunday 25 July 2021

2021 ACT Winter Open - Day 2

 Harry Press and Fred Litchfield share the lead at the end of the 2nd day of the 2021 ACT Winter Open, on 3.5/4. In round 3 they both defeated higher rated opponents and then drew their round 4 game yesterday evening. In round 3, the top 4 seeds were aired together, with Press playing IM Junta Ikeda, and FM Michael Kethro against Litchfield. Both games went down to increments (30s added for each move), before Press and Litchfield scored wins. 

Both Kethro and Ikeda bounced back with wins in the 4th round to be on 3/4, where they were joined by WFM Alana Chibnall, who defeated Sankeertan Badrinarayan in round 4. With 2 rounds left to play, Press and Litchfield are in the box seat(s), but the small size of the field means that they will still have to overcome strong opposition to take the $1000 1st prize.

In the Minor Donghoon Shin and Charles Huang share the lead with 4/4. They are closely followed by Lee Forace and Larry Cheng in 3.5. Shin and Huang meet in round 5, with either Forace or Cheng waiting in the wings for a round 6 showdown.

Full results and a link to the live games from the Open can be found at

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