Sunday 19 December 2021

2021 ACTCA Rapidplay Championship

 The 2021 ACTCA Rapidplay Championship finished in a tie for 1st place between FM Michael Kethro and Harry Press (6/7). Kethro defeated Press in their individual game, but drew with CM Hui Li and Miles Patterson (in the final round). Press caught up to Kethro by beating Li in the last round. Li finished in outright third on 5.5/7

The tournament attracted a big field of 42 players, including 6 players rated above 2000. In a blast from the past, former ACT Junior Champion Robert Ferenczi (1980,81 and 82), picked up the Under 1850 prize, with 4.5/7. There was a big tie for the Under 1450 prize, with some of the ACT more senior players (Joe Marks and Sunny Yoon) going home with a small prize.

This event is the last ACT Chess Association event for the year. The local clubs are taking a break over Christmas as well (although Tuggeranong and Gungahlin are holding end-of-year blitz events this week). Street Chess will not be next Saturday, although there may be a Boxing Day Blitz instead. It will resume on the 1st January 2022 (if players are in a condition to turn up at 11am!)

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