Sunday 29 May 2022

2022 ACT Championship - Rounds 2 and 3

 The 2nd day of the 2022 ACT Championship was a lot tougher for the top seeds, with not everyone escaping unscathed. 2nd seed Junta Ikeda drew his third round game with Willis Lo, while 4th seed Fred Litchfield had a similar result in round 2 against James Phan. 

On the other hand IM Rishi Sardana reached 3 from 3 with a win over Harry Press in the afternoon round, joined by Cameron McGowan and Michael Kethro. Kethro showed good technique to convert a rook and pawn ending against CM Hui Li, from a position he thought might have been drawn. 

With 8 players within half a point of each other at the top, it is too early to pick a likely winner. McGowan and Sardana are on the top board for tomorrows round, with Ikeda and Kethro on board 2. The winner of those games will likely be paired together in round 5, when the outcome of the tournament should become a lot clearer. 

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