Sunday, 20 November 2022

2022 Vikings Weekender - IM Junta Ikeda wins

 IM Junta Ikeda has won the 2022 Vikings Weekender, with an undefeated 5.5/6. He won his round 5 and 6 games today, to finish half a point ahead of IM Stephen Solomon. Solomon was tied with Ikeda going into the final round, but could only draw with Fred Litchfield, after getting a worse position out of the opening. Queensland junior Micah Young finished in 3rd placed, defeating Macau Olympiad player CM Hui Li in the final round.

The Minor was won by James Minogue and Nick Beare, on 5/6. The two winners drew their round 5 game, leaving Minogue half a point in front going into the final round. However Beare was able to catch Minogue with a crushing win over Jerry Cheng, with Minogue only drawing with Andrew He.

The 50 player event saw a lot of interesting chess. The time limit of 60m+30s saw an improvement in endgame play, compared to the previous 60m+10s format. And the move to 3 rounds on the Saturday saw a drop in the number of bye requests, as well as giving players longer breaks between each round. 

Full results from the tournament, plus replays of the top games are available at

Beare,Nick - Cheng,Jerry [B07]
2022 Vikings Minor 20.11.2022

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shaun, the game was slightly different, but thanks for the plug!
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Bf4 d6 4. e4 Nbd7 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Qd2 O-O 7. Bh6 Re8 8.
Bxg7 Kxg7 9. e5 Ng4 10. h3 Nh6 11. O-O-O b6 12. Bb5 Bb7 13. e6 fxe6 14. Ng5 Qc8
15. Nxe6+ Kf6 16. Qxh6 Kxe6 17. d5+ Bxd5 18. Rhe1+ Kf7 19. Qxh7+ Kf8 20. Nxd5 e6
21. Bxd7 1-0