Sunday 19 November 2023

2023 Vikings Weekender - Day 2

 IM Junta Ikeda has won the 2023 Vikings Weekender with a score of 4.5/5. He defeated Roger Farrell in the final round to grab outright 1st, and relegate Farrell into a tie for 3rd place. Harry Press had a chance to catch Ikeda with a final round win over FM Fred Litchfield, but a tough round 4 draw against Farrell made it difficult to lift for a final round win. Instead the game was drawn, which was enough for Press to take outright 2nd on 4. Third place was shared between Farrell, Litchfield and Willis Lo, who won his final round game to finish in the prize money.

The Minor (Under 1600) was won by Masaki Horikawa on 4.5/5. He defeated Shriya Karthik on the top board, who went into the final game on 4/4. The loss by Karthik left her in a  way tie for 2nd, with Kamal Jain, Larry Cheng, Lukacz Walijewski and Dev Raichura. 

With this years event only being 5 rounds, there were lots of shared prizes in the lower categories, with 3 way ties being the norm. 

Overall it was a good tournament, with hard games throughout. However 5 rounds isn't ideal for a tournament of this type, so next year it will hopefully be extended to 6 rounds, with more entries being accepted into each category. 

Full results can be found at along with a link to replay the games

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