Thursday, April 14, 2011

MCC Championship Round 9

The final round of the Championship produced a clear winner of the event in GM Darryl Johansen. He overcame the star performer, Karl Zelesco in the last round, while the other player in equal first, Domagoj Dragicevic, could only draw with Bobby Cheng. This still leaves Domagoj outright second, which is a fantastic result for him. A group of players finished in third, Cheng, Rujevic, Stojic and Zelesco. Zelesco had an amazing tournament, performing at above 2200 FIDE for the event and picking up the U-1900 prize. Sharing second on 6 points are David Beaumont and Thai Ly. The U-1600 prize was jointly won by Kevin Brown, who had to play a very tough field, and Jono Roberts, who has improved from the Novice night at the MCC last year to scoring half points in the championship this year. The MCC have also awarded prizes for best junior, which will go to James Morris, and best senior, which is currently being shared by Felix Wyss, Richard Voon, Bosko Mijatovic and John Dowling, though Bob Krstic could overtake them if he can topple Guy West in their postponed game.

So here are the top board games from the last round, and also nice wins from David Beaumont securing him equal second in the U-1900 rating category, and from Kevin Brown which earned him equal first in the U-1600 section.

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