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Tournament #1 25/4/21
There was a definite show of support for the first Sunday Allegro Chess Tournament held at the BMI on Sunday afternoon - 24 participants and their families came from as far afield as Melbourne and Bendigo. Jasan Barnett directed play and the tournament ran smoothly, finishing at around 5:30 p.m. The time control seemed to suit some more than others; time must be carefully managed as the two second increment is barely enough to make a move and hit the clock when players are down to the last seconds of the game. So, players who can read the board quickly in any position do well - Harrison, known for his unusual openings, showed his skill at playing wild positions under time pressure, winning all six of his first games, coming unstuck only on the last, defeated by James Watson. The field was split into 3 groups, each group having a prize winner. Harrison was overall winner, followed by James as first in the top group, Patrick Cook in the second, and Nigel Block taking the third group prize.