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Friday, July 5, 2013

GM Zahar Efimenko in Lead at 20th Abu Dhabi Chess Open

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Abu Dhabi: Ukrainian Grandmaster Zahar Efimenko took the lead at the Masters Championship of the 20th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival after defeating top seed and former leader, the Russian Grandmaster Igor Kurnosov. He now has collected five points from six rounds.

Efimenko is now ahead of five players who are tied in second spot with four-and-a-half points. They are Kurnosov, GM Sergey Volkov, of Russia, who drew with his compatriot GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov; Indian IM Bhunvanesh R. Ramnath, who defeated Russian GM Vasily Papin; and Ukrainian GM Mikhailo Olekslenko, who overcame GM Gadir Guseinov from Azerbaijan. In the key seventh-round clashes, Efimenko will play Volkov, Kurnosov will face Ramnath and Olekslenko comes up against Rakhmanov.

In the Under-15 Tournament, Ismayil Shahaleiv, from Azerbaijan became the sole leader of the competition with six points after beating UAE’s Mohammad Marshool, while Hamdan Marshool was forced to settle for a draw against Iranian Borna Derakhshani. They both picked up five-and-a-half points to take second place together with UAE’s Ahmad Fareed, who beat his countryman Abdullah Al Shaeri.

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