Igor Kurnusov Opens Lead at Abu Dhabi Chess Festival
Abu Dhabi: Russian Grandmaster Igor Kurnosov became the sole leader of the Masters Championship at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Chess Festival after beating Romanian Grandmaster Mircea-Emilian Parligras in the fourth round and French Grandmaster Andrei Istratescu in the fifth to take his tally to 4.5 points.
Three other Grandmasters trail Kurnosov by half a point: Russians Aleksandr Rakhmanov and Sergey Volkov and Ukrainian Zahar Efimenko.
Kurnosov will play against Efimenko in the sixth round, while Rakhmanov will face Volkov.
Second seed Istratescu was forced to settle for a draw with Russian Vasily Papin in the fourth round and was beaten by Kurnosov in the fifth to stay on three points from five matches. He will face promising young Indian International Master R. Rajpara Ankit in the sixth round.
UAE players, siblings Hamdan and Mohammad Marshool, continued their dazzling performances by winning their matches in rounds four and five to collect five full points from as many matches to lead the Under-15 tournament along with their compatriot Abdullah Al Shai’ry, P. Derakhshani from Iran and S. Aliyev from Azerbaijan. The UAE’s Ahmad Farid is second with 4.5 points, while 21 other players are hot on their heels with four points each.
In the sixth round, Mohammad Marshool will face Aliyev and his brother will play Derakhshani. (Gulf News)
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