The tournament is at the halfway point and hopefully the worst of the chaos is behind us!
Today saw the continued comeback of GM Varuzhan Akobian. After playing the Semi-Swiss Gambit (draw in Round 1), he has won his next 5 games to lead the Premier on 5.5/6. He had two GM opponents in rounds 5&6, GM Darryl Johansen and GM Surya Ganguly, and won tense games against both of them. In the Round 6 game (against Ganguly), both players almost lost on time, playing moves with 1 second left on the clock (although gaining an extra 30 seconds for each move played).
GM Zhang Zhong and GM Merab Gangushavili are in equal second with 4 wins and 2 draws each. The leading Australian player is IM Stephen Solomon in equal 4th on 4.5 points.