Friday, 5 April 2013

2013 Sydney International Open - Day 3

With 3 rounds to go, there is a 4 way tie for first place in the 2013 Sydney International Open. GM Li Chao, GM Jiri Stocek, GM Levente Vajda, and GM Loek Van Wely are all on 5/6. Close behind are GM Adam Horvath, GM SP Sethuraman, and current Australian Open Champion, FM Bobby Cheng. Cheng defeated Polish GM Bartlomiej Heberla in round 6, finding a nice piece sacrifice in the ending to force a pawn promotion. Cheng playes GM SP Sethuraman in tomorrows morning round, and win would put him on track for an IM norm.
In the Challengers event Joseph Nguyen has skipped away to a 1.5 point lead, having won all his games so far. Sarwat Rewais will try and stop his run tomorrow, but a win for Nguyen will almost certainly secure a tournament victory with 2 rounds to go.

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