Wednesday, 8 July 2015

2015 Oceania Zonal - Day 4

IM Max Illingworth has extended his lead in the 2015 Oceania Zonal to a full point, after winning his round 5&6 games. He defeated 2nd seed IM Moulthun Ly in the morning round, and 4th seed IM Junta Ikeda in the afternoon round. With 6/6 he leads a pack of players on 5 points, made up of IM Anton Smirnov, Brodie McClymont, FM Malcolm Stephens and FM Chris Wallis. FM Malcolm Stephens continued his good return to top level chess with a win over defending champion IM Igor Bjelobrk. So far he is unbeaten in the tournament, but faces his toughest test tomorrow when he takes on Illingworth.
The Women's Zonal saw a change at the top with WIM Emma Guo overtaking previous leader WIM Biljana Dekic. Guo defeated Dekic in their round 5 game, before beating WIM Katherine Jarek in round 6. Dekic played WIM Nancy Lane is round 6, but was could only draw despite pushing for the full point.
Tomorrow is a single round day with an early start (10:30am). Fill results and links to live coverage can be found at the tournament website.

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