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Coming into the home straight

29 Jun 2023

The last two rounds await players in both main tournaments; everything is still open in both cases. In the Masters, Ray Robson took a significant step forward in the seventh round as he took down Keymer to take sole possession of the first place. David Navara will try to stop the current leader in today's eighth round. Wang Hao's win after a day off did a little bit of good, but it's still only good enough for 50% of the points.

Ray Robson with the prize for the best game of Round 5

RK Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PTS DE SB
1.   GM ROBSON Ray 2689 USA   0 ½   1 ½   1 ½ 1 4,5 0 14,50
2.   GM DEAC Bogdan-Daniel 2693 ROU 1   ½ ½   ½ ½ ½   ½ 4 0 14,50
3.   GM HARIKRISHNA Pentala 2704 IND ½ ½   ½ ½   ½   ½ ½ 3,5 0 12,25
4.   GM NAVARA David 2689 CZE   ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½   3,5 0 12,25
5.   GM KEYMER Vincent 2690 GER 0   ½ ½   ½ ½ 1 ½   3,5 0 12,00
6.   GM MARTIROSYAN Haik M. 2685 ARM ½ ½   ½ ½     0 1 ½ 3,5 0 12,00
7.   GM SHANKLAND Sam 2711 USA   ½ ½ ½ ½     ½ ½ ½ 3,5 0 11,75
8.   GM WANG Hao 2722 CHN 0 ½   ½ 0 1 ½     1 3,5 0 11,50
9.   GM NGUYEN Thai Dai Van 2653 CZE ½   ½ ½ ½ 0 ½     ½ 3 0 10,50
10.   GM GELFAND Boris 2668 ISR 0 ½ ½     ½ ½ 0 ½   2,5 0 8,75

The Challengers tournament continues to be hard-fought after the day off. Vaclav Finek scored a nice win by defeating Jergus Pechac. In the seventh round, however, he came up against Motylev, who proved his quality and returned to the fight for the top positions. Benjamin Gledura continues to lead the tournament and will face Motylev in the last round on Friday.

RK Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PTS DE SB
1.   GM GLEDURA Benjamin 2645 HUN   ½   1 1   ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 0 16,00
2.   GM BARTEL Mateusz 2609 POL ½   ½ ½ ½   ½ 1 1   4,5 0,5 14,75
3.   GM MOTYLEV Alexander 2597 ROU   ½   ½ ½ ½   1 1 ½ 4,5 0,5 13,50
4.   IM VYKOUK Jan 2467 CZE 0 ½ ½   1 ½ ½     1 4 1,5 13,50
5.   GM L'AMI Erwin 2645 NED 0 ½ ½ 0   1     1 1 4 1 12,00
6.   GM PULTINEVICIUS Paulius 2530 LTU     ½ ½ 0   1 ½ ½ 1 4 0,5 11,00
7.   GM PECHAC Jergus 2611 SVK ½ ½   ½   0   0 1 ½ 3 0 9,50
8.   FM FINEK Vaclav 2409 CZE 0 0 0     ½ 1   0 1 2,5 0 6,50
9.   IM STALMACH Richard 2436 CZE ½ 0 0   0 ½ 0 1     2 0 7,00
10.   GM AKASH G 2483 IND ½   ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0     1,5 0 6,25

The Young Futures hopefuls have a second day off on Thursday and will finish the tournament on Friday with the final round. The clash between Polish players Cieslak and Warchol will most likely decide the winner of the tournament.

RK. Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 PTS DE SB
1.   FM CIESLAK Patryk 2280 POL     ½ ½ 1 1 3 0 4,00
2.   FM WARCHOL Kamil 2082 POL     ½ 1 0 1 2,5 0 3,75
3.   BOUSKA Jiri 2189 CZE ½ ½     ½ 1 2,5 0 3,50
4.   FM BALINT Peter 2233 AUT ½ 0     1 1 2,5 0 3,00
5.   BROZKA Karel 2180 CZE 0 1 ½ 0     1,5 0 3,75
6.   JUHANAK Daniel 2137 CZE 0 0 0 0     0 0 0,00

Front board Karel Janeček Open

The Karel Janecek Open will decide who will advance to next year's Challengers tournament and the two closest players to that are those with 6.5 points. International champions Fus and Ozenir tied with each other and will be fighting to maintain their lead over the pack of six-point chasers from a distance. Czech Grandmaster Tomas Polak is among them.

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