Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFUN -

THE COM­MON­WEALTH and SA Open Cham­pi­onship is head­ing for an ab­sorb­ing cli­max to­mor­row.

The big event at the Board­walk in Port El­iz­a­beth has seen the con­tenders for top hon­ours meet­ing one an­other af­ter weed­ing out the “am­a­teurs”.

In Thurs­day’s eighth round, the top pair­ing saw the In­dian grand­mas­ters Dibyendu Barua and Ab­hi­jeet Gupta on 6.5 out of seven play­ing for the lead.

Top- rated Sergei Fe­dorchuk (Ukraine) was on six fac­ing Sap­tarshi Roy­chowd­hury (In­dia).

Also only half a point be­hind was the lead­ing South African player so far, Daniel Cawdery, but he was Black against the for­mi­da­ble Sergei Tivi­akov of the Nether­lands.

The most in­ter­est­ing pair­ing from a South African point of view saw our first IMs Watu Kobese on five against David Gluck­man on 5.5.

The Swiss sys­tem throws up strange re­sults, such as IM Kenny Solomon lan­guish­ing on 4.5 be­hind Daniel Bar­rish, 12, on five.

But there were four rounds to go, so don’t ex­pect Solomon to stand still.

Daniel is on the same score as an­other lo­cal ju­nior, Paul Dar­ling.

The lead­ing woman was Mary Ann Gomes (In­dia) on six.

On Thurs­day, she was set to face Vladislav Tkachiev (France).

The play­ers are not only play­ing for the money but di­rect ti­tles are awarded for Com­mon­wealth Cham­pi­onship.

The over­all win­ner will re­ceive R40 000 in cash plus a seven-night hol­i­day at a pri­vate game re­serve in the Eastern Cape.

The or­gan­is­ers have stated that the fol­low­ing ti­tles and norms will be awarded, only ap­pli­ca­ble to play­ers with the fol­low­ing ti­tles: FM, WFM, CM, WCM, un­ti­tled

Male: 1st place (sole or shared): IM ti­tle.

Sil­ver and Bronze medal­lists (not in 1st place and de­ter­mined on tiebreak): FM ti­tle plus IM norm.

Fe­male (best fe­male plac­ing): 1st place (sole or shared): WIM ti­tle.

Sil­ver and Bronze medal­lists (not in 1st place and de­ter­mined on tiebreak): WFM ti­tle plus WIM norm.

Yes­ter­day, play­ers were en­ter­tained with lec­tures by GM Stu­art Con­quest from Eng­land and WGM Soumya Swami­nathan from In­dia, the Woman Com­mon­wealth Chess Cham­pion.

Af­ter the cham­pi­onship, the top player head for the DSK In­ter­na­tional Chess Open: In­ter­na­tional Chess Tour­na­ment at the Ger­man School in Tam­boer­skloof from Fri­day un­til July 29.

The event is or­gan­ised by the Zidek fam­ily.

Up to 500 play­ers are ex­pected at the DSK In­ter­na­tional Chess Open 2013.

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