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Two players in the lead after 6 rounds

The games on the top three boards ended in rather quick draws as the grandmasters are trying to save energy for the crucial final rounds. Out of the big group of 23 players who came into this round on 4.5/5 only two could win their games in the end: Anton Korobov from Ukraine and Maxime Lagarde from France. These two players will therefore be battling it out on the top board in round 7. Meanwhile Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (India) and Anastasia Savina (Russia) lead the race for the woman's prize, with a score of 4.5/6. Vincent Keymer also continues giving German fans a lot to cheer for/be happy about as he beat IM Alessio Valsecchi and still has good norm chances, with a current score of 5 points.


Gergely Antal against Anton Korobov

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No more players with a clean sheet

After five rounds in the GRENKE Chess Open, none of the players have a perfect score. That is why we have no less than 23 players with 4,5/5 points. Some of the favorites like Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) are among the leaders, but also seven German grandmasters. Best female player in the A-Group is Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (India) with four points.

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Then there were six

After 4 rounds there are only six players left on a perfect score at the GRENKE Chess Open. On top board Richard Rapport (Hungary) beat Eric Lobron and is therefore the highest rated player in the leading group. Zdenko Kozul (Croatia), Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukraine), Maxime Lagarde (France), Daniel Sadzikowski (Poland) and Andreas Heimann (Germany) are the other five players on 4/4. The local rising stars Luis Engel and Vincent Keymer continue impressing as they are on 3.5, as is leading woman player Anna Zatonskih.


Richard Rapport against Eric Lobron

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Checkmate Cancer

'Checkmate Cancer' is a project of the 13-year old Lukas Muth to support the German leukemia research aid for children with cancer. Lukas' initiative is getting more attention from the public, both within the chess world but also outside of it. He also wants to inspire as many people as possible by portraying chess as a cool and exciting mind sport. As part of the GRENKE Chess Classic & Open the participants were able to attend the chess-themed movie "Pawn Sacrifice" at the Filmpalast in Karlsruhe. The entree fee of only €5 included popcorn and a drink. The total income of about €600 goes to the project. You can find all the information about Lukas Muth's initiative on the Facebook page "Setz' Krebs schachmatt". We also interviewed Lukas and his mother. You can watch the videos below.

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