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Fridman will have company in the finale

The penultimate round of the GRENKE Chess Open concluded with tournament’s sole leader, GM Daniel Fridman, agreeing to a short draw against Aleksey Sarana of Russia in the premier encounter of the day. Benefitting from this, three out of the thirteen pursuers at 6/7 caught up with the German Grandmaster in the lead. As it stands, Fridman is leading alongside Anton Korobov, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and compatriot, Alexander Donchenko while just a half point behind is a crowd of 16 players, itching for their chance to catch up.

The leading four

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Some statistics from the GRENKE Chess Open

The GRENKE Chess Open is the biggest Open tournament in all of Europe. But how many players did it attract; how many of them were titled; where did these players come from; which countries sent the biggest contingents; and how big a team of arbiters is required for an event of such magnitude? Get to know it all in the following article.

Photo by Eric van Reem

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Daniel Fridman emerges as the new sole leader

The leaderboard of the Grenke Chess Open remained characteristically volatile at the conclusion of the third day. While most leaders in the seven-player pack signed peace in their games, German Grandmaster, Danil Fridman scored his second straight win of the day and to take sole lead in the tournament with just two rounds to go. On the third board, Fridman got the better of the Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest. With two rounds to go, thirteen players remain within striking distance at 6/7.

GM Daniel Fridman exploited a tactical oversight by Jorden van Foreest to clinch the full point and take sole lead | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

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Korobov topples overnight leader Aleksander Indjic; seven players take lead

Overnight leader Aleksander Indjic did not enjoy his sole lead for too long. On the premier board in round six, the Serbian Grandmaster was toppled off the pole position by GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine. Daniel Fridman, Aleksey Sarana, Jorden van Foreest, Aleksey Goganov, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and Andreas Heimann also won their games and swelled the list of tournament leaders to seven players.

GM Aleksander Indjic (right) could not retain his lead for long. His loss to Anton Korobov brought him down to the 20th spot on the leaderboard | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

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