In Round 6, the two Swedes on top of group 50+ Open – Conny Holst and Lars Blomquist – drew their game, allowing GM Simen Agdestein (NOR) to join them on the top of the table with 5p from 6 games. An unexpected 4th place n 4,5p goes to Karim Ali (NOR), the 23rd rank in the field, together with Luc Zimmerman (NED).
In 50+ Women, leader WIM Birgitte Burchardt (GER) saw off closest challenger WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR), to consolidate her lead with 5p out of 5 games, maintaining the overall tournament’s only perfect score. On 2.nd with 4 points we find another German, WFM Olga Birkholz, who has lost to Birgitte but won her other games.
In 65+ Open, leader GM Leif Øgaard (NOR) drew with FM Anthony F Stebbings (ENG) to maintain sole lead, 0,5p ahead of a field of 8 players – 2 Swedes, 1 each from ENG, ISL, UKR, SLO, GER and RUS, top seed GM Vladislav Vorotnikov and last years winner IM NilsGustav Renman (SWE) among them as a dark horses before the final three games.
In 65+ Women, GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO) drew her game and is alone on top with 4p from 6 games, chased by WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS) and WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO), both on 3,5p.
Round 7 of 9 is played on Friday August 10th at 3 pm.