Master Report 6

The first upset amongst the top seeds is a fact. IM Luis Lazaro Aguero Jimenez seemed to nurse a nice edge with White against IM Thomas Willemze, but the latter successfully created some complications, to emerge with an edge himself. Black's position was untouchable, while White had certain weaknesses in his position to take care of. After he got his opponent in time trouble, Willemze created some nasty tactical threats. A knight fork decided the game and the Dutchman is now the sole leader again.

WGM Alina L’Ami used her knowledge of the King's Indian main line to force a theoretical draw against GM Jha Sriram and is saving her energy for tomorrow's double round. FM Ryan Harper showed some early kingside aggression with g5-g4 against FM Roger Matoewi (compare Harper's g4-g5 the round before), but the 10-fold Surinam Champion was up to the task and didn't mind the complications. After yet another exchange sacrifice the game ended in a perpetual.

The contest between the two other Cubans, IM Gerardo Lebredo Zaragoitia and IM Jose Luis Vilela De Acuna, ended in favour of the latter. In a Nimzo-Indian the weakness of the white c4 pawn turned out to be fatal. The two other Surinam players, Romario Sanches and FM Dewperkash Gajadin, also didn't avoid a big clash. The later used up too much time on the clock and when he allowed his dark-squared bishop to be trapped, the game was decided.

1st Srefidensi standings after round 6:
1 Willemze (5)
2-3 Sriram, Harper (4.5)
4 Aguero Jimenez (4)
5-6 L'Ami, Vilela De Acuna (3.5)
7 Lebredo Zaragoitia (2)
8-9 Matoewi, Sanches (1.5)
10 Gajadin (0)

IM Merijn van Delft