Adly and Temur Lead 2017 Australian OpenTuesday, January 10, 2017
Egyptian Grandmaster Ahmed Adly lived up to his top seed billing when he beat tournament leader Australian Grandmaster Max Illingworth in their ninth round encounter at the 2017 Australian Open being held at Churchie in Brisbane.
Adly has now won his last four games, and with just two more rounds to go, shares the lead on 7.5/9 together with Uzbekistan International Master Temur Koybokarov.
The 16-year-old Temur won his ninth round game against Junta Ikeda.
Illingworth and Azerbaijan International Master Izzat Kanan are now on 7/9, just half a point behind the two leaders.
Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov decided not to risk upsetting his wife International Woman Master Tatiana Kasparova in an all Belarus family affair and made a quick draw, a result that however has left him a little off the pace on 6/9.
Perhaps key to deciding the tournament winner could be the round ten games Kuybokarov-Adly and Izzat-Illingworth.
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Report by Leonid Sandler