In what is shaping up as the most competitive World Open's ever, 11 players are tied for first after 6 rounds, including: Ehlvest, Gulko, Novikov, Miles, Benjamin, Bologan, Alberto, Shabalov, Serper, Fishbein, and Ivanov. Seventeen players are right behind just a 1/2 point back, including: Goldin, Minasian, Yermolinsky, Christiansen, Atalik, Kacheishvili,
Timoshenko, Fedorowicz, Finegold, Gurevich, Blatny, Garcia, Kreiman, Sevillano, Sammour-Hasbun, Szmetan, and Blanco.
Someone needs to pull out three straight wins to grab top prize. Key 7th Round Matches are:
Alberto vs. Ehlvest; Gulko vs. Bologan; Novikov vs. Shabalov; Miles vs. Serper; Benjamin vs. Fishbein; Christiansen vs. Ivanov; Blatny vs. Goldin; Gurevich vs. Minasian;
Gracia vs. Yermolinsky; Szmetan vs. Atalik; Kacheishvili vs. Sammour-Hasbun; Timoshenko vs. Kremin; Fedorowicz vs. Sevillano; Finegold vs. Blanco; Akopian vs. Cooke