Wednesday, December 16, 2009


FM Molina leads after 6th round of ConGen Cup

(Please note that the raffle draw will be held on Friday, December 18, during the awarding ceremony of the ConGen Cup)

Fide Master Antonio Molina Sr. grabbed the solo lead after defeating fifth-round solo leader Jumar Abo in a bruising sixth-round encounter in the ConGen Cup Open Active Chess Tournament. The tournament leader has 5.5 points, half a point ahead of four others.

Molina, playing white, weathered a menacing kingside attack by Abo, who failed to find the best continuation after a daring bishop sacrifice in the middlegame, allowing Molina to neutralize his offensive and pick up the full point.

The erstwhile leader dropped to second place with five points in a tie with National Master Robert Arellano, Santhosh P of India, and junior player Natun Dasgupta also of India.

The final three rounds will be played Thursday starting at 8 pm.

The ConGen Cup Open Blitz Tournament will be held Friday starting at 3 pm. Registration is now open (call 050-4674887 to register). Registration fee is Dh 20 and Dh 10 for FCPL members.

Awarding ceremonies of both events will be held on Friday after the blitz competition.

The blitz tournament and awarding ceremonies on Friday will be held at the ex-Book Plus area of Reef Mall, located in the left wing of the main lobby (between Dome Cafe and the internet cafe).

Round 7 Pairings

Standings after Round 6


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