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New Leaders With Two to Go: Wirig and Georgiadis
With two round to go Vocaturo lost his unshared lead after losing against Georgiadis while Wirig joined the Greek international master after a swift win against Mikhail Gurevich who was far from his best play. The Turkish youngster Vahap Şanal won another game this time against Vojinovic and now has 4.5 points and 11-year-old is going to face the top player of his country, Gurevich in round 8. Detailed report below.
On the first board, Georgiadis was the one to beat Vocaturo in a well known variation, when black lost too much time to capture an extra pawn, the queen side where the king was located became too open. White's enegertic refutation ended as a crucial win for white.

Georgiadis - Vocaturo
6th Mediterranean Championship Antalya (7), 15.01.2009

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nb3 Bd7 11.0–0–0 0–0–0 12.Be2 h5 13.Rhf1 Kb8 14.Rf3 Be7 15.Kb1 h4 16.Rd3 Qf2 17.Rf3 Qb6 18.Rd3 Qf2 19.Rf3 Qxg2 20.Qe3 Rdg8

21.Bxa6 bxa6 22.Qb6+ Ka8 23.Nb5 Bd8 24.Qxa6+ Kb8 25.N3d4 Qg1 26.Rff1 Qe3 27.Rde1 Qd2 28.Nxc6+ Bxc6 29.Qxc6 Qb4 30.Nxd6 Bc7 31.Nb5 Rc8 32.Re3 Ba5 33.Qd6+ Qxd6 34.Nxd6 Rc6 35.e5 Bc7 36.Rb3+ Ka8 37.Nb5 Bb8 38.exf6 Rd8 39.a3 Rd2 40.Rg1 Rc8 41.Rg7 Rxh2 42.Rxf7 Rf2 43.Re7 Rxf4 44.Rxe6 Rf5 45.Nd4 Rf1+ 46.Ka2 Ba7 47.Nb5 Bb8 48.Ra6+ Kb7 49.Ra4 Rh8 50.Rc4 Rxf6 51.Nd6+ Ka8 52.Ra4+ Ba7 53.Rb7 1–0

Mikhail Gurevich was grounded by Anthony Wirig in a game where black was far from his best day and the game looked quite one-sided and the 25 year old French international master won comfortably against the Turkish grandmaster and took the shared lead with two rounds to go. White already emerged with a better position after the opening but white started using fireworks after other inaccuracies:

Wirig - Gurevich
6th Mediterranean Championship Antalya (7), 15.01.2009

 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.c5 Nbd7 7.Bd3 b6 8.cxb6 c5 9.b3 cxd4 10.exd4 Qxb6 11.0–0 Bd6 12.Bb2 0–0 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.Na4 Qa7 15.Ne5 Be7 16.Rfd1 Rac8 17.a3 Rfd8 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.b4 Nb6 20.Nc5 Nc4

21.Nxe6 Re8

 22.Nxg7 Kxg7 23.Qg4+ Kf8 24.Bxh7 Bf6 25.Qg8+ Ke7 26.Re1+ Kd6 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Qxe8 Nxb2 29.Qxf7 Bxd4 30.Re1 Kc6 31.Qe8+ Kc7 32.Qf7+ Kb8 33.Qf4+ 1–0

In a violent Sicilian Todorovic and Parligras made a draw while Mohr scored an important win against Gelashvili with black pieces in Old Indian. Doric-Aroshidze was an early draw while Erdoğdu achieved a huge advantage early in the game and then duly converted it to a win which enabled him to reach 4.5 points.

Rivals on board, friends off the board: IM Haznedaroğlu and IM Atakişi

The "Turkish" derby between Haznedaroğlu and Atakişi (they have been competing since very early ages of youth categories)  ended as an exciting draw where white made inaccuracy in a complex queenless middlegame and black played very engertic to achieve advantage but white also made good defence and the time scramble did not end as a drama for neither of the players.

Şanal and WIM Vojinovic

Imad won against Plasec with the help of hyperactive rooks against two minor pieces in an endgame while 11-year-old youngster Vahap Şanal continued his explosion this time against the strongest female player from Montenegro, another young talent of her country, Vojinovic. The thriller ended with a decisive blunder committed by the Montenegrin player.

FM Yeke scored a win against GM El Gindy.

Erşahin and FM Abdel Razik

The NATO Chess Champion FM Yeke won with the help of the advanced c pawn against El Gindy. Despite white was a pawn up, it was difficult to convert for Erşahin against Abdel Razik and after a long and tough fight the game ended as a draw as did Makropolou hold against Odeev with black pieces.

Fetama Aljelda

WIM Julia Lebel-Arias of Monaco and member of the Monte-Carlo Cerlce d'Echecs, the chess club with a field of top women players iis actually the reigning champions of the European Clup Cup .

IM Erdoğdu definitely in a joyful mood before the game

Mohr and Solakoğlu before the round

Emma Richard from France

IM Imad Hakkı from Syria

Özgür Akman

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