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At the conclusion of the ninth and final round of the GRENKE Chess Open, it was crowded at the top. As many as seven players had made it to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 7½/9. After the application of the tiebreaks it was once again, a German Grandmaster, GM Daniel Fridman, who was declared the title winner. He will be seen playing in the Grenke Chess Classic next year.
GM Daniel Fridman took the title in an eight way tie for first due to a better Buccholz score | Photo: Georgios Souleidis
The penultimate round of the GRENKE Chess Open concluded with tournament’s sole leader, GM Daniel Fridman, agreeing to a short draw against Aleksey Sarana of Russia in the premier encounter of the day. Benefitting from this, three out of the thirteen pursuers at 6/7 caught up with the German Grandmaster in the lead. As it stands, Fridman is leading alongside Anton Korobov, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and compatriot, Alexander Donchenko while just a half point behind is a crowd of 16 players, itching for their chance to catch up.
The leading four
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