Top boards battling it out. GM Marat is playing Yu Yangyi on board 2.
First board is already finished with GM Negi drawing with GM Nguyen Ngoc Troung Son
GM Marat concentrating intently on his position while his opponent is stretching his legs looking at other boards.
GM Gerhadt Schebler vs GM Ghaem (also not at board)
Board 4 sees Xiu Deshun vs Emanuel Senador.
Xiu Deshun untitled but rated 2515.
Emanuel Senador of the Philippines. A familiar face now in DATMO. ELO rating 2372. Since he is seeded 27th, playing on board 4 indicates he has been doing very well so far.
Board 5 is China’s Ma Qun vs GM Darwin Laylo. Ma Qun is untitled and seeded 38th (ELO 2319)
GM Darwin Laylo, 12th seed (ELO 2494)
Defending champion GM Li Chao has an uphill task to defend his title after a string of many draws. He is playing against IM Tirto of Indonesia. He has to win this game to get a chance to finish near the top.
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