In round 8 Michael Adams drew with Serbian GM Robert Markus. He's now on 5.5/8, and given he's 1.5 points behind first place with 3 rounds to go, it appears he's out of the running for first. Mickey is currently in a huge tie for 18th place, and with the top 22 qualifying for the world championships, he needs a decent finish to secure a place. Today he faces the young French gm Romain Edouard, rated 2617, and has the white pieces.
Keith Arkell scored a decent win against Croatian IM Rikard Medancic in round 8, to move back to 50%. In round 9 he faces Luxumborgian (hope I've got that right) IM Mietek Bakalarz, rated 2300, with the white pieces, and will hope to move on to a plus score for the tournament with another win.
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