In round 9 Mickey Adams drew his 5th game in a row to move on to 6/9. There's now a massive tie from one half of board 10 all the way down to both halfs of board 35 on 6 points, so I think at least 1.5/2, if not 2/2, will be necessary to secure a World Championship qualification place. Today Mickey faces 2617- rated Russian gm Ildar Khairullin with the black pieces.
Keith Arkell also drew in round 9, his opponent being Luxumborgian IM Mietek Bakalarz. Keith is now on 4.5/9, and his opponent for round 10 is Austrian IM Robert Kreisl.
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