On the top boards fifteen of these players started the day on 3.5 points. The exceptions being the top board, where Jobava and Efimenko still had a perfect score, and Zoltan Almasi who was on three points but floated up to play the 199th seed Tamir Nabaty!
The unknown junior from Israel doesn't yet have a FIDE title, but presumably won't have to wait for long on this performance, despite today's loss!
There were 66 players on 3/4 and, just to show how tough this event is, four 2700+ players only had 2.5/4.
The seventeen leading players come from thirteen different countries, with three coming from Russia (hardly surprising!) and three also from Roumania (hardly believable!).
Wins by Nisipeanu and Timofeev and a draw on the top board leaves the tournament with four leaders on 4.5/5.
|1||GM||Baadur Jobava (4)||GEO||2695||0.5-0.5||GM||Zahar Efimenko (4)||UKR||2640|
|2||GM||Ivan Sokolov||BIH||2638||0.5-0.5||GM||Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2708|
|3||GM||Viorel Iordachescu||MDA||2621||0.5-0.5||GM||Michael Adams||ENG||2704|
|4||GM||Ernesto Inarkiev||RUS||2667||0.5-0.5||GM||Gergely-Andras-Gyula Szabo||ROU||2525|
|5||GM||Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||ROU||2661||1-0||GM||Yannick Pelletier||SUI||2611|
|6||GM||Constantin Lupulescu||ROU||2598||0.5-0.5||GM||Ian Nepomniachtchi||RUS||2656|
|7||GM||Artyom Timofeev||RUS||2655||1-0||IM||Jure Skoberne||SLO||2509|
|8||GM||Nikita Maiorov||BLR||2510||0.5-0.5||GM||Rauf Mamedov||AZE||2639|
|9||GM||Zoltan Almasi (3)||HUN||2720||1-0||-||Tamir Nabaty||ISR||2485|
Leader Monika Socko drew with the Black pieces against third seed Anna Muzychuk. Boards two to four featured the other players who were within half-a-point of the Polish Grandmaster, whose husband is playing in the men's event. Before the round, twenty-five players had three points, seven 3.5 and just the one had 100%.
The leading eight players representing eight different nationalities.
After five rounds, three women are now in the lead, Tatiana Kosintseva and Arakhamia-Grant joining Socko on 4.5/5.
The three nationalities at the top are a Russian, a Pole and a Scot (although Arakhamia was a Georgian at birth)!
|1||IM||Anna Muzychuk (3.5)||SLO||2533||0.5-0.5||GM||Monika Socko (4)||POL||2465|
|2||GM||Tatiana Kosintseva (3.5)||RUS||2524||1-0||IM||Almira Skripchenko (3.5)||FRA||2456|
|3||GM||Pia Cramling (3.5)||SWE||2523||0-1||GM||Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (3.5)||SCO||2447|
|4||WGM||Lilit Galojan (3.5)||ARM||2380||0.5-0.5||IM||Viktoija Cmilyte (3.5)||LTU||2485|
|5||GM||Antoaneta Stefanova (3)||BUL||2555||1-0||IM||Eva Moser (3)||AUT||2437|
|6||IM||Nadezhda Kosintseva (3)||RUS||2554||1-0||IM||Marina Romanko (3)||RUS||2409|
|7||GM||Marie Sebag (3)||FRA||2506||0.5-0.5||IM||Nino Khurtsidze (3)||GEO||2434|
|8||IM||Svetlana Matveeva (3)||RUS||2373||1-0||IM||Lela Javakhishvili (3)||GEO||2500|
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