Many observers were interested in the form of the highest-rated participant Alexander Morozevich who hasn't been doing that well of late. Apparently he has become somewhat disillusioned with the life of a professional player.
He started out however with a promising 0.5,1,1,0.5 (3/4) but then a loss to the eventual winner Wojtaszek led to a poor finish 0,0.5,0.5,0,0 (1/5).
Laurent Fressinet (the second seed) took advantage to beat the Russian and make it to 6.5/9.
|6||Julio Granda Zuniga||2639||PER||0||=||=||=||=||X||=||=||=||1||4.5|
|9||J-Manuel Lopez Martinez||2543||ESP||0||0||=||0||0||=||=||0||X||=||2|
|10||Roi Reinaldo Castineira||2511||ESP||=||0||0||0||=||0||0||0||=||X||1.5|
Can Morozevich get back his motivation after this?
The Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek is still only 23, but has already achieved some high-level results over the past few years. His most notable result however was at a junior level as he was World under eighteen champion in 2004.
Fressinet has been making steady progress over the last few years and could be the third French player with a 2700+ rating on the next list (Etienne Bacrot and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are already there noting that former French number one Joel Lautier is essentially retired).
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