The Kazakhstan team of Pavlodar continues to lead from RP team Tagaytay City in the ongoing Asian Cities Championships in Iran. Tagaytay actually beat their Kazakh opposition in round 4 with a 2.5-1.5 margin thanks to IM Wesley So's victory over GM Petr Kostenko (2522).
Tagaytay's cause hasn't been helped by a number of accidents. As early as round 2, the GM duo of Paragua and Antonio could pull off only draws against their FM opponents of the local Rahahan team. And in round 6 Paragua dropped an important point to IM Imad Hakki. Most unexpectedly, however, was Wesley So's loss to the 2265-rated M.B. Muralidharan from Calicut.
At the seventh round mark, Pavlodar has amassed 22 game points, Tagaytay has 19.5, Saipa (Iran) is on 18 points. Complete tables are available here.