Two Australian international masters are battling it out overseas. In the Condom Festival, Alex Wohl was upset in round 3 by 2200-rated NIcholas Sanchez. Alex managed to bounce back in the fourth by beating Belgian player Wouter Gryson to post a tally so far of 3 points. GM George-Gabriel leads the field on 4 points while 6 other players are hot on his tail with 3.5 points apiece.
In Budapest IM David Smerdon went down in the third game to GM Zlatko Ilincic. The Australian remains on just a single point, courtesy of a win in round 2, while IM Fabiano Caruana remains undefeated with 3 points. Smerdon will face Caruana in the fourth round.
Standings in Smerdon's section (GM tournament) are as follows:
3.0 Caruana, Fabiano
2.5 Ilincic, Zlatko
2.0 Bui, Vinh; Fruebing, Stefan
1.5 Kjartansson, Gudmundur
1.0 Smerdon, David; Fogarasi, Tibor; Vernay, Clovis
0.5 Todorovic, Goran M; Hammes, Michael