The 18th Graz International Open is taking place from 27th August to 4th September in Graz, Austria. The organizer is Landesverband Steiermark des Österreichischen Schachbundes and the playing venue is Brauhaus Puntigam.
The tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss pairings and in two rating groups.
The Group A has 63 players and six Grandmasters in the field. Top seeded is Vyacheslav Ikonnikov (2553) from Russia. Group B has 52 participants.
After six rounds of play Grandmasters David Shengelia (AUT 2513) and Ivan Farago (HUN 2485) are leading the standings with 5.5 points each. Third is GM Zdenko Kozul (CRO 2541), who defeated the top rated Ikonnikov with Black pieces.
Round 7 top pairings:
GM Kozul Zdenko 2541 – GM Farago Ivan 2485
IM Diermair Andreas 2432 – GM Shengelia David 2513
GM Tratar Marko 2491 – Tomazini Zan 2288
GM Lanka Zigurds 2469 – IM Zakharchenko Arnold Dr 2202
FM Neuschmied Siegfried 2327 – IM Moser Eva 2432
FM Schreiner Peter 2326 – FM Poetz Florian 2416
IM Sakelsek Tadej 2407 – Markoja Boris 1944
IM Basagic Zlatko 2325 – IM Krumpacnik Domen 2360
FM Singer Richard 2260 – GM Ikonnikov Vyacheslav 2553
FM Perhinig Robert 2238 – FM Fahrner Kurt 2319
Tomazini Aljosa 2304 – NM Spindelboeck Gernot 2235
In the Group B the unrated Austrian Armin Reiter and Klemen Janzekovic (1901) are joint leaders with 5 points each.