The 7th round of the Cappelle La Grande Open is in progress. The ten players that arrived as leaders are facing each other. Sergey Fedorchuk and Alexei Fedorov already won their games, securing the place at the top.
The game was of a very positional nature, with both sides keeping healthy pawn structures and exchanging the minor pieces early in the game. Eventually, Fedorchuk managed to get an extra pawn thanks to his active rook. The Ukrainian simplified to a queen’s endgame with a passed pawn on the a-file. Hansen resigned on move 38.
Hansen commented: “Opponent avoided all my preparation with a simple but clever move order. Really have to patch up those opening holes.”
Alexei Fedorov defeated the surprise of the tournament, untitled Lukasz Jurmala.
Fedorov played the slow Giuoco Piano variation and did not force matters at all. He simplified the position and overtook the young Polish in a pawn endgame thanks to his active king.