After the 8th round of the 2012 FIDE World Amateur Championship, that is currently under way in Porto Carras, Oliver Johannesson from Iceland assumed the leading position with 7 points, half a point clear from the chasing pack.
Four players with 6.5 points are still in contention for the first place.
Top round 9 pairings are Tsakiris Haralambos – Johannesson Oliver, Akinci Muzaffer Ege – Moscotes Fernando, Reyes Rios Juan Camilo – Musiienko Danylo, Tqavadze Giorgi – Manelidis Savvas, Paetz Carsten – Liberman Alexander, Kafetzis Georgios -Bes Michal and Pertaia Enver – Ersoz Bartu.
In the Alexander the Great Open white pieces dominated on the top four boards. GM Dejan Antic defeated the earlier leader GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu after a fine positional squeeze, while GM Petar Drenchev converted the extra piece into a full point in the game against Nikolaos Galopoulos.
GM Athanasios Mastrovasilis won against IM Rasmus Skytte and IM Malcolm Pein punished the risky opening choice of WGM Andjelija Stojanovic.
Top round 9 pairings are GM Drenchev Petar – GM Antic Dejan, Galopoulos Nikolaos – GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios, GM Haznedaroglu Kivanc – IM Pein Malcolm, IM Skytte Rasmus – Tsarouhas Vasilios, FM Ali Marandi Cemil Can – WIM Djukic Sandra, Spirliadis Achileas – FM Gogolis Alexandros