Round 6 saw the first 'crack' in Guy West's armour, with Justin Tan holding him to a draw. Or perhaps it was the other way around, with Justin having the better of the endgame & being a pawn ahead when the draw was agreed. Either way, it means that Guy now only has a half-point lead over Ari Dale, following Ari's win over Dusan Stojic in the battle of the 'contenders'. Chris Wallis & Domagoj Dragicevic both won their games to remain a further half point behind & it would be tough to see the tournament winner coming from outside this group of four at this stage of the event.
In other results, Paul Kovacevic drew with David Beaumont, while the big draw of the round was Finley Dale drawing with IM Mirko Rujevic. Jason Chew defeated Richard Voon in another good result for the juniors in the event.
Results for round 6 are on ChessChat.
Below is the top board clash between Guy West & Justin Tan.