International News Today - August 23, 2012

IM Eric Hansen is finishing his Olympic preparation at the Isthmia International in Greece. The 93 player, 9 round A section has 12 players 2500+ including Iordachescu (2645) and Fedorchuk (2639). Round 7 is in progress - Eric has 4/6, having drawn his last 4 games all vs GM's.

GM Kevin Spraggett is playing in the Sants Open in Barcelona. There are over 300 players in the 10 round A section. After 6 rounds, Kevin with 5 is 1/2 point out of first. He was 3rd ranked behind Nisipeanu and Gajewski, with a total of 14 2500+ players. A good finish could put him back in the 2600 club.

Update: Eric won his game today. While the title rules are tricky I think he might be close to a GM norm if he scores 1.5/2 to finish out. His lowest rated opponent gets raised to 2200.