International News Today - Oct 17, 2011

Kevin Spraggett is playing in a nine player RR - "Magistat Ciutat de Barcelona". He was ranked 5th at the onset. Not a bad little field with the top names being Yasser Seirawan  and Ilia Smirin. Kevin won his game yesterday and moves into a tie for 1st with Yasser, both with +2 scores. They play what could be a key game in the pentultimate round. Kevin is white today against Oscar de la Riva.Etienne Bacrot won his final round match move into a tie for 1st with Sergey Karjakin at the Karpov International and took 1st place honours on tie-break.Alexander Morozevich continues to motor in the Saratove governor's Cup, with a score of 6.5 out of 8. Three rounds to go. Second place is Evgeny Tomashevsky with 5. Morozevich has won 5 out of the 11 decisive games !!Zhao Yue (CHN) continues to run away with the Women's Grand Prix event in Nalchik, with a score of 6.5/7. Two points back is Jue Wenjun (CHN).