International News Today - Oct 18, 2011

In Barcelona, Kevin Spraggett appeared to falter in time trouble and lost to Oscar de la Riva, after playing a sparkling Sicilian. He's tied with Yasser Seirawan, who got blown up yesterday by Ilia Smirin, with +1 scores (3 games remaining). Also with +1 scores are de la Riva and Smirin (but only 2 games left). Kevin is white today against Smirin.Vlad Kramnik is storming through the mini DRR Unive tournament with a 2-0 score (vs Giri and J.Polgar). Today he faces Maxim Vachier-Lagrave, who is in second with 1 point.One of the top women's performances in recent memory is being recorded in the Nalchik Grand Prix event, where Zha Xue now has 7.5/8. She has at least a tie for 1st wrapped up with 3 rounds to go.Alexander Morozevich continues to lead the Saratov Governor's Cup with a 1.5 point lead over Tomashevsky. Two rounds to go.