International News Today - Jan 1, 2012

At the half way mark at the Reggio Emelia event, Hikaru Nakamura has taken over 1st place with 11 points (3 wins and 2 draws). He is closely followed by Vassily Ivanchuk with 10 points. Others scores are - Morozevich 8, Giri 5, Vitiugov 4, Caruana 2. Play resumes tomorrow.

The Groningen Festival concluded with a tie for 1st between American Robert Hess and Ukranian Alexander Kovchan. Tiviakov (NED) and Zherebukh (UKR) were one half point behind.

Today at Hastings, Wang Yue defeated David Howell to move into sole possession of 1st place, with 4.5/5. There are nine players following with 4 points.

At San Sebastian they are down to the final 16 in the A Knock-Out. The top 11 seeds are still in the draw. Play resumes tomorrow.