Sanchez settles for another draw

FILIPINO Grandmaster Joseph Sanchez settled for another draw, this time against Abello Sebastien of France in the seventh round yesterday of the 26th Cannes Chess Festival at the Lerins Island in Cannes, France.

Sanchez, Cannes winner in 2009 and 2011, raised his total 4.0 points on two wins, one loss and four draws. He currently shares 16th to 26th places.

International Master Axel Rombaldoni (2441) of Italy stunned GMs Alexander Fier (2603) of Brazil to grab the solo leadership with 6.0 points.

Top seed GM Etienne Bacrot (2704) of France stopped the winning run of GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian (2487) of Brazil for 5.0 points. Liberty Icao

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