With only one round remaining, the 2007 LASCO National Championship will be decided in the final round, as tournament leaders FIDE Master Warren Elliott and National Master Equitable Brown, won both of their games on the weekend.
Elliott defeated National Master Andrew Mellace and Daren Wisdom while Brown defeated seven-time champion National Master Shane Matthews and rising junior star Stuart James. These results left Elliott at the top of the standings on 8.5 points followed closely by Brown on 8 points.
The final round which takes place on Saturday at 12 pm at the Norman Manley Law School, will see Elliott with a tough assignment against Matthews, while Brown faces National Master Mark Holness.
While the two leaders battle for the top position, the minor places are all still up for grabs. In third place are National Master Russel Porter and Matthews each on 6 points, followed closely by Mikhail Solomon on 5 points in fifth, and rounding out the top six is Holness on 4.5 points.
In seventh place are James and Mark Henry on 4 points, while four players are tied in ninth on 3.5, they include Peter Myers, Zachary Ramsay, Wisdom and Mellace. As only the top six will get a share of the LASCO prize fund, the bottom six will not only be seeking to stay clear of last place, but also to finish in the money.
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