The 2007 LASCO National Championship was blown wide open over the weekend, as pre-tournament favourite FIDE Master Warren Elliott who led comfortably for the first six rounds, could only manage half point from his two matches.
Elliott settled for an early draw against National Master Russel Porter on Saturday and went down to a shock defeat at the hands of rising junior star Mikhail Solomon on Sunday. These results left Elliott on 6.5 points from 8 games, only half point ahead of his nearest rival National Master Equitable Brown who registered back to back victories to move to six points.
In third place on five points is veteran National Master Shane Matthews, who already has seven National Championship titles under his belt and is seeking to take an eighth championship crown. Any further slip by Elliott may see him struggling to fend off Matthews and Brown.
In fourth place is National Master Mark Holness on 4.5 points, while tied in fifth on 4 points each are Solomon, Porter and Mark Henry. In eighth place on 3.5 points is Peter Myers, ninth is Stuart James on 3 points, while three players are tied in tenth place on 2.5 each, they include Zachary Ramsay, National Master Andrew Mellace and Daren Wisdom.
Round nine and ten will take place this Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm at the Norman Manley Law School.
See results and standings below for both the Nationals and Presidents Invitational which runs concurrently with the Nationals. Also attached are the games to date.
Coverage (The Chess Drum)
PGN Games (National Championship, President's Cup)