GM Kurnosov is leading Hastings by a full point heading to round 8, followed by GM Berg and GM Neverov.

Here are the key matchups in round 8:

Round 8
Bd WHITE Result BLACK

1 KURNOSOV,Igor 2606 (6½) – BERG,Emanuel 2623 (5½) 2 1
2 NEVEROV,Valerij 2571 (5½) – JONES,Gawain 2548 (5) 4 5
3 HOUSKA,Jovanka 2399 (5) – HOWELL,David 2593 (5) 20 3
4 CONQUEST,Stuart 2526 (5) – ANSELL,Simon 2410 (5) 6 19
5 KJARTANSSON,Gudm 2284 (5) – WILLIAMS,Simon 2494 (5) 34 12
6 BERGEZ,Luc 2356 (4½) – SUMMERSCALE,Aaro 2467 (5) 24 13

Official website: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2009/masters.htm

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