IM Smerdon continues his amazing results with 8 points in 9 games at the Queenstown Classic in New Zealand. A full point behind is the GM trio Rozentalis, Mikhalevski and Bischoff.

Standings after 9 rounds:

1   Smerdon, David C         AUS   2463 im    8      
2   Rozentalis, Eduardas     LTU   2590 gm    7      
3   Mikhalevski, Victor      ISR   2608 gm    7      
4   Bischoff, Klaus          GER   2545 gm    7      
5   Jones, Gawain            ENG   2540 gm    6.5    
6   Mastrovasilis, Dimitrios GRE   2580 gm    6.5    
7   Johannessen, Leif Erlend NOR   2539 gm    6.5    
8   Goldenberg, Igor         AUS   2398 fm    6.5    
9   Wohl, Aleksander H       AUS   2342 im    6.5    
10  Solomon, Stephen J       AUS   2460 im    6.5    
11  Saw, Geoffrey            AUS   2257 fm    6.5     
12  Dragicevic, Domagoj      AUS   2205       6     
13  Wells, Peter             ENG   2513 gm    6      
14  Chow, Samuel             AUS   2267       6      
15  Ker, Anthony             NZL   2321 im    6      
16  Hecht, Hans-Joachim      GER   2394 gm    6      
17  Brown, Andrew            AUS   1987       6      
18  Reilly, Tim              AUS   2256 fm    6      
19  Johansen, Darryl K       AUS   2455 gm    6      
20  Drummond, Matthew        AUS   2236       6     
21  Ikeda, Junta             AUS   2247       6      
22  Steadman, Michael        NZL   2273       6      
23  Levi, Eddy L             AUS   2219 fm    6     

Here is the full crosstable.

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