Alkaloid Skopje and Cercle d’Echecs Monte-Carlo are the leaders of the Open and Women’s sections, respectively, after five rounds of play at the 2016 European Club Cup in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Alkaloid defeated the strong team Mednyi Vsadnik from St.Petersburg by 3,5-2,5. The loss of Ding Liren to Peter Svidler was overturned by Dmitry Andreikin and Yuriy Kryvorucko.

Syberia remains in contention to defend the last year’s title after scoring against Ashdod. On the shared third place are as many as eight teams with 8 points each. The remaining two rounds promise to be very exciting!

Vladimir Kramnik - Vassily Ivanchuk

Observers gathering around Vladimir Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk

In the Women’s section the powerhouse Cercle d’Echecs Monte-Carlo seized a 3-point lead ahead of the defending champion Nona from Batumi. On the shared third place are six teams.

Special guests in the live commentary room with IM Miodrag Perunovic were David Navara and Peter Leko.

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