After 5 rounds of hard fought chess battles in the Republic Cup 2017 the Masters Champion Roy Phillips is in the lead with a perfect score of 5 points out of 5 rounds. He beat Christophe Chan in the fifth round and is not really being challenged in this tournament despite another big scare in round four against Hoolan Naipal. Roy will face Antoine Goorsahye in the last round and will be careful against this opponent who drew in a winning position against him at the recent Masters tournament. On the second table we will find a duel against the other 4 pointers, Hoolan Naipal versus Ashivin Jotee , the winner may well win the runner-up prize unless there is a big surprise on top board.

Concerning the other categories, in the female category the battle for the top prize will be fought between our 3 best players in Aamirah Beekhy , Meritza Acham and Charlotte Labour. Fate has paired Aamirah Bheekhy against perennial rival Meritza Acham while Charlotte will have an easy task against young chinese player Feng Yihang. The under 18  category has seen promising junior Jayson Laor drawing 1 point clear from his rivals namely russian Ivan Mukhin and locals Vaagish Andhin both on 2 points and it looks like the title may go to the wire,on tie-break.

The under 12 category will probably go to Feng Yihang who has 1.5 points with his only rival Tehja Andhin on 0.5 point. After a promising start Rama Baloonuck,  Shakeel Ramessur, Sunjay Gookooluk and Ashish Sukdeo are stuck on 3 points but have performed creditably up to now and Rama will surely obtain a first national rating after having played 6 rated players in this tournament.

Concerning Ratings Update after the Masters 2017 we see third-placed Christophe Chan making a mighty jump to (1800) in 13th place and Patrick Marie up in 5th place at  (1911). Antoine Goorsahye  is knocking at the 1900 level while Hoolan dropped to (1889) while nadarajen slipped to (1841). The top two players Roy Phillips (2143) and Deevarajan Chinasamy (2045) both lost some points but are still way above the chasing pack.

Results,Pairings and Standings