The World Draughts Championship has overcome its halfway point after 5th round ended on June 15. Four more rounds are left. There is a fierce battle for the lead in both finals.
The A-final is solely headed by the current world champion Alexander Georgiev (Russia). Still, fans attention is focused now on the long game between Roel Boomstra (Netherlands) and N’cho Joel Atse (Ivory Coast), leader according to the results of the 4th round, when Dutchman won and overtook his rival according to the number of points. Each of these players has 8 points. Alexander Getmanski (Russia), who played in a draw, and Yuriy Anikeev (Ukraine), who beat Dul Erdenebileg (Mongolia), have the same number of points.
Alexey Chizhov (Russia) won an important victory over Jean Marc Ndjofang (Cameroon), for whom this is second defeat in a row. Chizhov has 7 points, as well as Ndjofang and Schwarzman (Russia).
In the B-final, Andrei Tolchykau (Belarus) joined the group of leaders which includes Ainur Shaibakov (Russia), Evgueni Watoetin (Belarus), Ndiaga Samb (Senegal), Thomy Lucien Mbongo (Cameroon). Each of these five has 7 points.