The 2016 Madagascar Chess Open has now reached the half way point and there is little surprise that top seed FM Fy Rakotomaharo is at the top of the leader-board again. Having secured a perfect 9/9 last year, Fy is clearly the odds on favorite to defend his title.

He will face a far tougher proposition however when he takes on GM Maurice Ashley in a 4-game exhibition match which is scheduled to be broadcast on Chess24 tomorrow afternoon.

Maurice touched-down this afternoon after concluding the South African leg of his African tour. He will be on the ground in Madagascar for the next 3 days before he returns to the USA for the 3rd leg of the Grand Chess Tour which starts in St Louis on the
4th August.

The latest standings from the tournament are available at
http://www.chess-results.com/tnr231133.aspx?lan=1 while broadcast details for the match between Fy and Maurice will be released early tomorrow morning for those wanting to follow the games live.