Turkey's Suat Atalik, no longer his native nation's top player now that Mikhail Gurevich has moved in, has taken over clear first in the Canadian Open after seven rounds with three to play. He beat young David Howell of England in a nice rook endgame. There are notes to that game and others at the blog linked above. A pack of five GMs trail Atalik's 6/7 score by a half-point. ChessBase has some pictures and comments from Nigel Short and also some details on the sponsorship, which does not include anything from the government.
Down south at the Continental Championship in Cali, they are less avant-garde in their pairing methods so the leaders are facing the leaders. After three rounds, five players have perfect scores, including a wayward Canadian: Vescovi, Spraggett, Rodriguez, Granda Zuñiga, and Argentine IM Lafuente. AR-GEN-TINA! I wore my camiseta albiceleste yesterday to celebrate Argentina's win over Mexico, but it works for Lafuente too. The massive pack at 2.5 includes Oswaldo Zambrana, Bolivia's first and only Grandmaster. I hadn't realized young Alexander Fier of Brazil had also received his GM title. But there's no way I'm rooting for any Brazilians before the Copa final on Sunday.