A case of déjà vu for unbeaten IM Joseph Sanchez (2461) after he outplayed compatriot IM Ronald Salvador (2476) in the eight round to grab the solo lead (6.5/8) with one round to go in the 2009 Cannes Open.

The win gave him the inside track on winning the title and more importantly assured himself of another Grandmaster Norm regardless of the outcome of his final round match against Moroccan GM Hamdouchi (2599).

A draw on Sunday and he repeats his feat of last year when he tied for first in the same event which also netted him a GM norm.