Grandmaster Dusan Popovic emerged winner of the 22nd Donau Open that was held on 26-31st December in Aschach an der Donau, Austria.
Popovic defeated WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik in the last round to take a clear first place and the top prize of 1700 EUR. Meanwhile GM Jan Krejci could not make more than a draw against IM Andreas Diermair, finishing on the shared second place.
The event was held in four sections – Open A, Open B (U2000), Open C (U1650) and Open J (youth U12) – and over seven rounds of Swiss system.
Open A final standings:
1. GM Popovic Dusan 2547 SRB – 6
2-7. IM Diermair Andreas 2449 AUT, GM Krejci Jan 2523 CZE, IM Schreiner Peter 2471 AUT, IM Pacher Milan 2451 SVK, GM Neuman Petr 2496 CZE and FM Meskovs Nikita 2431 LAT – 5,5
8-13. IM Jurek Josef 2289 CZE, WIM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2342 KAZ, IM Frowis Georg 2423 AUT, FM Deglmann Ludwig 2349 GER, FM Burlacu Bogdan 2317 ROU and Windhager Hannes 2104 AUT – 5 etc (98 players)