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GM Renier Vazquez Wins Abierto Internacional Ciudad de Sevilla

Hamdouchi, Bhat, Berbatov and Spraggett also share the first place

It was predictable that the winner in the dense and tough field in Sevilla Open will be decided by tiebreaker, and so it was. Two quick draws on the top tables in the last round, Bhat – Vazquez and Hamdouchi – Burmakin, gave an opportunity to other players to beat the margin and catch up on the top.

Finally, five players with seven points each shared the first place, in this order accoridng to the additional criteria: the Cuban-Spanish GM Renier Vazquez, French-Moroccan GM Hicham Hamdouchi, the American GM Vinay Bhat, the young Bulgarian IM Kiprian Berbatov (who defeated GM Damian Lemos) and Canadian GM Kevin Spraggett (who beat GM Bogdan Lalic). Vazquez was declared the champion only after counting up the second tiebreak score.

Sevilla winners

Top three finishers, Hamdouchi, Vázquez and Bhat

Eighteen players finished with 6.5 points: GM Vladimir Burmakin (Russia), German GM Joerg Hickl, Algerian GM Aimen Rizouk, Latvian IM Ilmars Starostits, Azeri GM Azer Mirzoev, Ecuador’s GM Carlos Matamoros, Russian GM Oleg Korneev, Davorin Komljenovic (Croatia), Daniel Campora (Argentina), Ukrainians IM Alexander Razmyslov and GM Ruslan Pogorelov, the Andalusian GM Manuel Rivas Pastor, Indian IM V. Saravanan, Italian IM Mario Lanzani, Malaga’s IM Ernesto Fernandez, Chilean IM Daniel Barria, Venezuelan IM J. Blanco and the “young” Portuguese IM Joaquim Durao.

GM Carlos Matamoros earned the brilliancy prize for his 3rd round victory against the Italian Sgnaolín. The tournament was held on 8-16th January 2010.

(The text is based on the news from the official website)

Sevilla Renier Vazquez

GM Renier Vazquez during the 5th round

Sevilla Kiprian Berbatov

IM Kiprian Berbatov

Sevilla Ulf Andersson

The legendary GM Ulf Andersson finished with 6.0 points

Round 9 top results:

GM Bhat Vinay S ½ – ½ GM Vazquez Igarza Renier

GM Hamdouchi Hicham ½ – ½ GM Burmakin Vladimir

GM Mirzoev Azer ½ – ½ GM Pogorelov Ruslan

GM Lalic Bogdan 0 – 1 GM Spraggett Kevin

GM Hickl Joerg ½ – ½ GM Campora Sivori Daniel H.

GM Matamoros Franco Carlos S ½ – ½ IM Starostits Ilmars

GM Lemos Damian 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

GM Komljenovic Davorin ½ – ½ GM Rizouk Aimen

GM Rivas Pastor Manuel ½ – ½ IM Barria Zuñiga Daniel

GM Andersson Ulf ½ – ½ IM Saravanan V

GM Korneev Oleg 1 – 0 Urbina Perez Juan Antonio

IM Fernandez Romero Ernesto 1 – 0 Rioboo De Larriva Alvaro

Perez Garcia Roberto 0 – 1 IM Razmyslov Alexander

Codenotti Marco ½ – ½ IM Teran Alvarez Ismael

Melero Fidalgo Juan De Dios 0 – 1 IM Blanco Cristobal J

Final standings:

1 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier 2560 ESP – 7

2 GM Hamdouchi Hicham 2601 FRA – 7

3 GM Bhat Vinay S 2540 USA – 7

4 IM Berbatov Kiprian 2455 BUL – 7

5 GM Spraggett Kevin 2586 CAN – 7

6 GM Burmakin Vladimir 2590 RUS – 6½

7 GM Hickl Joerg 2572 GER – 6½

8 GM Rizouk Aimen 2532 ALG – 6½

9 IM Starostits Ilmars 2471 LAT – 6½

10 GM Mirzoev Azer 2594 AZE – 6½

11 GM Matamoros Franco Carlos S 2545 ECU – 6½

12 GM Korneev Oleg 2573 RUS – 6½

13 GM Komljenovic Davorin 2431 CRO – 6½

14 GM Campora Sivori Daniel H. 2483 ARG – 6½

15 IM Razmyslov Alexander 2431 UKR – 6½

16 GM Pogorelov Ruslan 2474 UKR – 6½

17 GM Rivas Pastor Manuel 2531 ESP – 6½

18 IM Saravanan V 2356 IND – 6½

19 IM Lanzani Mario 2369 ITA – 6½

20 IM Fernandez Romero Ernesto 2458 ESP – 6½

21 IM Barria Zuñiga Daniel 2430 CHI – 6½

22 IM Blanco Cristobal J 2379 VEN – 6½

23 IM Durao Joaquim 2043 POR – 6½ etc

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