Report by WGM Anna Rudolf
The Oliver Gonzalez Memorial has started Saturday with a record participation of 183 players from 8 countries.
The participants are divided into two groups with different schedules for the first 6 rounds: some of them are playing double rounds for 3 days (“weekend group”), while others play with a rhythm of one game each day (“normal group”). The two groups will be united for the last 3 rounds to conclude the overall winner.
The top-seed of the tournament, GM Oleg Korneev has decided to play in the weekend group and started with a perfect score, 2 out of 2. Other high-rated players with 2 points are: IM David Larino, IM Orelvis Perez, IM Santiago Roa and IM Jose Candela.
The normal group played its first round this afternoon. Here the top-seed GM Renier Vazquez won his game convincingly, and so did IM Alejandro Moreno, IM Pablo Almagro, FM David Anton, IM Daniel Barria and FM Angel Arribas, too.
The socio-cultural events will start tonight with a highly popular activity: singing a karaoke bar, which will be followed with a gastronomy night on Sunday.
Stay tuned for the daily reports on the tournament as well as on the grandmasters of the karaoke and other highlights ;)
Live games can be followed at: http://directo.memorialolivergonzalez.com/