The very hard-fought 10th South Wales International Open finished with four players at the top of the standings on 7/9. Craig Hanley and Jonathan Hawkings, both from England, shared the first prize with two Bulgarians, Vladimir Petkov and Marijan Petrov. All of them got 450 Euros for their efforts.
Petkov arrived as the sole leader to the last round, but only scored a draw against Keith Arkell, who coincidentally is exactly 100 points lower rated than the Bulgarian.
The other three players that ended up sharing first place won their games with white to catch up with Petkov.
The Open took place on 14-19th July at the Penarth Conservative Club, 15, Stanwell Rd, Penarth, South Glamorgan.
|1st=||£1000||Craig Hanley (England)||7||£450|
|£500||Jonathan Hawkins (England)||7||£450|
|£300||Vladimir Petkov (Bulgaria)||7||£450|
|Marijan Petrov (Bulgaria)||7||£450|
|Best non GM Titled player||£250||Andrew Greet (Scotland)||6||£42|
|Olaf Steffans (Germany)||6||£42|
|Carl Strugnell (France)||6||£42|
|Ioan Rees (Wales)||6||£117 (Best Welsh)|
|Paul Cooksey (England)||6||£80 (Best English)|
|Glenn House (England)||6||£80 (Best English)|
|Best non titled 2300-2001||£150||Tim Kett (Wales)||6||£125 (Best Welsh)|
|Martin Brown (England)||6||£87.50 (Best English) British Qualifying|
|Justin Horton (England)||6||£87.50 (Best English)|
|Best non titled 2000-1900||£150||Alex Bullen (Wales)||5.5||£75|
|Richard Bryant (England)||5.5||£75|
|Best non titled Under 1900||£150||Rhys Bennett (Wales)||5.5||£125 (Best Welsh Junior)|
|Thomas Thorpe (Wales)||5.5||£125 (Best Welsh Junior)|
|Best non FIDE rated||£150||Sam Jukes (Wales)||3.5||£75|
|Thomas Turton (Wales)||3.5||£75|
|Best Welsh U2300||£150||See Above|
|Best English U2300||£150||See Above|
|Best non Welsh Junior||£100||(Only one) John Hughes (Ireland)||5.5||Free Entry|