Report by Patricia Llaneza Vega
Chess club and chess school Ciudad Naranco has organized for 12th time their traditional Christmas tournament “Pablo Morán” in Oviedo, north of Spain. The competition has very special characteristics: blindfold chess, a friendly atmosphere and quite a strong field.
Player / Int. Rat. / Nat. Rat. / Age
IM Marcos Llaneza Vega 2479 2462 23
FM Iván González Menéndez 2442 2422 26
FM Enrique Álvarez Fernández 2368 2347 24
FM Javier Agüera Naredo 2350 2328 37
FM Iván Andrés González 2316 2315 27
Aitor Alonso Álvarez 2235 2222 24
Iván Fernández Torre 2176 2150 35
Enrique Aparicio García 2110 2078 29
The players in group photo
This year the tournament changed its format, going from 6 to 8 players split in two groups with “Bilbao system” for scoring (3-1-0). The first two players from each group would then face in semifinals and the rest would play knock-outs for 5th to 8th places.
The rate of play was 15′ + 15” Fischer increment for the first phase and Armageddon (20’+15” and obligation to win for White, 15’+10” and draw-odds for Black) for semifinals and final. Games were broadcasted live by the club website ctdnaranco.es
In group A the winner was IM Marcos Llaneza with 7 points, who advanced to semifinals with Aitor Alonso, 4 points. FM Enrique Álvarez and Enrique Aparicio scored 3. Group B was dominated by FM Iván González, 7 points, and Iván F. Torre, 6. FM Javier Agüera scored only 3 and opposition was tough for FM Iván Andrés, 1 point.
Both Marcos Llaneza and Iván González chose Black for the semifinal against Iván F. Torre and Aitor Alonso, respectively, and won quite easily their spot for the expected final.
The final match
Marcos and Iván have shown in previous editions their expertise at this difficult chess modality, having won the tournament in four occasions. Iván won the drawing of lots and chose Black. Marcos opted for a secondary line against the French Defense and soon fell into an inferior position well resolved by Iván to get his fifth title.
Final standings were:
1. Iván González
2. Marcos Llaneza
3. Aitor Alonso
4. Iván F. Torre
5. Iván Andés
6. Javier Agüera
7. Enrique Aparicio
8. Enrique Álvarez
All participants received the applause of the chess fans who followed their games in the Civic Centre “Ciudad Naranco” and a Christmas hamper. Well, the 8th player also got a wooden spoon :-)
The playing hall