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Bojan Vuckovic Claims the 1st Balkan Grand Prix

Final tournament took place on 10-17th January in Pleven, Bulgaria

Serbian Grandmaster Bojan Vuckovic clinched a victory at the first Balkan Chess Grand Prix, which was held on 10-17th January in Pleven, Bulgaria. He took an early lead, and scored three wins with six draws to finish clear first, half a point ahead of the 2nd seed GM Constantin Lupulescu, IM Momchil Nikolov and famous fighter GM Nikola Sedlak. The Grand Prix winner admitted that the tournament was very strong and playing schedule difficult, and he was mostly able to make a difference only in deep endgames.

The players from BIH, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria were nominated by their respective chess federations or qualified from the constituting open tournaments – Sarajevo, Iasi, Obrenovac and Cetinje. Ten players competed in a round-robin tournament, composing a field of the average elo 2543, or 12th FIDE category. The prize fund was 7000 EUR.

Bojan Vuckovic sq

GM Bojan Vuckovic

Final standings:
1. GM Vuckovic Bojan 2626 SRB – 6.0
2-4. GM Sedlak Nikola 2563 SRB, IM Nikolov Momchil 2539 BUL and GM Lupulescu Constantin 2592 ROU – 5.5
5. GM Chatalbashev Boris 2561 BUL – 5.0
6-7. GM Iotov Valentin 2575 BUL and IM Stojanovic Dalibor 2473 BIH – 4.0
8. GM Drasko Milan 2537 MNE – 3.5
9-10. GM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula 2541 ROU and Krivokapic Marko 2422 MNE – 3.0

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