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Sarkhan Gashimov brings the major surprise at Donostia blitz

Sarkhan Gashimov with the trophy

The Donostia Chess Festival, the main event of which was won by Andrei Volokitin, continued this weekend with a blitz event. It counted with strong participation, including 3 GMs over 2700 ELO – Arkadij Naiditsch, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Moiseenko.

At the beginning all participants were divided into 4 groups (10-11 players each) and played in round-robin tournaments. Four players from each group could get to the final event with 16 players and knock-out system. Each match in knockout tournament consisted of two blitz games and Armageddon game in case of draw.

The surprise in the group stage was the qualification of Sarkhan Gashimov, the older brother and manager of GM Vugar Gashimov. He qualified for the finals, having lost only to GM Naiditsch. Despite having a relatively modest rating of 2351, Sarhan Gashimov went on to win the final stage by defeating Alexander Moiseenko (1.5-0.5), Aleksa Strikovic (2-0), Loek Van Wely (2-1 in Armageddon), and Julio Granda Zuniga (1.5-0.5) in final match.

All photos from Donostia in the photo gallery

Main section games and results

 

Group stage A

 

Rank SNo. Nombre EloInt FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Res.
1 1 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2706 UKR * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 0
2 2 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 2640 PER 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 ½
3 4 GM Komljenovic Davorin 2457 CRO 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 ½
4 3 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A 2634 UKR ½ 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
5 5 IM Franco Alonso Alejandro 2449 ESP ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
6 6 FM Aabling-Thomsen Jakob 2324 DEN 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 4 0
7 8 Martinez Pelaez David 1987 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 0 1 1 0
8 7 Rodriguez Boado Martin 2164 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 3 0
9 9 Montolio Benedicto Cesar 1967 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ * 0 1 0
10 10 Parron Luceno David 1828 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 2 0
11 11 Irulegi Garmendia Jose Antonio 1527 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0

Group stage B

1 1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2702 GER * 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
2 6 Gashimov Sarkhan 2351 AZE 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 8 0
3 3 GM Strikovic Aleksa 2559 SRB 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 ½
4 5 GM Hoffman Alejandro 2444 ARG 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 ½
5 2 GM Landa Konstantin 2645 RUS ½ 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
6 4 GM Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo Reynaldo 2482 CUB 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 6 0
7 7 Guijarro Galan Jose Luis 2142 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 5 0
8 8 Sanz Rodero Mikel 2045 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 2 1
9 10 Zubia Aranburu Mikel 1828 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 2 1
10 11 Rodriguez Ferreiro Jose Camilo 0 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 2 1
11 9 ——— —- 0 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0

Group stage C

1 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2699 FRA * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 0
2 7 GM Feller Sebastien 2658 FRA 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 0
3 3 GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S 2519 ESP 0 ½ * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0
4 2 IM Huerga Leache Mikel 2436 ESP 0 ½ 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
5 5 IM Argandona Riveiro Inigo 2387 ESP 0 0 1 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0
6 8 GM Kunin Vitaly 2537 GER 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 0
7 9 Alcaide Luque Aitor 2135 ESP 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 1 0
8 4 Urbieta Gabancho Koldo 1949 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 2 0
9 6 Izagirre Alsua Aritz 1828 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 0
10 10 Andersen Soren Mikkel 2064 DEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0

Group stage D

1 8 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2659 BUL * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0
2 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2523 BUL ½ * 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 0
3 9 IM Barria Zuniga Daniel 2432 CHI 0 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 1 GM Van Wely Loek 2692 NED ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1
5 6 GM Shchekachev Andrei 2524 FRA ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 1 ½
6 10 IM Valdes Leonardo 2393 CRC 0 0 0 1 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0
7 7 WIM Zepeda Lorena 2127 ESA 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 3 0
8 5 Diaz Herrero Alvaro 2132 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 0
9 2 Tung Siu Hung 1908 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 0
10 4 Olabe Odriozola Eduardo 1932 ESP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 0

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