The event took place from the 4th to the 12th of September, which is possible only in Spain as the summer holidays there end later than just about anywhere else.
The 44-year-old Illescas wins the title for a record eighth time (Pomar and Medina had previously been Spanish champion 7 times each).
Here are the details:
|1||GM||Miguel Illescas Cordoba||2591||7,5||51|
|2||GM||Francisco Vallejo Pons||2697||7||53|
|3||IM||Javier Moreno Ruiz||2491||7||52|
|4||IM||Sergio Garza Marco||2439||7||44.5|
|5||GM||Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez||2551||6,5||55.5|
|6||GM||Ivan Salgado Lopez||2595||6,5||52.5|
|7||IM||Alvar Alonso Rosell||2485||6,5||52|
|8||IM||David Recuero Guerra||2457||6,5||51|
|9||GM||Herminio Herraiz Hidalgo||2480||6,5||49|
|10||FM||Diego Espineira Gonzalez||2305||6,5||46.5|
Third seed Illescas lost in the 4th round but finished very strongly with three wins to outpace his rivals, including top seed Vallejo Pons who had to settle for second place.
Strangely enough, these two didn't meet. Many National Championships tend to be over 11 rounds (such as the British Championships which is also a swiss event) which reduces the likelihood of this happening, especially with as many as 114 participants.
Spain has one player over 2700 (Shirov), one in the 2600s (Vallejo) and as many as twenty-two 2500+ players. So despite lacking world stars, the country is relatively strong in depth.
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