Illescas is Spanish Champion

Miguel Illescas Cordoba outscored his rivals with 7.5/9 in the 75th Spanish Championships that have just finished in El Sauzal on Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

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:

Rank Title NameRating PointsTie-break
1 GMMiguel Illescas Cordoba 2591 7,551
2 GMFrancisco Vallejo Pons 2697 753
3 IMJavier Moreno Ruiz 2491 752
4 IM Sergio Garza Marco 2439 744.5
5 GMJulen Luis Arizmendi Martinez 2551 6,555.5
6 GMIvan Salgado Lopez 2595 6,552.5
7 IMAlvar Alonso Rosell 2485 6,552
8 IMDavid Recuero Guerra 2457 6,551
9 GMHerminio Herraiz Hidalgo 2480 6,549
10 FMDiego Espineira Gonzalez 2305 6,546.5

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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