SIMPLECHESS

Marcote wins Spanish Final

Three wins and three draws saw Escuelo-Kasparov-Mercote defeat Linex-Magic quite comfortably in the final of the 2010 Spanish Honours Division. Vugar Gashimov and Francisco Vallejo Pons were on the top two boards for Mercote throughout.

Here are the details:

C.A. LINEX-MAGIC (3) 1½ - 4½ESCUELA I. KASPAROV MARCOTE (1)
GM Shirov Alexei 2749 0 : 1 GM Gashimov Vugar 2719
GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2734 ½ : ½ GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2697
GM Sargissian Gabriel 2673 0 : 1 GM Smeets Jan 2669
GM Cheparinov Ivan 2661 ½ : ½ GM Gustafsson Jan 2643
IM Perez Candelario Manuel 2526 0 : 1 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2607
IM Rocha Sergio 2431 ½ : ½ GM Graf Alexander 2590

Gashimov finished with 4/5 but it was Alexander Graf who obtained the highest overall score playing on board six:

ESCUELA I. KASPAROV MARCOTERatingsScore
GM Gashimov Vugar 27194/6
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco26973.5
GM Smeets Jan26694
GM Gustafsson Jan26433/6
GM Salgado Lopez Ivan26074/6
GM Graf Alexander25904.5/6

Reverte Albox won a rather closer third-fourth place play-off:

C.A. SOLVAY (7) 2½ - 3½ C.A. REVERTE ALBOX (8)
GM Harikrishna P 2646 ½ : ½ GM Dreev Alexey 2660
GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2655 1 : 0 GM Krasenkow Michal 2628
GM Delchev Aleksander 2632 ½ : ½ GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2625
GM Ubilava Elizbar 2528 0 : 1 GM Matlakov Maxim 2603
IM Bernal Moro Luis Javier 2443 ½ : ½ GM Rivas Pastor Manuel 2529
Rodriguez Fontecha Marcos 2258 0 : 1 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos 2520

So reverte Albox take third place, noting that Solvay fielded a weakened team.

In the survival battles Sestao won again to ensure their survival. In the final match Gros drew with Merida. The site suggests that it is Gros that stays in the division, but this requires checking.

C.A. SESTAO NATURGAS (2) 4 - 2SCC SABADELL (4)
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2729 1 : 0 GM Navara David 2731
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2723 1 : 0 GM Laznicka Viktor 2638
GM Short Nigel D 2690 ½ : ½ GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2591
GM Moiseenko Alexander 2667 1 : 0 GM Magem Badals Jordi 2589
GM Del Rio De Angelis Salvador G 2521 0 : 1 GM Almeida Quintana Omar 2559
GM Romero Holmes Alfonso 2518 ½ : ½ GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel 2543

Almasi beat Bacrot but Gros balanced this out with a win on a lower board:

GROS X.T. (6) 3 - 3MERIDA PATRIMONIO (5)
GM Bacrot Etienne 2720 0 : 1 GM Almasi Zoltan 2717
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2699 ½ : ½ GM Meier Georg 2648
GM Van Wely Loek 2677 ½ : ½ GM Zhigalko Sergei 2656
GM Hamdouchi Hichem 2600 ½ : ½ GM Zhigalko Andrey 2591
GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo 2511 1 : 0 GM Llanes Hurtado Miguel 2477
GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto 2507 ½ : ½ IM Fernandez Romero Ernesto 2450

For more information concerning the event go to the Official site


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