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Monday, November 15, 2010

Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Chess: Cuban GM Bruzon wins title

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GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro

Hello Everyone,

The Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona - a popular tournament in Europe - concluded on November 13 with Cuban Grandmaster Bruzon Batista Lazaro taking the top prize.

The Magistral Casino de Barcelona 2010 was a round robin tournament with ten players and was held in the scenic Spanish capital. It had very few draws and real fighting games. And the final results saw a tie between Ivan Salgado and Lazaro Bruzon with the latter winning on tiebreak points.

Bruzon had defeated Salgado in the first round, but then the Spaniard had scored six straight victories. In the last round, when Salgado drew Ernesto Inarkiev, Bruzon was able to catch up with him for a shared first place. And, the first-round win gave Bruzon the champion's title.

Final standings:

1-2. GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2668 and GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2602 - 7.0
3. GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2667 - 6.0
4-5. GM Jussupow Artur GER 2589 and GM Edouard Romain FRA 2636 - 4.5
6-7. GM Alsina Leal Daniel ESP 2527 and GM Cuartas Jaime Alexander COL 2534 - 4.0
8. GM Oms Pallisse Josep ESP 2528 - 3.5
9. GM Magem Badals Jordi ESP 2593 - 2.5
10. GM Hess Robert USA 2602 - 2.0

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