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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

IM Alvar Alonso Rosell is Spanish chess champion

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Hi everyone,

The chess news tournament update is that 76th Spanish Chess Championship was held from 15th to 23rd October in Arenal den Castell, Menorca. A total 53 players competed in the 9-round Swiss event.

GM Miguel Illescas, also top seed in the Championship, held the lead throughout the tournament, but in the last round he drew with IM Olga Alexandrova and allowed IM Alvar Alonso Rosell to catch up with the shared first place with 7 points each. Rosell got the winner's trophy with a better tie-break. You can access the official website for more info.

 Alvar Alonso Rosell

Here are the final top-10 standings:
1 IM Alonso Rosell Alvar 2501 - 7
2 GM Illescas Cordoba Miguel 2601 - 7
3 IM Alexandrova Olga 2392 - 6.5
4 GM Perez Candelario Manuel 2556 - 6
5 GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis 2568 - 6
6 GM Del Rio De Angelis Salvador G 2527 - 6
7 GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto 2518 - 6
8 GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel 2519 - 6
9 IM Moreno Ruiz Javier 2536 - 5.5
10 GM De La Villa Garcia Jesus Maria 2486 - 5.5

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  • At October 25, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Folks I think Alexandrova is Illescas' wife!!! So if she had lost to her husband in the last round he would have won the tournament heh heh i am not sure but i think

  • At October 25, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    Oh boy was he mad at her later or what this is the funniest event i have heard about in chess all year - i knew she was from ukraine but married to the Spanish GM no.

  • At October 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM , Anonymous Aaron, Wurzburg said...

    Good for Rosell he should take them out for dinner

  • At October 25, 2011 at 2:47 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    Very amusing. Maybe he was too scared to beat her after all he would be going home after the tournament.


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