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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oliver Gonzalez Memorial Chess Tournament begins in Madrid with exciting events

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Hi everyone,

The chess news from Spain is that the Oliver Gonzalez Memorial has started on Saturday with a record participation of 183 players from 8 countries. There is a nice report on with all the details and you can also follow the official website for live broadcast of games.

Top-seed GM Oleg Korneev won both of his games on Saturday

The participants are divided into two groups with different schedules for the first 6 rounds: some of them are playing double rounds for 3 days (“weekend group”), while others play with a rhythm of one game each day (“normal group”). The two groups will be united for the last 3 rounds to conclude the overall winner.

The top-seed of the tournament, GM Oleg Korneev has decided to play in the weekend group and started with a perfect score, 2 out of 2. Other high-rated players with 2 points are: IM David Larino, IM Orelvis Perez, IM Santiago Roa and IM Jose Candela. The normal group played its first round this afternoon. Here the top-seed GM Renier Vazquez won his game convincingly, and so did IM Alejandro Moreno, IM Pablo Almagro, FM David Anton, IM Daniel Barria and FM Angel Arribas, too.

The socio-cultural events will start tonight with a highly popular activity: singing a karaoke bar, which will be followed with a gastronomy night on Sunday.
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  • At October 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri Knights Chess Club New Delhi said...

    Very interesting planning for a chess tournament. Interesting idea. Should be food for thought for several organisers.

  • At October 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Anonymous Sainath, Colombo said...

    Confusing format. I wonder how they work it all out. But with karaoke and actually a convenient format for a lot of players the idea might catch on. I am going to suggest it at our local club.

  • At October 10, 2011 at 6:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How's it going?


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