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Friday, January 6, 2012

Motorbike and cash as prizes for Andrei Voliktin at Donostia Chess Festival!

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Hello everyone,

We are not sure if this is a first when it comes to chess prizes. But a 'speedy' congratulations to GM Andrei Volokitin for winning the Donostia Chess Festival! 
 Volokitin on his electric bike | All photos © David Llada and Anastasiya Karlovich

The latest chess tournament news via Fide is that Andrei Volokitin has won the very unique Donostia Chess Festival. In the final match he defeated Viktor Laznichka by 2:0. The match was very tough and pressure became so high that Czech player just simply forgot about time in one of the games where he played with Black.

The rook ending was equal and few moves earlier Andrei Volokitin proposed a draw which was declined by Viktor Laznichka. After the accident with time Czech Grandmaster was not able to concentrate on the other game anymore and blundered an exchange few moves later. Andrei Voliktin grabs 20,000 euro prize and a big motorbike.

In the B-group two leaders Antoaneta Stefanova and Reynaldo Vera made a quick draw which suited their tournament position. Few more players, who were half a point behind, managed to win in the last round and joined the group of the prize-winners. As a result Sergey Fedorchuk became a winner of the C-group.

Check for more details at Donostia Chess Festival. The interesting event was held from December 28th-January 5th, 2012 in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. The playing system included 64-player knock-out, matches of two games played simultaneously!

Players Gashimov, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Dominguez and Vachier-Lagrave were some of the top players at the event.

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