Gonzalez Chess Memorial in Madrid: GM Holden Hernández Gets Clear First
GM Holden Hernández has won the third edition of the third edition of the Óliver González Chess Memorial that concluded in Madrid last Sunday, according to the latest chess news via Fide. This chess festival is held every year in memoriam of the young FIDE Master from Madrid Óliver González who passed away in 2009.
Cuban GM Holden Hernández obtained a clear first with 7.5 points. Ukrainian Grandmasters Martyn Kravtsiv and Andrey Vovk, came in second as both were unbeaten with 7 points each. Fourth was top seed GM Sergey Fedorchuk followed by local player, the young IM Ángel Arribas.
Junior chess players from Madrid, Madrid Adrián Vázquez (9th) and IM David Antón (10th), who was about to get his third GM norm the last day, did well in the tournament.
Simultaneously to A Tournament, the B Tournament for players rated under 2100 was also held. The tournament victory went to 14-years-old Rubén Fernández Gil. In total, 242 players took part in the 3rd Óliver González Chess Memorial, 43 of them title holders, with 17 different nationalities.
Besides, a good number of side events run parallel to the chess tournament, such as a football match (A Tournament’s team vs B Tournament’s team), Children’s Cup, Simuls, a magic show, night Blitz tournaments, Blitz open, karaoke, etc. So definitely players didn’t get bored during their stay in Madrid.
3rd Óliver González Chess Memorial has been organized by “Virgen de Atocha” Chess Club with the main sponsorship of “Vázquez y Torres Ingeniería”. The City of Madrid provided a fantastic playing venue and the “Irish City Sports Bar” hosted many of the side events.
Other important collaborators in the success of the Memorial have been “Limpiezas LM2″, CDV Chess Club, Móstoles Chess Club, Tajamar Chess Club, Chess Federation of Madrid, and more. (The report was by Daniel Rodriguez via the official website.)
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