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Monday, October 8, 2012

GM Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez is Spanish Chess Champion 2012

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Hi everyone,

The 77th Individual Chess Championship of Spain was held from 29th September to 7th October at the Hotel Gloria Palace de San Agustín on Gran Canaria. A total of 124 players competed in the 9-round Swiss event, including eight Grandmasters, according to the chess news site

Grandmasters Julen Luis Arizmendi and Miguel Munoz Pantoja won their last round games to finish the tournament on shared first place with 7,5 points each. Arizmendi is declared champion on better tie-break criteria.
GM Julen Luis Arizmendi

GM Oleg Korneev took the bronze thanks to the superior tie-break in the group of players with 7 points each. Munoz Pantoja (reigning Catalan champion) and Korneev have recently switched to Spanish chess federation from Peru and Russia respectively.

Also on 7 points is the last year champion Alvar Alonso Rosell, who this time took the award for the best U20 player. IM David Anton Guijarro is fifth overall and best U18 player.

The local chess fans are delighted that their own WGM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez claimed the top women prize.

Top Final Standings:

1. GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis VAL 2560 – 7.5
2. GM Munoz Pantoja Miguel CAT 2476 – 7.5
3. GM Korneev Oleg CAN 2596 – 7
4. IM Alonso Rosell Alvar CAT 2529 – 7
5. IM Anton Guijarro David MAD 2546 – 7
6. GM Alsina Leal Daniel CAT 2528 – 7
7. GM Perez Candelario Manuel EXT 2575 – 6.5
8. IM Larino Nieto David CAT 2487 – 6.5
9. IM Forcen Esteban Daniel ARA 2469 – 6.5
10. IM Recuero Guerra David AST 2450 – 6.5
11. IM Gonzalez De La Torre Santiago VAS 2442 – 6.5
12. IM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando AND 2487 – 6.5

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