Russian Team Chess Championships

Sochi, April 1-14, 2008

Right before the start of the Chess Grand Prix in Baku and the Mtel Masters in Sofia, the Russian Team Chess championship will collect some of the strongest players in the world. It will take place in Sochi, April 1-14. Here are the teams and some of the players.

Russian Team Chess Championships teams

Finek – Gazprom (Sankt Peterburg)

Shsm (Moscow)

Economist Saratov 1

Economist Saratov 2

Shatar Buryatia

64 (Moscow)

Tomsk 400

South Ural

Politekhnik (Nizhny Tagil)

TPS- Saransk (Saransk)

Ural (Ekaterininburg)

Spasio-Swiss (Moscow)


The official lists of the teams have not been published yet. News is already infiltrating Russian media and has reported on some of the teams in the Russian Championships.

World Chess Cup Final Kamski ID

Gata Kamsky to play in Ural (Ekaterininburg)

Gata Kamsky will be one of the top boards of Ural (Ekateriningburg) in the Russian Team Chess Championships. This is one of the biggest surprises of the competition, as Kamsky will play the Chess Grand Prix in Baku only a few days after. Similar is the situation with Teimour Radjabov – he will also play for Ural and will help the team in the race for the first places.

Radjabov and Kamsky will play the first rounds on the top boards, as for later they have strong substitutes. Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Akopian, Alexander Grischuk, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Dreev, and Alexander Motylev are the other players of Ural (Ekateriningburg)

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Morozevich will lead Tomsk 400

Alexander Morozevich will be the top player of the strong Tomsk 400 team. He will be joined by Dimitry Jakovenko, Artyom Timofeev, Andrei Harlov, Pavel Smirnov, and Andrea Belozerov.

We can expect Morozevich to play in most of the games, as he declined participation in the Grand Prix series.

Expect all teams of the Russian team chess championship later today at

News From Australia

Sydney Open and Olympiad Appeal

The 2008 Sydney International Open Chess Tournament took place on 25-29 March at Parramatta Town Hall. Scheduled close to the Doeberl Cup, it allowed foreign players to make a useful trip to Australia and also many local people to make a good vacation planning. GM Gawain Jones and IM Zong-Yuan Zhao bravely attacked with black pieces in the last round and it paid dividends as wins allowed them to catch GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly and GM Zhong Zhang on the first place tie. Zong-Yuan Zhao holds huge rating gain in reserve for the April list and should be promoted to Grandmaster on the next FIDE meeting.

There was no compulsory Gibraltar rule this time, and some Grandmasters took the advantage of making friendly draws in the last two rounds. GM Dejan Antic, once again, had denied repetition claim, this time in the 5th round. Visit the official website and The Closet Grandmaster blog for more information about the event.

Now that chess world’s attention on the Australian events is peaking, it is a good moment to mention that there is ACF Olympiad Appeal ongoing with aim to gather funds for the Australian team’s airfare to Dresden. Australia is one of about 30% of teams at the Olympiad where all the players pay all their expenses and have no government or commercial support. The public appeal usually raises $A400-600 per player, and each player has to find about $A2.000 for the ticket.

This means that players sometimes drop out of the team for money reasons, but all candidates know in advance that they have to find $A2.000 every two years to represent their country and most manage to do so. For 2002 Bled Olympiad the team was partly sponsored by Ansell. Australian Sports Ministry gave some money once, but this was controversial for most sports people who don’t consider chess to be a sport, and it never happened again.

From the donation page: We ask you all to reach for the hip pocket, and give what you can to the ACF Olympiad Appeal. No donation is too large or too small – all will get the teams that much closer to Germany and will be acknowledged on this site. All donors to the last Olympiad Appeal received email bulletins from the players direct from Turin. A similar thank-you gesture for donors is anticipated from the players in Dresden.

Last round results

GM Akobian Varuzhan ½ – ½ GM Zhang Zhong

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar ½ – ½ GM Gagunashvili Merab

IM Kizov Atanas 0 – 1 GM Jones Gawain

GM Chandler Murray G 0 – 1 IM Zhao Zong-Yuan

GM Antonio Rogelio ½ – ½ GM Johansen Darryl

GM Malakhatko Vadim 1 – 0 FM Metz Hartmut

IM Solomon Stephen 1 – 0 Dragicevic Domagoj

Sydney Open final standings

1-4. GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND 2579), GM Zhong Zhang (SIN 2617), GM Gawain Jones (ENG 2562) and IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (AUS 2487) 7.0

5-12. GM Merab Gagunashvili (GEO 2553), GM Rogelio Jr Antonio (PHI 2529), GM Varuzhan Akobian (USA 2599), IM Igor Bitansky (ISR 2424), GM Vadim Malakhatko Vadim (BEL 2600), IM Stephen Solomon (AUS 2468), GM Darryl Johansen (AUS 2475) and IM Gary Lane (AUS 2412) 6.5

Photos by Amiel Rosario of The Closet Grandmaster

Murray Chandler square

GM Murray Chandler, Managing Director of Gambit Publications

Varuzhan Akobian square

Varuzhan Akobian, winner of the 2008 Doeberl Cup

Bellow is the last video from Doeberl Cup, including interviews with IM David Smerdon, Amiel Rosario and GM Varuzhan Akobian. See also GM Ian Rogers’ blog at the USCF website.

Ivan Ivanisevic wins 2008 Serbian Championship

GM norms for Boban Bogosavljevic and Milos Pavlovic

Three players have entered the last round with same points, but only GM Ivan Ivanisevic managed to defeat his opponent and this valuable point brought him the championship trophy. Ivan had excellent finish, winning last three games in a row. GM Bojan Vuckovic tried his best to win with black pieces, but IM Dejan Leskur played safe variation against the Sicilian defence and was able to reach a draw rook endgame. Nevertheless, clear second place is excellent result for Vuckovic.

GM Dejan Pikula had a nice lead after 11 rounds, but then suffered two consecutive losses. He lost in the last round to FM Boban Bogosavljevic, who played very aggressive with black pieces because this point was necessary to reach GM norm. Bogosavljevic and Pikula finished tied on 3rd place. IM Milos M Pavlovic also earned his 2nd GM norm.

Spasojevic i Ivanisevic

Ivan Ivanisevic receiving the trophy

Boban Bogosavljevic square

GM norm for Boban Bogosavljevic

Round 13 results:

GM Markus Robert 2575 ½ – ½ GM Perunovic Milos 2570

IM Pavlovic Milos M 2457 ½ – ½ GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2575

IM Leskur Dejan 2468 ½ – ½ GM Vuckovic Bojan 2556

GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2649 1 – 0 GM Sedlak Nikola 2568

GM Drazic Sinisa 2489 ½ – ½ GM Damljanovic Branko 2582

IM Velickovic Sasa 2401 ½ – ½ GM Miladinovic Igor 2604

GM Pikula Dejan 2524 0 – 1 FM Bogosavljevic Boban 2492

Final standings:

1. GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2649 9.0

2. GM Bojan Vuckovic 2556 8½

3-4. FM Boban Bogosavljevic 2492 and GM Dejan Pikula 2524 8.0

5. GM Milos Perunovic 2570 7½

6-8. GM Aleksandar Kovacevic 2575, GM Igor Miladinovic 2604 and IM Milos M Pavlovic 2457 7.0

9-10. GM Robert Markus 2575 6½

10. GM Branko Damljanovic 2582 6.0

11. GM Nikola Sedlak 2568 5½

12. GM Sinisa Drazic 2489 5.0

13. IM Dejan Leskur 2468 3½

14. IM Sasa Velickovic 2401 2½

Dejan Pikula square 1

GM Dejan Pikula receiving his prize

Spasojevic i Bogosavljevic

Srdjan Spasojevic, president of Serbian Chess Federation and Boban Bogosavljevic

Katanic Milivojevic

Arbiters: Petar Katanic-Vujic and Milivoje Milivojevic

Vladica Andrejic

Vladica Andrejic was in charge of live games transmission

Serbian championship players

Players in group photo

Dramatic finish of the 2008 Serbian Championship

Pikula lost, three players heading into the last round with same points

GM Dejan Pikula, who enjoyed a full point lead after the 11th round, lost a short game with black pieces against last-year champion GM Milos Perunovic. The followers, GM Ivan Ivanisevic and GM Bojan Vuckovic, immediately jumped on the opportunity and caught Pikula on the first place tie after beating their respective opponents.

FM Boban Bogosavljevic, 19-years old junior champion, broke to the 4th place tie together with Perunovic after winning against long-time Chess Informant Editor, IM Sasa Velickovic. Bogosavljevic has to take a full point away from title contender Pikula in the last round in order to reach a 13-round GM norm.

Round 12 results:

GM Perunovic Milos 2570 1 – 0 GM Pikula Dejan 2524

FM Bogosavljevic Boban 2492 1 – 0 IM Velickovic Sasa 2401

GM Miladinovic Igor 2604 0 – 1 GM Drazic Sinisa 2489

GM Damljanovic Branko 2582 0 – 1 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2649

GM Sedlak Nikola 2568 ½ – ½ IM Leskur Dejan 2468

GM Vuckovic Bojan 2556 1 – 0 IM Pavlovic Milos M 2457

GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2575 ½ – ½ GM Markus Robert 2575

Round 12 standings:

1-3. GM Bojan Vuckovic 2556, GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2649 and GM Dejan Pikula 2524 8.0

4-5. FM Boban Bogosavljevic 2492 and GM Milos Perunovic 2570 7.0

6-8. GM Aleksandar Kovacevic 2575, GM Igor Miladinovic 2604 and IM Milos M Pavlovic 2457 6½

9-10. GM Robert Markus 2575 6.0

10-11. GM Branko Damljanovic 2582 and GM Nikola Sedlak 2568 5½

12. GM Sinisa Drazic 2489 4½

13. IM Dejan Leskur 2468 3.0

14. IM Sasa Velickovic 2401 2.0

Last round pairings:

GM Markus Robert 2575 – GM Perunovic Milos 2570

IM Pavlovic Milos M 2457 – GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2575

IM Leskur Dejan 2468 – GM Vuckovic Bojan 2556

GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2649 – GM Sedlak Nikola 2568

GM Drazic Sinisa 2489 – GM Damljanovic Branko 2582

IM Velickovic Sasa 2401 – GM Miladinovic Igor 2604

GM Pikula Dejan 2524 – FM Bogosavljevic Boban 2492

2008 Serbian Championship – Round 11

Many decided games, IM Milos Pavlovic earns GM norm

Serbian Individual Championship is taking place on 15-28 March in Mataruska Banja, near Kraljevo. After eleven rounds of spirited fighting, Dejan Pikula has singled out on the pole position, full point ahead of the competition. The seasoned Grandmaster has won six games, lost only one, and is already in huge rating gain.

IM Milos M Pavlovic has fulfilled 11-round GM norm. With 1.5 points from the remaining two games he could reach a “long” norm, thus already completing all conditions for the title. Milos had a fantastic run at the recent tournaments and is holding 60 FIDE points reserve for the April rating list. This will probably be the first time in the history of chess to have two Grandmasters with the same name. Serbia already has GM Milos Pavlovic, and he is exactly 20 years older than our challenger.

Dejan Pikula square Milos M Pavlovic square

GM Dejan Pikula and IM Milos Pavlovic

FM Boban Bogosavljevic, who qualified for the event as Serbian junior champion, has to win both remaining games in order to obtain GM norm. He is scheduled to play Dejan Pikula in the last round, and we can expect to see some fireworks as both are inspired fighters.

A number of decided games is fascinating, some of them are presented bellow. The prize fund is 5.000 Euros, and all players have received stimulation prior to the competition.

Round 11 standings:

1. GM Dejan Pikula 2524 8.0

2-3. GM Bojan Vuckovic 2556 and GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2649 7.0

4-5. GM Igor Miladinovic 2604 and IM Milos M Pavlovic 2457 6½

6-8. FM Boban Bogosavljevic 2492, GM Aleksandar Kovacevic 2575 and GM Milos Perunovic 2570 6.0

9-10. GM Branko Damljanovic 2582 and GM Robert Markus 2575 5½

11. GM Nikola Sedlak 2568 5.0

12. GM Sinisa Drazic 2489 3½

13. IM Dejan Leskur 2468 2½

14. IM Sasa Velickovic 2401 2.0

Ivan Ivanisevic square Bojan Vuckovic square

GM Ivan Ivanisevic and GM Bojan Vuckovic

Aleksandar Kovacevic square Milos Perunovic square

GM Aleksandar Kovacevic and GM Milos Perunovic

Robert Markus square Nikola Sedlak square

GM Robert Markus and GM Nikola Sedlak

Kolkata Open

surprising results in the first rounds

kolkota open

Two rounds have passed of Kolkata Open chess tournament. The first round was rather calm with few surprising results. However, in round 2 many underdogs took the scalps of experienced players.

The top seeded GM Sasikiran started with a nice win over FM Rahman Md Taibur. In round 2 he was held to a draw by Barbosa Oliver. Similar was the fate of GM Koneru Humpy who started with a win over Tiwari Arjun , but made a draw with IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu.

Currently GM Viktor Laznicka, GM Smbat Lputian, and GM Nguyen are leading with full points. Here are the top table results from the first two rounds. We will keep you updated on the next rounds results and as soon as the pgn of Kolkata Open is available we will publish it as well.

Kolkata open, round 1

FM Rahman Md Taibur 0 – 1 0 GM Sasikiran Krishnan

GM Lputian Smbat G 0 1 – 0 0 IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar

Tiwari Arjun 2322 0 – 1 GM Koneru Humpy

GM Laznicka Viktor 1 – 0 IM Shetty Rahul

FM Hasan Mehdi 0 – 1 GM Sandipan Chanda

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan ½ – ½ Swapnil S Dhopade

Shashikant Kutwal 0 – 1 GM David Alberto

GM Adly Ahmed 1 – 0 Thakur Akash

Phadke Sohan 0 – 1 GM Nguyen Anh Dung

IM Hossain Enamul 0 – 1 Shyam Nikil P

FM Ramakrishna J 0 – 1 GM Abdulla Al-Rakib

GM Dobrov Vladimir 1 – 0 Prasenjit Datta

Singh Gurpreet Pal 0 – 1 GM Safin Shukhrat

GM Rahman Ziaur 1 – 0 FM Singh Rishpal S

Debashis Das 0 – 1 GM Barua Dibyendu

GM Neelotpal Das 1 – 0 IM Balasubramaniun Ramnathan

Mohammad Javed 0 – 1 IM Ashwin Jayaram

GM Ramesh R B 1 – 0 WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty

Sagar Shah 0 – 1 GM Bakre Tejas

IM Sriram Jha 1 – 0 Matta Vinay Kumar

Kolkata open, round 2

GM Sasikiran Krishnan ½ – ½ Barbosa Oliver

WGM Mohota Nisha 0 – 1 GM Lputian Smbat G

GM Koneru Humpy ½ – ½ IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu

IM Saptarshi Roy 0 – 1 GM Laznicka Viktor

GM Sandipan Chanda ½ – ½ Das Arghyadip

GM David Alberto 0 – 1 1 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy

IM Akshayraj Kore ½ – ½ GM Adly Ahmed

GM Nguyen Anh Dung 1 – 0 IM Kamble Vikramaditya

GM Abdulla Al-Rakib 0 – 1 Thejkumar M S

IM Lodhi Mahmood 0 – 1 GM Dobrov Vladimir

GM Safin Shukhrat 1 – 0 IM Saravanan V

IM Kobese Watu ½ – ½ GM Rahman Ziaur

GM Barua Dibyendu 1 – 0 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal

FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 0 – 1 GM Neelotpal Das

GM Falko Bindrich wins Neckar Open

a total of 311 players in the main section of Neckar Open

GM Falko Bindrich won the 12th edition of Neckar Open. He grabbed the clear first with 7,5/9, half a point ahead of the chasing pack. Second place was shared by Leon Hoyos, Dgebuadze, Lauber, Krämer, Peralta, Erdos, Chatalbashev, Graf, and Fedorchuk, all with 7,0/9. Leon Hoyos had the best tiebreak coeficient and got the silver medal, the bronze was for Dgebuadze.

In the B tournament Carsten Stein did not leave any chance to the rest of the players and conqured the first place with 8,0/9.

Neckar open standings

1. Bindrich, Falko 7.5/9

2. Leon Hoyos, Manuel 7.0/9

3. Dgebuadze, Alexandre 7.0/9

4. Lauber, Arnd 7.0/9

5. Krämer, Martin 7.0/9

6. Peralta, Fernando 7.0/9

7. Erdos, Viktor 7.0/9

8. Chatalbashev, Boris 7.0/9

9. Graf, Alexander 7.0/9

10. Bogner, Sebastian 7.0/9

11. Fedorchuk, Sergey A. 7.0/9

12. Schneider, Ilja 6.5/9

13. Beinoras, Mindaugas 6.5/9

14. Pruijssers, Roeland 6.5/9

15. Fedorovsky, Michael 6.5/9

16. Zeller, Frank 6.5/9

17. Heimann, Andreas 6.5/9

18. Korneev, Oleg 6.5/9

19. Naumann, Alexander 6.5/9

20. Jaracz, Pawel 6.5/9

21. Chernov, Vadim 6.5/9

22. Lanka, Zigurds 6.5/9

23. Farago, Ivan 6.5/9

24. Brandenburg, Daan 6.5/9

25. Manakov, Ilya 6.0/9

26. Thinius, Marco 6.0/9

27. Vatter, Hans-Joachim 6.0/9

28. Van Ketel, Raoul 6.0/9

29. Welling, Gerard 6.0/9

30. Semcesen, Daniel 6.0/9

31. Karner, Christoph 6.0/9

32. Genutis, Mindaugas 6.0/9

33. Frübing, Stefan 6.0/9

34. Schleich, Markus 6.0/9

35. Kleijn, Christov 6.0/9

36. Op Den Kelder, Joram 6.0/9

Total 311 players

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GM Ivan Salgado Lopez wins in San Sebastian

Five players finished on tied 2nd place. Report by IA Mikel Larreategi

The Spanish GM Ivan Salgado Lopez
won the 31st edition of the San Sebastian International Open with 7.5
points after drawing his game against GM Pablo San Segundo (ESP).

A draw was enough for him, and the results of the 2nd and the 3rd board, where
GM Kevin Spragget – IM Pablo Lafuente and IM Alberto Andres – FM Daniel Alsina signed draws as well, helped him
maintain the
half-point distance in the final ranking.

Spragget, San Segundo and Andres scored 7
points after drawing their games, and Del Rio and Cifuentes also scored 7
after defeating Lopez and Bellia.

Local player IM Argandoña won his game against
Puerto-Traver and tied the prize for the best Gipuzkoan
player with Alonso despite his loss against FM Recuero.

For his victory GM Ivan Salgado received a check and a typical Basque

IA Mikel Larreategi

Donostia 2

Winner IM Ivan Salgado (right) and 3rd placed IM Alberto Andres

Donostia 1

Here they are joined by GM Kevin Spraggett

Donostia 3

Tension on the top two boards attracts the crowd

Official website

Round six report

Akobian Claims 2008 Doeberl Cup

Report, photos and videos (updated)

American Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian won the last round game against direct competitor GM Dejan Antic to claim the trophy at the 2008 Doeberl Cup. Yet another anti-draw mishap and again Antic was involved (see also our round four report). After the initial inaccuracy in our version of the incident, GM Ian Rogers contacted us with the explanation: “In fact it was Akobian who was forced to play on, not Antic. Antic was deemed to have not so much choice but Akobian had many other good moves available apart from repeating. Akobian used up a lot of time before playing the Bg5 and Be5 plan
Also, Antic made his move before claiming the draw by repetition, so he had no reason to be upset when it was refused. (Of course Akobian would also have tried to claim the draw had it been permitted.)”

Lloyd Fell earned a deserved honorary mention as this was his 46th consecutive appearance at the Doeberl Cup. He even won the 1966 event. Blair Mandla efficiently concluded his run in the Major Group by drawing the last round game which was enough for the clear first place. Emma Guo had no mercy in the Minor Group and annihilated the opposition with perfect 7 out of 7 score. WGM Li Roufan scored the only IM norm, congratulations!

IM Igor Bitansky, Israeli player on the tour around the world, is proudly presenting his fantastic 8th round game against IM Andras Toth:

Round 9 results:

2599 GM Akobian Varuzhan (6.5) 1 – 0 GM Antic Dejan (6.5) 2480

2579 GM Ganguly Surya (6) ½ – ½ GM Zhang Zhong (6) 2617

2553 GM Gagunashvili Merab (6) ½ – ½ GM Jones Gawain (6) 2562

2398 IM Kizov Atanas (6) ½ – ½ IM Bitansky Igor (5.5) 2424

2468 IM Solomon Stephen J (5.5) 1 – 0 FM Bjelobrk Igor (5.5) 2381

2383 IM Wang Puchen (5.5) ½ – ½ WGM Zozulia Anna (5.5) 2344

2600 GM Malakhatko Vadim (5) 1 – 0 Samar Raul (5) 2254

2459 IM Smerdon David C (5) ½ – ½ Rej Tomek (5) 2283

Premier Group final standings:

1. GM Akobian Varuzhan 2599 7.5

2-8. GM Zhang Zhong 2617, GM Ganguly Surya 2579, GM Jones Gawain 2562, GM Gagunashvili Merab 2553, GM Antic Dejan 2480, IM Solomon Stephen 2468 and IM Kizov Atanas 2398 6.5

9-14. IM Wang Puchen 2383, GM Malakhatko Vadim 2600, WGM Li Roufan 2425, IM Bitansky Igor 2424, WGM Zozulia Anna 2344 and Ambrus Endre 2378 6.0

Major Group final standings:

1. Mandla Blair 1991 6.0

2-4. Norman Brendon, Bliznyuk Andrey 2200 and Stead Kerry 2083 5.5

5-7. Voon Richard 1990, Tionko Efrain 1782 and Viner Phillip 2203 5.0

See also video analysis of GM Ian Rogers. More videos available on the official website. All photos courtesy of Amiel Rosario, see The Closet Grandmaster blog for more information about the Doeberl Cup.

Zhang Zhong

GM Zhang Zhong

Caoili square

WIM Arianne Caoili

Gawain Jones square

GM Gawain Jones

Doeberl hall 1

Playing hall


GM Jones shaking hands with Australian champion IM Solomon

Bobby Fischer Memorial

11-19 March in Villa Martelli, Argentina

March 9th – the day when Bobby Fischer was born, initiated a number of events around the world. Reykjavik Open organizers have invited Boris Spassky and Paul Benko to Iceland where they visited Fischer’s grave and participated in comemoration. The Palace Hotel tournament that is currently ongoing in Heviz, Hungary is also dedicated to the memory of great champion.

Bobby Fischer played in Argentina on several occasions and Buenos Aires was site of his Final Candidate Match against Tigran Petrosian. Local organizers have composed a field of three Grandmasters and number of talented IM’s to participate in Bobby Fischer Memorial that took place on 11-19 March in Villa Martelli.

GM Oscar Panno, 1953 World Junior Champion, was the only participant who actually met Fischer. They have played three games against eachother, but the last one during the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal was somewhat eccentric. Fischer started with 1. c4 and Panno resigned without making a single move, in protest because the game was only one of many reschedulings on Fischer’s request.

IM Diego Valerga and Chilean junior IM Mauricio Flores Rios have tied the first place with 5.5 points, in spite of defeats they both suffered in the last round. Flores Rios actually lost last two games after the fantastic earlier run. Valerga grabbed the trophy on better tiebreak.

Final standings:

1-2. IM Diego Valerga (ARG 2478) and IM Mauricio Flores Rios (CHI 2416) 5.5

3-6. GM Oscar Panno (ARG 2429), IM Diego Flores (ARG 2558), IM Damián Lemos (ARG 2460) and GM Andres Rodriguez (URU 2566) 5.0

7. IM Krikor Mekhitarian (BRA 2456) 4.5

8. IM Luis Coelho (BRA 2392) 4.0

9. GM Sergio Slipak (ARG 2448) 3.5

10. Raul Claverie (ARG 2394) 2.0

IM Diego Valerga

IM Diego Valerga