Mexican Chess Open

April 3rd-8th, Aguascalientes

Mexican Open

The 53rd Mexican Chess Open was held on April 3rd-8th in Aguascalientes. The conditions for the players and the playing environment were fantastic. The total prize fund for all groups (International, Experts, Advanced, Amateurs, Women, and Senior) was $54.500, with $4.800 as first prize of the International tournament. The only difficulty might have been tight schedule. 9 rounds were to be played in 6 days. However, the rhythm of play was similar for everybody and thus we witnessed a fantastic event.

When we say witnessed, we really mean it. Even though the Chessdom team was a thousand kilometers away, the official website of The 53rd Mexican Chess Open was professionally done. Compared to the low quality if the Foxwoods and Linares Morelia websites, it really made a difference. The organizers from the city of Aguascalientes made sure not to miss a single thing, so participants could learn about everything in advance – accommodation possibilities, where to eat, where to buy, emergency numbers, detailed information about points of interest and tourist events – all this with addresses, phone numbers and maps.

Unlike other open tournaments, last round saw no quick draws! Young Cuban IM Fidel Corrales Jimenez and 18-years old Mexican IM Manuel Leon Hoyos will have double reason for celebration. They have both finished top of the table and scored GM norms. They tied the first place together with GM Jose Gonzalez Garcia.

Another player to score a GM norm is 2325 rated IM Luis Ibarra Chami. He had a fantastic performance and finished with 7.0/9, the same score as GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista (CUB 2620), GM Nikola Mitkov (MKD 2544), or GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora (MEX 2537).

IM Manuel Leon Hoyos – GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Nc6 8.g4 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.Kb1 Nd7 13.h4 Qc7 14.g5 b4 15.Ne2 Ne5 16.f4 Nc4 17.Qd3 a5 18.g6 e5 19.fxe5 dxe5 20.Nf4 exd4 21.Nd5 Nxb2 22.Qxd4 Qc5 23.gxh7+ Kh8 24.Nxe7 Qxe7 25.Rg1 f6 26.Kxb2 Be6 27.Qd6 Qf7 28.e5 a4 29.Bb5 b3 30.cxb3 axb3 31.a4 Rac8 32.Rd2 Rc2+ 33.Rxc2 bxc2 34.Kxc2 f5 35.Kb2 Rc8 36.Rc1 Rxc1 37.Kxc1 Kxh7 38.Bd3 g6 39.a5 Bc4 40.Kd2 Bxd3 41.e6 Qf6 42.Kxd3 Qa1 43.Qc7+ Kh6 44.Qc3 Qb1+ 45.Kc4 Qe4+ 46.Kc5 Kh5 47.Qh8+ 1-0

IM Luis Ibarra Chami – GM Yuniesky Quezada Perez

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Re1 Bb7 10.Qf3 Bd6 11.e5 Bf8 12.Bd2 Ne7 13.b3 Ng6 14.Qh5 Be7 15.Bxg6 fxg6 16.Qg4 Bc8 17.Ne2 0-0 18.Ng3 Qb6 19.Be3 c5 20.h4 Rf7 21.c3 Bd7 22.h5 gxh5 23.Nxh5 Kh8 24.f3 Qa5 25.Bd2 Rc8 26.Kf2 Qb5 27.c4 dxc4 28.Rh1 c3 29.Qg6 Kg8 30.Nf6+ Bxf6 31.Rxh7 Be8 32.exf6 Qd7 33.Rh8+ 1-0

Paulina Montero Gonzalez is Mexican 2007 National Women Champion as the best classified Mexican Woman in the International event with 6.5/9. There were 205 players in the main group.

International Group Final Standings:

1-3. IM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (CUB 2479), IM Manuel Leon Hoyos (MEX 2454) and GM Jose Gonzalez Garcia (MEX 2518) with 7.5/9

4-9. GM Alonso Zapata (COL 2486), IM Luis Ibarra Chami (MEX 2325), GM Nikola Mitkov (MKD 2544), GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista (CUB 2620), GM Yuniesky Quezada Perez (CUB 2541) and IM Alberto Escobedo Tinajero (MEX 2390) 7.0

10-21. GM Gilberto Hernandez Guerrero (MEX 2541), IM Rodney Perez Garcia (CUB 2421), GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora (MEX 2537), FM Eduardo Hernandez Guerrero (MEX 2350), FM Uriel Capo Vidal (MEX 2361), Raul Duarte Barahona (MEX 2110), FM Guillermo Dominguez Aquilar (MEX 2387), IM Alfonso Almeida Saenz (MEX 2429), Paulina Montero Gonzalez (MEX 1920), Heli Monjardin Cruz (MEX 1909) and GM Frank De La Paz Perdomo (CUB 2474) 6.5