Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de La Laguna

Five players tied first heading into the final round

The 4th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de La Laguna is taking place on 5-11th April in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. Many players from the recently concluded La Roda Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez, including the winner GM Andre Diamant, his compatriot IM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian, and Peruvian family Cori, and from the Pedro Lezcano Montalvo Memorial, including the champion GM Aleksa Strikovic, as well as GM Bojan Kurajica and GM Dragan Barlov, are continuing to tour open tournaments around Spain.

Ciudad de La Laguna Open is being played over nine rounds of Swiss pairing system, with the Fischer time control of 90 min + 30 sec increment. The generous prize fund totals 15.000 EUR, with 3.000 EUR reserved for the winner. 122 people signed to participate, top seeded is Cuban champion GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista.

IM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian held GM Bruzon to a draw in the round eight and is now very close to achieving a GM norm. Mekhitarian and four others are currently tied on the first place with 6.5 points each. The final round is starting early on Sunday, at 9:30 local time.

Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Round 8 top results:

IM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag - GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro ½ – ½

GM Miton Kamil - GM Ulibin Mikhail 1 – 0

GM Gleizerov Evgeny - GM Diamant Andre 1 – 0

GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden - GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 0 – 1

GM Kurajica Bojan - GM Heberla Bartlomiej ½ – ½

GM Todorcevic Miodrag - GM Rivas Pastor Manuel ½ – ½

GM Strikovic Aleksa - IM Cabrera Trujillo Jorge 1 – 0

IM Cori Jorge - GM Barlov Dragan ½ – ½

GM Herraiz Hidalgo Herminio - Pinto Henriquez Rodrigo ½ – ½

GM Pogorelov Ruslan - Gomez Gustavo Pizzocaro 1 – 0

Fernandez Manrique Agustin - WIM Cori T Deysi ½ – ½

IM Tatai Stefano - Hernandez Leon Sergio ½ – ½

Round 8 standings:

1-5. IM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2490, GM Miton Kamil POL 2581, GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2641, GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2565 and GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri CUB 2512 – 6.5

6-9. GM Kurajica Bojan BIH 2525, GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2544 and GM Heberla Bartlomiej POL 2509 – 6.0

9-19. GM Ulibin Mikhail RUS 2516, GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden CUB 2541, GM Diamant Andre BRA 2486, GM Herraiz Hidalgo Herminio ESP 2488, GM Todorcevic Miodrag ESP 2437, GM Barlov Dragan SRB 2487, IM Cori Jorge PER 2500, GM Rivas Pastor Manuel ESP 2544, GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2486, Pinto Henriquez Rodrigo ESP 2212, IM Rodriguez Lopez Rafael ESP 2301 – 5.5 etc

Round 9 top pairings:

GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro - GM Gleizerov Evgeny

GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri - GM Miton Kamil

GM Heberla Bartlomiej - IM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag

GM Kurajica Bojan - GM Strikovic Aleksa

GM Rivas Pastor Manuel - GM Pogorelov Ruslan

GM Barlov Dragan - GM Hernandez Carmenates Holden

GM Ulibin Mikhail - GM Todorcevic Miodrag

GM Diamant Andre - IM Cori Jorge

IM Rodriguez Lopez Rafael - GM Herraiz Hidalgo Herminio

Pinto Henriquez Rodrigo - GM Korneev Oleg

WIM Cori T Deysi - Barrio Pareja Eduardo

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