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Atanas Kolev Wins Bulgarian Open Chess Championship

31st January to 6th February in Plovdiv, 288 participants

The 32nd Bulgarian Open Chess Championship, also dedicated to the memory of the late Grandmaster Georgi Tringov, was held from 31st January to 6th February in Plovdiv. 288 players from nine federations took participation, and among them a huge delegation of 42 men from Greece. Eighteen Grandmasters formed a strong field and initiated a fierce battle for the first place.

After the last round draw between Vasil Spasov and Julian Radulski, GM Atanas Kolev seized the opportunity and defeated the last-year winner GM Dejan Antic to share the first place and even take the trophy on the best tiebreak score. Nine players are half a point behind tied on the 4th place.

Final standings:

1-3. GM Kolev Atanas BUL 2571, Spasov Vasil BUL 2587 and GM Radulski Julian BUL 2577 – 7.5

4-12. GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2547, GM Iotov Valentin BUL 2575, IM Miljkovic Miroslav D SRB 2477, IM Arnaudov G Petar BUL 2413, GM Drasko Milan MNE 2537, GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2561, IM Dimitrov Radoslav BUL 2394, GM Janev Evgeni BUL 2461 and GM Georgiev Vladimir MKD 2583 – 7.0

13-30. IM Petrov Marijan BUL 2500, GM Antic Dejan SRB 2503, GM Vasilev Milen BUL 2466, Krivokapic Marko MNE 2422, IM Dochev Dimitar BUL 2428, IM Kozhuharov Spas BUL 2395, Nadj Hedjesi Balind SRB 2415, IM Marholev Dimitar BUL 2431, Vutov Mario BUL 2331, FM Badev Kiril BUL 2369, Vasilev Vasil Aleksandrov BUL 2358, IM Dimitrov Pavel BUL 2361, IM Stamenkov Vanco MKD 2333, GM Spassov Liuben BUL 2419, IM Pancevski Filip MKD 2428, Livaja Mario SRB 2164, Cappai Davide ITA 2192 and GM Radulov Ivan BUL 2295 – 6.5 etc

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