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International Chess Tournament Memorial Crespi

Untitled Matthew Herman (USA) is the surprising winner

The 31th edition of the International Chess Tournament “Memorial Crespi” was held on 4-11th December 2010, at the “Società Scacchistica Milanese” in Milan, Italy.

Nearly 300 players competed in five separated events: Master (9 rounds, elo over 2000, for GM and IM norm), Torneo Open “A” (7 rounds, elo 1750-2050), Torneo Open “B” (7 rounds, elo under 1800), Torneo Under 16 (5 rounds) and Torneo Open “C” Promozione (5 rounds, elo under 1500).

The main Master group featured 69 participants, among which were six Grandmasters. The surprising winner is Matthew Herman from the United States, who edged four GMs on better tiebreak and claimed the first place. Herman also performed for his first IM norm. Heiko Mertens from Germany also won an IM norm, the second in his career.

Crespi winners

The top three finishers, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko, Matthew Herman and GM Marko Tratar

Final standings:

1-5. Herman Matthew J 2149 USA, GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 2563 UKR, GM Tratar Marko 2492 SLO, GM David Alberto 2587 LUX and GM Salvador Roland 2527 PHI – 6.5

6-11. IM Bellia Fabrizio 2399 ITA, 6.0 7 IM Colovic Aleksandar 2457 MKD, GM Marin Mihail 2562 ROU, IM Saric Sinisa 2452 SRB, Mertens Heiko 2320 GER and IM Tesic Dragan 2403 SRB – 6.0 etc

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Crespi winners with arbiter

Top five with the arbiter Mauro Palma

Crespi Claudio Noè

Matthew Herman with Claudio Noè, President of Società Scacchistica Milanese

Crespi Heiko Mertens

Heiko Mertens scored second IM norm

Crespi Fabrizio Bellia

IM Fabrizio Bellia, best performing Italian player

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