Kovalev wins Rapid Open in Raul Guerreiro's party
After an exciting fight in the eight round of the Portugal Open Rapid Tournament, celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Portuguese Chess Federation, the Belarusian Grandmaster Vladislav Kovalev took home the first place trophy, with a better tie-break than the Grandmasters Miloš Perunović (Serbia) and Tigran Gharamian (France).
All three player finished with 7 points, and Kovalev, 7th on the initial list, won unbeaten.
Raul Guerreiro (GD Ramiro José) was surprisingly the best Portuguese in the event, finishing in 7th place, half a point below - a remarkable feat from the veteran player, 42nd in the staring rank, which finished better placed than the top players, the Latvian GM Igor Kovalenko (16th) and the Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (9th).
After a sucessful Portugal Open, the rapid competition took the Douro Room at Olaias Park Hotel 150 players, including eight grandmasters and five international masters.
Final Ranking: 1st Vladislav Kovalev (GM, Belarus), 7 points; 2nd Miloš Perunović (GM, Serbia) 7, 3.º Tigran Gharamian (GM, France), 7; 4.º Mladen Palac (GM, Croatia), 6,5; 5.º Meilis Annaberdiev (IM, Turkmenistan) 6,5; 6.º Omer Ozer (FM, Turkey, 6,5; 7.º Raul Guerreiro (Portugal), 6,5; 8.º Daniel Campora (GM, Argentina), 6; 9.º Eduardo Iturrizaga (GM, Venezuela), 6; 10.º Aleksandar Inđić (GM, Serbia), 6; 11.º Carl Strugnell (FM, Wales), 6; 12.º Sérgio Rocha (IM, Portugal), 6; 13.º Pedro Rego (CM, Portugal), 14.º José Alves dos Santos (NM, Portugal), 6; 15.º Emanuel Pires (Portugal), 6.
Open de Portugal: Iturrizaga wins and André Sousa reaches title of International Master
The Grand Master (GM) Eduardo Iturrizaga, from Venezuela, won convincenly the Portugal Open, leading from the first round the event which gathered at Olaias Park Hotel, in Lisbon, 170 chess players from 34 different countries.
Iturrizaga drew at the ninth and last round where he faced the Armenian International Master (IM) Tigran Harutyunian, and finished the tournament with 8 points, half a point ahead of the Serbian GM Aleksandar Inđić.
The Fide Master André Ventura Sousa, after beating FMAntónio Pereira dos Santos, summed 6.5 points and assured the final norm for the title of International Master, in a remarkable tournament for the 16-year-old player of Grupo Desportivo Dias Ferreira.
Ventura Sousa finished in the 14th place, a place behind GM Luís Galego, the best Portuguese player. Candidate Master (CM) Pedro Rego finished 16th, place with 6.5 points.
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