Ponomariov wins XXII Torneo Villarrobledo

8/7/2007 – You may be forgiven if this comes as a surprise to you. The 22nd edition of the rapid chess event took place in Villarrobledo, a city in the heart of the Spanish wine-growing area. Participants included Veselin Topalov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexei Shirov. The event was won by Ruslan Ponomariov, on tiebreak ahead of Dreev and Topalov. We have scraped together all available information.

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Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez
"Ciudad de Villarrobledo"

Here are the final results of players who scored 6.5 points or more:

Rk. Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2706 UKR 7.5 50.0 54.5 38.5
2 GM Dreev Alexey 2606 RUS 7.5 49.5 54.0 39.0
3 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 BUL 7.5 48.5 52.5 38.5
4 GM Sokolov Ivan 2666 NED 7.0 52.5 56.0 39.0
5 GM Nikolic Predrag 2646 BIH 7.0 48.5 53.0 35.5
6 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2762 UKR 7.0 48.0 52.5 38.5
7 GM Milov Vadim 2678 SUI 7.0 46.0 51.5 34.5
8 GM Gofshtein Zvulon 2541 ISR 7.0 46.0 50.0 35.0
9 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2657 BUL 6.5 52.0 56.0 38.0
10 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2624 GEO 6.5 49.0 53.5 36.5
11 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2676 RUS 6.5 49.0 53.0 38.5
12 IM Giaccio Alfredo 2469 ARG 6.5 48.0 51.5 35.5
13 GM Evdokimov Alexander A 2544 RUS 6.5 47.0 51.0 36.5
14 GM Shirov Alexei 2735 ESP 6.5 46.0 51.0 34.0
15 GM Ubilava Elizbar 2540 ESP 6.5 44.0 48.5 34.0
16 GM Cramling Pia 2533 SWE 6.5 44.0 48.0 34.0
17 GM Paunovic Dragan 2531 SRB 6.5 43.0 46.0 33.5
18 IM Ortiz Suarez Isam 2390 CUB 6.5 42.0 46.5 33.0

Pictures: here are the four that have been published on the official site, in their original size:

In the above pictures you have an impression of the tournament, then a picture of Ivanchuk in a dark red shirt, then Alexei Dreev playing Ruslan Ponomariov (bottom left) and finally Veselin Topalov in action. You can only find a gallery with last year's pictures, shown as thumbnails. Click these at your own risk. They expand to 2592 x 1944 pixels and are over 2.5 Megabytes each in size.

Games: we have only found four, which can be replayed in a Java window (here). In the meantime we have been informed by some of our Spanish-speaking readers that by double-clicking "Listar Rondas/Retrieve Rounds" you get further games, four each from rounds 8, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1, 5. Remember to double-click the round to see the games – you are in Java, not HTML.

Cool: you can click on "3D" to get a three dimensional board for game replay

Past winners of the Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez "Ciudad de Villarrobledo"

I TORNEO (1982): Pedro Bellón (Alicante)
II TORNEO (1983): Justo Moreno (Villarrobledo )
III TORNEO (1984): José Antonio López (Albacete)
IV TORNEO (1985): José Blázquez (Villarrobledo )
V TORNEO (1986): FM José Carlos Hernando (Madrid)
VI TORNEO (1987): Juan Pedro Soriano (Valencia)
VII TORNEO (1988): GM Julio Granda (Perú)
VIII TORNEO (1989): GM Zenón Franco (Paraguay)
IX TORNEO (1990): IM Alfonso Romero (Lanzarote )
X TORNEO (1991): GM Daniel Campora (Argentina)
XI TORNEO (1992): GM Carlos García Palermo (Italia)
XII TORNEO (1993): GM Daniel Campora (Argentina)
XIII TORNEO (1994): GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Yugoslavia)
XIV TORNEO (1995): GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Yugoslavia )
XV TORNEO (1996): GM Viswanathan Anand (India)
XVI TORNEO (1997): GM Kiril Georgiev (Bulgaria)
XVII TORNEO (1998): GM Viswanathan Anand (India)
XVIII TORNEO (2000): GM Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria)
XIX TORNEO (2001): GM Viswanathan Anand (India)
XX TORNEO (2002): GM Ivan Sokolov (Holanda)
XXI TORNEO (2006): GM Viswanathan Anand (India)

For those of you who don't know Roman numerals, here's a quick primer.

There are seven Roman numerals.

Symbol Value
I – 1 one (unus)
V – 5 five (quinque)
X – 10 ten (decem)
L – 50 fifty (quinquaginta)
C – 100 hundred (centum)
D – 500 five hundred (quingenti)
M – 1000 thousand (mille)

The symbols are combined to produce different numbers. Basically you repeat a numeral until you approach the next-higher one. Then you put the smaller numeral in front of the larger one, where it acts as a subtractive symbol. So the numbers start I, II, III and then, instead of IIII the Romans wrote IV, which is five minus one. Actually in this case many Romans wrote IIII, because IV was the beginning of the name of the god Jupiter (IVPITER), and the good citizens thought it inappropriate to use. The system was extremely cumbersome, it lacked a zero, and fractions had to be expressed in a rudimentary duodecimal system. One wonders how the Romans were able to develop any form of scientific and engineering research. Today we use Roman numerals for clock faces, tournament categories and Spanish tournament counts. In the episode "Lemon of Troy" Bart Simpson, in a desperate situation, identifies the number of an escape route by remembering the sequel of the Rocky series (including the non-existent Rocky VII: Adrian's Revenge).

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