Qualifier five ends, on to the final!

5/8/2004 – The fifth and last qualifier for the Canarias en Red Internet tournament ended with nine players (from 290) getting a place in the final on Sunday. This promises to be a very exciting event which you will not want to miss. See you on the Playchess server...

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The Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival

The fifth and last qualifier for the Canarias en Red Chess Festival attracted no less than 290 participants on Friday. There were also large numbers of spectators, especially towards the end. The games were exciting and the competition tough. In the end the winner was Yugoslav GM Aleksa Strikovic (tomaja), who lives in Spain. He has a better Buchholz than German GM Robert Rabiega.

As in three other qualifiers the players needed at least 9.5 points and a good Buchholz in order to secure a place in Sunday's final. The other players to qualify on Friday were IM Andrey Rychagov (ftorodent), GM Petr Kiriakov, GM Petr Haba, IM Fabio Bellini (ckbase), Christian Richter (Pazific Dreams), and Sasha Beltzky (Schurick). The highest-scoring Spanish player Fernando Hidalgo Santana (espartapaco) also gets a place in the final.

The final on Sunday begins at 12:00h CET (= Server time, = GMT +2). It is going to be one of the most exciting events we have hosted so far. Even if you did not qualify to play you should definitely be present as a spectator.

Stefan Dieckerhoff, tournament director

Below it the cross table for the top 40 players. A total of 290 players participated.

1 tomaja 1911
10.5 / 13
2 rabiega 2748
10.5 / 13
3 ftorodent 2423
10.0 / 13
4 Petr Kiriakov 2499
10.0 / 12
5 Petr Hába 2514
10.0 / 13
6 ckbase 2568
10.0 / 13
7 PazificDreams 2524
10.0 / 13
8 Schurick 2599
9.5 / 13
9 Bullmover 2409
9.5 / 13
10 Meister Hitzfeld 2201
9.5 / 13
11 Eraschenkov 2508
9.5 / 13
12 fcarsenal 2761
9.5 / 13
13 MRoiz 1858
9.5 / 13
14 malysch 2211
9.5 / 13
15 mathman 2280
9.0 / 13
16 aapix 2437
9.0 / 13
17 Deadmold 2362
9.0 / 13
18 lietuvis 2519
9.0 / 13
19 Auburn 2363
9.0 / 13
20 rpolaczek 2319
9.0 / 13
 
21 bodhi 2457 9.0 / 13
22 Aruminos 1995 9.0 / 13
23 mihail 2633 8.5 / 13
24 Tinz 2427 8.5 / 13
25 calzone 2404 8.5 / 13
26 KGoh 2610 8.5 / 13
27 Minero   8.5 / 13
28 Almaster 2315 8.5 / 13
29 zeama 2461 8.5 / 13
30 Coca 2210 8.5 / 13
31 Todilla 2316 8.5 / 13
32 Ficher 2019 8.5 / 13
33 jonquille 2321 8.5 / 13
34 karpow-2 2221 8.0 / 13
35 jrt 2189 8.0 / 13
36 jek1975 2242 8.0 / 13
37 seppelfricke 2281 8.0 / 13
38 giul 2288 8.0 / 13
39 espartapaco   8.0 / 13
40 Ramzai 2473 8.0 / 13

The Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival will be held from Monday May 3rd until Sunday May 9th, 2004 on the Playchess.com server, in the special Canarias en Red tournament rooms.

To play in this tournament you can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

The qualifiers will be held from Monday May 3rd to Friday May 7th at 20:00h server time (=CET, GMT +2). You do not need to book a place in advance, simply go to the tournament room at the specified time and click "Join". It is possible to play in more than one qualifier. The final will be held on Sunday, May 9, at 12:00h server time (=CET, GMT +2). This is the time for registering, not the start of the games. Qualifiers and the finals are 13 round Swiss tournament with a rate of play of three minutes for each side plus one second increment per move. The total prize sum is $5,600 (€4,800), the winner takes $1,575 = €1,350.


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