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Viktor Mikhalevski wins Calvia International Open

10/25/2007 – He started off with seven wins in the first seven rounds, chalking up a theoretical performance of 3289. Two draws in the final round brough that down to a more realistic 2876, enough to win the tournament a full point ahead of the field. Second to Mikhalevski was Canadian GM Kevin Spaggett. The Seniors was won by Juan Bellon. Illustrated report.
 

IV Calvia Chess Festival in Magaluf, Majorca

The 4th Calvia Chess Festival is took place in Polideportivo Municipal de Magaluf (Calvia, Mallorca, Spain) from October 6 till 24 – the International Open was held from October 15th-23th, 2007. Format: nine round Swiss; time control: 90 minutes for the game plus 30 seconds increment from move one. Prize fund: 17.000 €: first 4.000 €; second 2.000 €, third 1.500 €, fourth 1.200 €, etc. up to 20th 200 €.

The International Tournament was won by Israeli GM Viktor Mikhalevski of Israel, who staked his claim right from the start by winning is first seven games. His final score of 8.0/9 translates to an Elo performance, by our reckoning, of 2876. After seven rounds, with 7.0/7 points, it was theoretically 3289, and after eight rounds, with 7.5 points, it was 2977. Amazing, amazing.


The winner with a 8/9 score: GM Victor Mikhalevski of Israel

A full point behind Mikhalevski we find Canadian GM Kevin Spaggett, plus a usual bevy of Eastern European grandmasters, with a Swede, an Italian and a Cuban sprinkled in.


Second: GM Kevin Spraggett of Canada, with seven points


Third: GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili (try to pronounce that!) of Georgia


Fourth: long-haired GM Yuriy Kuzubov, 2582, Ukraine


Swedish GM Emanuel Berg, 2593, scored 6½ points


Italian Champion 2007 Michele Godena, 2535, 6½ points

We are especially pleased to see Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in the top group, with a performance 133 points better than her nominal 2432 rating. This Georgian lady, who now lives in Scotland and has played for the UK, is well on her way to a full GM title.


Top female player in Magaluf: Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Top standings in the International Open (6.5 points and higher)

Rank
SNo.
Title Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1
8
GM Mikhalevski Victor 2584 ISR 8 47
2
11
GM Spraggett Kevin 2580 CAN 7 44½
3
3
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2631 GEO 51
4
9
GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2582 UKR 48½
5
6
GM Berg Emanuel 2593 SWE 47½
6
20
GM Godena Michele 2535 ITA 46½
7
2
GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2635 POL 45½
8
14
GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter 2562 CUB 45½
9
38
IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan 2432 GEO 44
10
25
GM Heberla Bartlomiej 2502 POL 43½
11
16
GM Strikovic Aleksa 2551 SRB 42½

Amateur Open

Rank
SNo.
Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1
27
Iglesias, Joachim 2127 FRA 50
2
1
Cruz Alvarez De Ron, Dan 2231 ESP 7 51
3
22
Fokin, Sergey 2143 RUS 7 49½
4
7
Barcelo, Pedro 2190 ESP 7 49
5
2
Pantin Soto, Jose Ramon 2231 ESP 7 46
6
29
Andersson, Lars 2104 SWE 51
7
26
Skorna, Ullrich 2130 GER 40
8
14
Ruiz Vinals, Matias 2164 ESP 37
9
39
Bergas Ferriol, Jeronimo 2058 ESP 6 42½
10
18
Martinez Vicario, Jose Maria 2151 ESP 6 41½
11
21
Suslin, Alexander 2144 RUS 6 41
12
19
Fleischer, Frank 2149 GER 6 39
13
23
Minescu, Dragos Olivar 2143 ROU 6 38½

Senior Open

Rank
SNo.
Title Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1
5
GM Bellon Lopez, Juan Manuel 2434 ESP 35
2
4
GM Sveshnikov, Evgeny 2494 LAT 7 39
3
8
  Celaya Tapiz, Jose Maria 2260 ESP 6 35
4
10
FM Simon, Padros Emili 2243 ESP 6 33½
5
2
GM Suba, Mihai 2502 ROU 40
6
6
IM Gonzalez, Rodriguez Jorge 2405 COL 38
7
21
  Persson, Stellan 2136 SWE 28
  • All games in zipped PGN


    The winner: Juan Manuel Bellon, 57, Spain


    Second: Evgeny Sveshnikov, who has an opening named after him


    GM Mihai Suba, 60, Romania


    GM Ulf Andersson, 56, who was once number four in the world rankings

    All pictures provided by GM Sergey Tiviakov

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