All-star chess festival in Benidorm

11/27/2003 – Benidorm is a town located in the Spanish region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. It became famous in 1953 when the mayor convinced General Franco to lift a ban on bikinis. Today a rapid chess tournament starts in Benidorm with Anand, Judit Polgar, Topalov, Karpov, Radjabov, Karjakin, and other stars. More...

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The International Chess Festival is being held at the Bali Hotel in Benidorm (Spain). Here stars and amateurs participate side by side in rapid chess events. The All-Stars section runs from November 27 to 29 and has the following list of participants:

 1. Hillarp Persson, Tiger  SWE 2512
 2. Romero Holmes, Alfonso  ESP 2544
 3. Graf, Alexander         GER 2646
 4. Topalov, Veselin        BUL 2735
 5. Anand, Viswanathan      IND 2766
 6. Radjabov, Teimour       AZE 2650
 7. Karpov, Anatoly         RUS 2693
 8. Azmaiparashvili, Zurab  GEO 2693
 9. Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2662
10. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz  AZE 2595
11. Karjakin, Sergey        UKR 2562
12. Polgar, Judit           HUN 2722

Factoid: In 1953 the tiny fishing village of Benidorm was unheard of in the rest of Europe. That's when local mayor Senor Pedro Zaragoza got on his Vespa scooter and drove eight hours to Madrid to see the dictator General Franco. His mission: to persuade Franco to lift the ban on bikinis. Franco agreed and the mayor went home to start building one of the most successful tourist resorts the world has ever seen!

Pairings

Ronda 1 Jueves 27.11.2003
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Hillarp     - Polgar
Romero      - Karjakin
Graf        - Mamedyarov
Topalov     - Vallejo
Anand       - Azmaiparash
Radjabov    - Karpov
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Ronda 2 Jueves 27.11.2003
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Polgar      - Karpov
Azmaiparash - Radjabov
Vallejo     - Anand
Mamedyarov  - Topalov
Karjakin    - Graf
Hillarp     - Romero
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Ronda 3 Jueves 27.11.2003
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Romero      - Polgar
Graf        - Hillarp
Topalov     - Karjakin
Anand       - Mamedyarov
Radjabov    - Vallejo
Karpov      - Azmaiparash
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Ronda 4 Jueves 27.11.2003
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Polgar      - Azmaiparash
Vallejo     - Karpov
Mamedyarov  - Radjabov
Karjakin    - Anand
Hillarp     - Topalov
Romero      - Graf
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Ronda 5 Viernes 28.11.2003
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Graf        - Polgar
Topalov     - Romero
Anand       - Hillarp
Radjabov    - Karjakin
Karpov      - Mamedyarov
Azmaiparash - Vallejo
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Ronda 6 Viernes 28.11.2003
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Polgar      - Vallejo
Mamedyarov  - Azmaiparash
Karjakin    - Karpov
Hillarp     - Radjabov
Romero      - Anand
Graf        - Topalov
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Ronda 7 Viernes 28.11.2003
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Topalov     - Polgar
Anand       - Graf
Radjabov    - Romero
Karpov      - Hillarp
Azmaiparash - Karjakin
Vallejo     - Mamedyarov
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Ronda 8 Viernes 28.11.2003
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Polgar      - Mamedyarov
Karjakin    - Vallejo
Hillarp     - Azmaiparash
Romero      - Karpov
Graf        - Radjabov
Topalov     - Anand
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Ronda 9 Sábado 29.11.2003
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Anand       - Polgar
Radjabov    - Topalov
Karpov      - Graf
Azmaiparash - Romero
Vallejo     - Hillarp
Mamedyarov  - Karjakin
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Ronda 10 Sábado 29.11.2003
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Polgar      - Karjakin
Hillarp     - Mamedyarov
Romero      - Vallejo
Graf        - Azmaiparash
Topalov     - Karpov
Anand       - Radjabov
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Ronda 11 Sábado 29.11.2003
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Radjabov    - Polgar
Karpov      - Anand
Azmaiparash - Topalov
Vallejo     - Graf
Mamedyarov  - Romero
Karjakin    - Hillarp
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Links

Last year's tournament

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