Cheparinov wins Ruy Lopez Masters with 2904 performance

6/20/2010 – The Master Group of the Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival 2010 was an eight-player Category 14 event (average Elo 2599), with mainly young and ambitious chess talents participating. It was won with a stunning 6.0/7 score by Ivan Cheparinov, known for seconding and assisting former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov. Report with beautiful pictures by Jorge Armestar Marroquin.

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The Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival 2010 took place from June 11th to 19th 2010 in Villafranca de los Barros, Spain. It was marked by the stunning performance of one player, Ivan Cheparinov, who finished a point and a half ahead of his nearest rivals. The Bulgarian grandmaster, who is best known for being the second and assistant to the former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov, produced five wins and two draws for a 6.0/7 final score, with a 2904 performance.

Final standings


The playing venue in Villafranca de los Barros, Spain


The winner: GM Ivan Cheparinov, Bulgaria, 2640, with a 2904 performance


Equal second/third: GM Fabiano Caruana, Italy, 2675, performance 2690


Equal second/third: GM Vladimir Malakhov, Russia, 2722, performance 2684


Equal fourth/fifth: GM Gabriel Sargissian, Armenia, 2677, perf. 2638


Fifth: GM Ivan Salgado Lopez, Spain, rating 2606, performance 2647


Sixth: IM Manuel Perez Candelario, Spain, 2527, performance 2451


Seventh: GM Pia Cramling, Sweden, 2536, performance 2449


WGM Deysi T. Cori, Peru, 2409, performance 2315

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