Eduardo Iturrizaga wins in Salamanca

by Klaus Besenthal
12/2/2019 – Eduardo Iturrizaga, the 30-year-old Venezuelan grandmaster, is the winner of the master tournament at the Salamanca Chess Festival. He scored a stellar 6.0 points in the seven-round tournament, well ahead of Ruslan Ponomariov's 4½/7. Games and results. | Photos: Club Deportivo Ajedrez Salamanca

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Salamanca Chess Festival

Eduardo Iturrizaga won five of his seven games and drew against runner-up Ruslan Ponomariov and the third place finisher, Spanish Grandmaster Miguel Santos Ruiz. Although Ponomariov also was undefeated, he could only win two games.

The 8-player round-robin tournament, which took place from November 27th to 30th in Salamanca, Spain, included four women, among them world number one Hou Yifan. The Chinese shared fourth place with Veselin Topalov, both ending with 3½/7.

Bringing up the rear were Karina Cyfka (Poland), Spanish Women's Champion Sabrina Vega Gutierrez (Spain) and Sophie Milliet (France).

Salamanca playing hall

The attractive venue makes you want to visit Salamanca

Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov, who lives in Spain, finished second

Topalov vs Hou

Veselin Topalov was "FIDE World Champion" in 2005, Hou Yifan was the first Women's World Champion in 2010, but has skipped recent cycles  

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 6,0 0,0
2 Ponomariov Ruslan 4,5 0,0
3 Santos Ruiz Miguel 4,0 0,0
4 Hou Yifan 3,5 1,0
5 Topalov Veselin 3,5 0,0
6 Cyfka Karina 2,5 0,0
7 Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 2,0 0,5
8 Milliet Sophie 2,0 0,5

All games

 

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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Phillidor Phillidor 12/3/2019 07:17
Exactly, thanks for the explanation. I was hoping that's the case, after all it seems better than a flag fall, phone ring, etc. just a move before threefold repitition.
macauley macauley 12/2/2019 10:41
If you mean Round 7.4, we have it as a draw. I would guess there's some technical issue with the live PGN, which is fairly common in Spanish events.
Phillidor Phillidor 12/2/2019 09:02
How did the game Topalov-Hou end in supposed win for black? The ending position is draw by repetition, but Chess-results states a win for black. Curious, it seems as if there has to be some sort of mistake.
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