Korchnoi wins Chess Festival in Banyoles

9/6/2006 – On March 23 Viktor Korchnoi turned 75. At an age where most grandmasters spend their time in the comfort of their homes, pontificating on the state of the chess world, Viktor Lvovich is out there bashing it out on the international tournament circuit. At the end of August he won a strong GM Open with 131 players in Catalonia, Spain. Report and videos.

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Viktor Korchnoi was the second-highest seed in the tournament, behind Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands. Six players finished the Banyoles Open, which boasted 131 players, with a score of 7.0/9. Because of his superior tiebreak score Korchnoi came in first, followed by Tiviakov and IM Yury Lapshun. The Open had 19 GMs and 30 IMs.

Banyoles (Spanish: Bañolas) is a city of 16,000 inhabitants, located in the province of Girona in northeastern Catalonia, Spain, near the French border and the Mediterranian coast. Banyoles is most famous for the Lake of Banyoles, a natural rowing lake.


The rowing lake of Banyoles (full panorama view at Cd-Man)


Starting rank list of top players
No. Name FED Rtg
1 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2668
2 GM Korchnoi Viktor SUI 2600
3 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2549
4 GM Moskalenko Viktor UKR 2543
5 GM Cicak Slavko SWE 2532
6 IM Fluvia Jordi ESP 2482
7 IM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel ESP 2480
8 IM Almeida Omar CUB 2475
9 IM Fluvia Poyatos Joan ESP 2467
10 IM Lapshun Yury USA 2452
11 IM Kristiansen Jens DEN 2425
12 FM Cossin Sebastien FRA 2401
 Total 131 players


Viktor Korchnoi after winning the Banyoles Open

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 GM Korchnoi Viktor SUI 2600 7.0 37.5 0.0 39.5
2 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2668 7.0 37.5 0.0 42.0
3 IM Lapshun Yury USA 2452 7.0 36.0 0.0 38.0
4 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2549 7.0 35.5 0.0 40.0
5 IM Fomichenko Eduard RUS 2385 7.0 35.5 0.0 41.0
6 IM Kristiansen Jens DEN 2425 7.0 33.0 0.0 37.0
7 FM Cuadras Avellana Jorge ESP 2363 6.5 34.0 0.0 37.0
8 IM Fluvia Poyatos Joan ESP 2467 6.5 33.0 0.0 34.5
9 IM Fluvia Jordi ESP 2482 6.5 32.5 0.0 37.5
10 IM Sermier Guillaume FRA 2368 6.5 31.5 0.0 34.5


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