Luke McShane wins Igualada

8/26/2005 – One of England's great chess hopefuls, 21-year-old Luke McShane, scored an important victory in the Magistral Ciutat d'Igualada that ended last weekend. The young philosophy student scored two wins and four draws for a 2748 performance against Kortchnoi, Beliavsky and Volokitin. Final report.

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The Magistral Ciutat d'Igualada is being held from August 16–21, in a town just north-east of Barcelona, Spain. It is a double round robin with Andrei Volokitin, Viktor Kortchnoi, Alexander Beliavsky and Luke McShane. The official web site has portraits of the four participants, small news reports (in Spanish) and a few pictures.

A few days ago we reported that Alexander Beliavsky was leading after four rounds of this four-player double round robin. He was followed by veteran Viktor Kortchnoi and youngster Luke McShane. Well, the 72-year-old Kortchnoi lost his penultimate game to 19-year-old Andrei Volokitin and his last game to 21-year-old Luke McShane, in both cases with the white pieces.


The public watching the two games in progress


Prize giving, with Volokitin, Korchnoi, Beliavsky and McShane (6-9 from left)



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