Sestao Bizkaialde takes Spanish Team Championship

by André Schulz
8/16/2018 – Sestao Xake Taldea's team narrowly won the Spanish team championship in Linares with one point lead, relegating Cac Beniajan Duochess and Solvay A. Elisabeth Pähtz was the best player of the tournament. | Photos: FEDA

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Extra Spanish Team Championship

Last week Linares hosted the Spanish Team Championship. In the honorary group, which determines the national title, eight teams participated, each playing on six boards in a team-round-robin format. The league rules require that one board must be played by a woman. This year, each team also had to use a roster that allowed them to put forward three Spanish players per round. After seven rounds the tournament winner and champion was Sestao Bizkaialde (also known as Sestao Xake Taldea), which took the title for the third time in a row and for the fifth time overall.

The team prevailed with a lone team point advantage and scored 12 of 14 possible points in all ahead of the two co-favourites by rating: Cac Beniajan Duochess and Solvay A.

Cac Beniajan Duochess

The top teams played to a 3 : 3 draw with each other; Solvay also gave up a point by drawing in the first round against Ajoblanco Extremadura. Sestao and Cac Beniajan Duochess were on par in the last round, with Cac Beniajan Duochess drawing and scoring one team point against Magic Extremaduro, while Sestao scored a clear win over Jaime Casas Monzon 4½ : 1½.

The highest scoring player overall was Elisabeth Paehtz, who scored 6 out of 7 points for the team of Cac Beniajan Duochess.


Elisabeth Paehtz

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Winning team roster

1 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2730 3.0
2 GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2678 3.5
3 GM Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2666 4.5
4 GM Edouard, Romain FRA 2638 1.0
5 GM Santos Ruiz, Miguel ESP 2517 4.5
6 GM Del Rio De Angelis, Salvador G  ESP 2525 4.5
7 FM Iruzubieta Villaluenga, Jesus ESP 2430 0
8 IM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina ESP 2390 4.0
9 FM Trigo Urquijo, Sergio ESP 2374 0
10   Garcia Bolanos, Irene ESP 1394 0
11   Tamayo Aguirre, Inaki ESP 0 0
12   Del Olmo Alonso, Miguel Angel  ESP 0 0

Final standings

Pos. Rank Name FED Points Game Pnt SB_MG Rating average
1 2 SESTAO BIZKAIALDE ESP 12.0 25 149 2626
2 3 CAC BENIAJAN DUOCHESS ESP 11.0 27 149 2649
3 1 SOLVAY "A" ESP 11.0 25 144 2642
4 5 MAGIC EXTREMADURA ESP 8.0 22 135.5 2529
5 8 AJOBLANCO EXTREMADURA ESP 8.0 21.5 125 2600
6 7 ESCOLA D'ESCACS DE BARCELONA ESP 4.0 21.5 134 2587
7 6 JAIME CASAS MONZON ESP 2.0 14 87.5 2545

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Georg Meier plays for the chess school Barcelona and scored 3½ points

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Translation from German: Macauley Peterson


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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