XXVIII International Open of Andorra

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7/26/2010 – The 28th edition of the International Open of Andorra, held in Andorra, with a field of 150 players was won unexpectedly by Israeli IM Dan Zoler, ahead of 15 grandmasters and 19 international masters. 14-year-old Peruvian Jorge Cori came in 5th. We bring you the report on this event as well as an illustrated introduction to this micronation hidden in the mountains.

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The XXVIII International Open of Andorra was held from July 18 to July 25 with a field of 150 players, including 15 grandmasters and WGMs, and 20 international masters coming from all over to play in the picturesque micronation of Andorra.

The playing hall in St. Gothard Hotel.

The surprise winner of the 28th edition of the International Open of Andorra was IM Dan Zoler from Israel, ranked 19th in the tournament's Elo list with a rating of "only" 2474 Fide. He came in sole first with 7.5/9.

IM Dan Zoler holding his 1st place trophy, next to Manel Blasi, secretary of sports
in Andorra.

This became possible thanks to the circumstances that panned out in the last round. The top two boards featured Elo favorites, Balogh (2628) against Bruzón (2653), and Hamdouchi (2600) against Narciso (2540), who opted to not take any chances of jeopardizing their tournament and ended in peaceful draws.

Round nine: Hamdouchi vs. Narciso (foreground), and Balogh vs. Bruzón (rear).

These results left the Israeli international master Dan Zoler, as the only player with a mathematical chance of taking sole first, however this meant going past French grandmaster Edouard Romain (2620), who was a half point behind the field, and desperately needing a win to get a chance at a healthier payday. The day was to be the Israeli's however, as he played a very sharp game and saw his gambles pay off.

In second place was the Elo favorite, Cuban grandmaster Lázaro Bruzón, third has Hicham Hamdouchi, and fourth was the Hungarian Csaba Balogh. Remarkably, in fifth place, with a 2617 performance, was the reigning Under-14 world champion, the 14-year-old Peruvian grandmaster Jorge Cori.

Peruvian wunderkind, 14-year-old GM Jorge Cori, 5th place and a 2617 performance

It is worth adding that his sister, Peruvian WGM Deysi Cori (2408), and reigning Under-16 girl's world champion, also partook in the tournament.

Peruvian WGM Deysi Cori, under-16 girl's world champion.

Final standings

Rk. Ti. Name FED Rtg
1 IM Zoler Dan  ISR 2474
2594 48 38
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro  CUB 2653
2674 56 44
3 GM Hamdouchi Hicham  FRA 2600
2671 55 44
4 GM Balogh Csaba  HUN 2628
2634 53 42
5 GM Cori Jorge  PER 2486
2617 52 40
6 GM Paunovic Dragan  SRB 2553
2592 51 41
7 GM Narciso Dublan Marc  ESP 2540
2580 53 43
8 GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis  ESP 2532
2575 51 40
9 IM Ipatov Alexander  ESP 2507
2539 51 40
10 IM Delorme Axel  FRA 2455
2537 52 42
11 IM Gagarin Vasilij  RUS 2403
2530 51 39
12 GM Almeida Quintana Omar  CUB 2559
2511 50 39
13 GM Delchev Aleksander  BUL 2632
2490 52 40
14 IM Mogranzini Roberto  ITA 2387
2486 50 39
15 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri  CUB 2522
2472 49 39
16 IM Philippe Christophe  FRA 2431
2442 48 37

A little about Andorra

Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra (Catalan: Principat d'Andorra), is a small country in southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France.

It is the sixth smallest nation in Europe having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and an estimated population of 83,888 in 2009. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is one of the highest capital cities in Europe, resting at an elevation of 1023 metres.

Aerial view of Andora la Vella nestled in the eastern Pyrenees.

The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, French, and Portuguese are also commonly spoken. The Principality was formed in 1278. The role of monarch is exercised jointly by the two co-princes, the President of the French Republic and the Bishop of Urgell, Catalonia, Spain. This peculiarity makes the President of France, in his capacity as Prince of Andorra, the only reigning monarch actually elected in regular intervals by vote. The people of Andorra have the 2nd highest human life expectancy in the world — 82 years at birth.

Its location makes it a favorite skiing point in the Winter.

The Esglesia de Sant Esteve (or the Saint Stephen church) located in the center of
the capital, boasts eleventh century Romanesque-style architecture.

Be sure to visit the beautiful Pessons Lake in the Valle d'Orient.

Another view of Pessons Lake.


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