24th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo

Arkadij Naiditsch clear first with 7.5 points

The 24th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo was held on 25-26th July in Villarrobledo, Albacete, Spain. This 9-round rapid tournament traditionally lineups a strong field with many top rated players. Last year winner was Veselin Topalov. The 24th edition gathered 124 participants.

Germany’s best player Arkadij Naiditsch held a clear first place with perfect score after day one. But later, heading to the final round, he was equalised with Ni Hua and Vadim Milov on 6.5 points. Ni and Milov drew their game and Naiditsch beat the 2007 winner Ruslan Ponomariov to claim a clear first place with 7.5 points.

Alexander Grischuk, Alexei Shirov, Alexander Moiseenko and Daniel Fridman scored important last round wins and climbed to the shared second place. GM Aleksa Strikovic also wins to share 8-10th with Etienne Bacrot and Igor Khenkin.

According to the Sah-Mat Lista column, appearance fee for Alexander Grischuk was 5000 Euro, while Ruslan Ponomariov and Alexei Shirov cashed 3500 Euro each. Chinese Ni Hua, rated 2701, received 3000 Euro, which is equal to the official first place prize.

Final standings (124 players):

1. GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2697 – 7.5

2-7. GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2733, GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2682, GM Shirov Alexei ESP 2732, GM Ni Hua CHN 2701, GM Milov Vadim SUI 2659 and GM Fridman Daniel GER 2665 – 7.0

8-10. GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2721, GM Khenkin Igor GER 2634 and GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2523 – 6.5

11-29. GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2727, IM Larino Nieto David ESP 2455, GM Hou Yifan CHN 2584, IM Milchev Nikolay BUL 2351, GM Ljubojevic Ljubomir SRB 2553, GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650, GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2543, GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2533, GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2555, GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2543, GM Lalic Bogdan CRO 2517, GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2441, GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2619, Torres Sanchez Jose ESP 2322, GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto ESP 2539, GM Ubilava Elizbar ESP 2547, IM Ninov Nikolai BUL 2562, IM Granero Roca Antonio ESP 2433 and GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo ESP 2570 – 6.0 etc