Tournament winner Mateusz Bartel writes for Chessdom
It was the 10th Barcelona Sants Open. I can say only good words about organization and I can recommend this event for those who want both to play chess and have some sightseeing. In Barcelona there is a lot to be seen and the rounds were played at 16:30, which made some excursions possible
There were 2 groups in the tournament. Group A, for players rated over 2000, boasted around 300 participants, and the B group had about 250 players.
However, the final standing of Group A on the Austrian website are not complete, and because of that, on many internet sites GM Pablo Lafuente was declared a winner by Bucholz. The rules in the A tournament were quite interesting – for all prized places (there were 20 prizes), blitz tie-breaks were to be played (2 games 5′-5′ , in case of draw 6′-5′ Armageddon – pity, without increment).
And I won the tournament after Blitz tie-breaks. Unfortunately, I can’t find any results of blitz games on the internet. I can just point you to complete standings, published on the official website, after these games: http://www.cotxeres-casinet.org/open/open2008/general_a.htm
There were also a lot of other events (like Rapid, Blitz, Bughouse, Football tournaments).
In addition, the organizers have founded a special prize for the most beautiful game. To my surprise, I also received that prize, for the game from 2nd round against a 2240-rated player (Capellades – Bartel). The games from the internet transmission are both on the ICC and at the official site.
Read also an earlier interview with Mateusz Bartel.
Our colleague IM Eirik T. Gullaksen of Bergens Schakklub scored excellent six points in the Open Sants Group A.