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The International Chess Festival “100 Years of Mikhail Botvinnik” was held on 11-20th August at the Mikhail Chigorin Chess Club in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 9-round open tournament offered the prize fund of 25.000 EUR, with top prize being 4500 EUR. The winners will qualify to the final stage of Russian Cup according to the Russian Cup 2011 regulations.
Legendary players from Botvinnik era competed in the round robin rapid tournament with the time control of 25min + 10 sec/move. Viktor Korchnoi maintained the lead throughout the event and took a clear first place with 7.0 points. A point behind is Evgeni Vasiukov who grabbed the second place after a furious finish.
The 12th Obert Internacional d’Escacs de Figueres Miquel Mas, organized by C.E.Figueres, was held from 11th to 18th August in Figueres, Spain. The tournament is part of the 8th Catalan International Chess Circuit. 87 players participated in the 9-round Open.
After a loss in the second round, Balog had a spectacular comeback, with six victories and one draw with FM Anton Teodor, who finished on 2nd place. The 3rd position was occupied by the Romanian FM Tamas-Kristof Balla.
In the Girls section, Russian Girya Olga (10.5) will start the title favorite in the final round, holding a crucial half a point lead ahead of Peruvian Cori T Deysi. With Gold and Silver medals being shared among the duo, the struggle is going to be for the bronze medal. At 8.5 points top seed Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) will be eyeing the third spot with a final round victory on tomorrow.
GM Norm holder Vidit Santosh Gujrathi showed that he is fine nick, as he overcame Grandmaster Sasa Martinovic of Croatia in 45 moves. Indian medal hopes rest with GM Adhiban Baskaran at 8.0 points in the Open section, while WGM Padmini Rout has an outside chance to match her bronze medal result from the world junior 2010.
Woman Grandmaster from Peru Cori Tello Deysi maintained her stay on top, holding Ozturk Kubra of Turkey to a draw. The Peruvian girl pressed for victory and stretched herself as the game went into a knight versus three pawns ending. Kubra defended accurately, as the marathon game concluded after 75 moves.
In the girls section, WGMs Cori T Deysi (Peru) and Girya Olga (Russia) share the lead with 7.0 points, scoring over Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia (Poland) respectively. The third spot is shared by Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova (Russia) at 6.0 points.
In the girls section, the lead remained unchanged with Woman Grandmaster Olga Girya holding Woman International Master Bulmaga Irina to a draw. The marathon game lasted five hours and 69 moves, but Olga hung on gamely, and snatched a crucial half point. The draw keeps the Russian on the top of the table together with Woman Grandmaster Cori T Deysi from Peru at 6.0 points.