20th Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar

GM Azer Mirzoev and IM David Lareto together on the top

David Larino

The 20th Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar was played from 14th to 21st December in Elgoibar, Spain. Ten players competed in the traditional round robin tournament.

Grandmaster Azer Mirzoev played calmly, collecting wins when possible and drawing the remaining games for a total of six points, which was sufficient for the joint first place.

IM David Larino had the more difficult journey to the top of the crosstable. He had a mixed start, with a couple of victories and defeats, the one against the last year’s winner IM Mikel Huerga Leache being particularly painful, in only 17 moves. But then he took off to a tremendous finish, connecting three straight wins to catch up with Mirzoev and earn a Grandmaster norm.

Final standings:

1-2. GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2546 and IM Larino David ESP 2451 – 6.0

3-4. IM Franco Alejandro ESP 2475 and IM Huerga Leache Mikel ESP 2415 – 5.5

5-6. GM Korneev Oleg RUS 2582 and IM Munoz Pantoja Miguel PER 2508 – 5.0

7-8. GM Franco Ocampos Zenon PAR 2517 and GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2526 – 4.0

9. IM Argandona Riveiro Inigo ESP 2397 2.5

10. FM Astasio Lopez David ESP 2332 1.5