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GM Aleksandar Kovacevic Winner in Pula

360 players, 18th to 25th June at the Hotel Histria in Pula, Croatia

The 25th International Open Tournament Pula 2011 was held from 18th to 25th June at the Hotel Histria in Pula, Croatia. The organizers, Croatian Chess Federation and Chess Club “Pula”, have provided 11.000 EUR for the prize fund.

This popular tournament has attracted a large number of players, with 360 people taking participation in the 9-round event. Last year winner was GM Robert Zelcic.

GM Aleksandar Kovacevic started furiously by scoring six wins in the first six rounds. Then he slowed the pace and signed three draws which was still good enough for the shared first place, together with Grandmasters Kuljasevic, Antal and D.Popovic.

Kovacevic had the highest tiebreak and is declared the winner.

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GM Aleksandar Kovacevic

Final standings:

1-4. GM Kovacevic Aleksandar SRB 2575, GM Kuljasevic Davorin CRO 2537, GM Antal Gergely HUN 2530 and GM Popovic Dusan SRB 2553 – 7.5

5-13. GM Drazic Sinisa SRB 2486, IM Mencinger Vojko SLO 2399, GM Jovanovic Zoran CRO 2553, GM Zelcic Robert CRO 2557, GM Tratar Marko SLO 2489, IM Kovacevic Blazimir CRO 2474, GM Shengelia David AUT 2511, IM Leer-Salvesen Bjarte NOR 2365 and IM Porper Edward CAN 2446 – 7.0

14-35. IM Doric Darko CRO 2456, IM Bellia Fabrizio ITA 2415, IM Biti Ozren CRO 2378, IM Zelbel Patrick GER 2428, Tomazini Zan SLO 2250, IM Franic Milan CRO 2381, IM Bodiroga Predrag SRB 2384, Valli Frans FIN 2223, GM Saric Ante CRO 2489, FM Aguera Naredo Javier ESP 2353, GM Jovanic Ognjen CRO 2479, IM Genocchio Daniele ITA 2431, Andersen Lars Even NOR 2288, FM Somborski Nebojsa SRB 2376, Mestek Igor SLO 2160, WIM Kopinits Anna-Christina AUT 2258, IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2435, IM Sobolevsky Leonid UKR 2243, FM Szamoskozi Gabor HUN 2355, Pichler Michael AUT 2276, Muskardin Mario CRO 2215 and Havas Janko CRO 2135 – 6.5 etc

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