Vallejo Pons Claims Bahía Feliz International

Ten-player round robin on 12-21st May at the Hotel Orquidea on Gran Canaria

The Bahía Feliz International chess tournament is taking place from 12th to 21st May at the Hotel Orquidea on Gran Canaria, Spain. Ten players participate in the round robin event supported by Bahía Feliz Invest S.L., the Spanish subsidiary of the Krulich Group.

Francisco Vallejo Pons eventually won the tournament, but only after a very curious finish. Heading into the final round, he was half a point ahead of the Ukrainian prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk, but then the experienced Julio Granda Zuniga stunned Paco with black pieces.

However, Caissa smiled at Paco, as the legendary veteran Henrique Mecking beat Nyzhnyk also with black pieces and allowed the top Spanish player to lift the trophy.

A seven-round blitz tournament was played on 17th May. GM Julio Granda Zuniga took a clear first place with 6.5 points, half a point ahead of Nyzhnyk.

Reggio Emilia Paco Vallejo

Paco Vallejo

Round 9 results:

GM Nyzhnyk Illya - GM Mecking Henrique 0 – 1

GM Hertneck Gerald - GM Mateo Ramon 0 – 1

IM Bromberger Stefan - GM Kindermann Stefan ½ – ½

GM Ragger Markus - WGM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina 1 – 0

GM Vallejo Pons Francisco - GM Granda Zuniga Julio E 0 – 1

Final standings:

1. GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2722 – 6.0

2. GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2583 – 5.5

3-5. GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2614, GM Mecking Henrique BRA 2577 and GM Ragger Markus AUT 2674 – 5.0

6-8. IM Bromberger Stefan GER 2505, GM Kindermann Stefan AUT 2515 and GM Hertneck Gerald GER 2552 – 4.5

9. GM Mateo Ramon DOM 2422 – 3.5

10. WGM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina ESP 2306 – 1.5

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