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Ruy Lopez International Festival – Round Five

Ivan Cheparinov takes over the lead

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The fourth edition of the Ruy Lopez International Festival is taking place on 11-19th June in Villafranca de los Barros, Extremadura, Spain. Numerous events are planned, some of them being youth and amateur tournaments, lectures, master tournament, meetings, rapid open…

The main event of the Festival is the round robin Master Tournament with 8 players. The competition is short but extremely exciting, with only few draws in the first five rounds.

Ivan Salgado singled out on the top after round four, but in the 5th round he was beaten by the last-year winner Ivan Cheparinov, who took over the pole position. Cheparinov crushes another Chebanenko Slav, in a beautiful tactical manner too, so make sure to review the game. Salgado stays on the second place though, as both Caruana and Sargissian were defeated.

Manuel Pérez Candelario started the tournament with four straight losses, but in round five he defended accurately against Fabiano Caruana’s hasty attack. Upon exhausting all possibilities, and facing a material loss, Caruana resigned on move 30.

The top-seeded Vladimir Malakhov defeated Gabriel Sargissian after tying Black position down and bringing him into zugzwang. European Women’s Chess Champion Pia Cramling is coming back after the catastrophic start, in round five he won against the talented Deisy Cori.

Ivan Cheparinov

Ivan Cheparinov crushes another Chebanenko Slav


Round 4 results:

Pía Cramling – Fabio Caruana ½ – ½

Manuel Pérez Candelario – Vladimir Malakhov 0 – 1

Gabriel Sargissian – Iván Cheparinov ½ – ½

Iván Salgado – Deisy Cori 1 – 0

Round 5 results:

Pía Cramling – Deisy Cori 1 – 0

Iván Cheparinov – Iván Salgado 1 – 0

Vladimir Malakhov – Gabriel Sargissian 1 – 0

Fabio Caruana – Manuel Pérez Candelario 0 – 1

Round 5 standings:

1. Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2640 – 4.0

2. Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 – 3.5

3. Caruana Fabiano ITA 2675 – 3.0

4. Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2677 – 3.0

5. Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2722 – 3.0

6. Cramling Pia SWE 2536 – 1.5

7. Perez Candelario Manuel ESP 2527 – 1.0

8. Cori T. Deysi PER 2409 – 1.0

Festival time-table:

June 11, 19:00 – Opening ceremony and simultaneous exhibition

From 12 to June 18, beginning at 17:00 – Master Tournament

June 13, 10:00 – Final School Chess Tournament Team Intercentros

From 14 to June 18, beginning at 17:00 – Closed Tournament with promising young players from Extremadura

From 18 to 20 June – Meeting of Portugal and Extremadura Young Talents

June 18, 19:20 – Conference “Life and Works of Ruy Lopez” by Joaquin Perez de Arriaga

June 19, 10:00 – Children’s Tournament

June 19, 10:00 – International Rapid Open “Opening Ruy Lopez”

June 19, 20:30 – Closing ceremony

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