Iturrizaga and García are the champions of Spain 2022

two out of two

Eduardo Iturrizaga, from Caracas, Venezuela, won his second Spanish national title after appearing in the tournament for the second time this year. On both occasions, the 32-year-old won by scoring an outstanding 7½ from 9.

This year, Iturrizaga entered the tournament as the second seed with a rating of 2,618. Alexei Shirov.

The event was a 9-round Swiss Open with a time control of 90 minutes for the entire match and an increment of 30 seconds per move from the start of the match. The participating women clashed with the men and the top scorer in the general classification at the end of the tournament was crowned champion of Spain.

Manuel Perez Candelario, Yudania Hernandez

Yudania Hernández against Manuel Pérez Candelario in the first round

After 8 rounds, with one game to play, three players share the lead with 6½ points each: Iturrizaga, Daniil Yuffa and Pedro Ginés.

Yuffa, of Russian origin (he was naturalized Spanish last year, before the war), took on Ginés, the 18-year-old Spanish rising star, with white. In a fiercely contested game, Yuffa and Ginés signed the draw after 63 moves. Meanwhile, on the second board, Iturrizaga beat the experienced grandmaster Manuel Pérez Candelario to take first place.

The champion’s score and the fact that he took the title with a ninth round victory perfectly reflected what happened in 2021, when Iturrizaga beat Paolo Ladrón in the last lap to break away from the field that shared the lead. until the penultimate round.

The first board draw saw Santos rejoin the top group after beating Marc Carbonell with the black pieces. Once the tie-break scores were calculated, Yuffa took second place and Santos took third place on the podium.

Ginés, who scored as many points as Yuffa and Santos, was relegated to fourth place. However, this does not detract from the excellent performance of the junior in Linares. His performance added 17 points to his FIDE rating, leaving him just over 10 Elo points to break the 2500 barrier for the first time in his career.

Daniil Yuffa, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Jaime Santos

Daniil Yuffa, Eduardo Iturrizaga and Jaime Santos

Eduardo Iturrizaga

The Spanish champion ready to party with his young family

Garcia wins his first Spanish title

On the women’s side, two players finished the tournament with 6 points, Marta García and eight-time champion Sabrina Vega. Vega and Garcia are ranked second and third respectively in the National Women’s Rankings. Ana Matnadze, the highest rated Spaniard at the moment, did not participate in the Linares competition.

What won García the Spanish championship was his superior tiebreaker score. The 22-year-old Catalan, who like Vega and Matnadze holds the IM title, drew with the whites in her last game against GM Josep Manuel Lopez.

García had a winning position, despite having three pawns, in a setup with opposite-colored bishops and major pieces still on the board.

The movement chosen by the now champion of Spain — 58.Bxd7, winning a rally — does not let White’s advantage disappear completely. However, the more incisive 58.e5 would have been deadly for his opponent.

The pawn push would have kept the tension going and left black in an unenviable situation. For example, capturing with 58…fxe5 allows White to simplify and enter an easily winning endgame after 59.Qe6+ Qxe6 60.Bxe6+ Rf7 61.Rf3; in case of 58…Qf7, white has 59.Qxf7+ Kxf7 60.Be6 and the end of an up exchange is much easier to convert into victory without queens on the board.

Fortunately for the Catalan player, this missed opportunity did not prevent her from winning a well-deserved first national title.

WIM Yudania Hernández, from Cuba, came third in the women’s competition after scoring 4½ points in the competition.

Sabrina Vega, Marta Garcia, Yudania Hernandez

Sabrina Vega, Marta Garcia and Yudania Hernandez

Final ranking

Last name Evaluation Points APRO
1 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo 2618 7.5 2461.1
2 GM Yuffa, Daniel 2594 seven 2484.4
3 GM Santos Latasa, Jaime 2672 seven 2475.4
4 I AM Gines Esteo, Pedro Antonio 2472 seven 2443
5 I AM Garriga Cazorla, Father 2511 6.5 2506.9
6 I AM Merario Alarcon, Andres 2423 6.5 2396.7
seven GM Narciso Dublan, Marc 2455 6.5 2396.7
8 I AM Moreno Ruiz, Javier 2428 6.5 2382.9
9 GM Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando 2555 6.5 2381.8
ten FM Lin, Yingrui 2314 6.5 2312.8
11 GM Perez Candelario, Manuel 2579 6 2440.8
12 GM Asis Gargatagli, Hipolito 2513 6 2374.1
13 I AM Garcia Martin, Marta 2305 6 2373
14 FM Alonso Garcia, Aaron 2369 6 2364.9
15 I AM Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2366 6 2356.1
16 I AM Lianes Garcia, Marcos 2403 6 2333.8
17 I AM Garcia Ramos, Daniel 2435 6 2311.7
18 I AM Alshameary Puente, Ishmael 2324 6 2297.3
19 FM Carbonell Sancho, Marc 2285 6 2282.3
20 I AM Garza Marco, Sergio 2408 6 2222.2

…121 players

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