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.
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 and Jaime Santos
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 and Yudania Hernandez
|1||GM||Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo||2618||7.5||2461.1|
|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|
|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|
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