The 35th edition of Benasque Open has come to an end. It has been a great pleasure to be part of it and it’s definitely one of the tournaments we are going to play again and again. Benasque is a very nice town located in the heart of the Pyrenees and surrounded by the highest peaks in that range. The scenery is breathtaking, as you can imagine, and many chessplayers come prepared for hiking. The organization is no less impressive and, even with such a big number of participants, the organizers make everything they can so that everybody feels comfortable during the tournament.
The fight for the prizes has been intense and the winner decided only in the final round! With a win over GM Maxim Rodshtein, it was Indian GM Adhiban who clinched the sole lead, with 8,5/10. Places 2-7 were shared by a group of players with 8 points, but better tiebreaks had GM Julio Granda and GM Jorge Cori, who completed the podium in this order. The prize for the best woman went to Spanish WIM Nieves Garcia Vicente, followed by Hungarian WGM Petra Papp, both with 7 points. The best veteran was Russian GM Avigdor Bykhovsky (7,5 points), followed by the Czech GM Vlastimil Jansa. You can check out the full standings here .
In the end, we’d like to thank the organizers for the efforts they commit to in order to make this tournament happen every year, keeping it as one of the best tournaments in Spain. See you next year in Benasque for another great edition of the open!