Benasque Open under way

The 35th edition of the “Villa de Benasque” International Open is taking place between 3 and 11 of July in Benasque, Spain. The event is well known for its strength and the number of participants it attracts every year. This year’s edition has gathered 412 players, among which 34 Grandmasters. Top seed is GM Maxim Rodshtein (2678), followed by GMs Ferenc Berkes (2664), Julio Granda (2652), Baskaran Adhiban (2627), Jorge Cori (2627) and Daniel Naroditsky (2622).

After six rounds, three players are sharing the lead with 5,5 points: GM Julio Granda, GM Sergey Grigoriants and GM Jorge Cori. The fight is tight, as they are followed by no less than 16 players with 5 points. Top encounters of the 7th round are:

Rd7Rounds 7-9 are scheduled at 4 PM local time, while round 10 will be played at 9 o’clock in the morning. Top 10 boards can be watched live here.

Besides the open and the traditional blitz event held every year during the tournament, the organizers have set up a new challenge this year – a team blitz match between Spain and the rest of the world. Every team consisted of 10 players who faced each other in a round robin tournament. It turned out to be a very strong and fun to watch event, as you can guess from the team composition:

TeamsAfter 2 fighting hours, the host emerged victorious, and the final score was 59 to 41. Full results can be found here for the blitz match and here for the main event. Here are some photos from the events:

Spain vs The World blitz match

Spain vs The World blitz match

IM Renier Castellanos, playing for team Spain

IM Renier Castellanos, bringing 9 points out of 10 for Spain

IM Joaquin Antoli Royo, playing for team Spain

IM Joaquin Antoli Royo, playing for team Spain

GMElizbar Ubilava, part of Spain's blitz team

GM Elizbar Ubilava, part of Spain’s blitz team

GM Angel Arribas Lopez, top scorer for the Spanish team with 10/10

GM Angel Arribas Lopez, top scorer for the Spanish team with 10/10

GM Jorge Cori of Peru, part of team The World

GM Jorge Cori of Peru, part of team The World

WGM Deysi Cori, playing for team The World

WGM Deysi Cori, playing for team The World

GM Daniel Naroditsky of USA, top scorer for team The World, with 8,5/10

GM Daniel Naroditsky of USA, top scorer for team The World, with 8,5/10

IM Anna Rudolf (HUN), playing for team The World

IM Anna Rudolf (HUN), playing for team The World

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GM Vladimir Burmakin of Russia, playing for team The World

Jorge Cori facing Tal Baron in round 7 of the main event

Jorge Cori facing Tal Baron in round 7 of the main event

GM Sergey Grigoriants (2594)

GM Sergey Grigoriants (2594)

Romanian GM Marius Manolache (2467)

Romanian GM Marius Manolache (2467)

Italian GM Danyyil Dvirnyy, 2555

Italian GM Danyyil Dvirnyy (2555)

GM Jiri Stocek (2573) from Czech Republic

GM Jiri Stocek (2573) from Czech Republic

The playing hall

The playing hall

The sports center of Benasque, where the tournament is being held

The sports center of Benasque, where the tournament is being held, with a big basketball court in front…

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… where the players can relax after an exhausting game. Here, GM Thal Abergel is trying a distance shot.

The trophies, awaiting their winners

The trophies, awaiting their winners

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