Accidental prizes at Ciudad de Ferrol

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At the Atlantic coast of north-west Spain, from 15-20 July the 23rd edition of open tournament ?¢‚Ǩ?ìCiudad de Ferrol?¢‚Ǩ? took place. Besides the regular ones, "accidental prizes" were given during the closing ceremony.

By IM Dejan Bojkov

The tournament in Ferrol formed the second part of the Galego circuit, a traditional event that is not as popular as the Catalan circuit, but nevertheless survived for more than twenty years. In this circuit, Ferrol is usually is the strongest event (with almost fifty title-holders this year) with approximately 15 000 euro in prizes.

One special feature that might inspire chess organizers is the presence of accidental prizes for all of those who did not collect a normal prize in the event. A special lottery is made at the closing ceremony, and ten lucky players receive a hundred-euro note. It is an excellent way to attract players, who are not chess professionals, and play for the pleasure. And to keep them interested at the closing ceremony, since those who do not attend, cannot make use of their luck.

The competition became a triumph for GM Julian Radulski from Bulgaria. He shared the first place together with five other players but claimed the title and the silver plaque due to his best progressive. This is his hat-trick in the Ferrol tournaments so far where he never lost a game. The other players who shared the win were: Isam Ortiz Suarez from Cuba-young player about whom you will hear again (he won the first tournament from the circuit in Burgas less than a week ago scoring a GM norm), Nanko Dobrev from Bulgaria (the most uncompromised-no draws at all), two Indian players with difficult names- Kidambi Sundararajan and Ponnuswamy Konguvel, and the young Dutch player Robin Swinkels who started poorly losing in round two, but managed to recover at the end.

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GM Julian Radulski GM Julian Radulski

IM Nanko Dobrev (BUL) IM Nanko Dobrev

P. Konguvel (IND) IM P. Konguvel

IM Kidambi Sundararajan (IND) IM Kidambi Sundararajan

IM Jha Sriram (IND) IM Jha Sriram

IM Jordan Ivanov IM Jordan Ivanov

Ortiz Suarez-Radulski-quick draw in round nine, and Radulski wins the tournament for third time Ortiz Suarez-Radulski: a quick draw in round nine, and so Radulski wins the tournament for third time

Ferrol Stadium The Ferrol Football Stadium

Ferrol Port The Port of Ferrol

Pigeons 1 Galician Pigeons

Glass Houses 1 Glass Houses, typical for Galicia

Me at the Museum Your reporter, who just wrote his very first report for ChessVibes, visiting a musem


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