Naiditsch Wins Villarrobledo Rapid

Naiditsch Wins Villarrobledo Rapid

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 27, 2009, 11:30 AM |
1 | Chess Event Coverage

The 24th international rapid chess tournament in Villarrobledo, Spain took place from 25-26th July, with 124 competitors slugging it out for the title won by Veselin Topalov last year.

At the end of the 9 round Swiss event, it was the German Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch (pictured) who finished the winner on 7.5/9, ahead of the likes of Alexei Shirov, Alexander Grischuk and Ruslan Ponomariov.

Naiditsch set a blistering pace early on, scoring 6/6!  Although he lost in round 7 to Vadim Milov, he recovered to beat Ponomariov in round 8 to clinch the title and a cheque for 3,000 euros.

The leading scorers were:

1 Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2697 7.5
2 Grischuk Alexander RUS 2733 7
3 Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2682 7
4 Shirov Alexei ESP 2732 7
5 Ni Hua CHN 2701 7
6 Milov Vadim SUI 2659 7
7 Fridman Daniel GER 2665 7
8 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2721 6.5
9 Khenkin Igor GER 2634 6.5
10 Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2523 6.5

 

Here are some games from the event, including Naiditsch's crucial win against Ponomariov.

 

 

 

 


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