Vallejo Strongest Among Beautiful Minds

Vallejo Strongest Among Beautiful Minds

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Nov 30, 2016, 7:50 AM |
9 | Chess.com News

On Sunday, Francisco Vallejo won the Beautiful Minds - Krulich Cup in Munich, Germany, a rapid tournament on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Munich Chess Academy.

It's not uncommon to organize a special event for a 10th anniversary of a chess club or academy, but if you have access to a good sponsor, this particular event can become rather special.

This is what happened in Munich, Germany last weekend, where a wonderful group of chess players (five female, seven male) from different countries got together and played an 11-round rapid tournament.

Played on Saturday and Sunday, the games had a time control of 15 minutes with a 10-second increment per move. The sponsor was Immobilien Krulich, a local property and assets management and investment company.

The opening ceremony saw "duo chess" in which sponsor Roman Krulich was paired with former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria ... | Photo David Llada.

...vs Dijana Dengler playing together with GM Nigel Short. (GM Stuart Conquest is holding the mic.) | Photo David Llada.

GM Paco Vallejo won the tournament with 8.5/11, but it was close. Both GMs Nigel Short and Anna Muzychuk finished on 8.0/11. Muzychuk's sister, Mariya, the former women's world champion, did worse with 5.0/11.

In round six, Vallejo won a nice endgame against GM Gerald Hertneck starting from a London System. Black's setup against this popular opening (both on the club and elite level nowadays!) is one to remember perhaps. And, in the rook ending, White surely could have defended better?

GM Gerald Hertneck. | Photo David Llada.

The Spaniard's win in the penultimate round was a nice one too. King activity is the main theme here!

Paco Vallejo, seen here in his game with Antoaneta Stefanova. | Photo David Llada.

Nigel Short won a curious game in round 10.

Nigel Short. | Photo David Llada.

A quick and curious loss for Dorsa Derakhshani. | Photo David Lada.

 

Beautiful Minds - Krulich Cup | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts
1 Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2711 2739 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 8.5/11
2 Short, Nigel D 2670 2700 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 8.0/11
3 Muzychuk, Anna 2561 2710 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 8.0/11
4 Bezold, Michael 2502 2643 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7.0/11
5 Ragger, Markus 2700 2560 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 6.0/11
6 Stefanova, Antoaneta 2512 2544 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5/11
7 Muzychuk, Mariya 2532 2512 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 5.0/11
8 Kindermann, Stefan 2509 2513 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.0/11
9 Hertneck, Gerald 2476 2484 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 4.5/11
10 Bromberger, Stefan 2535 2479 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 4.5/11
11 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 2414 2384 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 3.0/11
12 Derakhshani, Dorsa 2384 2157 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1.0/11

Both Mariya (l.) and Anna Muzychuk played in the tournament. | Photo David Llada.

Vallejo with the winner's trophy. | Photo David Llada.

Left-right Dijana Dengler, Roman Krulich, Nigel Short, Paco Vallejo-Pons and Anna Muzychuk | Photo David Llada.

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