Reports | October 29, 2012 15:05

Sjugirov leads Casino Barcelona with three rounds to go

Sanan Sjugirov

Sanan Sjugirov is leading the Casino Barcelona tournament after six rounds. The 19-year-old Russian grandmaster scored a superb 5/6 and is now half a point ahead of Danish grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen.

Sanan Sjugirov | Photo courtesy of the tournament organizers

Event 17th Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona | PGN via TWIC
Dates October 23rd-31st, 2012
Location Barcelona, Spain
System 10-player round-robin
Players Ivan Sokolov, Peter Heine Nielsen, Predrag Nikolic, Sanan Sjugirov, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Levan Aroshidze, Alvar Alonso Rosell, Josep Oms Pallisse, Joan Fluvia Poyatos, Miguel Munoz Pantoja
Rate of play

40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes to finish the game with a 30-second increment starting at move 1

Extra Draw offers are not allowed before move 40


The 17th Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona is under way at the Casino of Barcelona in the capital of Catalonia. It is organized by the Catalan Chess Federation under the patronage of the Casino of Barcelona (Group Peralada), the City of Barcelona and the Generalitat of Catalonia. Now that the strong wish of the Catalans to become independent is making headlines again, we might as well call it a Catalan tournament instead of a Spanish one!

This year the Catalan tournament is a 10-player round robin with GM Ivan Sokolov (NED, 2690), GM Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN, 2662), GM Predrag Nikolic (BIH, 2638), GM Sanan Sjugirov (RUS, 2624), GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez (CUB, 2604), GM Levan Aroshidze (GEO, 2560), IM Alvar Alonso Rosell (ESP, 2540), Josep Oms Pallisse, (ESP, 2506), IM Joan Fluvia Poyatos (ESP, 2490) and GM Miguel Munoz Pantoja.

In the first round, in a game between two local heros, a queen sacrifice was noticed, but couldn't be avoided.

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Peter Heine Nielsen isn't playing many tournaments because of other obligations, most notably as a second to Vishy Anand. The Dane is currently in second place behind Sjugirov. In the first round he crashed through Nikolic's kingside in spectacular fashion:

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GM Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN, 2662)

Top seed Ivan Sokolov had mixed results so far. He lost two Nimzo-Indians (Rubinstein) with white in a row, but in both games the reason was not the opening. In round 1 he blundered:

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In round 6 another Spaniard a Catalan IM managed to trap the Dutchman's queen:

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GM Ivan Sokolov (NED, 2690)

Sanan Sjugirov, a former prodigy from Elista who at 19 has grown into a seasoned Russian GM, is doing very well so far in Barcelona. He still needs to play against Nielsen and Sokolov but still his 5/6 is impressive. He played a nice Volga/Benkö Gambit (via a KID move order) against Nikolic in round 6.

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GM Sanan Sjugirov (RUS, 2624)

The games start each day at 16:30 CET and can be followed live here.

Casino Barcelona 2012 | Round 6 standings



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Anonymous2's picture

The crosstable isn't loading in the post.

Peter Doggers's picture

Gràcies, fixed now.

Thomas's picture

"another Spaniard managed to win the Dutchman's queen"
The tournament homepage - in Catalan rather than Spanish - refers to Fluvia Potayos as "Mestre Internacional CATALUNYA" ... :)

DMiA's picture

Thank you. Better this way.

David's picture

Last time I checked there's no country called CATALUNYA, so Spaniard looks right to me.

killabeechess's picture

its nice to go watch the games for a couple of hours than play some texas hold em =)

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