Reports | November 09, 2012 12:10

Firm lead for Sestao in Spanish league

Sestao Naturgas Energia

Sestao Naturgas Energia also won their matches in round 3 and 4 of the Spanish Team Championship. The team, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Laurent Fressinet and Romain Edouard on top boards, has a two-point lead over Linex-Magic with three rounds to go.

Sestao Naturgas Energia at the start of round 4 (without Giri this time) | Photos kindly provided by the organizers

Event Spanish league | Chess-resultsPGN via TWIC
Dates November 5th-11th, 2012
Location León, Spain
System Team matches
Players The top GMs are Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ivan Cheparinov, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Loek van Wely, Romain Edouard, Gabriel Sargissian, Eduardo Iturrizaga and Christian Bauer
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds per move starting from the first

Extra No draw offers allowed before move 30

 

Frío polar en León, pero ambiente muy caldeado en los salones del Hotel Conde Luna...

This is how the press release on the Spanish Team Championship's third round began. Apparently it's extremely cold at the moment in the north west of Spain, but things are heating up in the playing hall in León!

In the third round the leaders, Sestao Naturgas, played Equigoma Casa Social de Ávila. The match saw the latin American duel on board one between Leinier Dominguez of Cuba and Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela. Two young GMs faced each other on board two: Anish Giri and Anton Kovalyov. Both games ended in a draw but especially the latter was an interesting fight, between two bishops and three pawns against two knights and four. The match was decided on lower boards with bigger rating differences: Laurent Fressinet beat Alexandr Fier and Alfonso Romero Holmes was too strong for Johann Alvarez Marquez.

Sestao's Anish Giri and Leinier Dominguez at the start of round 3

The other results were Gros Xake-Taldea-C.E. Barcelona Uga 3½-2½ (wins for Ponomariov and Bauer, but San Segondo lost to Fluvia), C.A. Solvay-C.E. Foment Martinenc 4½-1½ (wins for Harikrirshna, Ganguly and Ubilava) and Linex-Magic Extremadura-C.A. Reverté Albox 3½-2½. The latter was a tough fight where Cheparinov, Svetushkin and Garcia-Ortega scored wins for Linex-Magic, but Ter-Sahakyan and Perez Candelario lost. 

Sestao Naturgas also defeated C.E. Foment Martinenc convincingly (4-2) with four draws and two wins. In this match Dominguez was held to a draw by the famous Romanian author Mihail Marin. The Gros Xake-Taldea team didn't do well: with higher ratings on the first four boards, they went down 4-2 against C.A. Solvay. In this round C.A. Reverté Albox crushed C.E. Barcelona Uga 5-1 and Linex-Magic beat Equigoma Casa Social Catolica 4-2.

With three rounds to go, Sestao has eight match points while Linex-Magic is on six, basically as a result of their first round individual match, which ended in a 5-1 victory for Sestao. 

The Spanish league runs until Sunday, November 11th. Its a round robin tournament with the eight strongest Spanish teams, played at the Conde Luna Hotel in León. You can follow it live here.

Selection of games rounds 3-4

PGN file

Spanish Team Championship 2012 | Teams

1.   C.E. Foment Martinenc (RtgAvg:2458)    
1 GM BRUNELLO Sabino 2591 ITA
2 GM MARIN Mihail 2547 ROU
3 IM JEREZ PEREZ Alfonso 2411 ESP
4 IM TORRECILLAS MARTINEZ Antonio 2406 ESP
5 IM VALDES Leonardo 2414 CRC
6 WGM L'AMI Alina 2381 ROU
7 IM GRANADOS GOMEZ Manuel 2374 ESP
8 FM SANCHEZ IBERN Marc 2332 ESP
9   DE LA RIVA AGUADO Jorge 2238 ESP
10 WIM LLANEZA VEGA Patricia 2250 ESP
2.   Gros Xake-Taldea (RtgAvg:2682)    
1 GM PONOMARIOV Ruslan 2741 UKR
2 GM BACROT Etienne 2702 FRA
3 GM KASIMDZHANOV Rustam 2696 UZB
4 GM VAN WELY Loek 2691 NED
5 GM BAUER Christian 2639 FRA
6 GM HAMDOUCHI Hicham 2623 FRA
7 GM SAN SEGUNDO CARRILLO Pablo 2509 ESP
8 IM FRANCO ALONSO Alejandro 2476 ESP
9 IM GONZALEZ DE LA TORRE Santiago 2441 ESP
10 GM IZETA TXABARRI Felix 2459 ESP
11 IM ARGANDOÑA RIVEIRO Iñigo 2405 ESP
12 FM MARTIN ALVAREZ Iñigo 2304 ESP
3.   C.A. Solvay (RtgAvg:2585)    
1 GM HARIKRISHNA Pentala 2692 IND
2 GM NEGI Parimarjan 2638 IND
3 GM GANGULY Surya Shekhar 2619 IND
4 GM DELCHEV Aleksander 2587 BUL
5 GM UBILAVA Elizbar 2509 ESP
6 GM DE LA VILLA GARCIA Jesus Maria 2463 ESP
7 IM BERNAL MORO Luis Javier 2421 ESP
8 FM RAMO FRONTIÑAN Cristobal 2328 ESP
9   PEREZ LOPEZ Jesus Maria 2276 ESP
10   GONZALEZ LASO Adrian 2119 ESP
4.   Sestao Naturgas Energia (RtgAvg:2675)    
1 GM DOMINGUEZ PEREZ Leinier 2726 CUB
2 GM VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2711 FRA
3 GM GIRI Anish 2715 NED
4 GM FRESSINET Laurent 2703 FRA
5 GM EDOUARD Romain 2688 FRA
6 GM DEL RIO DE ANGELIS Salvador G 2484 ESP
7 GM ROMERO HOLMES Alfonso 2505 ESP
8 GM GOMEZ ESTEBAN Juan Mario 2466 ESP
9   TRIGO URQUIJO Sergio 2237 ESP
10   TAMAYO AGUIRRE Enrique 2138 ESP
11   VIQUEIRA FERNANDEZ Juan 2070 ESP
12   GUERRERO TAMAYO Luis Alberto 0 ESP
5.   Linex-Magic Extremadura (RtgAvg:2575)    
1 GM CHEPARINOV Ivan 2710 BUL
2 GM SARGISSIAN Gabriel 2679 ARM
3 GM SVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2589 MDA
4 GM TER-SAHAKYAN Samvel 2580 ARM
5 GM PEREZ CANDELARIO Manuel 2579 ESP
6 FM CABEZAS AYALA Ivan 2315 ESP
7 FM GARCIA-ORTEGA MENDEZ Jose M. 2307 ESP
8   GARCIA LORO Marcos J. 2073 ESP
9   MONTERO ALEU Juan Antonio 1950 ESP
6.   C.A. Reverté Albox (RtgAvg:2566)    
1 GM MCHEDLISHVILI Mikheil 2639 GEO
2 GM SHIMANOV Aleksandr 2597 RUS
3 GM IVANOV Sergey 2542 RUS
4 GM RIVAS PASTOR Manuel 2557 ESP
5 IM GOGANOV Aleksey 2530 RUS
6 IM IBARRA JEREZ Jose Carlos 2528 ESP
7   GALINDO RODRIGUEZ Francisco 2232 ESP
8   RUBIO TAPIA Jose Juan 2115 ESP
9   ORTIZ AVILES Javier 2039 ESP
10   MARTINEZ SOLA Juan 2086 ESP
11   LAZARO GARCIA Roberto 2020 ESP
12   CAPEL FERNANDEZ Manuel 1901 ESP
7.   Equigoma Caja Social Catolica (RtgAvg:2530)    
1 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo 2656 VEN
2 GM KOVALYOV Anton 2596 ARG
3 GM FIER Alexandr 2567 BRA
4 IM CASTELLANOS RODRIGUEZ Renier 2515 ESP
5 IM ALVAREZ MARQUEZ Johann 2407 VEN
6 FM CORRAL BLANCO Juan Antonio 2436 ESP
7 FM HERNANDO PERTIERRA Jose Carlos 2375 ESP
8 FM GONZALEZ DE LA NAVA Amador 2262 ESP
9   GALAN HERNANDEZ Pedro A. 2069 ESP
10   DE LA ORDEN ALCOCER Alejandro 1895 ESP
8.   C.E. Barcelona Uga (RtgAvg:2485)    
1 GM ALSINA LEAL Daniel 2536 ESP
2 IM FLUVIA POYATOS Joan 2490 ESP
3 IM CUENCA JIMENEZ Jose Fernando 2490 ESP
4 IM ASIS GARGATAGLI Hipolit 2474 ESP
5 IM FLUVIA POYATOS Jordi 2467 ESP
6 GM VILA GAZQUEZ Xavier 2455 ESP
7 IM ALEXANDROVA Olga 2409 ESP
8 GM RODRIGUEZ VARGAS Orestes 2378 ESP
9 IM MARTIN GONZALEZ Angel 2336 ESP
10 IM MESTRE BELLIDO Hector 2317 ESP

 

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Comments

choufleur's picture

Nice games, thank you.

Jocky's picture

Foreign league chess with fly in GM's is of no interst or benefit to that particular country, its so uninteresting

AAR's picture

Just like Football leagues - English Premier League.

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