Reports | January 06, 2012 12:18

Volokitin wins in San Sebastian

Volokitin wins in San Sebastian

Andrei Volokitin beat Viktor Laznicka in the final of the Donostia-San Sebastian Chess Festival on Thursday. The Ukrainian grandmaster, who won both his games against his opponent from the Czech Republic, received a cheque of €20,000 and an electric bike. 

Volokitin on his electric bike | All photos © David Llada and Anastasiya Karlovich

Event Donostia Chess Festival | PGN via TWIC
Dates December 28th-January 5th, 2011
Location Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
System 64-player knock-out, matches of two games played simultaneously
Players Gashimov, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Dominguez and Vachier-Lagrave are topping the list
Rate of play 2 hours for all moves + 30 seconds increment

By Anastasiya Karlovich

Andrei Volokitin became the winner of the Donostia-San Sebastian Chess Festival. In the final match, the Ukrainian defeated Viktor Laznicka of the Czech Republic with a 2-0 score.

The match was very tough and the pressure became so high that the Czech player simply forgot about the time in one of the games, where he played with black. In that game, the rook ending was equal and a few moves earlier Volokitin had proposed a draw... After the incident with the time, Laznicka was not able to concentrate on the other game any more and blundered an exchange a few moves later. Andrei Volokitin grabs the 20,000 Euro first prize and on top of that a big motorbike!

Andrei Volokitin, wearing a traditional Basque hat and sitting on his brand new BSG electrics motorbike, worth about 5,000 Euro 

In the B-group two leaders Antoaneta Stefanova and Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo Reynaldo made a quick draw which suited their tournament position. A few more players, who were half a point behind, managed to win in the last round and joined the group of prize winners. As a result, Sergey Fedorchuk became the winner of the C group and the 1,000 Euro first prize.

Games round 7

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We thank David Llada and Anastasiya Karlovich for their reports and photos


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S3's picture

Good job Volokitin!
He plays exciting chess and is +4-0 against the so called number one Carlsen. This guys deserves more invites.

Btw I don't see the "blunder of the exchanges" in the above games.

choufleur's picture

Your comments seems weird to me, to say the least.

blunder of the exchange : 32. Bxc4 in the game Volokitin is black

"so called" ? Carlsen does not call himself number one, so this is plain wrong.

Peter Doggers's picture

Isn't Laznicka forgetting about his rook on b5 in his white game?

S3's picture

Oops yes..

Excalibur's picture

S3:To be fair if they played a match now my money would be on Carlsen.

S3's picture

Nonetheless it is a shame that Volokitin didn't get the chance to play top players more.

He is not even a year older than Nakamura but has +4 against Carlsen, +2 against Ponomariov, and equal scores against Karjakin and Radjabov. He has 0,5/1 against Anand. Never played guys like Kramnik, Topalov e.g.
I remember how he was set to win Tata chess B, but he overattacked in the last round. After that I haven't seen him in any Western tournament.

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