July 7, 2020

Uzbek Vokhidov wins at the 1st Open Fiestas de San Juan – La Provincia


Uzbek Shamsiddin Vokhidov, 18-year-old Grandmaster, dominated the Open Fiestas de San Juan 2020 with an iron hand after adding nine points out of eleven possible. He was ahead of Vugar Rasulov, Grand Master of Azerbaijan, runner-up, by one. Raúl Claverie, Argentine International Master, completed the podium.

The first edition of the virtual competition, played through the lichess.org platform, had the level of a Grand Slam on the board, bringing together 17 Grand Masters and 12 International Masters, for a total of 43 graduates from 23 different countries. In short, a tournament with wide international repercussion that once again put the name of Gran Canaria among the main online championships that have been disputed in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Such was the level reached in this Open Fiestas de San Juan 2020 that the one who appeared a priori as a great favorite to victory, Alexei Shirov, did not get a place in the top five. Possibly the best best Spanish player in history had to settle for sixth place finish by adding 8.5 points after falling defeated in the last game against young Raunak Sadhwani, Hindu Grandmaster, who finished fifth.

Omar García, FIDE Master, became the best Canarian player. The Gran Canaria player started the tournament on the wrong foot by adding half a point out of three possible, but thanks to an excellent comeback he placed himself with five and a half points in the final round, in which after falling to Ibragim Khamrakulov, the Uzbek nationalized Spanish Grand Master, he remained in 29th position.

The tournament, under the direction of Diego Casimiro, had the important collaboration of entities such as Foro Canarias, the Cabildo Sports Institute, the Spanish Federation and the International Chess Federation. At a particular level, review the contribution of Pablo Arranz (referee), the International Master Julio Alonso (analyst), Luis Santiago del Prado, Blasy Casimiro and Loli Moreno.

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