VII Internet Chess Tournament 'Ciudad de Dos Hermanas'
For the seventh year running the VII internet Chess Tournament "Ciudad de Dos Hermanas" is being held on the Internet Chess Club playing zone (www.chessclub.com). This event is clearly one of the most important Internet chess tournaments in the world, regarding both the number and the level of the participants. Up to the moment, 1.696 participants have registered, and each day more players are coming in. Already qualified for the finals are the GM's Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), and the more than probable qualification of the young star GM Magnus Carlsen as best second.The total prize fund is 6.100 euros, with a first prize of 1.800 euros. In addition, the first six non GM-IM players classified will receive a free 6-months subscription to ICC, and twelve free 6 month free membership prizes will be raffled between all participants in the event who finish at least one qualifier. As in previous editions, the playing system is as follows: twelve 12-round Swiss qualifiers using the Fischer System playing rate: 4 minutes + 1 seconds. Qualifiers are held twice a day from March 17th to 22nd. March 23rd is a rest day and the finals are held on March 24th and 25th. The 12 qualifier winners plus the 20 best scores qualify to the 32 KO final. Registration for the last six qualifiers is still open. Complete standings, game file, PGN game files and other interesting information can be found at the Dos Hermanas web site www.doshermanas.net.
Prize winnersHere are the prize winners. Note that player norival was disqualified for rules violations, and everyone of his opponents moved up one round.
1st FabsiD GM Fabian Doettling(DEU) EUR 1,800 2nd Oligarkh GM Baadur Jobava(ESP) EUR 900 3rd/4th bxz GM Bu Xiangzhi(CHN) EUR 600 3rd/4th TINTIRITO GM Petrosian Tigran L.(ARM) EUR 600 5th-8th B-Savchenko IM Boris Savchenko(RUS) EUR 250 5th-8th sunshine GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly(IND) EUR 250 5th-8th Magnus GM Magnus Carlsen(NOR) EUR 250 5th-8th chaozz GM Sergei Movsesian(CZE) EUR 250 9th-16th Talion GM Gata Kamsky(USA) EUR 150 9th-16th gorato GM Goran Todorovic(SCG) EUR 150 9th-16th Gela GM Tamaz Gelashvili(GEO) EUR 150 9th-16th Smallville GM Hikaru Nakamura(USA) EUR 150 9th-16th Petrushka18 GM Eljanov Pavel(UKR) EUR 150 9th-16th scodaoctavia GM Pawel Jaracz(POL) EUR 150 9th-16th DJShrek GM Zviad Izoria(GEO) EUR 150 9th-16th zpx GM Zhang Pengxiang(CHN) EUR 150
Best non-GM/IM players in the tourney -- win 6 months ICC extensions:
32-player Knockout Finals