Bruzon: King of Chess in Barcelona
- Submitted by: manso
- 11 / 15 / 2010
Cuban Lazaro Bruzon celebrated on Friday the victory he needed and was proclaimed undefeated king at the Magistral Casino de Barcelona Masters Chess Tournament in that Spanish city.
Bruzon, champion of Caribbean island (2668 ELO), won the closing match against the local Jordi Magem (2,593) to reach seven points in nine games and overcome by the long-time leader, the host Ivan Salgado (2,602).
The Cuban led with white pieces in 65 moves off a King pawn opening, which showed his ambition to win, passing up variants for a draw, and smiled when time wasn’t enough for his opponent.
The website of the event showed that Salgado could not avoid a draw, after 49 moves off a Spanish opening against Russian Inarkiev Ernesto (2,667) who also totaled seven points.
Specialists report that Bruzon, winner of five games and four draws, added 15.1 points to his coefficient rating, so in January 2011 could well have a personal record of 2,683.
The Iberian tournament brought together ten Grand Masters had a FIDE Category of 14, and had been previously won by a Cuban, Leinier Dominguez in 2006.
Inarkiev took third place with 6.5 points, two more than the German Artur Jussupow (2,589) and Frenchman Romain Edouard (2,636), successful like the Colombian Jaime Cuartas (2,534).
The veteran Jussupow beat the disappointing American Robert Hess (2,602), Edouard at the expense of Spaniard Joseph Oms (2,528) and Cuartas against the local defending champion, Daniel Alsina (2527).
Positions from 4 to 10 were occupied by Jussupow (4.5), Edouard (4.5), Alsina (4), Cuartas (4), Magem (2.5) and Hess (2).