IM Matej Sebenik wins the 32nd San Sebastian chess tournament
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By Mikael Larreategi
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Slovenian International Master Matej Sebenik won the 32nd San Sebastian Chess tournament, he finished the tournament with 7 points, same as Pablo Lafuente (ARG), Artur Kogan (ISR), Vinay Bhat (USA) and Marc Narciso (ESP), but with a better tiebreak. The top performance also brings IM Matej Sebenik a GM norm.

The last round of the event was played on Sunday. On the first board, Artur Kogan drew to Vinay Bhat in 19 moves after a French defence. Pablo Lafuente and Matej Sebenik also drew on the second board which finished with a perpetual-check in 29 moves.

The young spanish IM Mikel Huerga, needed to win against GM Marc Narciso to got his second GM norm, but lost his game after receiving a hard attack in his kingside. The now spanish-citizen Roberto Cifuentes, won in a very long game againts the top seeded Aleksandar Delchev, in a rook-and-pawns ending.

The spanish U12 champion, Jaime Santos Latasa was the revelation of the tournament with a 2500+ performance after beating 2 IMs and drawing with 3 GMs. Jaime Santos had impressed San Sebastian since he played for the first time in 2006, and drew his game after rejecting a draw offer from his opponent GM Ivan Salgado (ESP) on move 16.

The best local player was Iñigo Martin, followed by Juan Carlos Lakunza and IM Iñigo Argandoña.


1 – 5. Matej Sebenik, Pablo Lafuente, Arthur Kogan, Vinay Bhat y Marc Narciso 7 pts.
6 – 9. Pablo San Segundo, Roberto Cifuentes, Manuel Pena y Marko Tratar 6.5 pts.
10. Ivan Salgado, Daniel Alsina, Alexander Delchev, J. Fernando Cuenca, Nikita Maiorov y Mikel Huerga con 6 pts.

Total of 122 players

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