Brazilian Grandmaster Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian convincingly won the open tournament in Varna, Bulgaria, after concluding the event with 7,5 points from nine games, leaving the chasing pack a full point behind.

The 7th International Chess Tournament Varna Open was held on 19-27th June. The tournament was organized by the Chess Club “Veselin Topalov”.

89 players from 11 countries competed, including 13 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters.

Final standings (top finishers):

1. GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2544 – 7.5

2. GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2502 – 6.5
3. GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2556 – 6.5
4. IM Dimitrov Radoslav BUL 2429 – 6.5
5. IM Arnaudov G. Petar BUL 2490 – 6.5
6. GM Janev Evgeni BUL 2444 – 6.5
7. IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2469 – 6.5
8. GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2557 – 6.5
9. IM Molina Roberto Junio Brito BRA 2423 – 6.5
10. IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2472 – 6.5


11. GM Spasov Vasil BUL 2565 – 6
12. GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2538 – 6
13. IM Filip Lucian ROU 2458 – 6
14. FM Lilov Valeri BUL 2434 – 6
15. IM Vedmediuc Serghei MDA 2460 – 6


16. GM Drenchev Petar BUL 2485 – 5.5
17. Sagar Shah IND 2359 – 5.5
18. GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2560 – 5.5
19. GM Popchev Milko BUL 2433 – 5.5
20. FM Vachev Vladimir BUL 2155 – 5.5
21. IM Kukov Velislav BUL 2396 – 5.5
22. IM Belov Igor RUS 2418 – 5.5
23. Ivelinov Hristo BUL 2180 – 5.5
24. Bizovi Mihai MDA 2137 – 5.5
25. GM Spiridonov Nikola BUL 2248 – 5.5

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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