French GM Vladislav Tkachiev confirmed his status as rating favorite at the Cuca International Tournaments 2013 that took place on 20th-26th April in Luanda, Angola.

Tkachiev got the winner’s trophy thanks to an undefeated performance that allowed him to get 7 points in the 9 rounds played. Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly arrived second half a point behind the winner. Third place was for Belgian GM Vadim Malakhatko, who lost against Tkachiev in the third round.

The same story was seen in the women’s event, where the rating favorite took first place as well. However, WGM Anna Zozulia needed the tiebreak criteria to confirm her victory, as two other players tied with her on 7.5/9.

Tkachiev took 5,000 USD dollars home, while Anna Zozulia took 3,000.

Last year winner was GM Viktor Bologan

Final Standings – Men’s tournament (top finishers):

1 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2632 7.0
2 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2594 6.5
3 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2552 6.0
4 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2562 5.5
5 GM Thal Abergel FRA 2429 5.0
6 IM Jere Daniel ZAM 2393 5.0
7 GM Karpatchev Aleksandr RUS 2485 5.0

Final Standings – Women’s tournament (top finishers):


1 WGM Zozulia Anna BEL 2326 7.5
2 WIM Van der Merwe Cecile RSA 2026 7.5
3 WGM Toma Katarzyna POL 2304 7.5
4 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1931 5.5
5 WFM Mwango Lorita ZAM 1834 5.0
6 WFM Valdes Maritza POR 2136 5.0
7 WIM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1831 5.0
8 Domingas Maria ANG 1451 5.0

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