The Municipality of Alajuela with the support of Association Robert James Fischer and FIDE organized the 5th International Chess Tournament Alajuela 2014 from 22-26th January 2014 in the cantoncentral Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The 9-round Swiss event attracted 120 participants from 14 countries. The field also included 7 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters.

Eventually five players shared the first place with 7,0/9 points each: Lazaro Bruzon (top seed), Alejandro Ramirez, Raymond Kaufman, Sipke Ernst and Jorge Baules. Bruzon had the best tie-break.

Top prizes were USD 2300, 1300, 1000, 700, 500 etc.

Tournament website

Final standings:

1. GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2676 – 7
2. GM Ramirez Alejandro USA 2600 – 7
3. IM Kaufman Raymond USA 2300 – 7
4. GM Ernst Sipke NED 2573 – 7
5. IM Baules Jorge PAN 2296 – 7
6. GM Barrientos Sergio E COL 2481 – 6.5
7. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2560 – 6.5
8. IM Davila Carlos NCA 2307 – 6.5
9. GM Perez Rodriguez Luis Manuel CUB 2388 – 6.5
10. IM Piasetski Leon CAN 2288 – 6.5
11. IM Hernandez Basante Francisco CRC 2227 – 6.5
12. GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2508 – 6

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