Larry Christiansen, Joel Benjamin, and Luis Bernal Moro tied for 1st at the 2008 Curacao Open.

Bernal Moro lost his last game from the tournament against Thomas Willemze who refused a draw offer after only four moves. Although Bernal Moro made a GM norm he must have had mixed feelings to give away ‘a certain’ tournament victory in the very last moment against Willemze.

Joel Benjamin defeated Daniel Fridman and Larry Christiansen defeated Anna Zatonskih to share the first prize.

1-3 CHRISTIANSEN, Larry USA 2577 7
BERNAL MORO, Luis Javier ESP 2424 7
BENJAMIN, Joel USA 2577 7

4-9 WERLE, Jan NED 2591 6
FRIDMAN, Daniel GER 2637 6
SWINKELS, Robin NED 2459 6
CARLSSON, Pontus SWE 2514 6 W
ILLEMZE, Thomas NED 2398 6
BOHM, Hans NED 2323 6

10-12 ZATONSKIH, Anna USA 2446 5.5
MENSING, Fabio AHO 2112 5.5
IZIJK, Jimmy AHO 5.5

Here is the full standings: http://www.curacaochess.net/opnrnd9.html

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