The 6th Open Internacional Augusta Aragon Stadium Casablanca took place from 22nd to 30th December at the Stadium Casablanca in Zaragoza, Spain.

The 9-round Swiss event featured 162 players from 12 countries, including 7 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters.

Grandmasters Azer Mirzoev and top seed Julio Granda Zuniga shared the first place with 7,5 points each after winning the last round encounters against FM Fernando Lopez Gracia and GM Marc Narciso Dublan respectively.

Mirzoev narrowly edged Granda Zuniga on 2nd tie-break criteria to take the winner’s trophy. The player from Azerbaijan continued the string of successes after recently winning the round robin event in Elgoibar.

Mirzoev was also the winner of the first Open Internacional Augusta Aragon back in 2007.

Reigning Spanish champion Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez finished third on tie-break.

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Final standings:

1 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2553 – 7.5
2 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2641 – 7.5
3 GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis ESP 2576 – 7
4 IM Vassallo Barroche Mauricio ESP 2448 – 7
5 GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2509 – 7
6 GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2490 – 7
7 FM Gonzalez Perez Arian CUB 2491 – 7
8 GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2551 – 6.5
9 IM Garza Marco Sergio ESP 2438 – 6.5
10 FM Lopez Gracia Fernando ESP 2368 – 6.5
11 Rzayev Bahruz AZE 2370 – 6.5
12 IM Belezky Alexander UKR 2427 – 6.5
13 GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto ESP 2473 – 6.5
14 IM Forcen Esteban Daniel ESP 2469 – 6.5
15 FM Ramiro Ovejero Juan Luis ESP 2362 – 6.5
16 IM Bellia Fabrizio ITA 2448 – 6.5

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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