The Golden Sands Open is yet another exciting event in the world of chess. Grandmaster Nils Grandelius with an Elo of 2544 came off winner in Bulgaria. He achieved 7.5 points in nine rounds.
222 participants from 31 nations at the Golden Sands Open
Four players ranked immediately behind Grandelius at an equal score of 7.0 points. The silver medal went to the Czech player Zbynek Hracek (Elo 2625) and bronze was won by Vladislav Nevednichy from Romania (Elo 2580). The two following ranks of the Golden Sands Open were also taken by grandmasters: With a score of 7.0 also, Vladimir Georgiev from Macedonia and M. R. Venkatesh from India completed on 4th and 5th position. Overall, 222 competitors deom 31 nations participated at the tournament in Bulgaria, among them 38 grandmasters. Duels were fought in Swiss Tournament System in nine rounds.
First move by Bulgarian Director of Gymnastics
The winner Nils Grandelius received a winning bonus of 6,000€. In total, 40,000€ prize money were given to the lucky winners at the Grand Europe Open Golden Sands 2013. Certainly no prize money did the Russian player Merkin German win; He was disqualified from the event for cheating. German used his Smartphone to support his game. Anyway, the official opening of the tournament was performed by Yordan Yovochev, the multiple world champion and Olympic medallist.
German participants far behind
The German team was hardly successful at the Golden Sands Open 2013: The best German player, Matthias Röder (Elo 2409), completed on 78th rank. In nine duels he only scored 5.0 points. At an equal score of 5.0 fellow team member Klaus Friedrichs (Elo 2293) was placed three ranks behind Röder. Michael Tscharotschkin (Elo 2217) and Dr. Guntram Hainke (Elo 2310) finished the tournament on ranks 84and 89 at 5.0 points. Last but not least, Dr. Philipp Limbourg (Elo 2187) scored 4.0 and therefore achieved the 135th rank at the Golden Sands Opening 2013 in Bulgaria.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe