Press Release

IM BRYAN SOLANO (COSTA RICA), CLINCHES THE XXI INTERNATIONAL CHES OPEN MIQUEL MAS. THE FIGUERES TOURNAMENT. PLAYED ONLINE

IM from Costa Rica, Bryan Solano clinches by half a point the 21st edition of the Figueres International Chess Open Miquel Mas which, given the circumstances of COVID19, had to be played online. Solano won with 7,5 points out of 9 games, closely followed by the tournament favourite GM Christian Bauer (2nd) and by IM from Madrid Jesús Martín (3rd), both with 7 points.

The tournament has had more than 50 players and a total of 8 titled players. Amongst them GM Bauer with 2618 FIDE, and peruvian GM Cristhian Cruz (both of them regulars at many Catalan opens and playing for teams at the top Catalan Division), and the ukranian GM Yuri Solodovnichenko who, for some years was the top board of C.E. Figueres. Solodovnichenko has finished 4th with 6,5 points and the chilean IM Luís Rojas, 5th with the same points.

MC Emili Colls (C.E. Figueres) was the first Catalan, finishing 6th with 6 points, performing at an excellent level and always playing on top boards. Colls drew 2 GMs, Bauer and Cruz and with IM Rojas, losing only with the champion.

The Open had 16 prizes. For the 10 in the standings -8 in cash-, and to the top 2 players under-14, under-12 and under-10. Great tournament performed by the under-14 Julio Centeno, not only finishing first in his category, but also being 10th overall. Ruben Vinuesa finished 2nd under-14. Julián Nieto and Lluís Compte (Figueres) 1st and 2nd under-12. And Jaime Rey and Mauro Alonso (Gerunda) the first 2 under-10.

It has been a new experience and an important effort by the club and the sponsors, to be able to award almost 1000€ in prizes. It was a Rapid Chess Open (15min + 3seg per move). Played across 3 consecutive afternoons, from the 14th to the 16th of August, 2020.

The organization has counted with an anti-cheating board committee with 2 international arbiters and 3 strong players, working tirelessly to ensure every player abode to the rules, to fair play, without using any kind of external help.

Figueres, August 17th, 2020
CLUB d’ESCACS FIGUERES

2020 Edition Winner

IM Bryan SOLANO CUYA (7.5/9)
Costa Rica