Eugene Torre booked a top 10 finish and three Filipinos gained IM norms in the just concluded 148 man–field 2nd San Marino International Chess Open.
Torre (ELO 2543), ended his ninth and final round match in a fighting draw against the top seeded GM Sergei Tiviakov (ELO 2669) of the Netherlands using the black pieces after 47 moves of an Owens Defense to score 6.5 points.
Wesley So, Darwin Laylo and Oliver Dimakiling earned IM norms. This was revealed yesterday by RP Turin Olympiad men’s head coach lawyer NM Samuel “Sammy” Estimo.
GM Vadim Milov of Switzerland, former winner of the Australian Open in 1999, was the overall winner of the event. He and GM Varuzhan Akobian scored 7.5 points, but the Swiss held the superior tiebreak.
San Marino Open 2006
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. a3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. e3 g6 8. Bb5+ c6 9. Bd3 Bg7 10. Na4 O-O 11. e4 Nf6 12. Qe2 c5 13. Bg5 Bc6 14. b3 h6 15. Bh4 g5 16. Bg3 Nh5 17. Rc1 cxd4 18. Bxb8 Bxa4 19. Bc7 Rc8 20. Bxd8 Rxc1+ 21. Kd2 Rxh1 22. Bc7 Rc8 23. Ne1 Rxc7 24. Qxh5 Bxb3 25. e5 Bf8 26. Qg4 Bxa3 27. Qxd4 Bd5 28. Qa4 Bf8 29. h3 Bc6 30. Qg4 Rd7 31. Qc4 Bc5 32. Ke2 Kg7 33. Qa6 Rd4 34. Qc8 Ba4 35. Qa6 Rb4 36. Nc2 Bxc2 37. Bxc2 Rb2 38. Qd3 Rc1 0-1