Going into the last and ninth round of the 19th International Chess Open Es Vermar tournament in Spain, international master Jayson Gonzales led the field by a half point on 6.5. The Filipino needed to win his last game to be safe in first place. However, fellow IM Martin Senff of Germany (rated 2449) proved to be a tough opponent. The German outplayed Gonzales in 61 moves.
This result meant that Senff took first place with 7 points. Gonzales had to settle for equal second place with seven other players that included GM Larazo Bruzon of Cuba.
Gonzales will now need to regroup in the hunt for his third and final GM norm. Good luck sir!