Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Roland Salvador Wins Arco

While we've been covering the exploits of the Australians in The Netherlands (Essent) and the Filipinos in Spain (Calvia) as well as the juniors in Georgia, of course - there were actually another two of our beloved compatriots who were battling it out in another European country - Italy. Both FM Roland Salvador, from RP, and IM Alexander Wohl, from Australia, competed in the 28th Festival Scacchistico Internazionale Open held from 21 October to 29 October.

We're terribly sorry, indeed, that we are very tardy with this information. We just didn't know about it! Now, I must thank our good friend from the Philippines, Mr Michael Rabena, who pointed us to this very important news - especially, from the Pinoy point of view.

Roland Salvador came out on top of a field of 108 players in section A of this Italian tournament. The field included the likes of GM Milan Drasko, GM Dragisa Blagojevic and famous author IM Jacob Aagard. FM Salvador actually scored the same number of points as IM Aagard and Michael Shaeffer but was declared overall winner on tiebreak. IM Alex Wohl scored a total of 6 points. In the ninth and last round, Wohl and Salvador crossed swords. The Filipino won that game. We'd like nothing better than to present that encounter - however, it's not available on the official site.

Instead, we bring you this win by Salvador over IM Paolo Vezzosi. The Italian Vezzosi has had some prior match-ups with Pinoys this year. In the Lodi tournament last June, he lost to Yves Ranola and defeated Arianne Caoili.

Below are the round-by-round results of both Wohl and the eventual winner.

Roland Salvador (7 points out of 9)
1 bt di Lazzaro
2 bt la Manna
3 bt Schaeffer
4 1/2 Drasko
5 bt Vezzosi
6 1/2 Bronznik
7 1/2 Teske
8 1/2 Aagard
9 bt Wohl

Alexander Wohl (6 points out of 9)
1 bt Bondielli
2 bt Wagman
3 1/2 Happel
4 lost Vezzosi
5 bt Schrott
6 bt Diotallevi
7 1/2 Blagojevic
8 bt Isonzo
9 lost Salvador

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is the Wohl-Salvador game:

Wohl,Aleksandar (2425) - Salvador,Roland (2455) [A30]
Arco Op A (9), 2006
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.g3 Qb6 6.Nb3 Ne5 7.e4 Nf6 8.Qe2 a5 9.f4 a4 10.fxe5 axb3 11.Nc3 Bb4 12.Bd2 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Rxa2 14.Rd1 Ng8 15.Qg4 g6 16.Be2 Ne7 17.Qf4 Nc6 18.Rf1 Rf8 19.Rd3 Qc5 20.Qf6 b6 21.Kd2 Ba6 22.Rd6 Bxc4 23.Rd1 Bxe2 24.Kxe2 Qxc3 25.Rxd7 Qxb2+ 26.R1d2 0-1

It can be found here: http://www.arcoworldchess.com/~risultati/Bollettino/BOLLETTINO%209%20Arco%202006.pdf