Friday, 25 February 2011

2011 Bermuda Open

Once again I missed out on the Bermuda Open, although I would regard Rotorua as an adequate, if not as exotic, replacement. Those that did go once again enjoyed themselves immensely , with both the chess, and the social activities, first rate.
Although I don't have all the results to hand, I do know GM Larry Christiansen won the tournament (and a free return trip) after surviving a 5 player blitz playoff after he, GM Alexander Ivanov, GM Pascal Charbonneau, GM Nick de Firmian and IM Dmitry Schneider all tied for first place. FM Rupert Jones, who combined FIDE Development Commission work with the tournament, played Christiansen in the first round (and lost) but went on to win the Under 2000 section.
For further reports on the tournament you can read A two hour trip to paradise or Polly Wright's Castling Queenside blog.

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