Mark Crowther reports
Sinisa Joksic reports on the "La Perla Open" which was the 2nd Lugano International Tournament on the Swiss Chess Tour. The winner of the event was Stefan Djuric, the 45 year old Yugoslav grandmaster, who now lives in Montecatini Terme (Italia). Djuric won the final against IM Renzo Mantovani (37). In the match for third place GM Csaba Horvath (32) won his second game against Germany's Dennis Drollingen. The event was slightly unusual in that the four highest placed players after 5 rounds played a knock-out system event and the others continued with the Swiss systemevet . There were a lot of unexpected results. (GM's Farago and Horvath etc) There were 74 players. First 10 players got money prizes, another 10 nature prizes and special prizes were distributed to WG Elena Sedina (UKR, 7th-5.0)the first Lady, Gianpiero Rossi (ITA, 17th-4.5) best senior, IM Hansjuerg Kaenel (SUI, 5th-5.5) best Swiss, Claudio Boschetti (SUI, 22nd-4.0) the best Ticino player, Giorgi Berni (ITA, 30th-4.0) best junior and Lara Stock (GER, 63rd-2.5) best pupil.
Results of the knock-out games: Semi-final: Djuric, Stefan - Horvath, Csaba 1/2 1:0 Mantovani, Renzo - Drollingen, Dennis 1:0 Final: Djuric, Stefan - Mantovani, Renzo 1:0 Drollingen, Dennis - Horvath, Csaba 1/2 0:1 Final standing: 1. Djuric Stefan GM 2491 YUG 2. Mantovani Renzo IM 2415 ITA 3. Horvath Csaba GM 2519 HUN 4. Drollinger Dennis 2226 GER 5. Kaenel Hansjuerg IM 2434 SUI 5.5 26.5 6. Jurkovic Ante FM 2326 CRO 5.5 25.5 7. Sedina Elena WGM 2419 UKR 5.0 28.0 153.5 8. Farago Ivan GM 2467 HUN 5.0 28.0 152.0 9. Trescher Manfred 2210 GER 5.0 26.5 10. Horvath Joszef GM 2557 HUN 5.5 25.5 11. Raupp Thomas FM 2330 GER 5.5 25.0 12. Wenner Tobias 2160 GER 5.0 19.0 .... 74 players Get the games in PGN format