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Final Round: Wirig Held Erdogdu to A Draw, Georgiadisí Draw Enough for the Title and GM Norm
In the final round of the 6th Mediterranean Championship, Erdoğdu forced against Wirig and was close to winning but in the end the French player hold while Georgiadis and Parligras drew, too. Ionnais Georgiadis of Greece had the better tie break in the end to claim the 2008 Mediterranean title while Wirig took the second place despite having 6.5 points as Georgaidis. 3-9. places were shared by Gurevich, Vocaturo, Parligras, Mohr, Aroshidze, Erdoğdu and Haznedaroğlu. Georgiadis scored a GM norm thanks to the strong field and the high number of grandmasters.

Congratulations to Vojinovic and to Georgiadis for claiming the title and gaining his first GM norm!

Detailed report below.

The thriller of the round was the first round clash between Wirig and Erdoğdu lasting for 5 hours and about 116 moves ended as a draw. Erdoğdu employed his beloved King's Indian Black was the first to develop his initiative on the King's side in Classical Variation with Nd2. Black managed to make the big breakthrough with d5 but chose to enter an endgame with a pawn up probably the wise way but in the end he did not manage to convert and had to be content with a draw.

This result brought Wirig the silver medal despite having the same number of points with Georgiadis because the latter had the better tie-break. Georgiadis drew with Parligras on the second board despite the computer claims he had the clear advantage. Nevertheless, this result was enough for the Greek international master to win the championship and earn his first GM norm with a performance of 2609. He also gained 30 elo rating and he was only number 17 in the starting list. Hats off to the 21-year-old new champion!


In Mohr-Gurevich, where Moscow Variation with the quiet but not without venom Bf6 was played, however black equalized after the opening and a draw was agreed. In Imad-Haznedaroglu, black was able to capture some pawns for the exchange which enabled him to win. Vocaturo won quickly against Todorovic in King's Gambit. Aroshidze won against Odeev as he had a strong attack against king which was stuck in the center. Sedina and Abdel Razik drew which meant the Italian International master took a silver medal for women. 11-year old youngster Şanal drew with his experienced compatriot Atakişi.

Elena Sedina

Damjan Plasec

Adnan Sitnic

A post-mortem session in the lobby

Geoffrey Borg and Özgür Akman

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