Speelman, Jon, The Independent (London, England)
Esbjerg in the west of Denmark has for years held an annual tournament - the North Sea Cup. Just a small town a century or so ago, it developed into a large port, partly to satisfy the English appetite for Danish butter. In return we have sent many players to this Anglophile tournament over the years, with Jonathan Mestel and (I believe) Nigel Short both getting their final grandmaster norms in Esbjerg. Last year Luke McShane and I competed. He did excellently, coming third equal on 5/9, though I bombed out on just 4.
This year's 17th edition took place from 5-13 July. The 10- player all-play-all, which averaged 2,586 (category 14) didn't have any English players this time, but resulted instead in triumph for two Cubans Lazaro Bruzon and Lenier Dominguez, who fought their way to first equal on 6/9. They were followed by the very talented young Ukrainian Andrei Volokitin 5.5, Sune Berg Hansen and Peter Heine Nielsen (both Denmark) 5; Igor Glek (Germany) and Sergei Tiviakov (the Netherlands) 4; Curt Hansen (Denmark) 3.5, Hannes Stefansson (Iceland) 3.5 and Alisa Galliamova (Russia) 2.5.
In a relatively irenic event in which just 17 of the 45 games ended decisively, both leaders were unbeaten, as was Volokitin. …
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