Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Print
Monday, 18 October 2010 20:02

On Thursday, November 4th at 15.45 the Chess Tournament Magistral Casino de Barcelona 2010 will take start. This year the Tournament is organized by the Catalonian Chess Federation and sponsored by the Casino of Barcelona (Group Peralada), Barcelona City Hall, Catalonian Sports Council and Hotel Icaria of Barcelona.The Venue of the Turnament is the Casino of Barcelona (Marina Avenue, 19-21 ), the dates are from November 4th to12th, 2009, and the games will start at 16.00.

The following ten internationally recognized Grandmasters will participate in this Round Robin Tournamet:



2 GM ROBERT L. HESS          (EEUU) 2596

3 GM DANIEL ALSINA             (ESP) 2523

4 GM JORDI MAGEM             (ESP) 2589

5 GM  IVÁN SALGADO           (ESP) 2595

6 GM LÁZARO BRUZÓN        (CUB) 2679

7 GM JAIME A. CUARTAS      (COL) 2526

8 GM ARTUR YUSSUPOV       (ALE) 2589

9 GM JOSEP OMS                     (ESP) 2517


GM Romain Edouard, born in 1990

ELO 2636


European U16 Champion 2006
World and European U18 Vice - Champion  2007

"Grand Prix de Bordeaux 2007" Winner

Vice - Champion of France 2010

Winner of various Open tournaments (Bad Wiessee 2008, Zaragoza 2008, Echternach 2009, Andorra 2009, Hastings 2010 (tied), Echternach 2010...)


GM Robert L. Hess,  born in 1991

ELO 2596


GM at the age of 17; got his final norm at Foxwoods Open, defeating GMs Ehlvest and Nakamura

World Team Championships 2009  Vice-Champion

World Cup 2009 Participant

Winner of Spice Spring Invitational 2009

Member of the 2010 USA Olympiad Team

GM Daniel Alsina Leal, born in1988

ELO 2523


Champion of Catalonia U12, U14 and U16

Champion of Spain U18

Catalonian Teams Champion (Club La UGA ) (2003, 2004 and 2005)

Champion of Spain for Autonomous Community Championships with Catalonia (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010)

4 Nations Tournament Champion with Catalonia (2008)

Reigning Champion of the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona (2009)


GM Jordi Magem Badals, born in 1967

ELO 2589


Catalonian Youth Chess Champion in 1981

In 1993 succeeded to win both Catalonian and Spanish Youth Championships.

2008 Catalonian Champion

In 1990 won his only Spanish title, whereas was the Vice-Champion on three occasions in  1986, 1993 and 1997

Spanish Olympic Team Captain and Player on many occasions.


GM Iván Salgado, born in 1991

ELO 2595


GM at the age of 16

Spanish Vice - Champion U14 2003, 2005

Champion of Spain U14  2004

Champion of Spain U16  2007

Winner of the Open Internacional Ciudad de San Sebastián 2008

Champion of Spain U18  2008

World Vice - Champion U18  2009

Spanish Olympic Team Player

Qualified for the FIDE World Cup 2011


GM Lázaro Bruzón, born in 1982

ELO 2679


Started playing chess at the age of 9

Obtained the GM title at 17 años in 1999

World Junior Champion 2000

Champion of Cuba on five occasions

Reigning Champion of the Summer Catalan Chess Circuit


GM Jaime Alexander Cuartas Medina,  born in 1975

ELO 2526


Colombian Sub Zonal Vice – Champion 2001

Winner of the Open International Badalona/Barcelona 2006

Catalonian Club Champion with his Club “Montcada” in 2007, 2008 and 2009

Colombian Olympic Team Player, defending the 3rd, 2nd and 1st boards at Bled 2002,  Calviá 2004, Turín 2006, Dresden 2008, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010


Artur Jussupov, born in 1960

ELO 2589



Five-time Olympic, two-time European and also World Champion with  the Soviet Union national chess team

Came second at Istanbul Olympiads (2000) with the German national team

Reached the semi-final of the Candidates Tournament on three occasions in 1986, 1989 and 1992

Winner of many International Tournaments

Coach to Anand during the World Championship PCA 1995 against Kasparov and at the FIDE World Championship against Karpov

Author of multiple books, e. g. “The Petroff Defence”


GM Josep Oms Pallise, born in 1973

ELO 2517


Lleida Junior Champion 1992, 1993

Spanish Junior hampion 1993

Winner of the Open International Foment 1996

Winner of the Open International Sevilla 2000

Andorran Champion in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006

Andorran Olympic Team Player in 2004 and 2006

Individual Gold Winner (2nd board) at Torino Olympiad 2006

Best Catalan at the Summer Catalan Chess Circuit 2010


GM Ernesto Inarkiev,  born in 1985

ELO 2671


Asian Champion U16 1999

European Champion U16 2001

Russian Junior Champion 2002

Kalmykia´s first ever GM since 2002

Champion of Kalmykia 2004

Winner of the Russian Championships Super League 2006

Participant, FIDE Grand Prix series 2008 – 2009


The Tournament reaches category 14 which makes it the strongest tournament in Catalonia, and one of the strongest in Spain. Also it is included in the ACP Tour, as one of the most important events in the Chess World.

There will be live broadcasting of the tournament offered by the Catalonian Chess Federation website: and by the Internet Chess Club.


There will be more activities besides the Tournament, Grandmaster Josep Oms will give a lecture “How to Discover the Weaknesses of Your Play and Improve It”, and Cuba´s Grandmaster Lázaro Bruzón will offer a Simultaneous Exhibition. The events will be held on Saturdays, November 6th and 13th, respectively. Free entry for everyone.



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