Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan won the 53rd Reggio Emilia tournament on Thursday, edging out Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain on a tie-breaker.
Gashimov and Vallejo Pons were tied for the lead before the last round and both easily drew their games to finish a point ahead of their nearest competitors with 6 points each. Gashimov was declared the winner based on superior Sonneborn-Berger points.
Sergei Movsesian of Slovakia, Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and David Navara of the Czech Republic tied for third, each with 5 points. Ivanchuk and Navara respectively won their last round games against Alexander Morozevich of Russia and Nigel Short of England, while Movsesian drew with Vallejo Pons. The decisive games ended amusingly as the losers played the games out to checkmate â€” a rarity among top grandmasters, who usually prefer to resign rather than suffer the â€œhumiliationâ€ of being checkmated.
With the two wins in the last round, just over half of the games in the tournament (23 of 45) ended decisively â€”Â a very high ratio for such an elite event. In part, the high proportion of decisive results was because of the participation of Michele Godena of Italy, by far the lowest-ranked player in the field, who lost six of his nine games. He managed to draw in the last round against his compatriot, Fabiano Caruana of Italy.
Short, who is clearly on the downside of his career, also had a bad tournament, losing five games, though he also did win two.