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MT-Bielecki Top Players

Manuel Bescós from Spain playing in MT-Bielecki/B awarded GM Title!

Polish CC Federation organized Witold Bielecki Memorial, Bravo section at category 12 (average rating 2527) with 13 players and IA Hans-Jürgen Isigkeit from Germany as TD.

In this event 4 Polish players participate, 3 of them are Champions of Poland:

  • Rafael Pierzak – 38th (1995-1997)
  • Antoni Schön – twice 49th (2006-2008) & 50th (2007-2009)
  • Jerzy Staniszewski – 54th (2011-2012)

The tournament started on 01.03.2012 with no end date.

After 7 months we have 48 finished games (62%). You can download them from Get PGN.

Leaders are (remaining games in brackets):

  1. GM Straka, Zdeněk (CZE) – 6,0 (+1)
  2. SIM Galanov, Sergey (RUS) – 5,0 (+2)
  3. SIM Sferle, Miron (ROU) – 5,0 (+2)


Lately GM norms achieved:

  • Bescós Anzano, Manuel Jesús (ESP) on 09.09.2012 in José Antonio Barrios Memorial – A. This is his 2nd GM norm and he was awarded GM title. It will be confirmed by the ICCF Congress 2012 in Pretoria (South Africa)

Congratulations to Manuel!


So for the moment statistics of GM norms for Witold Bielecki Memorial/B participants is following:

#GM Norms Title Name, First Name Nat GM-since
4 GM Haugen, Arild NOR 2006
3 GM Straka, Zdeněk CZE 2011
2 GM Kögler, Klaus GER 2007
2 GM Bubir, Alex Nikolaevich UKR 2009
2 GM Noble, Mark F. NZL 2010
2 GM Bescós Anzano, Manuel Jesús ESP 2012
1 SIM Pierzak, Rafael POL
SIM Nekhaev, Andrey Ivanovich RUS
SIM Sferle, Miron ROU
SIM Galanov, Sergey Igorevich RUS
SIM Sądowski, Marek POL
 – SIM Staniszewski, Jerzy POL  –
 – SIM Schön, Antoni POL  –


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