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Manuel triumphs in 5th Pampilhosa da Serra and Portuguese Super Cup

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/11/2019

GM Manuel Perez Candelário scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win 5th Pampilhosa da Serra International Open which is the most important Rapid tournament in Portugal. GM Jaime Latasa Santos also finished with the same score, however due to lower tie-break score, he was declared the runner-up. GM Karen Grigoryan scored 7.5/9 to finish at third position. 114 players participated from 11 different countries including 10 GMs in this one-day open rapid tournament held on 19th October 2019 at Villa Pampilhosa Hotel in Portugal. On Sunday 20th October, Portuguese Super Cup was held at the Municipal Market in the middle of a Vintage Car exhibition. Montemor-o-Novo became the National champions by winning the Portuguese Super Cup. Photo: GM António Fernandes

Manuel domination at Pampilhosa

GM Manuel Perez Candelário (ESP, 2451) scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to win 5th Pampilhosa da Serra International Open, which is the most important Rapid tournament in Portugal. GM Jaime Latasa Santos (ESP, 2587) also scored an unbeaten 8.0/9, he was placed second according to the tie-break score. GM Karen Grigoryan (ARM, 2667) scored 7.5/9 to secured third position.

The podium finishers (L to R) - Champion Manuel, Runner-up Jaime and Second Runner-up Karen | Photo: António Fernandes

Manuel faced both runner-up and second runner-up

The flags of the eleven participating countries and the prizes | Photo: António Fernandes

The tournament hall | Photo: António Fernandes

Crowd gathered to witness an interesting finish | Photo: António Fernandes

The most important rapid tournament of the country

By GM António Fernandes

Considered the most important rapid chess tournament in the country, the chess tournament organized with the support of the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra and the collaboration of the Portuguese Chess Federation completed this recognition as it was held in the excellent facilities of Villa Pampilhosa Hotel and has offered the participants and their companions good conditions by providing juice, water, coffee, tea and cakes throughout the tournament.


With good pecuniary conditions covering a huge range of participants, the tournament reached a good level due to the quality of the participants, but not only those who had good conditions, since the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra, offered all the companions the opportunity to enjoy a sightseeing tour, making known some of the magnificent places of nature from the many surroundings of this vast region. At the end of the closing ceremony, attended by the Vice-President of the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra, Dr. Jorge Custódio, he also toasted everyone present with a drink and a snack.


At the 5th Pampilhosa da Serra International Chess Open, 114 players participated, including 10 Grandmasters and 11 different countries. In addition to the many participants, there were several GMs present who expressed interest in participating in the next edition.

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
GMPEREZ CANDELARIO ManuelESP2451A.Xat - Montemor-O-Novo8,00,552,556,549,007985,192,812056,2
GMSANTOS LATASA JaimeESP2587A.Xat - Montemor-O-Novo8,00,552,056,048,257986,741,262025,2
GMGRIGORYAN Karen H.ARM2667Gd Dias Ferreira7,50,050,054,042,00797,57,120,38207,6
GMGALEGO Luis Miguel A BritoS50POR2436Assembleia Figueirense7,00,053,058,042,506976,450,552011,0
GMFERNANDES António Manuel De AS50POR2395Ax Portugal / Atlantidiag7,00,050,054,040,256976,290,712014,2
GMSTRIKOVIC AleksaS50SRB25657,00,050,054,039,507977,68-0,6820-13,6
GMSPRAGGETT Kevin BarryS65CAN2481Ax Portugal / Atlantidiag6,50,049,553,536,25596,57,23-0,7320-14,6
GMPETKOV Vladimir IvanovBUL2531Gd Dias Ferreira6,50,049,553,034,25696,57,17-0,6720-13,4
GMLARINO NIETO DavidESP2620Fórum Airão São João6,50,047,551,535,50596,57,59-1,0920-21,8
NMMARTINS Bruno André LeiteU18POR2196A.Xat - Montemor-O-Novo6,50,047,551,535,25596,55,161,342026,8
CMGARCIA DORADO AlbertoESP2110Aa De Coimbra6,50,044,547,029,75685,53,482,022040,4
FMREGO Pedro Filipe PinhoPOR2177A.Xat - Montemor-O-Novo6,50,043,546,529,75696,56,100,40208,0
FMVEIGA José Francisco Reis P NU18POR2311A.Xat - Montemor-O-Novo6,00,050,054,031,755965,800,20204,0
IMSOUSA André Miguel V VenturaU20POR2258Profigaia/ Escola Profiss6,00,049,554,033,005964,871,132022,6
FMCRUZ ALVAREZ DE RON DanESP2113Ax Portugal / Atlantidiag6,00,046,549,529,006964,221,782035,6

Complete standings

AXAT de Montemor-o-Novo are the Portuguese Super Cup

On Sunday October 20, Municipal Market received an exhibition of classic cars, witnessed a battle of the Portuguese Super Cup between the clubs of the Associação Académica de Coimbra and AXAT de Montemor-o-Novo. The Montemor team ended up winning the match and adding this title to the National Champion and Portuguese Cup Winner.

Exhibition of Vintage cars is an ideal venue for Portuguese Cup | Photo: António Fernandes

Vintage Cars look absolutely classy and beautiful from any angle | Photo: António Fernandes

The 'classic' battle is on | Photo: António Fernandes

The stunning trophies | Photo: António Fernandes

Champion AXAT Montemor-o-Novo | Photo: António Fernandes

Runner-up Académica de Coimbra | Photo: António Fernandes

Final result

Académica de Coimbra – AXAT Montemor-o-Novo 0.5 - 3.5


Individual board result

FM Daniel Taboas (Académica) – GM Jaime Latasa (AXAT) 0.5 - 0.5

GM Manuel Perez Candelário (AXAT) – FM Vasco Diogo (Académica) 1 - 0

Mário Morais (Académica) – FM José Francisco Veiga (AXAT) 0 - 1

NM Bruno Martins (AXAT) – Ricardo Araújo (Académica) 1 – 0



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