Hansen draws; ties for 2nd
Neither Hansen nor his opponent, Csaba Balogh, took any risks and played a safe draw. With this result Balogh finished the tournament in 1st place, while Eric finished in 2nd spot (tied thru 4th). Congrats to both gentlemen! The American star Shankland tried too hard to win his game with Narciso as a victory would allow a tie for first place, but he ended up losing a drawn position. The results are below!
Eric Hansen’s fine finish ends a series of below parr results in recent months. His play in Barcelona demonstrated superb fighting spirit and high level. Eric’s result could have even been better had he taken advantage of all of the opportunities that appeared on the board. Hopefully he will continue with this form in coming tournaments.
Balogh,C vs Hansen,E
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.Nc3 Ne8 10.Nd5 Bd6 11.Re1 c6 12.Ne3 Bc7 13.Nf5 d5 14.Ne7+ Kh8 15.Nxc8 Rxc8 16.d3 Nf6 17.Bd2 Qd7 18.g3 Rce8 19.Qf3 Ng4 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.Re1 Rxe1 22.Bxe1 Qe6 23.Qe2 Qxe2 24.Bxe2 f5 25.h3 Nf6 26.Bc3 Kg8
27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.d4 Kf7 29.f4 Bb6 30.c3 c5 31.dxc5 Bxc5+ 32.Kg2 Be3 33.Kf3 Bc1 34.b3 Ke6 35.c4 dxc4 36.Bxc4+ Kd6 37.Bg8 h6 38.Bh7 Ke6 39.Bg8+ Kd6 40.Bh7 Ke6 1/2-1/2