Many surprising results at Portugal Open 2020, and, at the beginning of the fourth round, the group of players with only victories is quite small – only 13 players have three points among them two Portuguese players, the IM André Sousa and the NM André Fidalgo.
André & André show the strong of the young generation of Portuguese Chess; on the 3rd round, the current national champion, the 19-year-old IM André Sousa, has won a game against the stong Brazilian player Guilherme Borges – who had made one the greatest surprises of the second round, beating the Italian GM Andrea Stella – while 20-year-old André Fidalgo won against the experient Argentine GM Daniel Campora.
Fidalgo, ranked 2282 ELO, approaches this way the FIDE Master title, which requires a 2300 ranking.
Other surprising results happened at the top tables, where the three top players drew against theoretically weaker players, showing how competitive is the edition of Portugal Open. The GM Alexander Motylev (Russia), Aryan Tari (Norway) and Karen Grigoryan (Armenia) shared the point with the IM Ismael Alshameary Puente (Spain), Justin Sarkar (USA) e Nail Bashirli (Azerbaijan).
Placed 14th are three more Portuguese players, the IM Rui Dâmaso and António Fróis, and the young FM Francisco Veiga, who on the 4th round drew against the strong Norwegian IM Benjamim Haldorsen (2463 Elo).
Until 1 February, Portugal Open 2020 has one daily round, at 19h00. The last round, on Saturday, starts at 14h. 220 players from 34 countries take part.
Ranking: 1,ºs Nikita Petrov (GM, Russia), Vugar Asadli (GM; Azerbaijão), Igor Janik (IM, Poland), Evgeny Alekseev (GM, Russia), Aleksandar Indjic (GM, Serbia), Jesus Martin Duque (IM, Spain), Piotr Goluch (IM, Poland), André Sousa (IM, Portugal), Aref Vasli (MF, Iran), Kamil Stachowiak (IM, Poland), Lukasz Butkiewicz (IM, Poland), André Fidalgo (NM, Portugal) and Eduardo Iturrizaga (GM, Venezuela), 3 points; 14.ºs Francisco Veiga (FM, Portugal), Rui Dâmaso (IM, Portugal) e António Fróis (IM, Portugal), 2,5.