|GM Aleksandar Indjić is winner of the Portugal Open 2018|
|The strongest tournament ever held in Portugal gathered 272 chess players from 42 countries in the second pavilion of the Municipal Sports Complex of Vistoso Casal, in Lisbon.
Indjić made 7.5 points in 9 possible, the same as the Russians Anton Demchenko and Nikita Petrov, but had a better tie-breaker to claim the title, after being runner-up in the 2017 edition.
As Demchenko confirmed its credits as number 71 in the world as second placed, Petrov made his the third and final norm to achieve the title of grandmaster.
Bulmaga Irina from Romania was crowned as the best women player with 6.5 points and 18th place.
The best Portuguese in the Open was the IM Rui Dâmaso, who scored 7 points and achieved the 12th place after beating in the final round the Turkish GM Vahap Sanal.
On the last day of the event, the Portuguese Chess Federation organized an optional Rapid tournament which took place on 10th February. Cuban player, IM Roberto Ledo, 15th seed at the start of the competition, became the winner of the Rapid Open with 7 points out of 8 games. Ledo tied for the first place with Argentine Grandmaster Federico Ponsa, but won the title due to better tie-breaks. The third place went to Aleksandar Indjic with 6.5 points.
Open Portugal 2018, organized by Portuguese Chess Federation, took place from 3rd-9th February in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
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