GM Joseph Sanchez in France © Yvan Poirrier

The eighth staging of the Malakoff Open (11-18 April 2009, France) which attracted 159 participants was won by FM Vladimir Sveshnikov who scored 7.5/9.

A somewhat lackluster performance by two Filipino entries:

Newly titled GM Joseph Sanchez, seeded third, did win his ninth round match against Fabian Lavabre but finish tied for 4th to 14th place with 6.5 points.

A point further behind  in a logjam for 25th spot was sixth seed IM Roland Salvador who drew with unheralded Fro Trommsdorf in the final round.

Final Standings | Crosstable