The tournament was played over 9 rounds of Swiss system and is valid for FIDE elo and GM/IM norms. Total prize fund was 10000 EUR, with 2000 EUR reserved for the winner. 267 players participated.
While most of the top games of the last round were drawn, first seed GM Ivan Cheparinov scored an all-important victory against GM Petar Drenchev to finish in a group of players on the shared first place. Moreover, Cheparinov was declared winner on the best tie-break score.