"I know you're thinking it, but don't say it"
However, this feat was surely overshadowed by the first place achieved in the category for players without a FIDE rating - which went to none other than Jonathan Bryant of Streatham and Brixton chess club, and the blog which you are presently reading.
Reaching 5/10 with a last round draw against WIM Roquelina Fandino Reyes of Cuba, he won the competition on tie-break from Pedro Miguel Tómas of Spain and hence took home 200€ (twice the prize, as it happens, won by the grandmaster who came 23rd) as well as a copy of Ajedrez Para Dummies and a trophy bearing a symbol amusingly similar to the Portsmouth FC club badge.
Chess is food and drink to him
Well done to these and all the other prizewinners (I should also mention my teammate Antonio Abós Rosico, highest-place finisher from Huesca Province) and we hope this will encourage readers to come next year. More, on Benasque, in posts to come.
[Petrosian photo: Chessvibes]
[JB photo: Angus French]