The ”Narciso Rabell Méndez Memorial” took place in San Sebastian del Pepino. (Puerto Rico) between 14th and 19th of January.
A very important event for the city of San Sebastián, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of Narciso Rabell Méndez (1936-2013), who was a member of honor of FIDE and a pioneer in organizing chess events in the American Continent. Narciso devoted his life to chess and for that, the chess community pays a tribute to him by organizing this tournament.
The event was held in the public library of San Sebastián and attracted several strong players from different countries. Leading the list was the GM Fidel Corrales (USA), followed by your reporter IM Renier Castellanos (ESP), the WGM Suleinis Piña (CUB) and the IM Alejandro Montalvo (PUR). Also, it is worth noticing the presence of young talents of Puerto Rico’s women olympic team, WIM Danitza Vazquez Maccarini and WIM Natasha Morales.
During the first three days of the tournament, the colombian GM Alonso Zapata held a FIDE Trainer Seminar to which 22 people attended.
The organizers and the San Sebastian Chess Club managed to make this tournament a quality event for all the participants and spectators.
The winner of the 2nd edition of the Narciso Rabell Méndez Memorial was IM Renier Castellanos Rodriguez with 8,5 points out of 9. The runner up was GM Fidel Corrales with 8 points. The third place went to FM Miguel Infante from the Dominican Republic, with 6 points.
Now some impressions from my delightful chess experince in Puerto Rico:
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