Monthly Archives: June 2015

Romanian Rapid Club Cup

It has been a weekend full of chess here, in Bucharest. Almost 40 teams (men and women) have been fighting for the rapid national champions title. The tournament was opened by ECU president Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who was present in Bucharest on the occasion of the ECU Board Meeting.

The men section gathered 32 teams and, after 9 rounds, Clubul de Sah al Municipiului Baia Mare emerged as a winner (for the third time in a row). The women’s title was disputed between 5 teams, who played a double round robin tournament. It was won by Politehnica Iasi, who finished undefeated.

My team, CSM Bucuresti, who won the title last year, wasn’t able to repeat the performance and finished third. I had a good tournament myself, managing to score important wins in the matches against the favourites. Here are some pictures from the event:

Full results can be found here.… Read more

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Short trip to Sicily

Last week I went to Sicily in orther to participate in the first edition of ”Nebrodi di Bianco e Nero”. It was a small open tournament that turned out to be a semi closed event, as there were only 14 players and more than half were titled. I had a great time and met some really wonderful people. We had some guided tours during the days of the tournament and visited the most beautiful towns around Sicily. From our trips, I was particularly impressed by San Marco d’ Alunzio. After the event was over I stayed one night in Palermo and visited the local chess club. There, I discussed one my games from the tournament and played friendly games with the locals. I’m very thankful for this experience and I’d like to share with you some pictures from the event and the visits.

GM Karen Movsziszian vs GM Kenny Solomon

20150528_134749The playing hall

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20150528_134031Views from the Monastero where we played the tournament.Read more

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