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Dieppe Chess Festival

The 11th edition of the Dieppe Chess Festival has recently come to an end and we only wish it lasted longer! It is a tournament we enjoy very much, both because of its nice location but also its great organization.

To give you an idea of this place, Dieppe is a nice town located on the coast of the English Channel. It is not only a very good holiday destination, but also a very important port.

A panoramic view over the port of Dieppe

The port of Dieppe

According to Wikipedia, it was, until the late 1970s, the first port for banana shipment. In the present days, however, it is well-known as the most attractive destination for fishing the famous Saint-Jacques oysters. As you can imagine, the restaurants are offering a large variety of seafood, from various types of white fish to mussels, snails and oysters. The most common are the mussels, which can be served plain simple or accompanied by different types of French cheese sauces.… Read more

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Living Chess Festival in Javea

The 19th edition of the living chess festival took place in Javea (also known as Xabia, in valenciano), Spain, on Saturday night, 25th of July.The “Ajedrez Viviente de Javea” is a theatrical group , who has been trying to bring chess closer to people through acting. The festival has already a long tradition and, every year since 1996 (excepting 2012), the children have been playing a famous chess game. They have brought on the chessboard “Don Quijote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Asterix and Obelix” and, in 2006, even obtained the rights to play “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” from no other than the the author herself, J.K. Rowling.

This year, it was the game between Garry Kasparov and Boris Gelfand, played in Linares, in 1991. On a huge chessboard, the actors combine chess, culture and history.

This edition showed the life and habits of the native Americans, as well as their relationship to the “White Man”, who arrived in the “Far West”.… Read more

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Baskaran Adhiban wins Benasque Open!

The 35th edition of Benasque Open has come to an end. It has been a great pleasure to be part of it and it’s definitely one of the tournaments we are going to play again and again. Benasque is a very nice town located in the heart of the Pyrenees and surrounded by the highest peaks in that range. The scenery is breathtaking, as you can imagine, and many chessplayers come prepared for hiking. The organization is no less impressive and, even with such a big number of participants, the organizers make everything they can so that everybody feels comfortable during the tournament.

The fight for the prizes has been intense and the winner decided only in the final round! With a win over GM Maxim Rodshtein, it was Indian GM Adhiban who clinched the sole lead, with 8,5/10. Places 2-7 were shared by a group of players with 8 points, but better tiebreaks had GM Julio Granda and GM Jorge Cori, who completed the podium in this order.… Read more

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Throwback Thursday

Looking over the games from my last tournament played here in Puerto Rico, I found a couple of positions worth sharing. The first one is from my game against the FM from Dominican Republic Miguel Infante (2277). I had white and, after 19 moves, we reached the following position:

Castellanos-InfanteCastellanos (2465) – Infante (2277)

The position should be equal, but I felt like it was ”more equal” for black than for white, basically because I couldn’t see a plan to improve my own pieces or create any threats. In such cases, when you don’t see a clear plan, the general advice I’ve been taught is to just stay and ”wait”. In other words, make any move that doesn’t weaken your own position and allows you to press the clock and pass the turn. My evaluation of the position has not changed much. However, now I can see that white could continue with 20.Bc2, with the idea of 21.b4 and 22.a4 grabbing some space on the queenside and also waiting for black to decide wether he will take on g3 or play Nf4.… Read more

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