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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.

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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Spanish Team Championship – Primera Divison

Linares has been for a long time the heart of chess. The history of the events held in this city goes back to 1978. It started as a non-elite tournament until 1987, when the tournament was postponed, as the city was hosting a very important event – the Candidates’ Final between Karpov and Sokolov. Starting with 1988, it became the home of the elite event everybody knows. It continued until 2010 with the exception of 1993, when the Women’s World Championship was held here.

Even though the economical situation has made it impossible for Linares to host this strong event again, the city hasn’t turned its back to chess. For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).

This year’s chess festival has started on 8th of August, with the Team Championship – Primera Division and will end on 31st of August with the Open Championship.… 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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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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