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8th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi”

Italy is one of our favourite destinations and not long ago we were (again) travelling to this beautiful country, this time to one of its famous islands, Sicily. It was my first time here and I was eager to get to know this place whose calling card is beyond inviting. I had great expectations and was afraid I might come back disappointed, as it usually happens in such situations, but nothing like that! I am only looking forward to my next trip to Sicily where the scenery, the food and people are wonderful.

Our destination was the small, but old and full of history town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani. I could even say that it seems like a magical place, with its narrow streets, impressive historical monuments and breathtaking views of the island. Throughout the history Erice has been seen as a holy place (also thanks to its particular geographic position) and still holds the remains of numerous churches and cathedrals – no wonder it is known nowadays as “the Mountain of God”.… Read more

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Spanish Team Championship – Division de Honor

The highest league of the Spanish Team Championship, Division de Honor, took place from 26th of September to 2nd of October in Monzon. The event is famous for the number of strong players it reunites and this year’s edition was no exception.

The tournament venue, Monzon, is a small city in the province of Aragon, very close to the location of another famous tournament we have been writing a lot about, Benasque. An imposing fortress built on top of a hill greets the travelers from a distance, indicating the way to their destination. The Castle of Monzon was built during the tenth century, when the city was still under Muslim occupation. Later on, it was captured by Aragonese forces and in 1143 passed to the Templars, who added more walls and chambers to the castle. King James I of Aragon lived here under Templar protection during his childhood. After the dissolution of the Templars, the castle was captured by the army of James II of Aragon and it continued to maintain garrisons until the nineteenth century.… Read more

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XXIII Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament (Felix Garcia Ares Memorial)

Already a tradition for the city of Avila, the 23rd edition of the rapid chess tournament Santa Teresa, that also pays homage to the local chess master Felix Garcia Ares, was celebrated on the 24th of September. With only two days left until the start of the Spanish Team First League, Division de Honor, the tournament represented a good reason for our team to gather a few days before and play a nicely organized competition.

Avila is a beautiful and coquettish city situated in the community of Castille and Leon, only a couple of hours away from the capital, Madrid. If you want to find out more about its history, check out our last year’s report of the rapid tournament.

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

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Santa Teresa de Avila

Santa Teresa de Avila

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

San Pedro church

San Pedro church

Typical dish - el chuleton de Avila

Typical dish – el chuleton de Avila

Top seed and winner of the tournament, with an impressive 7,5 points our of 8 was Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga (2646) from Venezuela.… Read more

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7th Dolomiti Open

After playing in Ortisei, we didn’t say goodbye to Italy or the Dolomites yet, but continued our trip about 130 km to the east, to Forni di Sopra. This might sound like a short distance, but crossing the Alps is anything but easy. Let me give you an idea of our three hours trip:

No zoom needed when you're right in the middle of the Alps. Notice the narrow road at the mountain feet

No zoom needed when you’re right in the middle of the Alps. Notice the narrow road at the mountain feet

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Plunging into the unknown

Plunging into the unknown

Located in the same Dolomites Alpes, Forni di Sopra is a town rich in history. According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago. As pretty much every town within the Alps, this one is also a popular destination during the skiing season. However, don’t expect it to turn into a ghost-town in the summer! The main attraction is the great number of species of wild flora that grow in the area.… Read more

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