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Chess trip to Italy

We had barely gotten back from France and only one day away a new trip was awaiting, this time to the sunny Italy. We landed in Bologna and went straight to Ravenna, where we had scheduled three days of training with the local chessplayers.

It might look like there were three difficult days “at the office”, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Although there was a lot of chess involved as well, we didn’t waste any of our free time and enjoyed the Italian lifestyle as much as we could.

After all this, we moved even further in the Emilia-Romagna region, to Cesenatico, on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, to play the 19th edition of the Cesenatico Open (which was, in fact, our main reason for traveling to Italy).

The tournament started on the 9th of September and gathered to start 6 Grandmasters, with top seeds being GM Nikita Maiorov (2537, BLR), GM Felix Levin (2503, GER), GM Arkadij Rotstein (2499, GER), IM Renier Castellanos (2480, ESP) and GM Bogdan Lalic (2451, CRO).… 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 For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).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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Benasque Open under way

The 35th edition of the “Villa de Benasque” International Open is taking place between 3 and 11 of July in Benasque, Spain. The event is well known for its strength and the number of participants it attracts every year. This year’s edition has gathered 412 players, among which 34 Grandmasters. Top seed is GM Maxim Rodshtein (2678), followed by GMs Ferenc Berkes (2664), Julio Granda (2652), Baskaran Adhiban (2627), Jorge Cori (2627) and Daniel Naroditsky (2622).

After six rounds, three players are sharing the lead with 5,5 points: GM Julio Granda, GM Sergey Grigoriants and GM Jorge Cori. The fight is tight, as they are followed by no less than 16 players with 5 points. Top encounters of the 7th round are:

Rd7Rounds 7-9 are scheduled at 4 PM local time, while round 10 will be played at 9 o’clock in the morning. Top 10 boards can be watched live here.… 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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