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Mihai Suba, the wizard

During the days of 25th and 31st of July, Sueca, a small town of Valencia, celebrated the second edition of their International Open Ciutat de Sueca. The tournament was filled with the highest rated players in the community, but surely the main attraction (for me) was to see GM Mihai Suba playing again, like in the good old days.  Suba has always been one of my chess idols. His playing style, his fighting spirit is something that one can only admire and try to imitate. His passion for chess is quite contagious; he is always looking at the game with optimism and never giving a position for lost, characteristic for a true fighter.

Suba played some good chess in Sueca, losing only one game against the winner, (FM) Jaime Valmaña (2389) and drawing his last round. I particularly liked his game against (FM) Francisco Montoliu (2326) which is a very typical game of Suba.… Read more

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Romanian Individual Championship

Romania’s 2016 chess champions were recently crowned. The tournament was held between 2 and 10 of April in Baile Olanesti, a mountain resort famous for its thermal springs. People of all ages come here to spend a few peaceful days, away from the haste of the city, and use the therapeutic waters to treat different affections.

Located in the Carpathian Mountains and only a few kilometers away from one of Romania’s numerous national parks, it’s no wonder that the scenery was so green and refreshing. The area is home to many protected species, but perhaps the most accessible reservation for the inexperienced hikers (like ourselves) is the two water-lilies lakes that provide a spectacular view when the white and yellow flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive in their season, but still enjoyed the peacefulness of the place.

The battle for the titles was meant to take place over 9 rounds, but it looked like this year the very early leaders remained on top until the end.… Read more

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Kings Tournament starting today!

The strongest Romanian event, Kings Tournament, is starting today in the city of Mediaş. The closed tournament that, in the previous years had famous guests such as the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura or Veselin Topalov, has this year changed its format. The 8th edition will see a match between the current Olympic Champions, the Chinese team, and the Romanian Olympic team. There will be 4 rounds, each member of the Chinese team playing each member of the Romanian team. In the end, the best player of every team will play a rapid match of two games that will determine the winner of this year’s edition. In order to set the table order, a blitz match was played yesterday in Bucharest. According to the results, we have the following team composition:

Board China Rating Romania Rating
1 GM Lu, Shanglei 2566 GM Lupulescu, Constantin 2643
2 GM Wei, Yi 2649 GM Nevednichy, Vladislav 2563
3 GM Wang, Yue 2711 GM Jianu, Vlad-Cristian 2588
4 GM Ni, Hua 2677 GM Pârligras, Mircea-Emilian 2594

All games will start at 3 p.m., local time, and can be watched live on the official site .… Read more

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