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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 According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago.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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Chess life in Puerto Rico

                                                                                                  Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea

Chess is slowly gaining popularity in the small island of Puerto Rico. More and more kids are attracted by the game and start taking it seriously. The growing interest and competitiveness is probably the reason why Puerto Rico has so many young talented chess players. For almost two months, we have been lucky enough to be part of the chess community here and we can say that there is always some chess event going on!

The reigning national champion (in every possible category – women, open and juniors), (WIM) Danitza Vazquez, aged 15, is doing a great job promoting chess in Puerto Rico. For the holidays, she held a simultaneous exhibition where players of all ages tried to make a good result against the talented youngster.

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The start of the games

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Boosting of self-confidence

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Some players got a little help…

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The fight is getting more intense as the games advance

In January, all chess enthusiasts were invited by Renier to a two-hour training session followed by a simultaneous in a very popular place: Le Petit Bistro, located in the mall Plaza Las Americas of San Juan.… Read more

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Winter in Puerto Rico (2)

Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea and (IM) Renier Castellanos

Our stay in Puerto Rico is almost coming to an end and it will soon be time to face the European cold. Until then, we will try to make the most of the days left here. As tourists, we didn’t miss the chance to visit San Juan and we already told you in our previous post a few things about the history of the city and El Morro, one of the most important historical monuments here. Another important site is Castillo San Cristobal, a fort that was built by the Spanish with the same purpose as El Morro, defense. This time, however, we are talking about protection against land based attacks on the city.

Sun sets over San Cristobal Castle

The fortress is built on a hill and it was initially the largest fortification established by the Spanish. Later on, after peace settled over the area, about a third of the building was demolished in order to ease the traffic in and out of the city.… Read more

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Cappelle La Grande 2015

We have just returned from the 31st edition of Cappelle La Grande. Once again, we must congratulate the organizers and volunteers for their excellent job organizing such a great event with over 500 participants (!). It was great to be part of it. Our performance in the tournament was good. (WIM) Raluca Sgircea had a difficult start, conceding several draws. However she bounced back and finished with 5.5 points out of 9. This was enough to win the 4th place in the women’s section and win a prize.

Women’s section standings:

  1. Ekaterina Atalik – 6
  2. Shiqun Ni – 5.5
  3. Anna Warakomska – 5.5
  4. Raluca Sgircea – 5.5

For myself the tournament went well too. I won 5 games drew 2 and lost 2 against a tough opposition. Performed above my rating and was in the cash prizes so I can’t complain. I could have won one more game but we’ll get to that soon when I analyze the games properly.… Read more

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