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V LLucmajor International Open

Summer is approaching (although it seems to be taking smaller steps this year) and, for most of the chess players, this translates to the start of the tournament season. Ours began in the same place where it ended, Mallorca.

The venue was the resort of Arenal, an old fishermen village that is now one of the most famous party destinations on the island. Mallorca tends to be “separated” in areas by the nationality of its tourists, and this one is no exception. It has a very strong German influence that can also be guessed from the great number of restaurants with traditional German food or the German-style nightclubs. Situated only 15 km away from Palma, the resort has a wide white-sand beach and a long pedestrian promenade (6km, to be more precise), perfect for a long, relaxing walk after an eventful game.

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

A very suggestive message

Yes to chess

The tournament was hosted by Club Nautic El Arenal, situated at the end of the 6 km pedestrian walk.… Read more

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Baskaran Adhiban wins Benasque Open!

The 35th edition of Benasque Open has come to an end. It has been a great pleasure to be part of it and it’s definitely one of the tournaments we are going to play again and again. Benasque is a very nice town located in the heart of the Pyrenees and surrounded by the highest peaks in that range. The scenery is breathtaking, as you can imagine, and many chessplayers come prepared for hiking. The organization is no less impressive and, even with such a big number of participants, the organizers make everything they can so that everybody feels comfortable during the tournament.

The fight for the prizes has been intense and the winner decided only in the final round! With a win over GM Maxim Rodshtein, it was Indian GM Adhiban who clinched the sole lead, with 8,5/10. Places 2-7 were shared by a group of players with 8 points, but better tiebreaks had GM Julio Granda and GM Jorge Cori, who completed the podium in this order.… 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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