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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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Rapid chess tournament in Ávila

The 22nd Santa Teresa rapid tournament (Memorial Felix Garcia Ares) was held on the 24th of October in Ávila, Spain. It gathered at start 37 players who fought for the prizes over 8 rounds of 15 mins + 5 seconds/move time control. With 16 titled players and 10 rated over 2300, the tournament was far from easy.

Top seed was GM Julen Arizmendi (rated 2578) who finished the tournament undefeated, which brought him the champion crown.

GM Julen Arizmendi

GM Julen Arizmendi

Second place, with the same number of points (6 out of 8), but slightly worse tie-break was IM Renier Castellanos (rated 2470), who started as 5th seed.

IM Renier Castellanos

IM Renier Castellanos

The podium was completed by FM Cristian Aranda (rated 2382), who finished with the same number of points, and had a great tournament. His rating performance was 2543 and added an impressive 40 points to his ELO (which is not easy with such strong opponents).… 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:

ECU President, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and Romanian Chess Federation President, Sorin Avram Iacoban, opening the competition

ECU President, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and Romanian Chess Federation President, Sorin Avram Iacoban, opening the competition

My team, CSM Bucuresti, receiving the bronze medal

My team, CSM Bucuresti, receiving the bronze medal

IM Corina Peptan, WGM Irina Ionescu, our team manager, Mariana Popescu, WIM Raluca Sgircea and our captain, GM Ciprian Nanu

IM Corina Peptan, WGM Irina Ionescu, our team manager, Mariana Popescu, WIM Raluca Sgircea and our captain, GM Ciprian Nanu

My team: IM Corina Peptan (1st board), WIM Raluca Sgircea (2nd board), WGM Irina Ionescu (2nd board) and CM Georgiana Morea (3rd board)

My team: IM Corina Peptan (1st board), WIM Raluca Sgircea (2nd board), WGM Irina Ionescu (2nd board) and CM Georgiana Morea (3rd board)

Politehnica Iasi, winners of the 2015 title

Politehnica Iasi, winners of the 2015 title

ACS Apa Nova, silver medalists in the women section

ACS Apa Nova I, silver medalists in the women section

Clubul de sah al Municipiului Baia Mare, winners of the men section

Clubul de sah al Municipiului Baia Mare, winners of the men section

Silver medalists AEM Luxten Timisoara

Silver medalists AEM Luxten Timisoara

ACS Apa Nova I, winners of the bronze medal

ACS Apa Nova I, winners of the bronze medal

CSM Bucuresti vs Politehnica Iasi

CSM Bucuresti vs Politehnica Iasi

CSM Bucuresti vs Clubul Central de Sah Bucuresti

CSM Bucuresti vs Clubul Central de Sah Bucuresti

CSM Bucuresti vs ACS Apa Nova II

CSM Bucuresti vs ACS Apa Nova II

Closely watching my student's game

Closely watching my student’s game

Full results can be found here.… Read more

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