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8th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi”

Italy is one of our favourite destinations and not long ago we were (again) travelling to this beautiful country, this time to one of its famous islands, Sicily. It was my first time here and I was eager to get to know this place whose calling card is beyond inviting. I had great expectations and was afraid I might come back disappointed, as it usually happens in such situations, but nothing like that! I am only looking forward to my next trip to Sicily where the scenery, the food and people are wonderful.

Our destination was the small, but old and full of history town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani. I could even say that it seems like a magical place, with its narrow streets, impressive historical monuments and breathtaking views of the island. Throughout the history Erice has been seen as a holy place (also thanks to its particular geographic position) and still holds the remains of numerous churches and cathedrals – no wonder it is known nowadays as “the Mountain of God”.… Read more

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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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Romanian Team Championship

Not long ago, Romania has crowned its team champions, both in open and women sections. The tournaments started on 3rd of October in the famous Romanian beach resort, Mamaia.

Renier enjoying the good weather before it got all dark and stormy

Renier enjoying the good weather before it got all dark and stormy

Known for its great parties and the big sandy beaches, Mamaia has turned into the most popular touristic destination and can become, at times, overcrowded. Starting from May, when the sun starts chasing the cold away, the tourists rush to the seaside to enjoy the beach, the parties, the annual carnival (inspired from the Rio one), have a ride over the city in the cable car or just spend a fun day in the Aqua Park.

However, we arrived to an almost empty (that did become completely empty until the end) and tranquil Mamaia thanks to the extra season, which created the perfect conditions for playing chess.

The perfect place, not just for chess, but also for fishing

The perfect place not just for chess, but also for fishing

A nice walk over the sea is always healthy before the game

A nice walk over the sea is always healthy before the game

In the men section, AEM Luxten Timisoara started out as favorites with an average rating of 2582, followed by Clubul de Sah al Municipiului Baia Mare (2572) and Medicina Timisoara (2562).… Read more

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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.

Renier giving classes in the chess club of Ravenna

Renier giving classes in the chess club of Ravenna

A few indications are always welcome

A few indications are always welcome

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.

Fun in Italy: trying the traditional Piadina and the various pasta dishes and hurrying to the classes on the bicycle

Fun in Italy: trying the traditional Piadina and the various pasta dishes and hurrying to the classes on the bicycle

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).… Read more

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