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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.

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Suba in action against IM Rufino Camarena. Photo by David Gutierrez.

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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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 According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago.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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3rd “ad Gredine” International Chess Festival

Chess takes us to magnificent places, and we can only be grateful for the opportunity. This time, we traveled to a place that looked like it it just came out from a book of fairy-tales. It probably suffices to say that we’re talking about Italy, already known for its rich history and beauty. However, this time we discovered an unknown side (for us) of this magnificent country – the northeast, with its imposing Alps.

We started out Italian chess tour in Ortisei, a town situated in Val Gardena, within the Dolomites. This is a mountain range that is part of the Alps and creates spectacular views. It hosts numerous natural parks and was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2009.

Ortisei, with the Dolomites in the background

Ortisei, with the Dolomites in the background

The pedestrian zone in the center of the city

The pedestrian zone in the center of the city

The city center, with a chess themed cafe facing the square

The city center, with a chess themed cafe facing the square

Flowers, flowers everywhere

Flowers, flowers everywhere

As you can probably guess, the area is also a perfect destination for ski and nature lovers.… 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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