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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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Spanish Team Championship – Primera Divison

Linares has been for a long time the heart of chess. The history of the events held in this city goes back to 1978. It started as a non-elite tournament until 1987, when the tournament was postponed, as the city was hosting a very important event – the Candidates’ Final between Karpov and Sokolov. Starting with 1988, it became the home of the elite event everybody knows. It continued until 2010 with the exception of 1993, when the Women’s World Championship was held here.

The champions of Linares on display in Hotel Anibal, the official hotel of the tournament

The champions of Linares on display in Hotel Anibal, the official hotel of the tournament

Even though the economical situation has made it impossible for Linares to host this strong event again, the city hasn’t turned its back to chess. For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).

This year’s chess festival has started on 8th of August, with the Team Championship – Primera Division and will end on 31st of August with the Open Championship.… Read more

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Living Chess Festival in Javea

The 19th edition of the living chess festival took place in Javea (also known as Xabia, in valenciano), Spain, on Saturday night, 25th of July.The “Ajedrez Viviente de Javea” is a theatrical group , who has been trying to bring chess closer to people through acting. The festival has already a long tradition and, every year since 1996 (excepting 2012), the children have been playing a famous chess game. They have brought on the chessboard “Don Quijote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Asterix and Obelix” and, in 2006, even obtained the rights to play “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” from no other than the the author herself, J.K. Rowling.

This year, it was the game between Garry Kasparov and Boris Gelfand, played in Linares, in 1991. On a huge chessboard, the actors combine chess, culture and history.

This edition showed the life and habits of the native Americans, as well as their relationship to the “White Man”, who arrived in the “Far West”.… Read more

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Playing Chess in Puerto Rico (Full report)

The ”Narciso Rabell Méndez Memorial” took place in San Sebastian del Pepino. (Puerto Rico) between 14th and 19th of January.

A very important event for the city of San Sebastián, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of Narciso Rabell Méndez (1936-2013), who was a member of honor of FIDE and a pioneer in organizing chess events in the American Continent. Narciso devoted his life to chess and for that, the chess community pays a tribute to him by organizing this tournament.

The event was held in the public library of San Sebastián and attracted several strong players from different countries. Leading the list was the GM Fidel Corrales (USA), followed by your reporter IM Renier Castellanos (ESP), the WGM Suleinis Piña (CUB) and the IM Alejandro Montalvo (PUR). Also, it is worth noticing the presence of young talents of Puerto Rico’s women olympic team, WIM Danitza Vazquez Maccarini and WIM Natasha Morales.… Read more

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