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Winter in Puerto Rico (2)

Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea and (IM) Renier Castellanos

Our stay in Puerto Rico is almost coming to an end and it will soon be time to face the European cold. Until then, we will try to make the most of the days left here. As tourists, we didn’t miss the chance to visit San Juan and we already told you in our previous post a few things about the history of the city and El Morro, one of the most important historical monuments here. Another important site is Castillo San Cristobal, a fort that was built by the Spanish with the same purpose as El Morro, defense. This time, however, we are talking about protection against land based attacks on the city.

The fortress is built on a hill and it was initially the largest fortification established by the Spanish. Later on, after peace settled over the area, about a third of the building was demolished in order to ease the traffic in and out of the city.… Read more

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Gibraltar Round Seven update.

HikaruGM Hikaru Nakamura (2776)

The Gibraltar Masters is coming into its final lap with 7 rounds already played and 3 more games to go. GM Hikaru Nakamura is leading the tournament by half a point, followed by Yu Yangi, Axel Bachman, Daniel Naroditsky and David Howell, all with 6 points.

Naka’s form in this tournament has been quite impressive. He won the first six games including a clean victory against the number 1 seeded Veselin Topalov. Yesterday he was very close to make it 7 out of 7 but was unable to convert a better rook endgame into a full point against GM David Howell. So far, Nakamura is going up 14.5 rating points and if he keeps this form in the next three games he could end up the tournament very close to 2800 or even get there.

Big time favorite Veselin Topalov is not having his best tournament. After an unexpected draw from a better position in round two, he went back to winning ways.… Read more

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