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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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Igor Lysyj and Valentina Gunina new russian champions

Igor Lysyj clinched his first russian championship yesterday after drawing his last round game against Boris Grachev in a rather dull game. He finnished with a score of 5.5/9 followed by Dmitry Jakovenko with 5 points.  Ian Nepomniachtchi who in case of winning his last game could have tied in 1st place suffered a painful loss to Nikita Vitiugov, in a very sharp variation of the French defense. Top seed Sergey Karjakin (2770) finnished at the bottom of the table with a final score of 4 points.

Men’s final standings:

  • Igor Lysyj (5.5)
  • Dmitry Jakovenko (5.0)
  • N.Vitiugov, P.Svidler, A. Morozevich, D. Khismatullin,I.Nepomniachtchi (4.5)
  • S. Karjakin, V. Zvjaginsev, B. Grachev (4.0)

Nepomniachtchi’s tweet after the final round.


The women’s superfinal had a dramatic end, with Alisa Galliamova and Valentina Gunina sharing the lead (both with 6 points!) and playing each other in the last round.… Read more

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Romanian Women National Team Championship

Last week the Romanian Team Championship (Superleague) has concluded in Calimanesti, a nice mountain resort in southern part of Romania. The event has gathered 8 women and 10 men teams that have been fighting for the national title.

Although there were only 8 teams in the women section, the tournament was very strong and the title was decided in the very last round. Each match was played on 4 boards and each team was allowed a number of two reserve players. My team, CSM Bucharest, composed of IM Corina Peptan, IM Deimante Daulyte, WIM Raluca Sgîrcea, WGM Irina Ionescu, Georgiana Morea and Petruţa Moldovan, had a good tournament and won silver medal. Our second board, Deimante, won first prize on second board. I played on the third board and scored 2.5 points out of 4. You can find the final standings below:

Standing 


Săptămâna trecută s-au încheiat la Calimăneşti Campionatele Naţionale pe echipe – Superliga.Read more

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