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.
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.
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). As you can see, the fight for the podium was very tight and, after 9 rounds, last year’s champions (Medicina Timisoara) managed to retain their title one more year.
As for the women section, the clear favorites were Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi with a rating average of 2338, followed by Medicina Timisoara (2217) and CSM Bucuresti (2179). With 8 wins and only one draw, the favorites remained first and Politehnica-Antibiotice Iasi was crowned women’s champion.
My team, CSM Bucuresti, composed of IM Corina Peptan (1st board), myself on the second board, WGM Irina Ionescu (3rd board) and WCM Georgiana Morea and Denisa Bucur (4th board), had a great tournament and won the silver medal for the second year in a row. Although we lost the match against this year’s champions and drew against the third placed, CS Sinandrei – CSS1 Timisoara, we managed to win the rest of the matches and keep the fight for the podium alive.
Our third board, WGM Irina Ionescu scored 5,5/8 on the third board, which brought her the golden medal on her board. I had a very good result myself, even though it wasn’t the best on my board, finishing with 6 points out of 8.