Romanian Team Championship

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.

Renier enjoying the good weather before it got all dark and stormy

Renier enjoying the good weather before it got all dark and stormy

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.

The perfect place, not just for chess, but also for fishing

The perfect place not just for chess, but also for fishing

A nice walk over the sea is always healthy before the game

A nice walk over the sea is always healthy before the game

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.

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Champions for two years in a row - Medicina Timisoara

Champions for two years in a row – Medicina Timisoara

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.

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Politehinca Iasi, champions of the women section

Politehinca Iasi, champions of the women section

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.

My team, CSM Bucuresti

My team, CSM Bucuresti

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.

CSM Bucuresti on the podium

CSM Bucuresti on the podium

GM Wang Hao playing for

GM Wang Hao playing for the second seed, Clubul de Sah al Municipiului Baia Mare

Victoria Techirghiol, with GMs Konstantin Tarlev and Constantin Ionescu on the first boards

Victoria Techirghiol, with GMs Konstantin Tarlev and Constantin Ionescu on the first boards

Tense game: Medicina Timisoara vs Apa-Nova Bucuresti

Tense game: Medicina Timisoara vs Apa-Nova Bucuresti

Decisive last round match: Medicina Timisoara vs CSM Bucuresti

Decisive last round match: Medicina Timisoara vs CSM Bucuresti

IM Renier Castellanos playing on the first board for Vados Arad in the Second Division

IM Renier Castellanos playing on the first board for Vados Arad in the Second Division

@ThinkingSquares at the prize giving ceremony

@ThinkingSquares at the prize giving ceremony

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