Open Can Picafort

As the year is almost coming to an end, so is our competition season. And what better place to play the last tournament of the year than a warm island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea? That being said, we packed our bags once again and headed for Mallorca.

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We see land! Arriving in the sunny and warm Mallorca

The tournament took place in the tourist resort of Can Picafort, from 15th to 22nd of November. The venue was the 3 star hotel Ferrer Concord, the “oldest” of the Ferrer Hotels group. Situated right across the beach, with pool, jacuzzi and sauna inside the hotel and access to the group’s gym and spa in the Janeiro Ferrer Hotel, we can say that our hosts did everything they could to make our stay as pleasant as possible.

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A little welcome note

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An open invitation to enjoy the sun on the beachfront sun lounger

The organizers seem to have thought about everything, as most of the rounds started at 8 o’clock… in the evening! This gave us plenty of time to visit, take some sun and, of course, enjoy the gym and relaxing spa.

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Intense game preparation by Renier

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… followed by a well-deserved relaxing session in the spa and sauna. And yes, that’s ice in the upper left corner!

As for the surroundings, Mallorca is a wonderful island that’s worth a complete tour by car. However, this time, between the pool, spa and beach we didn’t have time to go that far and sticked to Can Picafort:

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Hotel Ferrer Concord

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The beautiful morning colors of Mallorca

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Guardian of the sea

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A view that’s definitely worth a stop

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The port of Can Picafort

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…plenty of fish in the sea?

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Beautiful sunset from our balcony

With 63 participants, out of which half titled, the tournament proved to be very strong. Number one-seeded, GM Alexandr Fier (2608) managed to maintain his status and convincingly won the tournament with 7 points out of 9.

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GM Alexandr Fier

Second-seeded GM Andrey Sumets (2583) finished third, in spite of arriving a round late.

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GM Andrey Sumets

After a hard-fought tournament it was IM Firat Burak (2446) of Turkey who clinched second with the same number of points (6,5) as the Ukrainian Grandmaster, but better tiebreak.

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IM Firat Burak

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Third seed GM Vishnu Prasanna (2514) of India

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IM Aman Hambleton (2446) of Canada

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WGM Nino Maisuradze (2273) of France

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IM Renier Castellanos (2477)

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WIM Raluca Sgircea (2249)

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The tournament winners together with the organizers and officials

You can find the full results here. Also, make sure you keep an eye on the official page for future events.

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