Romanian Individual Championship

Romania’s 2016 chess champions were recently crowned. The tournament was held between 2 and 10 of April in Baile Olanesti, a mountain resort famous for its thermal springs. People of all ages come here to spend a few peaceful days, away from the haste of the city, and use the therapeutic waters to treat different affections.

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The quiet streets of Baile Olanesti, also known as “The Golden Springs”

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Located in the Carpathian Mountains and only a few kilometers away from one of Romania’s numerous national parks, it’s no wonder that the scenery was so green and refreshing. The area is home to many protected species, but perhaps the most accessible reservation for the inexperienced hikers (like ourselves) is the two water-lilies lakes that provide a spectacular view when the white and yellow flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive in their season, but still enjoyed the peacefulness of the place.

One of the lakes - you can spot the water-lily leaves if you look closely

One of the lakes – you can spot the water-lily leaves if you look closely

Enjoying the silence - the man and his bird

Enjoying the silence

The road to the most important spring in Baile Olanesti - spring no. 24

The road to the most important spring in Baile Olanesti – spring no. 24

On our way to...

On our way to…

...the entrance in the national park

…the entrance in the national park

However, we were here for a chess tournament, as the tables in the parks seemed to remind us

However, we were here for a chess tournament, as the tables in the parks seemed to remind us

The battle for the titles was meant to take place over 9 rounds, but it looked like this year the very early leaders remained on top until the end.

Last arbiter indications before the start of round 1

Last arbiter indications before the start of round 1

The trophies, awaiting their winners

The trophies, awaiting the winners

In the women section, WGM Luminita Cosma showed very good and solid chess, remaining in the lead until the last round. The podium was completed by WGM Mihaela Sandu and WIM Angela Dragomirescu.

From left to right: WIM Angela Dragomirescu, WGM Luminita Cosma and WGM Mihaela Sandu

From left to right: WIM Angela Dragomirescu, WGM Luminita Cosma and WGM Mihaela Sandu

Decisive game: WGM Luminita Cosma vs IM Irina Bulmaga

Decisive game: WGM Luminita Cosma vs IM Irina Bulmaga

IM Irina Bulmaga finished 4th

IM Irina Bulmaga finished 4th

5th: IM Cristina Foisor

5th: IM Cristina Foisor

Your reporter, WIM Raluca Sgircea, finished 6th

Your reporter, WIM Raluca Sgircea, finished 6th

IM Corina Peptan vs IM Irina Bulmaga

IM Corina Peptan vs IM Irina Bulmaga

WIM Veronica Foisor vs WGM Luminita Cosma

WIM Veronica Foisor vs WGM Luminita Cosma

The men’s section was won by GM Mircea Parligras, who was basically champion with 2 rounds in advance! He was followed by GM Constantin Lupulescu and young GM Tiberiu Georgescu.

The men's podium: GM Constantin Lupulescu (2nd), GM Mircea Parligras (1st) and GM Tiberiu Georgescu (3rd)

The men’s podium: GM Constantin Lupulescu (2nd), GM Mircea Parligras (1st) and GM Tiberiu Georgescu (3rd)

The last round encounter between GMs Mihail Marin and Mircea Parligras ended in a peaceful draw

The last round encounter between GMs Mihail Marin and Mircea Parligras ended in a peaceful draw

Young talent and IM Bogdan Deac finished 5th

Young talent, IM Bogdan Deac, finished 5th

2015 European silver medalist Mihnea Ognean

2015 European silver medalist Mihnea Ognean

GM Vlad Jianu finished 6th

GM Vlad Jianu finished 6th

That's how you intimidate your opponent: GM Constantin Lupulescu vs IM Lucian Miron

That’s how you intimidate your opponent: GM Constantin Lupulescu vs IM Lucian Miron, who finished 4th

GM Mircea Parligras, 2016 Romanian Champion

GM Mircea Parligras, 2016 Romanian Champion

In the end, we’d like to congratulate the winners for the quality chess they showed. We’ll soon be back with more news from our next tournaments. Stay close!

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