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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!