V LLucmajor International Open

Summer is approaching (although it seems to be taking smaller steps this year) and, for most of the chess players, this translates to the start of the tournament season. Ours began in the same place where it ended, Mallorca.

The venue was the resort of Arenal, an old fishermen village that is now one of the most famous party destinations on the island. Mallorca tends to be “separated” in areas by the nationality of its tourists, and this one is no exception. It has a very strong German influence that can also be guessed from the great number of restaurants with traditional German food or the German-style nightclubs. Situated only 15 km away from Palma, the resort has a wide white-sand beach and a long pedestrian promenade (6km, to be more precise), perfect for a long, relaxing walk after an eventful game.

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

A very suggestive message

Yes to chess

The tournament was hosted by Club Nautic El Arenal, situated at the end of the 6 km pedestrian walk. As you might already know, a particularity of the Mallorcan tournaments is the late-rounds, at 8:30 PM. We consider this a great schedule and, even though the weather wasn’t completely in our favor this time, it allowed us to enjoy better this beautiful island.

In front of Club Nautic Arenal, before the start of the first round

In front of Club Nautic Arenal, before the start of the first round

With such a long resort, some of the hotels weren't exactly within a walking distance from the playing hall. However, there is always a solution! Here, GM Karen Movsziszian and his eco-friendly vehicle

With such a long resort, most of the hotels weren’t exactly within a walking distance from the playing hall. However, there is always a solution! Here, GM Karen Movsziszian and his eco-friendly vehicle

View from the playing hall

View from the playing hall

Our friend, IM Guillermo Baches knows that good preparation is essential before the game

Our friend, IM Guillermo Baches knows that good preparation is essential before the game

... and so does IM Renier Castellanos

… and so does IM Renier Castellanos

Cheers to an inspired game!

Cheers to an inspired game!

Beautiful sunset over the port

Beautiful sunset over the port

The event brought together 187 players from 33 countries, out of which 22 Grandmasters and another 22 International Masters. Top seed was Peruvian Grandmaster Julio Granda who finished the tournament in great style, with 8,5 points/9, performance that brings him only one point away from the 2700 club!

GM Julio Granda (2686)

GM Julio Granda (2686)

Second seed - GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov of Russia (2656)

Second seed – GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov of Russia (2656)

Third seed - GM Edouard Romain of France (2641)

Third seed – GM Edouard Romain of France (2641)

4th seed - Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk (2626)

4th seed – Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk (2626)

GM Luc Winants - Belgium (2562)

GM Luc Winants – Belgium (2562)

IM Ori Kobo - Israel (2491)

IM Ori Kobo – Israel (2491)

IM Lawrence Trent - England (2450)

IM Lawrence Trent – England (2450)

GM Karen Movsziszian - Armenia (2468)

GM Karen Movsziszian – Armenia (2468)

IM Thal Abergel - France (2450)

IM Thal Abergel – France (2450)

IM Renier Castellanos - Spain (2481)

IM Renier Castellanos – Spain (2481)

We are saddened to hear that GM Dragan Paunovic (2439) has passed away only a few days ago

We are saddened to learn that GM Dragan Paunovic (2439) has passed away only a few days ago

WGM Marta Michna - Germany (2390)

WGM Marta Michna – Germany (2390)

Renier, clearing his head before the start of the round

Renier, clearing his head before the start of the round

The playing hall, with ten boards broadcasted online

The playing hall, with ten boards broadcasted online. Projecting them was a very good idea, as it avoided the usual crowd that forms around the first boards

The "analysis room"

Analyzing the games at 2:00 AM

The final podium remained almost unchanged from the starting rank, something not very usual in open tournaments: 1st place Julio Granda (8,5/9), 2nd Edouard Romain (7/9) and 3rd Aleksandr Rakhmanov (7/9).

The winners, together with the sponsors and organizers

The winners, together with sponsors and organizers

@ThinkingSquares together with the brilliant Julio Granda

@ThinkingSquares with the brilliant Julio Granda

Congratulations for yet another great event to organizer Sebastia Nadal!

Congratulations for yet another great event to organizer Sebastia Nadal!

We are looking forward for WinterChess‘ next event, the 18th Can Picafort International Open! Until then, there is a long summer full of tournaments ahead!

@ThinkingSquares on the go

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