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
The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view
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
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
Our friend, IM Guillermo Baches knows that good preparation is essential before the game
… and so does IM Renier Castellanos
Cheers to an inspired game!
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)
Second seed – GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov of Russia (2656)
Third seed – GM Edouard Romain of France (2641)
4th seed – Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk (2626)
GM Luc Winants – Belgium (2562)
IM Ori Kobo – Israel (2491)
IM Lawrence Trent – England (2450)
GM Karen Movsziszian – Armenia (2468)
IM Thal Abergel – France (2450)
IM Renier Castellanos – Spain (2481)
We are saddened to learn that GM Dragan Paunovic (2439) has passed away only a few days ago
WGM Marta Michna – Germany (2390)
Renier, clearing his head before the start of the round
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
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 sponsors and organizers
@ThinkingSquares with the brilliant Julio Granda
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!