XXIII Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament (Felix Garcia Ares Memorial)

Already a tradition for the city of Avila, the 23rd edition of the rapid chess tournament Santa Teresa, that also pays homage to the local chess master Felix Garcia Ares, was celebrated on the 24th of September. With only two days left until the start of the Spanish Team First League, Division de Honor, the tournament represented a good reason for our team to gather a few days before and play a nicely organized competition.

Avila is a beautiful and coquettish city situated in the community of Castille and Leon, only a couple of hours away from the capital, Madrid. If you want to find out more about its history, check out our last year’s report of the rapid tournament.

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

Plaza de Ayuntamiento

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

El Ayuntamiento de Ávila

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Santa Teresa de Avila

Santa Teresa de Avila

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

View of the city walls from Santa Teresa Square

San Pedro church

San Pedro church

Typical dish - el chuleton de Avila

Typical dish – el chuleton de Avila

Top seed and winner of the tournament, with an impressive 7,5 points our of 8 was Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga (2646) from Venezuela. Four players with 6 points followed him, but better tie-breaks had Fide Master Juan Corral (2436) and Grandmaster Julen Arizmendi (winner of last year’s edition), both from Spain. You can find the full standing here.

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga vs FM Cristian Aranda

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga vs FM Cristian Aranda

WIM Raluca Sgircea and GM Julen Arizmendi

WIM Raluca Sgircea and GM Julen Arizmendi

Friendly bullet game between IMs Renier Castellanos and Miguel Santos. Kibitzing, from left to right, GM Yuniesky Quesada, FM Juan Corral, GM Julen Arizmendi and Federico de Lucas

Friendly bullet game between IMs Renier Castellanos and Miguel Santos. Kibitzing, from left to right, GM Yuniesky Quesada, FM Juan Corral, GM Julen Arizmendi and Federico de Lucas

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, winner of the 23rd Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, winner of the 23rd Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament

Prize winners, together with the organizers

Prize winners, together with organizers

It’s always a pleasure for us to be back in Avila, city that has become one of our favorite places in Spain. We’d like to give a special thanks to the organizers of Casa Social Catolica for inviting us to this great event and we hope to be back next year.

 

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