I have been travelling thanks to chess since I was 6, but somehow, I never really took time to explore my own country. I have always said and knew that Romania is an incredibly beautiful place, after all, it's my home! Subcounsciously though, my brain was undermining the idea of going for a holiday in Romania, I can travel around here basically at any time, so why should I do it now?!
Luckily, last weekend I played, together with my husband, the Romanian rapid team cup, which took place in Brasov.
Our teams, men and women, from Politehnica Iasi, finished on the 2nd position, a good result, which makes us happy, even if it was not the first place. Of course we always hit higher, but we shouldn't forget that a medal is always a medal! For us it was silver this time:)
In the men section, ACS de Sah Apanova Bucuresti won the gold medal, having GM Mihail Marin on the first board; he is proudly holding the trophy in the picture underneath:
|Our team, Politehnica Iasi, came on the second place.|
The final standings can be seen on chess-results. Underneath you have a brief overview.
Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|1||2||ACS de Sah Apanova Bucuresti||9||8||1||0||17||0||28.5|
|2||1||CS Politehnica Iasi||9||7||0||2||14||2||26.0|
|5||6||CS Conpet Ploiesti||9||6||0||3||12||0||22.5|
|6||11||CS Logic 64 Brasov 1||9||4||2||3||10||0||23.5|
|8||12||CS Spartac Bucuresti||9||4||2||3||10||0||21.0|
|9||13||CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 1||9||4||2||3||10||0||19.5|
|10||8||ACS Sah Chindia Targoviste||9||5||0||4||10||0||18.5|
|11||10||CS Sissa Constanta 1||9||4||2||3||10||0||18.5|
|12||7||CS de Sah Alex Brasov||9||4||1||4||9||0||22.5|
|14||20||CS Universitatea Arad||9||4||1||4||9||0||18.0|
|17||16||CS Energy Cameron Campina||9||3||2||4||8||0||19.5|
|18||15||CS Tinerii Maestri Bucuresti||9||3||2||4||8||0||15.0|
|19||21||CS Sissa Constanta 2||9||3||2||4||8||0||13.5|
|20||19||CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 2||9||4||0||5||8||0||13.0|
|21||18||CS Logic 64 Brasov 2||9||3||1||5||7||0||13.0|
|22||23||CS Logic 64 Brasov 3||9||3||0||6||6||2||9.0|
|23||24||CS de Sah Unirea Prejmer||9||2||2||5||6||0||10.0|
|24||22||ACS al Col. Nat. Aprily Lajos Brasov||9||2||1||6||5||0||13.0|
|25||25||CS de Sah Lia Brasov||9||1||1||7||3||0||7.5|
In the women section, CS AEM Luxten Timisoara finished first, with the same number of points as our team, Politehnica Iasi, but with a better tiebreak.
|Another silver medal for our club|
More details about the women competition can be found on chess-results.
|1||CS AEM Luxten Timisoara||*||1½||3||2||3||3||9||1||12.5|
|2||CS Politehnica Iasi||1½||*||2||2||2½||3||9||1||11.0|
|3||CS Spartac Bucuresti||0||1||*||1½||2½||3||5||0||8.0|
|5||Clubul Central de Sah Bucuresti||0||½||½||1½||*||2½||3||0||5.0|
|6||CS Conpet Ploiesti||0||0||0||0||½||*||0||0||0.5|
Most probably you have already seen the reports on chessbase. Just in case, here are the articles, slightly different from each other, written in English, German and Spanish:
And now, if you allow me to do so, I would happily go back to the beginning of this article: exploring a Romanian city, Brasov - "probably the best city in the world" - as the city campaign proudly shouts.
There are mountains all around – most popularly Mt Tâmpa shooting up outside the city's medieval walls, now wearing a 'Hollywood' Braşov sign that lights up as dusk hits – and plenty of bars, open-air cafes and fine eateries serving more than pizza. It's a bit touristy maybe for some people, but it's hard to miss. And I surely enjoyed it! Couldn't believe my eyes that I am still in Romania, somehow I felt I should be in Germany or Austria...
Towering above town from the east is Mount Tâmpa, where Braşov's original defensive fortress was built. Many visitors go via the Tâmpa cable car offering stunning views from the top.
|The Black Church|
Braşov's main landmark, just south of the Piaţa Sfatului (Council Square), is the Black Church, the largest Gothic church between Vienna and Istanbul and still used by German Lutherans today. Built between 1383 and 1480 (delayed by an Ottoman razing), its name comes from its appearance after a fire in 1689.
This wide square is the heart of medieval Braşov. In the centre stands the 1420 council house (Casa Sfatului), topped by a Trumpeter's Tower, in which town councillors, known as centurions, would meet. Some locals swear the meeting is haunted; one worker there quit after 'hearing sounds'. Apparently the tower staged countless tortures, and the square outside supposedly staged the last witch burning in Europe. The Braşov Historical Museum is also located here.
And this is only a small part of Romania...just 25 km from Brasov, you can visit the famous Dracula's Castle - Bran Castle. Of course we know that vampires don't exist (or do they?!) and that the castle itself is surrounded by myths and legends...You can read more about it here.
Didn't see it though, not this time. I should also admit that I have never went there. That reminds me of what I said before, about seeing the beauties which are right there, in front of you! Probably I will discover one day...I've already started with Brasov.