As for our family, it could have been better, it could have been worse. But we did enjoy the whole experience! While we are now waiting for our bus to come and bring us back to Romania, I decided to choose some pictures for you, to make a general impression on the tournament we just had.
|Religion is still playing an important role, just like in most|
East European countries.
|Hunting the elo points for the IM title!|
Iva Videnova and Irina Bulmaga
|Fresh air before the start of the game|
|The proud and happy young organizer: Hristo Velchev|
Wish him many more tournaments to come!
|Main tournament hall - the first boards are one floor higher,|
you can see the stairs on the far left.
|The first boards are waiting for the merciless fighters!|
|Erwin won a great game this round, against Mustafa Yilmaz!|
|Small chat before the round: Constantin Lupulescu and|
|Suat's wife: Ekaterina Atalik|
|This was our usual route to the game|
|Golden Sands is a typical seaside small city where I felt like a fish in the water:)|
That's because it's full with Romanians - everywhere I was going I could hear my native language.
|Even the vendors started to speak Romanian, trying to convince the customers to check out their products; usually XXL offers:)|
|A quiet morning, before the 'burning' process.|
|...sea, sand and loads of hotels|
|37 degrees outside but freezing cold in the water!|
|A dream like holiday for those who love the sun, the sea|
and chess in our case.
|Recharging the batteries before another round of swimming.|
But I should confess: I didn't go to the beach even once to get a tan on my skin.
So I cannot blame the sun for my chess errors...
|Dozens of things to spend your money on|
|Never understood the attractions for Chinese or Japanese symbols|
Maybe it's our wish to be different?
But if everybody has it, how is that making you stand out?!
|...and the usual offers|
|'Fantastic' exchanging rates - always check out twice before you jump in:)|
|Hey! I think I saw this one before somewhere...:)|
|Ivan Cheparinov and Erwin l'Ami enjoying the shade under|
the 'Eiffel' Tower.
|This was our Golden Sands adventure.|
Until next time!