June 7, 2011

Romanian Rapid Cup

Quite often we travel day and night, for hours and hours, to reach a beautiful place, to see with our own eyes a new country, to meet new people...the more difficult it gets, the higher the pleasure we experience:) Might sound a bit strange, but psychologically speaking, it's completely normal. What we achieve easily, doesn't bring us an incredible amount of joy; instead, if we have to fight, to sweat, to spend a lot of money, than we might come somewhere, our pride will be satisfied that no matter how big the barriers were, we managed!

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

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3 
12ACS de Sah Apanova Bucuresti981017028.5
21CS Politehnica Iasi970214226.0
35CS Sinandrei962114024.0
43CSM Lugoj961213020.5
56CS Conpet Ploiesti960312022.5
611CS Logic 64 Brasov 1942310023.5
74CSU Ploiesti942310021.5
812CS Spartac Bucuresti942310021.0
913CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 1942310019.5
108ACS Sah Chindia Targoviste950410018.5
1110CS Sissa Constanta 1942310018.5
127CS de Sah Alex Brasov94149022.5
139CS Otopeni94149020.0
1420CS Universitatea Arad94149018.0
1517CS Snagov94149016.0
1614CSU Targoviste94149016.0
1716CS Energy Cameron Campina93248019.5
1815CS Tinerii Maestri Bucuresti93248015.0
1921CS Sissa Constanta 293248013.5
2019CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 294058013.0
2118CS Logic 64 Brasov 293157013.0
2223CS Logic 64 Brasov 39306629.0
2324CS de Sah Unirea Prejmer92256010.0
2422ACS al Col. Nat. Aprily Lajos Brasov92165013.0
2525CS de Sah Lia Brasov9117307.5

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.

Ranking crosstable

Rk.Team123456 TB1  TB2  TB3 
1CS AEM Luxten Timisoara * 32339112.5
2CS Politehnica Iasi * 2239111.0
3CS Spartac Bucuresti01 * 3508.0
4CSM Bucuresti11 * 3408.0
5Clubul Central de Sah Bucuresti0½½ * 305.0
6CS Conpet Ploiesti0000½ * 000.5

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:
  1. chessbase.com
  2. chessbase.de
  3. chessbase.com/espanola
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.


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