Cupa Romaniei – rapid team championship in a very beautiful place

6/6/2011 – This three-day event, with a number of strong players, took place in two sections: "masculin" and "femini". The location was Brasov, which claims to be "probably the best city in the world". Our author and photographer WGM Alina l'Ami, who recently sent us some wonderful impressions from Luanda, Angola, has sent us another wonderful pictorial, this time from her native Romania. Enjoy.

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Romanian Cup – National rapid team championship

This event, played in two groups (men and women) took place from June 3rd to 5th, 2011 in the Brasov Aro Palace Complex in Brasov, Romania. The teams consisted of four players and two reserves – three players and two reserves in the women's section. One of the players had to be a Romanian junior. Females were allowed to play in the men's section, but no men in the female section.

The teams could assign players to boards as they liked, except for one condition: anyone who was pver 100 points higher than another could not play on a lower board than him or her. The board order had to be fixed at the start of the tournament and could not be changed after that.

The rate of play was 15 minutes for all moves plus an increment of ten seconds per move. The organisers specified that if electronic clocks were not available then the rate of play would be 25 minutes for the entire game.

At the start of each match all players had to be present at the boards. If a player had not turned up fifteen minutes after the official start then the entire team would lose the match by forfeit. The scoring system was two points for a team win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss. If in the end two teams had the same score the result of their direct encounter would break the tie, and if it didn't the sum of points by the individual players and then Sonneborn would be used. If all of these failed to break the tie there would be a drawing of lots to do so.

Results of the Cupa Romaniei la sah rapid pe echipe – masculin

Rk. Sd. Team
Gms
  + 
  = 
  – 
 TB1 
 TB3 
1 2 ACS de Sah Apanova Bucuresti
9
8
1
0
17
28.5
2 1 CS Politehnica Iasi
9
7
0
2
14
26.0
3 5 CS Sinandrei
9
6
2
1
14
24.0
4 3 CSM Lugoj
9
6
1
2
13
20.5
5 6 CS Conpet Ploiesti
9
6
0
3
12
22.5
6 11 CS Logic 64 Brasov 1
9
4
2
3
10
23.5
7 4 CSU Ploiesti
9
4
2
3
10
21.5
8 12 CS Spartac Bucuresti
9
4
2
3
10
21.0
9 13 CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 1
9
4
2
3
10
19.5
10 8 ACS Sah Chindia Targoviste
9
5
0
4
10
18.5
11 10 CS Sissa Constanta 1
9
4
2
3
10
18.5
12 7 CS de Sah Alex Brasov
9
4
1
4
9
22.5
13 9 CS Otopeni
9
4
1
4
9
20.0
14 20 CS Universitatea Arad
9
4
1
4
9
18.0
15 17 CS Snagov
9
4
1
4
9
16.0
16 14 CSU Targoviste
9
4
1
4
9
16.0
17 16 CS Energy Cameron Campina
9
3
2
4
8
19.5
18 15 CS Tinerii Maestri Bucuresti
9
3
2
4
8
15.0
19 21 CS Sissa Constanta 2
9
3
2
4
8
13.5
20 19 CS de Sah Ioios Brasov 2
9
4
0
5
8
13.0
21 18 CS Logic 64 Brasov 2
9
3
1
5
7
13.0
22 23 CS Logic 64 Brasov 3
9
3
0
6
6
9.0
23 24 CS de Sah Unirea Prejmer
9
2
2
5
6
10.0
24 22 ACS al Col. Nat. Aprily Lajos Brasov
9
2
1
6
5
13.0
25 25 CS de Sah Lia Brasov
9
1
1
7
3
7.5


The winners ACS de Sah Apanova Bucuresti (with GM Mihail Marin raising the trophy)


In second place: Politehnica Iasi, with Erwin l'Ami (middle, background)


Erwin (right) played on board one, scoring 8.0 out of 9, with only two draws

Cupa Romaniei la sah rapid pe echipe – femini

Rk. Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 CS AEM Luxten Timisoara
 * 
3
2
3
3
9
1
12.5
2 CS Politehnica Iasi
 * 
2
2
3
9
1
11.0
3 CS Spartac Bucuresti
0
1
 * 
3
5
0
8.0
4 CSM Bucuresti
1
1
 * 
3
4
0
8.0
5 Clubul Central de Sah Bucuresti
0
½
½
 * 
3
0
5.0
6 CS Conpet Ploiesti
0
0
0
0
½
 * 
0
0
0.5


The team of CS AEM Luxten Timisoara (left) during a round


The winners: CS AEM Luxten Timisoara


Anna Zatonskih and Cristina Foisor from Aem Luxten. Cristina's
daughter Sabina came all the way from USA and played here as well.


In second place: our club team Politehnica Iasi


WGM Alina l'Ami, married to Erwin, author of this report

The beautiful city of Brasov

By WGM Alina l'Ami

Braşov (medieval Latin: Brassovia or Corona, German Kronstadt) is a city of 300,000 residents, located in the central part of Romania, about 166 km north of Bucharest. It is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians and is part of the Transylvania region. The city is notable for hosting the Golden Stag International Music Festival.


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Brasov is incredibly beautiful. The architecture makes me feel like I am somewhere else, surely not in Romania, surely not surrounded by the gray comunist house blocks.

The architecture and atmosphere are great in Brasov; they even have a slogan which says: "Brasov, probably the best city in the world"; I wouldn't go that far, but for sure you would love it here, it's wonderful, surrounded by mountains, with plenty of things to do during any season.


Houses on the hillside, surrounded by trees


St. Nicholas Church at the city center (Piata Sfatului), "Swiss guards"


Biserica Neagra – the Black Church


A typical street scene in Brasov


The town hall


The view from my hotel window


The same view at night

Copyright Alina l'Ami/ChessBase


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