The CEEM begins in 2022 with the Tournament of Kings and about seventy chess players

EEM 2022 Kings Tournament

The Escac Mat Chess Club held this morning the EEM 2022 Kings Chess Tournament with 68 players from all over Catalonia, an event that they have recovered after two years without being able to celebrate it. With a Swiss competition system, participants have been paired, as they advanced the seven rounds, with rivals who added a score similar to theirs. The winner was Arnau Sánchez, from the Llinars Vallès club, and received the trophy from Martorell Mayor Xavier Fonollosa and councilors Gerard Mimó and Elisabeth Plaza.

The club has carried out this tournament with as many participants as possible and has even had to start a waiting list with the chess players who have not been able to register in time. The Escac Mat Chess Club, chaired by Joaquín Lacasta (who was also the director of the tournament) focuses on training players and promoting chess through events such as today’s and has followed all security measures to ensure a safe tournament.

Participants were divided into four categories for children under 16 (under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14); in veterans over 65; and in the scoring sections 2099-2000, 1999-1900, 1899-1800, 1799-1700 and a section up to 1699. The winner has won a trophy and a financial endowment of € 50, of € 30 the second place and € 20 for the third, as well as a medal for both. Carla Prieto (Súria) was the under-8 winner, Guillem Torres (Catalonia Joviat) in the under-10, Xavier Mompel (Valls) in the under-12 and Pol Ortiz (Figueres) won in the under-14. In more than 65 years, Daniel Duran, from Calafell, has taken first place.

By score, Hugo Uber, Gerard Tallada, Emili Romeu, Ramon Cobo and Joan Villa have been the best chess players in the 2099-2000, 1999-1900, 1899-1800, 1799-1700 and 1699 sections, respectively.

A reunion tournament

The president of the entity, Joaquin Lacasta, has admitted that today’s appointment means recovering the tradition of holding tournaments and reuniting with players from all over. However, he admits that “it was a challenge, because it is currently difficult to organize tournaments, due to the limitations we have to take.”

Joaquin Lacasta, president EEM

“The acceptance by the players has been quite good and this, as organizers, encourages us to do more,” he said. Today is the first tournament organized by the CEEM in 2022.

Joaquin Lacasta, president EEM

At the end of May, the club will promote a tournament that will be included in the international circuit that takes place in Catalonia from May to September. Last year, the CEEM took part and this year they will try to repeat.


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