Guardamar del Segura, Valencia Capital of Culture 2023, It becomes the world center of chess, bringing together up to 14 graduates from 11 different countries this week.Members of the International Federation of this sport. The event consists of two parallel tournaments (slow and fast games) as part of the 1st International Chess Festival. Organized by the local club of this sport “Dama de Guardamar” together with the City Hall and Promochess Spain, this event starts today and will continue until Sunday at the Municipal House of Culture.

The 1st International Chess Festival will be broadcast worldwide (links at the end of this article) and two interesting tournaments Nearly 200 teachers, male and female players and chess enthusiasts.

Participants in the Promochess Spanish Provincial Circuit stage held in Guardamar del Segura PROMOCHES


In the first competition (90+30), named I Open ESPHOUSES in honor of the event’s main sponsor, participants will compete in a slow-play tournament until Saturday, providing the perfect environment for them to showcase their skills. strategic dexterity and tactical skills.

Will participate in this competition British champion young Harry Grieve also takes part in this tournament, which is ranked 14th by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). There are also representatives from countries such as Ukraine, Algeria, Argentina, Costa Rica, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Spain. Among the competitors, teachers like Vladyslav Larkin, Leonardo Valdés, Irakli Akhvlediani, Nodar Lortkipanidze, Eric Sauce, Alfredo Giaccio, Alejandro Arias, Tatiana Grabuzova, Rafael Rodríguez, Massinas Djabri, José García Molina, Andrés Luque and Viviana Galván from Spain.

“11 countries represented in this event where we organized Guardamar del Segura; all guardamarencos and guardamarencas should be proud”De la villa marinera would also like to thank the local club for the support provided by the hotels.

quick games

The second competition is the “José Manuel Hernández Ortiz” IV Monument of the quick games (10+2). Celebrated on Sunday, September 10, this tournament will pay homage to the memory of the chess monitor (FEDA) guardamarenco, after whom the trophy is named.

The management of the festival is the responsibility of Promochess Spain. master FIDEJosé Antonio Clement Gómez is ahead. This organization is the organizer of the Provincial Chess Tour, which has filled many of Alicante’s towns with chessboards since last year and is looking to succeed in its second edition, which will begin in a few weeks.


The main international referee will moderate the I Open ESPHOUSES competition Jose Antonio Garcia Domingo and FIDE referee Rafael del Valle DomenechHe will be the referee at IV Memorial patrick pardo garcia.

“It is worth noting the presence of women in this championship”The organizers pointed out that this is something that the “Dama de Guardamar” Chess Club promotes in concert with the Valencian Federation. Three Spanish champions will participate in the event: Diana Quintana Sáez (under 8 champion of Spain in 2017), Conchi Jover Fuentes (runner-up of Spain in 1989) and FIDE veteran Viviana Galván Cipriani, a four-time Spanish Champion in the youth categories.

The Guardamar House of Culture will host the game room of this International Chess Festival. The event takes on a special meaning this year, with Guardamar del Segura being named the Valencia Capital of Culture for 2023.

Participants in the Promochess Spanish Provincial Circuit stage held in Guardamar del Segura PROMOCHES

Parallel activities

In addition to the chess competition, two parallel cultural events will be held on the mornings of September 6 and 8. Organized guided tours for the participants and their companions, Discover the most emblematic places of Guardamar del Segura. Under the guidance of experts Bilingual participants will enjoy an enriching tour of the city’s historic corners that combines chess and culture in a unique experience.

Andrius Cepkauskas, director of ESPHOUSES, will be responsible for kick-off for this tournament, while José Luis Sáez, mayor of Guardamar del Segura and head of Sport, will be the one to close Pastor I Open ESPHOUSES.After completing the 9th and final round, the awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 9th and will be replaced by the “IV Memorial José Manuel Hernández Ortiz”, the fast game tournament that does not need a federation. It was held on the morning of Sunday, September 10.

For more information and details about the International Chess FestivalYou can go to the website of the festival director Promochess or search their social networks for “PROMOCHES ESPAÑA”.

The organization also wants “Thank you for the support you have received. We thank the Conselleria d’Educació, Cultura i Esport, the Spanish Chess Federation, the Valencian Community Chess Federation and the Provincial Council of Alicante for the development of this great sport-cultural event in our city”.

Club Dama de Guardamar participants at the Promochess Spanish Provincial Tour stage held in Guardamar del Segura PROMOCHES

live broadcast

I Open Esphouses will be published online by various international platforms such as,, and Livechess.