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31st Mokate International Chess Tournament

In spite of heavy snowfall, nearly 100 chess players arrived at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Goleszów on Sunday, February 4th. There were nearly as many fans and people accompanying the participants. The 31st Mokate International Chess Tournament has started.

As in the previous editions of the Goleszów tournament, competitors with different skills participated - from beginners to real chess masters, born between 1934 and 2012. Almost half of the chess players were under 18 years of age, and 20 percent of the players were over 60 years old.

The tournament was won by a chess player from Polonia Przemyśl, FIDE champion, Karol Rawicz. Krzysztof Knopik from Żory was second, and the third place was unexpectedly won by thirteen-year-old Martyna Wikar.

The best of the Goleszów Chess Association players, Michał Cieślar, took the unlucky 4th place. Chess champion Maciej Kot ended the competition in 10th place. Another competitor in the event was Wojciech Waruga, who recently, with Jacek Gajewski, set a new Guinness record for a chess marathon during the European Championships held in Spodek in Katowice - playing 515 games in 50 hours and 1 minute!

(5 II 2018)

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