Jorge Vega's impression of
Bermuda Open 2009
The XXV Bermuda Open
Tournament was held at the end of January (January 30 - February 2) as usual
under the direction of the Bermuda Federation presided by Mr. Larry Ebbin and
Mr. Nigel Freeman, FIDE Treasurer.
Bermuda, located in the middle of
North Atlantic is a group of small islands formed millions years ago by a
submerged volcano whose extinct crater occupies the centre of a sea water sound
surrounded by land with lots of small beautiful beaches and landscapes.
Being since its discovery an important naval base you can find ancient
The tournament, held at a five stars hotel and
conducted by IA Carol Jarecki, (BVI), developed in a very friendly atmosphere in
which Title Holders and local players struggled during the event.
attend the tournament under a Nigelīs kind invitation and after arriving form
Boston where a snow storm was blowing hard I was surprised by the mild weather
due to being Bermuda in the path of the Gulf Stream, resembling more the
Caribbean than the North Atlantic.
The attention given by the Organizers
was wonderful and after a dramatic blitz tie-brake GM Pascal Charbonneau, (CAN)
got the first place.
I shall let the comments of the tournament for the
experts, only remains to be said the comments of the closing ceremony held at a
classic English Pub where a nice dinner was served and where lots of prizes were
given under the direction of a happy Mr. Freeman, dressed in a mixed Bermuda and
So finished the Bermuda 2009 Open, leaving only the wish
of being back!