The Princesa Playa becomes a large chessboard
This April we have hosted the I Open Chess Menorca, in which world figures of this sport have participated.
Menorca, at the center of the world chess board
Opening one of our establishments with full occupancy is a joy. And even more so if it is to be able to host one of the sporting events that will mark this year 2022: the I Open Chess Menorca. Representatives from 33 countries have traveled to Menorca to participate in this tournament, organized by the Chess Menorca association in collaboration with CECA, and which promises to become a benchmark in the world of chess. There have been five days, from April 20 to 24, in which, as if we were a great teacher, we have had to organize spaces, logistics and a multitude of arrivals, focusing on an organization in which each piece has been key to the success. In addition, we have turned our halls into the meeting place for world-class figures. Because although we love being able to use the enormous gardens of the Princesa Playa for all kinds of outdoor activities, the challenge of organizing a sports tournament of this magnitude has shown us the versatility of our spaces.
Promote sports and cultural tourism
The I Open Chess Menorca is not the first sporting event that relies on our facilities. Sagitario Hotels' commitment to economic diversification has led us to host a sporting event that, at first glance, may not attract as many masses as cycling. But it has proven to have loyal fans. In addition, being able to collaborate with the organization of Chess Menorca, with a home team, has encouraged us to accept the challenge. It is also a commitment to the circular economy that we try to promote, helping to fulfill the dream of a local association whose objective is to make chess known as an educational and inclusive tool.
Thus, we have had five intense days in which the players, both men and women, have participated in up to seven rounds. One of the main characteristics of this open has been the large influx of figures that are on the list of the 100 most important players in the world, among which the Indian Arjun Erigaisi has stood out. In fact, having such important players has also aroused the interest of many young players on the island, showing that the interest in chess is on the rise. And from Sagittarius Hotels we have had the privilege of seeing it from the front row.