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Interview #38 | Marcelino Sión Castro - "León, kingdom of chess"

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Interview with Marcelino Sión Castro, Director of Magistral Ciudad de León, by José Manuel Sierra Lozano, Director of EXPOCHESS.

On this occasion, Marcelino Sión shows us and comments on the various activities that have made up the 2022 Magistral Ciudad de León chess festival:

-The two Open Tournaments of rapid and semi-rapid games, both won by the Brazilian Grand Master Alexandr Fier; with great participation success.
-Chess in the street with Rey Enigma, Sabrina Vega, Pepe Cuenca, Divis, the students of "Pequeños Gigantes"... playing on the giant boards.
-Joaquín Espejo's conference on the World Cup in Seville between Karpov and Kasparav (1987 Simultaneous by Andrey Esipenko and the “Magic of Chess” offered by Xulio Merino before the start of the Master's games).
-Gélfand champion of the Ciudad de León Magistral Tournament. On this occasion, the intergenerational struggle has been promoted in which the seniority of Vishy Anand and Boris Gélfand has prevailed over the youth of Andrey Esipenko and Jaime Santos; with comments, curiosities and anecdotes.

*In scoop, the Grand Master Jaime Santos gives us a summary analysis of the "Magistral Ciudad de León".
All this with the finishing touch of the exhibition and the portraits of the Great Masters by the Leonese artist Ana Belén Nistral Mayorga.

Who is Marcellin?
Marcelino Zion Castro
-President of the Organizing Committee of the Master Chess Tournament "Ciudad de León" (director of the 28 consecutive editions).
-Technical Commissioner of the World Online School Chess Tournament EXPO DUBAI 2021.
-International organizer and technical director of numerous events such as the Olympics, European Championships, World University Championships...
-Director of the Fiesta Intl. Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) 2010-12.
-Developer of the project "Chess and decision making".
-Lecturers and speaker in courses for teacher training and university extension courses in chess.
-Director of the Kasparov Ibero-America Foundation, for Castilla y León.
-Collaborator in Press and Internet in different Spanish and international media.
-Personal trainer of the great Chess promise Jaime Santos Latasa since 2010.
-Captain of the Spanish team in various international competitions such as the Olympics and European Championships.

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