Italian Rapid Chess Championships 2011

15th to 17th April in Fano, on the Eastern coast of Italy

The 2011 Italian Rapid Chess Championships will be taking place from 15th to 17th April in Fano, on the Eastern coast of Italy. The format will be three Championships spread over three days, with each offering prizes and titles for the absolute winner, the victors of each category, as well as the best Under 16 and female players.

Day 1 will be the “Rapid 30 minute” tournament (seven rounds), day 2 is for “Blitz 5 minute” (11 rounds) and finally the “Rapid 15 minute” (9 rounds) on the last day. The total prize fund will be €16,000, divided into €4000, €5000 and €7000 for the respective days. There will also be a painting (40cm x 50cm) by the internationally respected artist Fathi Hassan, worth €4500, for the winner of the final day.

The playing venue will be a covered outdoor area inside the stunning seaside port, home to a range of vessels including yachts and sail boats; offering spectators a unique and dramatic backdrop to the competition itself.

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The playing venue

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The event is being organized by members of the “Fano Chess club – Polisportiva La Combattente”, in collaboration with the staff of Caesar Port. Ten days before the start of the Championships there are already 260 registered players! The following renowned names will be present:

GM Michele Godena

GM Sabino Brunello

GM Stefan Djuric

GM Efimov Igor

IM Danyyl Dvirnyy

IM Daniele Genocchio

IM Luca Shytaj

FM Sebastianelli Diego

FM Angelo Damia

FM Nicolò Napoli

FM Guido Caprio

FM Andrea Cocchi

FM Sbarra Marco

FM Ricci Marco

FM Sericano Claudio

FM De Santis Alessio

FM Cacco Cristian

FM Franchini Gabriele

FM Molina Fabrizio

FM Valerio Luciani

M De Filomeno Simone

M Testa Adriano

M Chiaretti

M Malloni Marcello

M Giretti Kanev Jasen

M Foglia Maurizio

M Coratella Giuseppe

M Zoldan Matteo

M Pelagatti Alessandro

M Shytaj Carlo

M Rago Riccardo

M Cappai Davide


WGM Olga Zimina

WIM Marina Brunello

WFM De Rosa Maria

WFM Marianna Chierici

Roberta Brunello

Capuano Francesca

Palmitessa Chiara

Palmitessa Irene

Tournament website

Welcome message from Giampietro Pagnoncelli, President of the Italian Chess Federation

The 2011 Edition of the Italian Rapid Championships in Fano is the first with this new structure from FSI. Organised over three days, there will be three separate tournaments of 5′, 15′ and 30′ respectively.

Despite the fact that this formula is completely new, the FSI is certain that the championships will be highly successful; as they will be hosted in a territory (Le Marche) famous for the quality of its hospitality, and its cultural, tourist and historical traditions.

The FSI thanks the event’s organizing Committee for their work and effort, and wishes all the players a great tournament and happy stay, remembering that chess, other than being a sport, is culture and enjoyment.

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“Demian”, the official tournament mascot

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Dario Pedini, event organizer, with Paolo Tofoli (two times volleyball world champion) at Marina dei Cesari port (photo by Alberto Del Bianco)

Article by Peter O’Donoghue

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