The 2nd International Chess Tournament of Forni di Sopra will take place from June 16th to 23rd, 2012, in Forni di Sopra, part of the Friulian Dolomites Natural Park and one of the jewels of the Italian Alps.

Update, 26th May: GM Ivan Salgado from Spain top seeded, many talented female players in the field (list bellow).

Following the tremendous success of the inaugural event in 2011, which was won by GM Carlos Matamoros, Accademia Internazionale di Scacchi, Circolo Scacchistico Udinese, ScacchiRandagi, FSI and Comune Forni di Sopra have decided to continue the chess tradition in the heart of the Dolomites.

The playing hall is the Palasport of Forni di Sopra. The complex includes swimming pool / gym with large and bright conference rooms no more than 5 minutes walking distance from the center.

The A section is available to players with an elo above 2000, 9 rounds Swiss system , time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30”
The B section is open to players with an elo above 1600 ELO (and lower than 2000 ELO), 8 rounds Swiss system, time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30 ”
The C section is open to players with an elo under 1600, 8 rounds Swiss system, time control 90′x 40 moves + 30′ + 30 ”

The total prize money amounts to 10,000 Euro. Top three prizes in the Open A are 1400, 900 and 700 EUR respectively.

The arbiters of the tournament will be: IA Antonio Sanchirico, IA Gerhard Bertagnolli and NA Filippo Capizzi.

Players list bellow.

Registration fees are as follows:
• Ordinary Registration: € 55,
• over 60, women, U16 and for players with ELO higher than 2300: € 40,
• free to GM and IM

The tournament will be covered on and and the top 30 boards will be broadcasted live.

The Ovens Valley is surrounded by the Alps on the north and on the south by the Carnian of the Dolomites Mountains of Friuli, which was recently declared World Heritage location. As an important and popular tourist resort, Forni di Sopra offers a pure environment with many opportunities to practice different sports.

Forni di Sopra is also part of Authentic villages: the houses still retain the typical architecture carnica, evoking the atmosphere of a storybook. Evidence of past history are also present, findings have allowed the participation of UNESCO.

Pre-registered players (top seeds):

GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2623
GM Tregubov Pavel RUS 2596
GM Korneev Oleg ESP 2586
GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2541
GM Alsina Leal Daniel ESP 2540
GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2529
GM Arun Prasad S IND 2519
IM Dvirnyy Daniyyl ITA 2515
GM Rotstein Arkadij GER 2512
GM Romanishin Oleg UKR 2511
IM Naroditsky Daniel USA 2479
GM Naumkin Igor RUS 2472
IM Ninov Nikolai BUL 2471
IM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 2469
GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2447
IM Bruno Fabio ITA 2447
IM Saravanan V IND 2401

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