Alessandro Monaco: This year too the participation in the 5th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi” has been remarkable – a total of 108 players which is a new record for Sicily in the last ten years.

There were 68 players in the Open A, 25 in the Open B and 15 in the Open C – among them 50 foreign players from 15 countries.

Again the wonderful city of Erice hosted our Festival! Erice which is situated in western Sicily (Italy) is only 15 km away from airport “Vincenzo Florio” in Trapani (Ryanair Hub) and is a true and proper tourist pearl of Sicily.

Located about 700 meters above sea level it is overlooking the Mediterranean sea and from almost every corner you can enjoy breathtaking views and even see Mount Etna in the distance.

This year we have organized a minibus service to bring our players from the airport to the hotel in Erice.

In the afternoons we have also organized three tours by bus:
Erice – San Vito lo Capo – Erice
Erice – Segesta – Scopello – Erice

Our guests have greatly appreciated the excursions in these wonderful places.

The list of invited foreign chess masters included the Moldovan GM Viorel Iordachescu trainer of the great Vugar Gashimov who died recently; the Belarusian GM Nikita Maiorov; the Bulgarian GM Vladimir Petkov; the English GM Jonathan Levitt and eight others IM as Twan Burg, Warakomski, Sadzikowski, Sieciechowicz, Claesen, Mantovani, Adrian and Aleksic; seven Fide masters as Larsen, Amato, Fabiano, De Wacther, De Wit, Bezemer and Dijkhuis and a lot of strong foreigners and Italian players as Ferro, Valguarnera, Sardo, Pisacane, Favaloro, Marzaduri.

Worth recording the presence among the women of Russian WGM Maria Manakova, Spanish WIM Amalia Aranaz Murillo, Polish WIM Anna Iwanow and Italian champion WFM Tea Gueci. 23 Fide titled chess players in total.

The festival started at 3pm on July 19, 2014 with a short and dynamic open ceremony that will be held at Gebel Hamed Teather in Erice. The first symbolic move was played by the mayor of Erice Giacomo Tranchida against GM Viorel Iordachescu.

The competition start at Palazzo Sales in Erice at 4 pm and consisted of three open tournaments: A for players> 1800; B <1900 c=""> 1500.

The chief arbiter was Mr. Flavio D’Alessandro assisted by Mr. Giuseppe Cassia

The Dutch chess player Martijn Van Der Eijk has played a great tournament finishing sixth overall with a performance of 2406.

The Italian Champion WFM Tea Gueci has played very well, resisting for a long time even against GM Iordachescu in the first round. Tea in Erice won her first WIM norm! congratulations to the whole Gueci family!

English GM Jonathan Levitt won special prize “Enza e Nino” in memory of CM Giacomo Bertino parents reserved to the best chess combination. Jon came back to play chess in our tournament after seven years! He showed a great tactical ability and we hope that he will soon play in other tournaments.

The prizes in books (more than 400 €) were offered by Yuri Garrett of “Caissa Italia”.

Many thanks to the Municipality of Erice, “Caissa Italia”, “Lilybetana Scacchi”, “Scacco Mazara” and “Chess Bazaar”.

A special thanks to Mrs. Gabriella Morvay and Mrs. Pinola Savalli by Hotel Villa San Giovanni of Erice for their professionalism and kindness.

See you next summer!

Report By Alessandro Monaco, mobile phone +393343114606
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Open A top standings after 9 rounds:

1 8 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2593 2732 MDA
2 8 GM Maiorov Nikita 2531 2686 BLR
3 7 IM Burg Twan 2508 2597 NED
4 6.5 IM Sieciechowicz Marcin 2438 2446 POL
5 6 WGM Manakova Maria 2273 2465 SRB
6 6 Van Der Eijk Martijn 2198 2406 NED
7 6 IM Warakomski Tomasz 2501 2399 POL
8 6 Ferro Mario 2242 2329 ITA
9 6 Senders Mischa 2183 2373 NED
10 6 FM AMATO Andrea 2350 2294 PA
11 5.5 IM Sadzikowski Daniel 2481 2349 POL
12 5.5 GM Petkov Vladimir 2538 2393 BUL
13 5.5 GM Levitt Jonathan P 2420 2361 ENG
14 5.5 WIM Aranaz Murillo Amalia 2298 2338 ESP
15 5.5 FM Dijkhuis Tycho 2321 2299 NED

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