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.

The event is being organized by members of the “Fano Chess club – Polisportiva La Combattente”, in collaboration with the staff of Caesar Port. Twenty days before the start of the Championships there are already 150 registered players. The following renowned names will be present:

GM Michele Godena
GM Sabino Brunello
GM Stefan Djuric (his first Ita.championship)
IM Danyyl Dvirnyy
IM Carlo D’Amore
IM Daniele Genocchio
IM Luca Shytaj
WGM Olga Zimina
WIM Marina Brunello
FM Sebastianelli Diego
FM Angelo Damia
FM Nicolò Napoli
FM Guido Caprio
FM Andrea Cocchi
FM Sbarra Marco
FM Ricci Marco
FM Sericano Claudio

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.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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