Croatian Grandmaster Nenad Sulava won the San Remo Open 2012

San Remo Open 2012, an event of undisputed charm, took place in San Remo, Italy on 5-8th January 2012.

During that weekend the City of Flowers welcomed the second edition of the Chess Festival “San Remo Chess 2011″, an unmissable appointment that, after many years, marked the return of an international chess tournament to San Remo.

The tournament was held at the Nyala Suite Hotel (Via Solaro 134,, official seat of the event. Modern building, the Nyala Suite Hotel is a 4 star hotel of recent design of San Remo, with a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by a garden where are acclimated many tropical and exotic species. The hotel, situated in a residential hill area, is seat of international events, congresses, galas and exhibitions.

San Remo Chess Open 2012

Returning to the Chess Festival, San Remo can boast an exceptional coat of arms in the chess environment as it hosted in 1930 a world-class tournament that became legend with the convincing victory of Alexander Alekhine.

It was the biggest tournament ever organized in Italy and one of the most important international events of that period in which almost all the best chess players have participated.

The tournament, which took place at the Casino, saw the victory of the World Champion Alekhine with a nearly perfect performance of 14 victories over 15 matches.

San Remo Chess Open 2012

The story and the photos of such an epic event are documented in the book written by Enrico Cecchelli, member of the Imperia Chess Circle, entitled: Sanremo 1930: il torneo dei giganti.(San Remo 1930: the tournament of the giants)

Now, thanks to the Imperia Chess Circle, that signed a prestigious partnership with this fascinating discipline by organizing the longest running Italian tournament – this year the international Chess Festival of Imperia touched its 53rd edition, San Remo returns to host the Chess Festival.

The 2nd “San Remo Chess 2012″ ended with the victory of the Croatian Grandmaster Nenad Sulava who won the Open A with 6,5 points from 7 games. Second place goes to Master Loris Cereda from Milan with 5,5 points and third is Master Damian Topczewski from Turin with 5 points.

San Remo Chess Open 2012

The Open B was won by the Milanese Francesco Albano with 6 points from 7 rounds, followed by the Biella Dario Borghi (second place) with 5,5 points and by the Imperia’s Jacopo Privitera (third place) with 4,5 points.

All the results and further information about the tournament, the city and the venue at

See you in January 2013 for the 3rd edition!

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar