53rd Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia – Round One

Alexander Morozevich’s arrival delayed by snow in Moscow

The 53th edition of “Torneo di Capodanno di Reggio Emilia” is now open, by the organization staff led by Silvano Ferraroni, president of “Circolo Scacchi Ippogrifo” of Reggio Emilia, director Roberto Mogranzini and Martha Fierro, who is responsible for the players.

Great chess celebrities are participating, composing an average elo of almost 2700, which proves to be the highest rated Reggio Emilia in the history, perhaps possible to compare only with the memorable 1991-92 edition with the presence of Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, which was one of the strongest tournament of all times.

Back to today: great emotion (great expectations) by Alexander Morozevich who was blocked by the snow on the Moscow airport and his participation was put at risk. The super Grand Master has done everything possible to reach Reggio Emilia, traveling all night by train to St.Petersburg and from there taking a flight to Milan, where he arrived in the afternoon. The organization and the players have agreed to allow Morozevich not to play the first round today (the game is adjourned for 1st January 2011 at 4 pm – rest day).

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David Navara

Special thanks to David Navara, Morozevich’s opponent, who arrived yesterday very late after a long travel. Due to the high level of players there will be very interesting games from the first round, we should mention the match between living legend Vassily Ivanchuk, highest elo of tournament, and the reigning Italian champion Fabiano Caruana – the Italian star will have white pieces. Follow the games live with computer analysis.

Arbiters: Chief Arbiter IA Cristina Rigo with NA Angelo Mancini and NA Antonio Sfera. In the analysis room is GM Miso Cebalo.

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Technical director IM Roberto Mogranzini, organizer Giuseppe Ferraroni and chief arbiter Cristina Rigo

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The playing venue will be at the Hotel Mercure Astoria