5-12th december in Milano, Italy – GM Vadim Shishkin takes the first place on tiebreak
The 30th Edoardo Crespi Trophy took place on 5-12th December in Milano, Italy. 250 players took participation in five festival groups, 76 of them competed in the Master Group.
The main event was rather exciting. GM Vadim Shishkin was held to a draw in the first round by the 16-years old Italian girl Marina Brunello, after 120 moves and seven hours of play. But Shishkin was still highly motivated and after a series of wins he entered the final round with a full point advantage ahead of the chasing pack. However, in the last round Shishkin lost against Serbian GM Miroljub Lazic and thus six players shared the first place with 6.5 points (from nine rounds) each.
The Ukrainian still clinched the first place on superior tiebreak. His compatriot and top seed in the tournament, GM Andrey Sumets (2604), finished third. IM Nijat Abasov, U14 world champion, and IM Melia Salome, former U14 world and U18 European champion, also played in this tournament.
GM Vadim Shishkin receiving the trophy
Claudio Noè, president of Società Scacchistica Milanese, and Nijat Abasov
It should be noted that the young Italian women champion Marina Brunello (16-years old), broke the 2200-elo barrier and finally fulfilled all conditions to be recognized as the first Italian Woman International Master!
Clarice Benini from Florence, who in 1937 finished second after Vera Menchik in the Women World Championship, was retroactively awarded the WIM title when it was introduced by FIDE. Elena Sedina and Olga Zimina were already accomplished players before settling in Italy.
News by Adolivio Capece
Assessor of Milano Town Andrea Mascaretti making the first move after the opening ceremony. On the right is Claudio Noè, president of the club Società Scacchistica Milanese (established in 1881). At the chessboard Giulia Tonel fom Trieste and Marco Codenotti from Pisa.
Marco Codenotti, the 12-years old Italian hope, narrowly missed the IM norm in the last round
IM Melia Salome
Marina Brunello receiving the prize
The winners and tournament organizers