Caruana, Kamsky, and Safarli win in Reggio Emilia R1

All wins achieved with the black pieces

The 52nd Reggio Emilia chess tournament had an exciting start with 50% decisive games in round 1, all of them with the black pieces. The local favorite and Corus 2010 participant Fabiano Caruana outplayed the tactician Viktor Bologan. The Candidate matches 2010 player Gata Kamsky had a comfortable game against Daniele Vocaturo, while the commentator Eltaj Safarli defeated Sabino Brunello.

Reggio Emilia chess

Round 1 results

Sabino Brunello – Eltaj Safarli 0-1

Konstantin Landa – Baadur Jobava 1/2-1/2

Viktor Bologan – Fabiano Caruana 0-1

Zoltan Almasi – Michele Godena 1/2-1/2

Daniele Vocaturo – Gata Kamsky 0-1

The 52nd Reggio Emilia tournament is scheduled to take place from 28th December 2009 until 6th January 2010. What started as small local tournament back in 1958, sprouted into prominent happening by the early 90′s, when both Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov sat on the stage. List of the Reggio Emilia winners is outstanding, Viswanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Nona Gaprindashvili, Lajos Portish, Ulf Andersson, Rafael Vaganian, to mention a few.

This year’s edition is the final practice for Vocaturo, Kamsky, and Caruana, all of them to participate in Corus Chess 2010 in Wijk Aan Zee.

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