Italian Chess Championship Semifinal

IM Denis Rombaldoni wins the tournament, five qualify for the Final

The Semifinal of the 70th Italian Chess Championship took place from 20th to 27th June in Torino, in the same venue where the 2006 Chess Olympiad was played. After nine rounds of play, IM Denis Rombaldoni took a clear first place with 7.0 points.

IM Sabino Brunello, IM Danyl Dvyrny, IM Axel Rombaldoni and IM Pierluigi Piscopo shared the second with 6.5 points each. These five players qualify to join GM Lexy Ortega, GM Michele Godena and IM Carlo D’Amore (top three in 2009 Championship) in the lineup for the Final of the Italian Championship, will will be held from 22nd November to 4th December in Siena.

To complete the field of 12 players who will compete in round robin, winner of the Under-20 Championship will qualify at the end of August, and the last three players will be invited according to elo, most likely GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Daniele Vocaturo and another one not yet known.

News by Adolivio Capece

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The President of CONI – Regione Piemonte, Mr Gianfranco Porqueddu, plays the first move for the priest Don Stefano Vassallo from Genova. The first Italian Championship for priests will be played next November.

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The President of Italian Chess Federation, Mr Gianietro Pagnoncelli, with the winners – IM Sabino Brunello, IM Denis Rombaldoni, IM Danyl Dvyerny and IM Axel Rombaldoni