1st Cento International Chess Open

5-13th February 2011 at the Grand Hotel Bologna in Pieve di Cento

The 1st Cento International Chess Open started today at the comfortable Congress Hall in the Grand Hotel Bologna in Cento. 102 players from 20 countries, among them 16 Grandmasters, are competing in the 9-round swiss event with the fantastic prize fund of 26.000 EUR. Alexey Dreev (RUS 2694) and Ivan Sokolov (NED 2657) are top seeded.

Most of the elo favourites converted the rating differences of a couple of hundred points into first round victories. However, GM Eduardas Rozentalis of Lithuania, at 2588 elo seeded 4th in the tournament, was stunned by the ultra-talented WIM Marina Brunello (2155).

The 5-round weekend rated tournament is overlapping with the main event. 36 players participate.

Live games, results and more information at ScacchiRandagi.com.

Cento opening

Chief Arbiter Franca Dapiran opening the tournament

Cento first move

Mayor of Cento making the honorary first move on the top board

Cento Alexei Dreev

Alexey Dreev is the top rated player in the tournament

Cento Ivan Sokolov

Ivan Sokolov

Cento Marina Brunello

Marina Brunello