Italian Chess Championship 2012 Begins with Sabino Brunello as Top Seed
Bellini - Dvirnyy 1/2-1/2
Godena - David 1/2-1/2
Genocchio - Altini 0-1
Garcia Palermo - Denis Rombaldoni 1-0
Axel Rombaldoni - De Filomeno 1-0
Carlos Garcia-Palermo (58) is the oldest player; everybody remembers that he defeated Bobby Fischer in a simultaneous exhibition in 1970. Michele Godena (45) is the five-time Italian champion, winning his first title 20 years ago in Reggio Emilia 1992/93.
There are six International Masters in the competition: Fabio Bellini (43, Italian champion in 1999), Daniele Genocchio (31), Daniyyl Dvirnyy (22, last year he was second behind Caruana), Guido Caprio (only 18) and the two brothers Rombaldoni, Denis (23) and Axel (20, he already got two GM norms). The field is completed with the two young players, both 17 and both Fide Masters: Simone De Filomeno and Nicola Altini. The arbiters are IA Marco Santandrea from Milano and FA Roberto Ricca from Torino. Results, standing, bulletin on the web site www.scacchisticatorinese.it
The four-time champion Fabiano Caruana – winner in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 (in 2009 he didn’t play) – will not participate because he will play the Kings Tournament in Bucharest and then FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent.
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