Italy Chess Champion 2012 is GM Alberto David
This was the first time that Torino hosted the prestigious event. Twelve players competed in the round robin tournament. The four-time champion Fabiano Caruana – winner in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 (in 2009 he didn’t play) – did not participate because he plays the Kings Tournament in Bucharest.
Alberto David, who was born in Milano but moved to Luxembourg with the family when he was 10-years old, returned to Italy and to the Italian Chess Federation and immediately won the National Championship by collecting commendable 8,5 points, leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind.
The talented International Masters Guido Caprio and Daniyyl Dvirnyy shared the second place with 7 points each, just narrowly missing the Grandmaster norm bar which was set at 7,5 points. The top-seeded GM Sabino Brunello suffered a setback in the first round when he lost to Caprio and was unable to race David in the title hunt.
The 58-year-old GM Carlos Garcia Palermo, who in his youth defeated Bobby Fischer in a simul, had a shaky start with three consecutive losses, but a later series of victories lifted him to 6,5 points and the shared 4th place.
2-3. IM Caprio Guido 2392 and IM Dvirnyy Daniyyl 2522 – 7
4-6. GM Brunello Sabino 2591, GM Garcia Palermo Carlos 2481 and IM Rombaldoni Axel 2446 – 6,5
7-8. GM Godena Michele 2526 and IM Rombaldoni Denis 2511 – 6
9. IM Bellini Fabio 2492 – 5
10. FM Altini Nicola 2354 – 3
11-12. IM Genocchio Daniele 2443 and FM De Filomeno Simone 2356 – 2
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