The International Chess Festival of Imperia, the longest running open event in Italy, will see its 54th edition on 2-9th September, 2012.
The Festival was established in 1959, with the legendary Enrico Paoli (later a Grandmaster) winning the first edition. Other former winners in Imperia are prominent names like Milan Matulovic, Borislav Ivkov, Vlastimil Hort and Gyula Sax.
The Festival consists of four tournaments:
- Open A (for players rated higher than 1900, 9 rounds Swiss)
- Open B (for players rated between 1500 and 2000, 8 rounds Swiss)
- Open C (for players rated U1600 or beginners, 8 rounds Swiss)
- Youth Open (U14 and U1500, 8 rounds Swiss)
The playing venue is the Palazzetto dello Sport, located in San Lazzaro near the port. Top prizes in the Open A are € 1.000 / € 700 / € 500 / € 400 / € 300.
Last year winner was GM Dmitry Svetushkin.