The 23rd International Chess Festival Porto San Giorgio took place from 21st to 28th August in Palasavelli, Italy.
The organizers have managed four tournaments: Open A with 179 participants, Open B (U1800) with 69 players, Open C (U1500) with 26 players and U16 round-robin event with 10 players.
Open A provides 14 regular and 13 rating prizes, with first place being 1200 EUR worth.
Hungarian Grandmaster Tamas Banusz had a distinguished tournament and eventually clinched a clear first place with 7.5 points, half a point ahead of the chasing pack. Banusz returned to Italy after participation in Forni di Sopra Open, where despite an unpleasant leg injury he took 4th place in a strong competition.
Group A final standings:
1. GM Banusz Tamas 2554 HUN – 7.5
2-6. GM Korneev Oleg 2588 RUS, GM Naumkin Igor 2486 RUS, IM DVIRNYY Daniyyl 2436 ITA, IM Saptarshi Roy 2385 IND and FM SCALCIONE Michelange 2337 ITA – 7.0
7-15. GM Prohaszka Peter 2547 HUN, IM MOGRANZINI Roberto 2433 ITA, IM Martinez Rolly 2419 PHI, IM BRUNO Fabio 2466 ITA, IM STELLA Andrea 2412 ITA, IM Palit Somak 2372 IND, M MALLONI Marcello 2293 ITA, IM Vuelban Virgilio 2357 PHI and IM Certic Branimir 2402 SRB – 6.5 etc
Slavko Curovic won the B Group with 8 points. Valerio Falasca won the C Group with 7.0 points. Massimiliano Marconi, Diego De Paolis and Alice Copponi are joint winners in the U16 Group with 7.5 points each.