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GM Tamas Banusz Victorious in Porto San Giorgio

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.

GM Banusz Tamas receiving the trophy

GM Igor Naumkin achieved good form before the start of the 2nd Livigno Open where he is expected to defend the last year’s trophy.

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.

GM Korneev Oleg

GM Naumkin Igor

IM DVIRNYY Daniyyl

IM MOGRANZINI Roberto

Ezio Montalbini, tireless organizer of numerous tournaments in Italy

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