The 3rd Winter Sea Deluxe Open is set to take place from 2-6th January, 2015, in Gabicce Mare, Italy, next to the Adriatic Sea.
The first two editions had 120-130 participants and were won by the Hungarian Grandmaster Robert Ruck in 2013 and by the Bulgarian Grandmaster Vladimir Petkov in 2014, respectively.
The playing venue is the old-fashioned Hotel Michelacci ****Superior, with SPA and rich meals. The closest airports to Gabicce are Rimini, Bologna and Ancona.
For the third edition there are many strong payers in the field:
GM Prohaszka (HUN, 2613), GM Banusz (HUN, 2591), GM Petkov (BUL, 2527), GM Arnaudov (BUL) GM Kosic (SRB, 2497), GM Czebe (HUN, 2430), IM Bokros (HUN, 2467), IM Kantans (LAT, 2447), GM Djuric (SRB, 2402), IM Karayan (UKR, 2414), FM Lettieri (ITA, 2406), IM Caprio (ITA, 2397), IM Benkovic (SRB 2395), FM Gilevich Artem (2396 ITA), FM Altini (ITA, 2391), IM Stets (UKR, 2381), IM Bodiroga (SRB 2337) WIM Iwanov (POL, 2290), FM Jamrich (HUN, 2296), FM Brancaleoni (ITA, 2219).
At the present 125 players are in the tournament and registrations are open until 1th January.
The players will be divided in four groups: Open A for those rated above 1900, Open B for the U2000 participants, Open C for U1600 and Juniors U16 (born after 1.1.1997).
Open A, valid for title norms, will be held over 9 rounds of Swiss system. Time control: 90′+30” from beginning.
Open B, C and U16 will be held over 7 rounds. Time control: 90′x40+15′+30” from beginning.
Top prize in the Open A is 600 EUR. The total prize fund is 5,000 EUR.
The tournament is organized by the Fano Chess Club and Dario Pedini. The club celebrates 27th anniversary in 2015.
This year Fano Chess Club 1988 already organized for the 4th time in 2011-2014 the Italian Rapid Championships with 600 players and the 3nd Fano on the Sea & Carnival International with 165 players and many GM over 2600 and 2500.
The 4rd summer edition is scheduled for 1-8th August, 2015.
Official Website: http://www.italychess.com