A couple of months ago he was the youngest Italian player ever to beat a titled player (IM Ljubisavljevic) in an official tournament. Yesterday Marco Codenotti took a brilliant second place in the 6th Dubai Juniors chess open, held in July 2 to 10: he scored 7.5/9, half a point less than Indian FM and Elo-favorite Srinath Narayanan. Marco was ranked 8th in the competition and lost only one game, in the second round, against Azeri Khayala Abdulla (best placed among female players on 6.5). A really extraordinary result for him, if you consider that he was also placed first in the U10 section, with a 2.5 points margin over the second best placed player of his age. You can find full results at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr7062.aspx?lan=1 and some photos and comments on Marco's performance on his trainer's site, http://giovaniscacchistitoscani.blogspot.com/. Congratulations to Francesco Rinaldi for his excellent work with Marco and, obviously, many compliments to Marco, a really talented young player and hopefully a new Italian GM in the near future :-)
About talented young player, IM Fabiano Caruana, #1 Italian player in the July Fide list, is playing in Budapest. He lead on 3.5/4 in the GM group of the First Saturday tournament and he needs 7 points out of 9 to get his third and last GM norm: hopefully Italy will have a new grandmaster very soon... Official site of the tournament: http://www.firstsaturday.hu/.
Here is Caruana's crushing win against Hungarian GM Tibor Fogarasi in round 1.
Fogarasi,T. (2425) - Caruana,F. (2549) [B43], Budapest 7.7.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0–0 Bc5 8.Nb3 Ba7
8...Be7 9.f4 d6 is more common.
9.Kh1 Nc6 10.Bg5
This looks to be a novelty. 10.f4 d6 was played in some recent games.
Caruana is not afraid of anything: his opponent't pieces are best developed, but his King is safe and an early attack against White castle looks an interesting idea.
11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.f4 d6 13.Be2 Bd7 14.Qd2 0–0–0
Black has completed his development too. Battle can start now.
15...Bb8 was objectively better, but the dark square bishop will turn out to be well located on "a7" in a few moves.
16.f5 looks stronger, although Black can still organize a good counterplay by 16... Bb8 or even 16...d5 , e.g.: 17.exd5 exd5 18.Nxd5?! (18.Qf4 Ne7 19.Qh4!? Qe5 with an unclear position) 18...Rxd5! 19.Qxd5 Bb8 20.g3 h4 with a strong attack in return for the sacrificed exchange.
16...h4 17.h3 Rg8 18.Qe1 Ne7! 19.f5
After 19.Qxh4 Black has a good compensation: 19...f5 20.Qh7 Kb8 (intending ...Bc6) with chances for both sides.
After 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Rxf6 Black can take the initiative by 21...Nf5 22.Bg4 Ng3+ 23.Kh2 Bd7!? etc.
20...Bxd4 21.Rxd4 d5 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Rc4??
A terrible mistake. 23.fxe6 fxe6 24.Qxh4!? was the correct way to continue the battle, e.g.: 24...e5 25.Rc4 Nf4 26.Rfxf4 exf4 27.Bf3 and White can fight for a draw.
Simple and brilliant. After23...Rxg2 24.Kxg2 Ne3+ 25.Kf2 Nxc4 26.Bxc4 Qh2+ 27.Ke3 Bxf3 White is hopeless, e.g.: 28.Kxf3 Qxh3+ 29.Kf2 Qxf5+ 30.Ke2 Qg4+–+