How many norms! Two in Porto San Giorgio, four in Castione della Presolana. But only for foreign (= not Italian) players. English GM Gawain Jones took clear first in PSG: he scored 7.5 points out of 9 and edged out by half a point Spanish IM Sergio Estremera Panos, Russian GM Oleg Koreev, German GM Arkadij Rotstein and Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk. Estremera Panos scored a GM norm, while German FM Thomas Michalczak gained an IM norm. Official site: www.torneoscacchi.it.
Russian GM Vladimir Burmakin was placed first (thanks to a better tie-break) in Castione on 7/9; Croatian GM Miso Cebalo took second place with the same score. Four players scored a GM norm: Filipino IM Rolly Martinez, German IM Sebastian Siebrecht, Scottish IM and British champion Jacob Aagaard (all with 6.5 points) and Turkish FM Yakup Erturan (6). Official site: www.scaccobratto.com.
Many more strong tourneys has started between yesterday and today in Italy: Trieste, Cesenatico (http://www.antiquascom.it/risultati2007.htm), Imperia (http://imperiascacchi.altervista.org/) and Siracusa (http://www.chessfestivalsiracusa.it/). The 2007 Trieste festival is probably the strongest of all: GMs Vladimir Baklan (UKR), Sergei Tiviakov (NED), Dusko Pavasovic (SLO), Philipp Schlosser (GER), Dimitri Komarov (UKR) and 15 y.o. Fabiano Caruana (ITA) are among the participants. Results at http://chess-results.com/tnr7621.aspx?lan=1.
It’s late now: I came back from Vienna just yesterday (wonderful town: it worth a visit) and I haven’t had any time to annotate a game, since I worked the whole day (football championships has already started and I'm a sport journalist...). So... wait for more exciting posts in the next few days :-)
Before going to bed, anyway, here are the games which won the beauty prizes in Porto San Giorgio and Castione.
Castaldo,F. (2345) - Bianchi,Al. (2019) [D37], Porto San Giorgio 24.8.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 c6 6.e3 0–0 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Rd1 Re8 9.Bd3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nd5 11.Bg3 Nb4 12.Qe2 b5 13.Bb3 a5 14.a3 a4 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.axb4 Bxb4 17.0–0 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Qa5 19.Qc2 Nf6 20.Be5 Qd8 21.Ng5 Qe7 22.f4 h6 23.Qg6 Bd7 24.Rf3 Rec8 25.Nh7 Nxh7 26.Rg3 Ng5 27.fxg5 Be8 28.Qe4 hxg5 29.Rh3 Qf7 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Bd6+ Qe7 32.Rf1+ 1–0
Lanzani,M. (2336) - Pomaro,A. (2149) [E70], Castione 28.8.2007
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.Nge2 0–0 6.Ng3 e5 7.d5 c6 8.Be2 cxd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.0–0 Nbd7 11.Be3 h5 12.Bg5 Qe8 13.Rc1 Nh7 14.Be3 Bf6 15.Qd2 Qd8 16.b4 h4 17.Nh1 Bg5 18.Bxg5 Nxg5 19.a4 f5 20.exf5 gxf5 21.f4 Qb6+ 22.Nf2 Ne4 23.Ncxe4 fxe4 24.Kh1 e3 25.Qd3 exf2 26.Qg6+ Kh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qg5+ Kh8 29.Qxh4+ Kg7 30.Qg5+ Kh8 31.Qh6+ Kg8 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Rc3 Nf6 34.Rg3 Qc7 35.fxe5 Nh7 36.e6 b6 37.Qg4 Bb7 38.Qd4+ Rf6 39.Rxf2 Raf8 40.Rg6 Qe7 41.Bc4 b5 42.axb5 axb5 43.Bb3 Ba8 44.h3 Bb7 45.Kh2 Ba8 46.Rf5 Bb7 47.g4 1–0
P.S.: do you remember my game by postcards? After 1.e4 c5, my second move was 2.d4. This won't be a boring game...