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7th Dolomiti Open

After playing in Ortisei, we didn’t say goodbye to Italy or the Dolomites yet, but continued our trip about 130 km to the east, to Forni di Sopra. This might sound like a short distance, but crossing the Alps is anything but easy. Let me give you an idea of our three hours trip:

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Located in the same Dolomites Alpes, Forni di Sopra is a town rich in history. According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago. As pretty much every town within the Alps, this one is also a popular destination during the skiing season. However, don’t expect it to turn into a ghost-town in the summer! The main attraction is the great number of species of wild flora that grow in the area. Moreover, the natural reserve Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane that begins at one end of the village is the largest European nature reserve which is neither populated, nor crossed by any roads (Wikipedia).… Read more

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3rd “ad Gredine” International Chess Festival

Chess takes us to magnificent places, and we can only be grateful for the opportunity. This time, we traveled to a place that looked like it it just came out from a book of fairy-tales. It probably suffices to say that we’re talking about Italy, already known for its rich history and beauty. However, this time we discovered an unknown side (for us) of this magnificent country – the northeast, with its imposing Alps.

We started out Italian chess tour in Ortisei, a town situated in Val Gardena, within the Dolomites. This is a mountain range that is part of the Alps and creates spectacular views. It hosts numerous natural parks and was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2009.

As you can probably guess, the area is also a perfect destination for ski and nature lovers. The skiing season was obviously over, but the cable railways were still available for those who like to explore the nature and discover its beauty.… Read more

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Short trip to Sicily

Last week I went to Sicily in orther to participate in the first edition of ”Nebrodi di Bianco e Nero”. It was a small open tournament that turned out to be a semi closed event, as there were only 14 players and more than half were titled. I had a great time and met some really wonderful people. We had some guided tours during the days of the tournament and visited the most beautiful towns around Sicily. From our trips, I was particularly impressed by San Marco d’ Alunzio. After the event was over I stayed one night in Palermo and visited the local chess club. There, I discussed one my games from the tournament and played friendly games with the locals. I’m very thankful for this experience and I’d like to share with you some pictures from the event and the visits.

GM Karen Movsziszian vs GM Kenny Solomon

20150528_134749The playing hall

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20150528_134031Views from the Monastero where we played the tournament.Read more

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