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8th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi”

Italy is one of our favourite destinations and not long ago we were (again) travelling to this beautiful country, this time to one of its famous islands, Sicily. It was my first time here and I was eager to get to know this place whose calling card is beyond inviting. I had great expectations and was afraid I might come back disappointed, as it usually happens in such situations, but nothing like that! I am only looking forward to my next trip to Sicily where the scenery, the food and people are wonderful.

Our destination was the small, but old and full of history town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani. I could even say that it seems like a magical place, with its narrow streets, impressive historical monuments and breathtaking views of the island. Throughout the history Erice has been seen as a holy place (also thanks to its particular geographic position) and still holds the remains of numerous churches and cathedrals – no wonder it is known nowadays as “the Mountain of God”.… 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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