The 11th edition of the Dieppe Chess Festival has recently come to an end and we only wish it lasted longer! It is a tournament we enjoy very much, both because of its nice location but also its great organization.
To give you an idea of this place, Dieppe is a nice town located on the coast of the English Channel. It is not only a very good holiday destination, but also a very important port.
According to Wikipedia, it was, until the late 1970s, the first port for banana shipment. In the present days, however, it is well-known as the most attractive destination for fishing the famous Saint-Jacques oysters. As you can imagine, the restaurants are offering a large variety of seafood, from various types of white fish to mussels, snails and oysters. The most common are the mussels, which can be served plain simple or accompanied by different types of French cheese sauces.
Another touristic attraction is the Chateau de Dieppe, which was founded in 1188 and now hosts a very nice museum of ivories and maritime exhibits. Being located on the coast, it offers a spectacular view over the town and beach. As a personal opinion, the best time to visit it (even though you might find the museum closed) is in the evening and watch the breathtakingly beautiful sunset over the sea.
The festival gathered over 350 players who took part in all 4 sections: Open A, for those rated over 1700, Open B, under 1800, Open C for kids born after Jan 2002 with rating inferior to 1500 and the Senior Open.
Open A saw the participation of 5 grandmasters, with top seed being Azeri GM and last year’s winner Namig Guliyev (2573), followed by French GMs Maxime Lagarde (2540) and Arnaud Hauchard (2534). As it often happens in open tournaments, the winner wasn’t the first seed, but the young French IM Borya Ider (2422), followed by IM Moussard Jules and GM Namig Gulyiev.
The 12th edition of the Dieppe Festival will take place between 20 and 27 of August 2016 and we can’t wait to be back in this beautiful city. By then, see you in Italy for the next tournament!