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:
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 According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago.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).
The festival was split into two tournaments: Open A, dedicated to players rated above 2000 and Open B for players under 2000. Top seed of tournament A was Israeli GM Tamir Nabaty, who came here decided to avenge his last-round loss in Ortisei and make a good result. Second seed was Brazilian GM Alexandr Fier, followed by Ukrainian GM Andrey Sumets.
The final standing saw the top three players sharing the podium, though in a slightly different order. First, with 7/9 points was GM Tamir Nabaty, followed by GM Andrey Sumets, with the same number of points, but worse tie-break. Places 3 and 4 were shared between GM Alexandr Fier and IM Renier Castellanos, both with 6,5 points. You can check the full results here or on the official page of the tournament.
We are grateful to the organizers for inviting us to this magnificent event and we are looking forward to the next edition!