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:

No zoom needed when you're right in the middle of the Alps. Notice the narrow road at the mountain feet

No zoom needed when you’re right in the middle of the Alps. Notice the narrow road at the mountain feet

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Plunging into the unknown

Plunging into the unknown

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 According to Wikipedia, historical references date from 778 AD, but recent archaeological findings indicate that there was already a Carno-celtic settlement here 2500 years ago.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).

Walking around Forni di Sopra

Walking around Forni di Sopra

The church of S Giacomo, dating from the 15th century

The church of S Giacomo, dating from the 15th century

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The main street of Forni di Sopra with a rich market during the weekend

The main street of Forni di Sopra with a rich market during the weekend…

...and a huge polenta to properly celebrate the weekend

…and a huge polenta to properly celebrate it

Ingenious decorations of the streets

Ingenious decorations of the streets

Flower decorations in front of a house

Flower decorations in front of a house

More house decorations inspired from the nature

More house decorations inspired from the nature

Someone's corner of peace

Someone’s corner of peace

Take a book, leave a book

Take a book, leave a book – the culture corner

Painting on the walls of a haberdashery

Painting on the walls of a haberdashery

No such thing as a boring wall in Forni di Sopra

No such thing as a boring wall in Forni di Sopra

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No such thing as a boring wall in Forni di Sopra

No such thing as a boring wall in Forni di Sopra

Wood carvings

Wood carvings

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A walk in the nature

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The beautiful park in Forni

The beautiful park in Forni

and a new friend

and a new friend

Fishing with a shoe

Fishing with a shoe

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Breathtaking view over the town

The crew: (WIM) Danitza Vazquez, (WIM) Raluca Sgircea and (IM) Renier Castellanos

The crew: (WIM) Danitza Vazquez, (WIM) Raluca Sgircea and (IM) Renier Castellanos

Sunny in the morning, rainy in the afternoon - this is what a normal day looked like in Forni di Sopra

Sunny in the morning, rainy in the afternoon – this is what a normal day looked like in Forni di Sopra

The playing hall

The playing hall

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.

GM Tamir Nabaty (ISR, 2610)

Unimpressed – GM Tamir Nabaty (ISR, 2610)

GM Alexandr Fier (BRA, 2609)

GM Alexandr Fier (BRA, 2609)

GM Andrey Sumets (UKR, 2552)

GM Andrey Sumets (UKR, 2552)

GM Joszef Horvath (HUN, 2528)

GM Joszef Horvath (HUN, 2528)

GM Carlos Matamoros (ECU, 2507)

GM Carlos Matamoros (ECU, 2507)

GM Igor Naumkin (RUS, 2418)

GM Igor Naumkin (RUS, 2418)

IM Sabrina Vega (ESP, 2385), winner of the silver medal in the Women European Championship

IM Sabrina Vega (ESP, 2385), winner of the silver medal in the Women European Championship

GM Kenny Solomon of South Africa (2375)

GM Kenny Solomon of South Africa (2375)

A historical moment for @ThinkingSquares - playing on boards 1 and 2 in round 7!

A historical moment for @ThinkingSquares – playing on boards 1 and 2 in round 8!

WIM Ayelen Martinez (ARG, 2146)

WIM Ayelen Martinez (ARG, 2146)

WIM Juliana Terao (BRA, 2228)

WIM Juliana Terao (BRA, 2228)

GM Tamir Nabaty vs WIM Raluca Sgircea

GM Tamir Nabaty vs WIM Raluca Sgircea

IM David Martinez (ESP, 2404) vs GM Joszev Horvath

IM David Martinez (ESP, 2404) vs GM Joszev Horvath

The tension of the games

The tension of the games

When Italy is playing the Euro, a chess player needs to stay up to date

When Italy is playing the Euro, a chess player needs to stay up to date

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.

The winners of Open A together with the mayor of Forni di Sopra, sponsors and organizers

The winners of Open A together with the mayor of Forni di Sopra and organizers

We are grateful to the organizers for inviting us to this magnificent event and we are looking forward to the next edition!

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