by Adolivio Capece and Gustavo Kuzel
The U16 Italian Youth Chess Championship is currently ongoing in Courmayeur, one of the most beautiful places in Aosta Valley, the Valley of Mont Blanc (with its 4810 meters, the highest mountain in mainland Europe). Nature is a constant presence in the view and the Mount Blanc Valley is a casket full of traditions and folklore. Chess players can enjoy the captivating scenery and the breathtaking panoramas from the play room, the Forum Sport Center.
Mr Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, the President of the Italian Chess Federation, also arrived to follow the event.
The Forum Sport Center
Several interesting facts…
Among the players in the Under 10 group there is Nicholas Mundel, son of Robert, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economy in 1999. He lives in Siena.
After the control and another doublecheck, the final number of players reached 860, which is a new record for Italy – 653 boys, 207 girls.
There are many families with three sons, but only one with four – the De Filomeno family from Prato, the town near Florence.
The newspaper, particularly “La Stampa”, follow the competition with interest and cover it with daily articles. There is also a good coverage from the Rai TV of Aosta, with multiple news throughout the day.
The opening ceremony: (from left) Marcello Perrone, member of the Board of the Italian Chess Federation; Fabrizia Derriard, lord mayor of Courmayeur, Mario Leoncini, vice-president of the Italian Chess Federation, regional assessor Aurelio Marguerettaz, the main organizer Agostino Scalfi
The official website www.scacchivda.com has all the pairings, results and daily live broadcast of 10 selected games.
Photos by Gustavo Kuzel, report by Adolivio Capece