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Italy's strongest tournament - Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024 is just 10 days away

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/04/2024

Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024 is just ten days. The inaugural edition of this festival is offering a total prize fund of €50100. The top three prizes are €10000, €6000 and €4000 each. It is slated to be the strongest tournament ever in Italy. A total of 286 players combining three categories - Open A, Open B and Open C have registered so far. Open A will witness the participation of 163 players including 21 GMs, 32 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 IMs from 30 countries across the world. GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO) is the top seed as of this writing. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H will lead the Indian charge. The tournament is organized by UniChess (FIDE Academy tier 1-2) along with Emmedi Sport ASD. Check out the article for all information. All tournament info photos are from tournament circular. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

About 300 players have registered so far

Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024 will take place from 27th April to 4th May

Eligibility, Categories and Time Control

There are three categories: Open A is for players rated above 1999, Open B will be for players rated below 2000 and Open C category will have players rated below 1600. The time control for each category is 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Eligibility, Category, Time control and tie-break details

Schedule and Accommodation details

There are single rounds each day from Saturday 27th April to Saturday 4th May. There is only one double round on Tuesday 30th April 2024. Check out the image below for a complete schedule of the tournament and accommodation details.

Tournament schedule and accommodation details


The total prize fund is €50100. The top three prizes in Open A are €10000, €6000 and €4000. For Open B (<2000) it is €1500, €1000 and €700, Open C (<1600) has €1200, €800 and €600. There are 15 main prizes in Open A, while B and C category has ten prizes each. That's not all. There are five prizes for Women in each category A and B, category C has four. Top three prizes will be given in the seven different rating categories: 2300-2399, 2201-2299, 2100-2200, 1900-1999, 1800-1999, 1700-1799 and 1600-1699. There are also four prizes each in Juniors section Under-18 and Veterans over 65. There are 78 prizes in total.

Prize details


Club Hotel Marina Beach - ITI Marina is the location of the tournament.

Club Hotel Marina Beach - ITI Marina is the location of the tournament

Entry fee, contact and info

Entry is FREE for players rated above 2450. For others, it is €100 by 31st March, €130 by 15th April (after agreed by the Organizing Committee) and €150 by 16th April (after agreed by the Organizing Committee). For accommodation details, please see the accommodation section above. Check out the image below for contact, payment details and how to reach information.

Entry fee, contact details, information and how to reach

Tournament Director - GM Roberto Mogranzini

Technical Director of major national and international tournaments and the only FST in Italy, GM Roberto Mogranzini will direct the event, putting his experience at the disposal of the players and their companions.

Confirmed players

Ten GMs above 2600, 21 players above 2500 have already confirmed their participation in Open A.

GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO) is the top seed | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Kirill Shevchenko (ROU) | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Highest rated Indian in the field is GM Bharath Subramaniyam H | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Vantika Agrawal is the highest rated female player confirmed so far in Open A | Photo: Biel Chess Festival

ChessBase India will be present at the venue to bring you detailed coverage of the entire festival.

Players list in Open A

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsex
GMFedoseev Vladimir24130737SLO2690
GMSjugirov Sanan4189302HUN2689
GMShevchenko Kirill14129574ROU2675
GMVan Foreest Jorden1039784NED2668
GMPichot Alan110973ESP2644
GMLagarde Maxime662399FRA2640
GMMurzin Volodar44155573FID2632
GMDardha Daniel240990BEL2630
GMChigaev Maksim4108116ESP2621
GMHuschenbeth Niclas24604747GER2607
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo3901211ESP2589
GMMoroni Luca Jr865834ITA2580
IMGurel Ediz44507356TUR2578
GMLodici Lorenzo884189ITA2565
GMSonis Francesco895733ITA2562
GMSivuk Vitaly14116502SWE2551
GMSamunenkov Ihor14187086UKR2548
GMBharath Subramaniyam H46634827IND2544
IMErdogmus Yagiz Kaan44599790TUR2540
IMParkhov Yair2813408ISR2513
GMMikhalevski Victor2801914ISR2506
IMRozen Eytan2816750ISR2499
IMSokolovsky Yahli2820242ISR2490
IMZhalmakhanov Ramazan13706357KAZ2490
GMVelten Paul681091FRA2481


Players list in Open B

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsex
Dimitrov Dejan2911000BUL1998
Knors Rudi203173BEL1992
Craciun Dragos2886346ITA1985
Neri Enzo814660ITA1978
CMJoel Paul Ganta35066145IND1969
Nassa Nicolas2868623ITA1969
Wang Shanshan8605262CHN1966w
Forno Diego864730ITA1961
Maida Federico2828010ITA1961
Costabile Vincenzo859621ITA1955


Players list in Open C

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgIRtgN
Borgia Enrico2840877ITA15970
Piovesan Sara2807470ITA15790
Diena Giovanni811246ITA15740
Corbo Giuseppe A.2803661ITA15580
Isaia Daniele28589688ITA15480
Pajak Radoslaw1186710POL15420
Buffoni Emilia28560183ITA15370
Serra Manuel28566050ITA15210
Manca Giorgia28562690ITA14880
Geraci Daniele28589602ITA14860



Sardini Chess Festival: Official site, fb page and instagram

Tournament details

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