Chieti triumphs in Italian Team Championships

by André Schulz
5/4/2016 – Favorite to win the Italian Team Championship 2016 was the team of Padova, which started with top players such as Etienne Bacrot, Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko. But in round four the favorites lost their top encounter against the team of Chieti and in the end finished only second. Chieti, however, won both the men's and the women's event.

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The Italian Team Championships are played as a closed tournament. This year 18 teams started in a seven round Swiss in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Civitanova. Favorite to win the event was the team of Padova, which can boast of having players such as Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko and Etienne Bacrot in its ranks.

When the Championships began Nakamura was still busy blitzing against Garry Kasparov, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So in St. Louis but the three other top players came to Italy to play. However, the regulations prevented Padova from bringing too much power to the tournament because the matches are played on four boards and in each match only one guest player is allowed - three of the four players have to be locals.

Therefore, Bacrot, Gelfand and Leko more often than not had to watch how the others played. Leko played two games, winning both of them, Bacrot played two games and drew both while Gelfand had three draws.

Civitanova is situated at the Italian Adria

The championship was decided in round four in the top encounter between Padova and the team of Circolo Scacchi R. Fischer Chieti. Chieti won by the narrowest of margins. The only player who could win its game was Luca Shytaj - a very crucial win because Chieti only conceded one more point in the six other matches and thus became Italian team Champion 2016.

Chieti also won the title in the Women's Team Championship which gave the Polish couple Bartosz and Monika Socko more than one reason to celebrate as she was playing the women's team and he was playing in the men's team.

Peter Leko (left, with Black) during his game against Darius Swiercz

Peter Leko scored two out of two

Boris Gelfand

Bartosz Socko

Axel Rombadoni helped Chieti to become Italian Team Champion 2016

Final standings Men

Rg. Snr Team Anz   +    =    -   Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3   Wtg4 
1 3 Circolo Scacchi R. Fischer Chieti 7 6 1 0 13 18,0 0 150,5
2 1 Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova 7 6 0 1 12 19,5 0 164,5
3 2 WorldTradingLab Club 64 Modena 7 5 0 2 10 17,5 0 127,0
4 8 Fano1988 7 4 1 2 9 16,0 0 124,5
5 15 DLF Steinitz A Roma 7 4 0 3 8 15,5 0 66,5
6 4 Partenopea Westend Napoli 7 3 2 2 8 15,0 0 127,5
7 9 Arrocco Chess Club Roma 7 3 1 3 7 15,5 0 74,0
8 6 Accademia Milano 7 2 3 2 7 14,5 0 105,0
9 5 SST Trieste 1904 7 2 3 2 7 13,5 0 91,0
10 10 Euro Scacchi Perugia 7 3 1 3 7 11,5 0 84,0
11 13 Banca Nuova Palermo 7 2 2 3 6 15,0 0 71,5
12 12 C.S.B. VIP Bologna 7 2 2 3 6 14,0 0 80,5
13 7 Montebelluna Master 7 3 0 4 6 13,0 0 80,5
14 17 Acqui Collino Group Acqui Terme 7 2 2 3 6 12,0 0 51,0
15 11 Il Grifone d'Arzignano 7 2 1 4 5 13,5 1 67,5
16 14 SS Torinese A 7 2 1 4 5 13,5 1 62,5
17 16 S.S. Milanese 1881 7 2 0 5 4 9,5 0 59,5
18 18 DLF Firenze Scacchi A 7 0 0 7 0 5,0 0 27,5

Two titles for Chieti

Padova finished "only" second

In the women's tournament Lazio won silver

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Final standings Women

Pos Nr.s. Squadra Num   +    =    -   Cls1   Cls2   Cls3 
1 2 Circolo Scacchi R. Fischer Chieti 6 5 1 0 11 16,0 0
2 1 Lazio Scacchi A 6 4 2 0 10 15,0 0
3 3 Frascati Scacchi Club 6 4 1 1 9 11,0 0
4 4 Lazio Scacchi B 6 3 1 2 7 10,5 0
5 5 Accademia Scacchi Milano 6 2 1 3 5 7,5 0
6 6 Queen Club Circolo Scacchi Conegliano 6 2 0 4 4 5,0 0
7 7 Società Scacchistica Milanese 6 1 0 5 2 4,0 0
8 8 Accademia Scacchi Potenza 6 0 0 6 0 3,0 0

 

Photos: Giordano Macellari (Tournament page)

Tournament page...

Complete standings at chessresults.com...

 

 



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Catastrophe Catastrophe 5/5/2016 09:53
I wonder if Giordano Macellari took any of these photos..
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