Luca Moroni and Olga Zimina win Italian Championships

by André Schulz
11/24/2022 – The 81st Italian National Chess Championships ended on Wednesday in Cagliari, Sardinia, with a clear victory for GM Luca Moroni. The Women's Championship was won by Olga Zimina while Gabriele Lumachi became Italian Junior Champion. | Photos: Official website

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From 12 to 23 November, the 81st Italian Championships, the Women's Championships and the Junior U20 Championships were held in Sardinia. The venue was the Hotel Regina Margherita (Viale Regina Margherita 44) in Cagliari.

The open championships were played as a 12-player round robin. The time control for all three tournaments was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per move for the rest of the game. The prize fund in the open tournament was over 15,000 euros with a first prize of 3,500 euros for the winner.

In the absence of Daniele Vocaturo, Luca Moroni started as the top seed and took the lead after round 4, and did not relinquish it until the end of the championship. Moroni finished with a score of 8.5/11, he won the title with one round to spare, and he was the only player who remained undefeated.

For Luca Moroni, born in Desio in 2000, it's the second time he's won the Italian Championships. He won his first title in 2017 as a 17-year-old, becoming the second youngest national champion after Fabiano Caruana in Italy. In 2017 Luca Moroni also became a Grandmaster.

Luca Moroni is not to be confused with another FIDE-listed Italian chess player of the same name, who was born in 1962 but is untitled.

The participants of the open championship

The women's national championship was an eight-player round robin. Here a prize fund of 6000 euros was offered, with 1500 euros for the winner. Top seed was Marina Brunello, number one in the Italian women's ranking list. However, the tournament was dominated by Olga Zimina, who won the tournament with one round to spare as did Moroni in the open championship.

Olga Zimina

Zimina won with 6.5/7, Marina Brunello finished second with 5.5/7, and Melissa Maione won bronze.

The Italian Junior Championship was also held at the same time, also with eight players. Here FM Gabriele Lumachi won with 5.5/7, one point ahead of Ieysaa Bin-Suhayl.

Final standings Open Championship

 

Pos N T NAME Rtg PRtg Fed Pts User S-B
1 1 GM Moroni Luca 2559 2678 ITA 8.5 0.0 43.00  
2 10 GM Dvirnyy Danyyil 2514 2573 ITA 7 0.0 35.50  
3 5 GM Brunello Sabino 2518 2573 ITA 7 0.0 34.75  
4 6 GM Basso Pier Luigi 2503 2537 ITA 6.5 0.0 29.50  
5 7 GM David Alberto 2517 2507 ITA 6 0.0 30.75  
6 12 IM Barp Alberto 2412 2517 ITA 6 0.0 29.25  
7 8 GM Sonis Francesco 2547 2504 ITA 6 0.0 29.00  
8 4 GM Godena Michele 2463 2476 ITA 5.5 0.0 28.75  
9 11 GM Lodici Lorenzo 2536 2367 ITA 4 0.0 22.50  
10 3 FM Carnicelli Valerio 2325 2387 ITA 4 0.0 19.25  
11 9 IM Di Benedetto Edoardo 2378 2309 ITA 3 0.0 13.00  
12 2 FM Lettieri Giuseppe 2427 2268 ITA 2.5 0.0 12.75


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Final standings Women's Championship

Pos N T NAME Rtg PRtg Fed Pts User S-B
1 8 IM Zimina Olga 2283 2475 ITA 6.5 0.0 20.25  
2 7 IM Brunello Marina 2337 2275 ITA 5.5 0.0 15.00  
3 5   Maione Melissa 1928 2154 ITA 4 0.0 10.00  
4 6   Cassi Elisa 1995 2094 ITA 3.5 0.0 7.25  
5 4 IM Sedina Elena 2197 1963 ITA 2.5 0.0 8.00  
6 3 WFM Raccanello Marianna 2062 1927 ITA 2 0.0 6.75  
7 1   Gabbani Sara 1844 1958 ITA 2 0.0 5.25  
8 2   Martinelli Valeria 2008 1934 ITA 2 0.0 4.50


Games

 

 

Junior Championship U20

os N T NAME Rtg PRtg Fed Pts User S-B
1 2 FM Lumachi Gabriele 2394 2430 ITA 5.5 0.0 17.25  
2 6   Bin-Suhayl Ieysaa 2230 2326 ITA 4.5 0.0 12.50  
3 1 FM Cappelletto Joshuaede 2265 2269 ITA 4 0.0 13.50  
4 4 FM Bettalli Francesco 2211 2227 ITA 3.5 0.0 12.25  
5 7   Orfini Nicolò 2227 2174 ITA 3 0.0 9.75  
6 8   Hercegovac Neven 2230 2174 ITA 3 0.0 9.75  
7 3   Rindone Andrea 2104 2140 ITA 2.5 0.0 8.00  
8 5 CM Ballotti Luca 2136 2079 ITA 2 0.0 6.00

Games

 

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