Play Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024 in Italy's strongest tournament ever with a €50100 prize fund

by Shahid Ahmed
2/22/2024 – Unichess and Emmedi Sport ASD invite you to Sardinia World Chess Festival 2024. The inaugural edition of this festival is offering a total prize fund of €50100. The top three prizes are €10000, €6000 and €4000 each. There are three categories - Open A (>1999), Open B (<2000) and Open C (<1600). There are 15 main prizes in Open A and ten each in Open B and C. That's not all. Total 78 prizes are up for grabs. Entry is FREE for players rated above 2450. For everyone else, entry fee is €100 by 31st March €130 till 15th April after organizing committee agrees. Eleven players have 2600, 19 players above 2500, 17 GMs and 9 IMs have already confirmed participation from 15 countries across the world. 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.

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This April, play a Rating tournament in Sardinia, Italy

Eligibility, Categories and Time Control

There will 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 and €130 by 15th 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

Places to see

Check out the ten most beautiful places to see in Sardinia.

Cagliari | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Lequarci Waterfall | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Castelsardo | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Costa Smeralda | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

La Maddalena Archipelago | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Golfo de Orosei | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Alghero | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Capo Testa | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

Bosa | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

San Teodoro | Photo: The Mediterranean Traveller

For more details, about all the above-mentioned ten places, check out the source at The Mediterranean Traveller.

Confirmed players

Eleven GMs above 2600, 19 players above 2500 have already confirmed their participation in Open A.

GM Sanan Sjugirov (HUN) is the top seed as of now | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Vladimir Fedoseev (SLO)

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

Highest rated Indian in the field is GM Karthik Venkataraman | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Diptayan Ghosh is the second-highest rated Indian in the mix | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Laura Unuk is the sole titled female player confirmed so far in Open A | Photo: Huawei Slovenia

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

Players list in Open A

No. Name FideID FED Rtg sex
1 Sjugirov, Sanan 2695
2 Fedoseev, Vladimir 2690
3 Shevchenko, Kirill 2661
4 Pichot, Alan 2644
5 Murzin, Volodar 2635
6 Lagarde, Maxime 2631
7 Chigaev, Maksim 2622
8 Dardha, Daniel 2621
9 Karthik, Venkataraman 2609
10 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo 2602
11 Moroni, Luca Jr 2601
12 Maurizzi, Marc`andria 2597
13 Sonis, Francesco 2570
14 Ghosh, Diptayan 2562
15 Gurel, Ediz 2560
16 Lodici, Lorenzo 2554
17 Samunenkov, Ihor 2539
18 Parkhov, Yair 2517
19 Mikhalevski, Victor 2512
20 Royal, Shreyas 2483
21 Rozen, Eytan 2481
22 Sokolovsky, Yahli 2471
23 Bellia, Fabrizio 2384
24 Panda, Sambit 2377
25 Unuk, Laura 2341


Players list in Open B

No. Name FideID FED Rtg sex
Davini, Andrea 2800301 ITA 1854
Maida, Federico 2828010 ITA 1829
Sirletti, Sonia 814210 ITA 1824 w
Natoli, Alessia 21892024 POL 1819 w
Ventrice, Lorenzo 2844783 ITA 1782
Petrosino, Germano 829285 ITA 1682
Gagliani, Stefano 835722 ITA 1655
Tacconi, Antonio 845019 ITA 1649
Faldetta, Antonio 2892060 ITA 1618
Maffeis, Federico 28548744 ITA 1475


Players list in Open C

No. Name FideID FED Rtg
1 Margareci, Massimo 1544
2 Petrini, Roberto 1330
3 Corbo, Giuseppe A. 1277
4 Piza Vera, Andres 1272
5 Zanchini, Domenico Francesco 1113



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Tournament details

Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.