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

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/02/2024

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.

This April, play a Rating tournament in Sardinia, Italy

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 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

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.

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 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. NameFideIDFEDRtgsex
GMSjugirov, Sanan4189302HUN2695
GMFedoseev, Vladimir24130737SLO2690
GMShevchenko, Kirill14129574ROU2661
GMPichot, Alan110973ESP2644
GMMurzin, Volodar44155573FID2635
GMLagarde, Maxime662399FRA2631
GMChigaev, Maksim4108116ESP2622
GMDardha, Daniel240990BEL2621
GMKarthik, Venkataraman25006479IND2609
GMIturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo3901211ESP2602
GMMoroni, Luca Jr865834ITA2601
GMMaurizzi, Marc`andria36083534FRA2597
GMSonis, Francesco895733ITA2570
GMGhosh, Diptayan5045207IND2562
IMGurel, Ediz44507356TUR2560
GMLodici, Lorenzo884189ITA2554
GMSamunenkov, Ihor14187086UKR2539
IMParkhov, Yair2813408ISR2517
GMMikhalevski, Victor2801914ISR2512
IMRoyal, Shreyas448869ENG2483
IMRozen, Eytan2816750ISR2481
IMSokolovsky, Yahli2820242ISR2471
IMBellia, Fabrizio800511ITA2384
IMPanda, Sambit25091794IND2377
IMUnuk, Laura14609215SLO2341w


Players list in Open B

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsex
Davini, Andrea2800301ITA1854
Maida, Federico2828010ITA1829
Sirletti, Sonia814210ITA1824w
Natoli, Alessia21892024POL1819w
Ventrice, Lorenzo2844783ITA1782
Petrosino, Germano829285ITA1682
Gagliani, Stefano835722ITA1655
Tacconi, Antonio845019ITA1649
Faldetta, Antonio2892060ITA1618
Maffeis, Federico28548744ITA1475


Players list in Open C

1Margareci, Massimo2841318ITA1544
2Petrini, Roberto2837396ITA1330
3Corbo, Giuseppe A.2803661ITA1277
4Piza Vera, Andres144429754COL1272
5Zanchini, Domenico Francesco23417102ITA1113



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