1st International Etna Tournament, Sicily, 5–8 December 2014

1st International Etna Tournament,
Sicily, 5 – 8 December, 2014
Sicily is on its way of becoming an important meeting point for international chess enthusiasts.
The island abounds with nature beauty spots and a rich cultural and historical heritage.  Adding to that a well organised chess tournament is bound to attract chess amateurs and professionals alike. 

After a very successful summer tournament ‘Terre degli Elimi’ in Erice (http://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-on-the-mythical-hill-of-erice ), in December a new tournament will be launched on the opposite side of the island, on the slopes of the volcano Etna. The organiser of the Erice tournament, Mr Alessandro Monaco, is also taking care of the first edition of this new tournament with his friends and Mrs. Agata Campisi Marzaduri, which is a guarantee that players and guests will be treated to a memorable chess and tourist experience. Two chess clubs from the island, the ‘Chess Centre Aci Castello’ (Centro Scacchi Aci Castello) and ‘ Friends of the Chess Board’ (Amici della Scacchiera) are collaboratively organising the Etna tournament. 
Two Opens, A for all players and B for players with ratings Under 1500
Invited titled players will be at hand to help achieving of norms. Among the ones that accepted an invitation so far are, GM Sergei Tiviakov (NED), GM Bogdan Lalic (CRO),  GM Miroljub Lazic (SRB), WGM Ana Srebrnic, WGM Anastasia Savina (RUS) and WFM Ksenija Novak.
Mount Etna is found on the east coast of Sicily, Italy in the Province of Catania, between Messina and Catania. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The summit has about five craters that show a constant volcanic activity. Eruptions can be highly explosive and spectacular, but rarely threaten the inhabited areas around the volcano.
Organised excursions are programmed to experience the volcano from close as well as the Natural Park whose vegetation is influenced by the geologic, volcanic properties.
The official hotel Biancaneve (4*), in the town of Nicolosi, is overlooking the Mount Etna and is found within the Park of Etna, which is a natural reserve and a UNESCO patrimonial.
Several low-cost airlines fly to Sicily and the airport of Catania, which is the nearest, at only 30 km. If booked well in advance, thickets can be purchased for around 60 euro.
Official website: http://www.etnascacchi.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/etnachess
For info to accomodation and special prizes for chess group write to Alessandro Monaco -  info@etnascacchi.com

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