Mitropa Hybrid 2021: the Italian chess team on the field

By Ucatchers

The QLASH House will be the “stadium” of the Italian chess team that challenges Europe in the Mitropa Hybrid 2021.

After the long competitive break due to the pandemic, the ‘Mitropa Hybrid 2021’ is the first major international chess competition. The format is online, but the Italian national team will play in attendance, with a streaming that will follow step by step the challenge that the two Italian teams, open and female, launch to the others. 9 European countries involved. The Qlash House of Treviso acts as the ‘Casa Italia’, thanks to the partnership signed between the org export and the Italian Chess Federation.

The format of the traditional tournament (the first edition is from 1976) is simple: teams compete with their members in 9 rounds, one per day; whoever takes home the most games wins. Each fight is therefore important in terms of points. It starts on May 4th, with the last (and perhaps decisive) round scheduled for May 12th. Each game day starts at 3 pm: to enjoy the show and maybe get closer to chess there will be live streaming on the Twitch channel QLASH_Events.

The men’s national team is made up of: Luca Moroni (QLASH), Pierluigi Basso, Sabino Brunello, Francesco Sonis, Lorenzo Lodici (QLASH); CT Loek Van Wely. The female one from: Olga Zimina, Elena Sedina, Tea Gueci (QLASH), Marianna Raccanello, Angelo Grimaldi, Marina Brunello; CT Fabrizio Bellia. Looking at the average score of the elos of individual players, Italy is terrifying: the men’s team is third, the women’s team is first.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to play the Mitropa Cup in ‘Qlash House’ – says female coach Fabrizio Bellia – an avant-garde venue, supported by an extremely valid and capable group, which will contribute to the media coverage of the event. In this pandemic year, online chess commented by strong players has helped to miss the live game less and have contributed to spreading chess even more among the general public. The Hybrid formula is something new, guarantees the national teams to recreate the right team spirit and recreate the atmosphere of a live tournament. The Italian athletes are charged, prepared and willing to do well. It is a cohesive and determined group and we all need to support our ‘Chess Queens’! ”.

The player Luca Moroni is also excited and ready: “I am happy to participate again in a competition with the absolute national team. For me it is a great thrill to play an important tournament for the Italian Chess Federation in Qlash House, I am sure that a serious company like Qlash will provide us with the best conditions to play. will broadcast the matches live with GM’s commentary in Italian, for the first time in the history of Mitropa, an initiative that will certainly stimulate us to do well and will allow fans to follow us. I hope that this collaboration can continue in the future for other events! ”.

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