Chess has been defined as “food for the brain” and a “special” diet constitutes one of the secrets of the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who, during his recent triumph in Shamkir, in Azerbaijan, has revealed that his meals are prepared by his personal chef.
Until now, chess and food was quite an unusual binomial, but things will be different after Expo 2015, the largest Food and Nutrition Event ever done, which officially started on 1st May in the beautiful Italian city of Milan.
During this event, which is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors from all over the world (more than 130 countries booked their own exhibition space!), with the highest peak in the month of June, even Kings and Queens will play their part. From 20th to 28th June, Chess Projects ASD together with Chess Academy Milan, have included “Expo 2015 Milan Chess Move” in the list of Events: this a sport and cultural chess festival that will run for nine days. There will be Classic (Standard), Rapid and Blitz tournaments, for both adults and youths, organized in different locations in the heart of this amazing city.
The tournaments are supported by the FIDE Events Commission.
The Classic tournaments will be hosted in two playing halls, both of them very central: One of the locations is “The Cathedral” building (equipped with air conditioning), which is situated within the historic Steam Factory, this is a versatile and multifunctional centre located in Sempione area, not far from the Arc of Peace and the railway station of Porta Garibaldi. The second playing hall will be at “The Navigli” Club, which is also the home of Accademia Chess Milan, itвЂ™s approximately a kilometre away, as the crow flies, from what is the impressive symbol of the city: The Duomo.
On 21st June, the Steam Factory will witness again a tournament between our young local talents in a battle for the finals of the Regional U16 Teams championship, which is also a qualifying event for the National Finals.
Finally, the ultra-modern Gae Aulenti Square, hosting the Open Sky “Chess Academy Square”, will be an alternative location to the Steam Factory, as it will accommodate, on Saturday 27th June, a Blitz Marathon involving 50 players, who will play continuously from 10:00 to 23:00, with only lunch and dinner breaks.
We are expecting more than 500 participants to the Chess Tournaments, but there are uncountable reasons to visit Milan from 20th to 28th June. Besides the noble game and the finger-licking good food, there are undoubtedly many other reasons to visit this unforgettable city. Everybody will certainly have the opportunity to visit many unforgettable places of this enchanting city, just only to name a few: the Duomo Square, the Sforzesco Castle, the Theatre “La Scala”, the Art Gallery of Brera, the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you can see Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, Via Monte Napoleone with its fashion boutiques.
For further information you can visit the official event website, http://www.expomilanchessmove.it/