Sabino Brunello

Sabino Brunello was born at Brescia on 27 June 1989. Chess seems to be at home in the Brunello household: Sabino first met chess at 8, when father Angelo, a great fan of the game, though him his first steps. Also his two younger sisters, Roberta and Marina, did not resist the spell of chess, and were both Italian Women Champion (respectively in 2006 and 2008). Brunello's first major result of his career was in 2002, when he seized the U18 Italian Championship in Bratto, in his home province of Bergamo. In 2006 he represented Italy for the first time, winning the C-Group medal at the the Turin Olympiad together with his team mates of Italy 2. He was promoted to Italy 1 in Dresden 2008. and has held his post ever since, playing for his country in Khanty-Mansyisk (2010), Istanbul (2012) and, in a few weeks time, Tromsø (2014). In August 2010, once again in Bratto, Sanino finally earned himself the long-awaited GM title, which had escaped him in one way or another in the previous years. The breaking of the barrier unleashed his chess and in 2011 he won the “Festival delle stelle” at Cagliari, where he came first in front of a number of strong opponents among 9-time World Candidate Jan Timman. In January 2013 he won the Tata Steel Chess C-Group in Wijk and Zee and in August he obtained an historical result for his country by qualifying for the World Cup (only Godena and Caruana had succeeded before him). He is a specialist in rapid and blitz play, and has won many national title. In 2014 he is the holder of the Italian title in 15’ and 5’ chess, and was the runner up in the so-called “active chess” category (30’).


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