11th International Tournament “Città di Biella”
24-25-26 September 2021
A STATEMENT FROM SCACCHI CLUB VALLE MOSSO
It’s with great sorrow that we must inform of the cancellation of the 11th edition of the Torneo Internazionale “Città di Biella” and its postponement to 24th-25th-26th September 2021.
We have waited till now just to verify the possibility to hold the tournament anyway, following the most recent guidelines of the Protocol concerning the tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic published by the Italian Chess Federation, trying to lay them down in order to allow the tournament to be played in complete safety for everyone. We have also thought about reducing the numbers of the tournament, in order to allow an easier development of it, but in the end we had to call it off.
Our tournament, thanks to all of you players who came to Biella to take part in it, has become one of the most participated and your words tell us that it is greatly appreciated too. To shrink its numbers would have been changing its nature too much.
But, above all, following all the safety guidelines (which are, of course, completely right) would have put us in great difficulty, for these guidelines are amplified by the tournament dimensions, including logistics aspects and management of the people, players and not players, trying to guarantee the compulsory distancing.
We apologize to all of you and we thank those who have already written asking for information on the 2020 edition, but we want to put health in front of playing the tournament at all costs.
Rendez-vous in one year, and we do hope that this moment will soon be over.