Monday, November 25

Bologna tournament

In Italy the 2nd National Tournament, sponsored by the periodical L'Italia Scacchistica, has begun in Bologna, and we hourly await results from the opening round.  Among the competitors we note the names of most of the elite Italian players, including Stefano Rosselli del Turco and Arturo Reggio, two veterans of international play, the former having participated at San Remo in 1911 and Abbazia last year, while the latter, among other events, battled the world's best at three tournaments in Monte Carlo from 1901 to 1903.  In addition, all but one of the participants from last December's Viareggio tourney are present in Bologna, they being, in addition to the aforementioned Rosselli, Batori, winner of the Viareggio contest, Cenni, Benini, and Matteucci.  The signori Buono, Belli, d'Amelio, Montessori, and Ferraris comprise the remainder of the 11-man Bologna field.

Italy, which gave the world such early chess giants as Leonardo da Cutri, Polerio, and Greco, has in our time failed to bring forth a Master of the very first rank.  Nevertheless, representatives of that fair land are, when at their best, capable of producing chess of the highest order, as may be seen from the small sample of prior games by some of the Bologna entrants reproduced below.

Here Rosselli defeats Reti via an attractive attacking finish:

Next, Reggio scores a most convincing victory over Mason, offering his Queen along the way.

Reggio here defeats Marshall in a hard-fought and fluctuating struggle:

Finally, we present a victory over Reggio by fellow Bologna competitor Giuseppe Benini achieved at the Rome tourney of two years ago.  The game as a whole is well worthy of notice; we find the concluding combination beginning with White's 30th move particularly attractive.

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