Thursday, December 12

Bologna tournament, Final Round: Reggio, with victory, takes 1st place; Rosselli 2nd, Cenni 3rd after draw

Arturo Reggio defeated Camillo D'Amelio in the final round to capture sole first place in the Italia Scacchistica national tournament at Bologna.  Reggio, who began the day tied for the lead with Stefano Rosselli del Turco at 7 1/2 points, emerged victorious when the latter could only manage to draw his own last-round contest vs. third-place finisher Giovanni Cenni.  The victory by the Milanese Reggio is well-earned, as he bested both Rosselli and Cenni in individual encounters and was moreover the only player to remain undefeated during the course of the event.  The three top finishers Reggio (8 1/2), Rosselli (8) and Cenni (7 1/2) ended the tourney well clear of the rest of the field, with their next closest competitors, Alberto Batori and Guido Matteucci, winners on the final day vs. Gastone Montessori and Corrado Buono respectively, sharing 4th and 5th places with 5 1/2 points each.  In the day's final encounter the resurgent Pietro Belli, who began the tournament with six losses in succession, recorded his third victory over the last four rounds by defeating Giuseppe Benini. No one was idle on the day, as Efrem Ferraris, unavoidably compelled to withdraw from the event after the eighth round, had been scheduled for today's bye.

Final scores:  Reggio 8 1/2; Rosselli 8; Cenni 7 1/2; Batori, Matteucci 5 1/2; Buono, Montessori 5; Belli, D'Amelio 3; G. Benini 2 1/2; Ferraris 1 1/2.

We are sorry to report that the cable from Italy did not include the moves of the decisive encounter between Reggio and D'Amelio; we read only that the latter committed an error at the 12th move in a Scotch Game and lost quickly.  We are in receipt of the game between Rosselli and Cenni, which the reader will find below.  The Florentine Rosselli strives to very end to make something out of nothing in a Rook endgame, but is at last obliged to concede the draw, thus handing to his rival Reggio overall victory in the tournament.

The other game included in today's cable was the victory by Batori over Montessori from the Black side of a Ruy Lopez.  White's 41st move, exchanging Rooks while a pawn to the bad in a Rook endgame, must have been the result of either miscalculation or fatigue, both quite understandable at the close of a hard-fought tournament.

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