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Italian gems Part I
Compiled by Karpova
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Though I have no special relation to Italy, I think that italian chess doesn't get the recognition it deserves. There where many good players (I won't include Greco, etc. in here) like Monticelli, Sergio Mariotti, Tatai and Godena. These are beautiful and/or remarkable games which are not widely known nowadays. This part is from Dubois to Tatai

A short game but a nice one
Dubois vs Moore, 1845 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

Mating with a pawn
Dubois vs Duke Karl / Casabianca / Preti, 1855 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 1-0

One of the wildest games in history
W Budzinski vs Dubois, 1855 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 38 moves, 0-1

Sacrifice of two rooks and a minor piece
Dubois vs Wyvill, 1859 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Paulsen vs Dubois, 1862 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 52 moves, 0-1

Crushing the future world champion with black in 20 moves
Steinitz vs Dubois, 1862 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

deserves to be more widely known
Dubois vs Hannah, 1862 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

Like a storm
Anderssen vs Dubois, 1862 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 49 moves, 0-1

Picturesque final position
A Bonaparte vs Dubois, 1866 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Vergani played with great force
Schlechter vs B Vergani, 1895  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg next loss to an italian
Reggio vs Gunsberg, 1901
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 59 moves, 1-0

A hard fought game
Blackburne vs Reggio, 1901 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just choking
Reggio vs J Mason, 1901 
(C14) French, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

the power of pawns
Reggio vs Marshall, 1903 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

Nice attacking game
Reggio vs H Wolf, 1903
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Arturo withstands the attack
Spielmann vs Reggio, 1905 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

active rook
Reggio vs Duras, 1905
(C01) French, Exchange, 69 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Reggio, 1905
(C45) Scotch Game, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mastering the pawns
A H Pettersson vs Reggio, 1905
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 0-1

Great game by Giuseppe Benini
G Benini vs Reggio, 1911 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

Martinolich vs Prokes, 1907
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 48 moves, 1-0

Martinolich vs Albin, 1907 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

The hero at Vienna 1907
J N Berger vs Martinolich, 1907
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 0-1

No mercy
Reti vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1911 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 0-1

Aggressive king
Tarrasch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1923 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 48 moves, 0-1

Another inspiring sacrifice
D Daniuszewski vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1924
(C49) Four Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Beating Tarrasch two times with black is worth being noticed
Tarrasch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1924
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 0-1

S Rosselli del Turco vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 109 moves, 1/2-1/2

Did i say two times? Three times, of course!
Tarrasch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1925 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

S Rosselli del Turco vs Alekhine, 1925
(C25) Vienna, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Euwe, 1927
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Unexpected finish
J Araiza Munoz vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1928 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Wild Caro-Kann
L Steiner vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1928
(B15) Caro-Kann, 36 moves, 0-1

Sultan Khan vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1931
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Gruenfeld, 1933
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Alekhine tried hard
S Rosselli del Turco vs Alekhine, 1933 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

interesting combination
S Rosselli del Turco vs O Naegeli, 1934
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Notes by Maroczy
D Marotti vs V L Wahltuch, 1922 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Very finely played by the italian champion" - Maroczy
D Marotti vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1922  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch doesn't find a win
Tarrasch vs D Marotti, 1923
(A84) Dutch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

The famous Monticelli trap
M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Demolition Man
M Monticelli vs Yates, 1926 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 51 moves, 1-0

M Monticelli vs Rubinstein, 1926
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Monticelli vs Reti, 1926 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Aggressive play
A Vajda vs M Monticelli, 1926 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Temporary sacrifice of the quality
M Monticelli vs R P Michell, 1927
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs M Monticelli, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Piece sacrifice involved
Przepiorka vs M Monticelli, 1929
(E16) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 0-1

Fork (Monticelli was already a pawn up)
Menchik vs M Monticelli, 1929
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Brilliancy prize in San Remo 1930
Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

"Check" this out
W Fairhurst vs M Monticelli, 1933
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

just when it started to look ugly for white
M Monticelli vs A Vajda, 1933
(C14) French, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

Spielmann got lucky
Spielmann vs A Sacconi, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

insecure kingside
A Sacconi vs H E Atkins, 1927
(E61) King's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Queen activity
Koltanowski vs A Sacconi, 1928
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Tough fight
Alekhine vs A Sacconi, 1935
(A06) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Superior strategy and tactics
M Romi vs Spielmann, 1930 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1-0

C Staldi vs F Blatny, 1957
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

famous victim
M Napolitano vs Keres, 1936 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Napolitano proved his worth
M Napolitano vs Bogoljubov, 1942
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Best game of Olympiad 1937
V Castaldi vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Pachman vs V Castaldi, 1947
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

nice game
C Doerner vs V Castaldi, 1947
(A47) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

saving the queen but not the game
V Castaldi vs Szabados, 1948 
(B53) Sicilian, 49 moves, 1-0

early macCutcheon victory
Euwe vs V Castaldi, 1948 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 48 moves, 0-1

constant pressure
E Myhre vs V Castaldi, 1950
(D95) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 0-1

E Paoli vs Gligoric, 1949 
(C58) Two Knights, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

In memoriam
Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs E Paoli, 1951 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Paoli holds off Najdorf's bishop pair
Najdorf vs E Paoli, 1954
(A43) Old Benoni, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Impressive game
E Paoli vs Sliwa, 1954 
(C58) Two Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs E Paoli, 1973
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabados vs Tartakower, 1948
(A81) Dutch, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beautiful win against the dutch hope
J H Donner vs Szabados, 1950 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 46 moves, 0-1

titanic struggle
Szabados vs Reshevsky, 1950 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 105 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabados vs Tartakower, 1950
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs A M Giustolisi, 1948
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

A M Giustolisi vs Tartakower, 1948
(A47) Queen's Indian, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

eradication
A M Giustolisi vs K Palda, 1950
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

pawn weaknesses
Gligoric vs A M Giustolisi, 1957
(A61) Benoni, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

the power of the second rank
P Panagopoulos vs G Porreca, 1950
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

some fireworks
A Dunkelblum vs G Porreca, 1950
(A13) English, 35 moves, 0-1

sacrifice of a quality
G Porreca vs Gligoric, 1952
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bogoljubov vs G Porreca, 1952
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

short but not boring at all
Ivkov vs G Porreca, 1954
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Bobotsov vs G Porreca, 1972
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

An impressive victory
F Scafarelli vs Larsen, 1953
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

F Scafarelli vs F Bohatirchuk, 1954
(A15) English, 25 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs J Kupper, 1967
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 64 moves, 1-0

steamroller
H Lehmann vs S Tatai, 1968 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 49 moves, 0-1

pawn storm
Matulovic vs S Tatai, 1969
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 0-1

knight moves
S Tatai vs Timman, 1970
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

highly complex struggle
B Ivanovic vs S Tatai, 1972
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

S Tatai vs Hort, 1972
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 1-0

great achievment
Larsen vs S Tatai, 1972 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 0-1

S Tatai vs Ljubojevic, 1972
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

material imbalance
S Tatai vs Kavalek, 1973
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 1-0

the fate of a black squared bishop
S Tatai vs Najdorf, 1973 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 71 moves, 1-0

an early piece sacrifice
Gheorghiu vs S Tatai, 1973
(C11) French, 52 moves, 0-1

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