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Mario Monticelli
Number of games in database: 119
Years covered: 1925 to 1948

Overall record: +39 -55 =25 (43.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D30 D37 D38 D06
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E16 E15 E17 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 E10 D02 D05
 English (5) 
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C64 C79 C63 C74 C83
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D46 D47 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C86 C83 C68 C77 C73
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A46 D04 D05 A45
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D52 D51 D63 D61 D50
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E34 E21 E38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 0-1
   M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926 1-0
   A Vajda vs M Monticelli, 1926 0-1
   M Monticelli vs V Marin y Llovet, 1927 1/2-1/2
   A Vajda vs M Monticelli, 1929 1/2-1/2
   M Monticelli vs Tartakower, 1930 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Budapest (1929)
   San Remo (1930)

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(born Mar-16-1902, died Jun-30-1995, 93 years old) Italy

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Mario Monticelli was born in Venice. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Emeritus GM title in 1985, he was Italian champion in 1929, 1934 and 1939. He tied for first place with Ernst Gruenfeld at Budapest 1926, ahead of Rubinstein, Tartakower, Reti and others.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli 1-0121925Venice m 2526D95 Grunfeld
2. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  1-0481925Venice m 2526D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  1-0311926Venice m 2526A15 English
4. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  ½-½301926Venice m 2526A15 English
5. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  0-1421926Venice m 2526A15 English
6. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  ½-½191926Venice m 2526A15 English
7. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  0-1251926Venice m 2526D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  0-1371926Venice m 2526A52 Budapest Gambit
9. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  1-0301926Venice m 2526D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
10. M Monticelli vs Rubinstein  ½-½461926BudapestC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
11. M Monticelli vs Yates 1-0511926BudapestE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. M Monticelli vs Gruenfeld  ½-½381926BudapestA47 Queen's Indian
13. Kmoch vs M Monticelli 1-0301926BudapestA52 Budapest Gambit
14. M Monticelli vs H K Mattison  1-0391926BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
15. A Vajda vs M Monticelli 0-1421926BudapestE16 Queen's Indian
16. M Monticelli vs Prokes 1-0291926BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. S Takacs vs M Monticelli 1-0161926BudapestA28 English
18. M Monticelli vs G Nagy  ½-½321926BudapestA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Tartakower vs M Monticelli  ½-½151926BudapestC47 Four Knights
20. M Monticelli vs Reti 1-0421926BudapestA47 Queen's Indian
21. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  0-1351926Crespi MemorialD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. M Monticelli vs J Mieses 1-02519271st olm finalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Monticelli vs A Chepurnov  1-03919271st olm finalB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. Weenink vs M Monticelli  1-05619271st olm finalC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. L Asztalos vs M Monticelli  1-04519271st olm finalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-28-04  Karpova: Does anybody know something about Mario Monticelli?

He seems to have been a good chessplayer...

Sep-28-04  acirce: Yes, he does; I don't know anything about him but places him as #18 in the world at his best. Then you wouldn't really deserve to be forgotten.
Sep-28-04  Karpova: Yes, especially since he seems to have been the strongest italian chessplayer since Greco
Sep-28-04  percyblakeney: The results of Budapest 1926 sure confirm that he was good. Monticelli and Grünfeld shared first with 9.5/15, ahead of among others Rubinstein, Reti, Colle and Tartakower.
Sep-28-04  percyblakeney: Some statistics and a photo:
Sep-28-04  Karpova: thank you very much, percyblakeney!
wow, this man became 93 years old.
too bad that i don't understand most of the site.
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  Benzol: Mario Monticelli
Born 16th March 1902 in Venice
An IM in 1950 and awarded Emeritus GM title in 1985
He was Italian Champion 1929, 1934 and 1939.
Mar-16-06  BIDMONFA: Mario Monticelli


Nov-19-06  Karpova: Something's wrong on this site - i have not been a member of <> in 2004 but wrote those comments indeed.
Premium Chessgames Member No Karpova, you were with us in 2004. Sometime in April 2005 if you recall, there was a database crash and your user record had to be recreated.
Nov-19-06  Karpova: <>
Yes, i remember that database crash. Sorry for that. I simply internalised April 2005 and was abit confused, especially after that:

But what happened to the site of Gaby Livshits ? Did you delete all the other comments? I'm pretty sure there were some comments.

Premium Chessgames Member Karpova if you want to discuss administrative actions either write to or ask at chessforum.
Feb-11-07  suenteus po 147: Hmmm.... It seems a cursory online search is not good enough to locate the PGN for Budapest 1926. Part of the problem is that an unofficial olympiad was held there that same year (Hungary won), but that's not the same tournament that Monticelli won.
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  Calli: <suenteus po 147> The "1st FIDE Masters" was part of the Olympiad held along with the team competion see

Click "Team Tournament" to download the pgn.

Feb-11-07  suenteus po 147: <Calli> Thank you for that! Excellent work.
Jan-25-08  Prugno: Glad to see him chosen as Player of the Day. One of the few Italian masters who successfully competed in international events in the first half of the 20th century, and in fact almost certainly our strongest player between Dubois and Mariotti.

Unfortunately he completely stopped playing in tournaments after 1950 because he was a foreign correspondent for "Corriere della Sera", Italy's no.1 daily newspaper, but he kept his interest in the game and wrote a chess column in the same journal at least until the late '70s. Also author of a booklet on the Spassky-Fischer match.

Jan-25-08  maxxowar:

Translating what Anton Maria Lanza tells about Monticelli on "L'Italia Scacchistica" in 1946: "...he's the kind of person who doesn't speak too much and when he does he shows his great virtue: modesty. He's so modest that when he talks to chess players he doesn't tell them he was Italian Champion and when he talks to people who don't play chess he tells them <Yes I play chess...I play just as an amateur>".

Feb-14-08  paladin at large: <> I would be honored if you would feature my newly formed collection "The Monticelli Trap" on this page. With a friendly nod to <Karpova>,<painho> and <TheAlchemist> for their fine work highlighting fine Italian masters, famous traps and famous draws, respectively, I have found exploration of the Monticelli trap specifically to be of great interest. If the trap is well played by Black, the middle and end game feature sustained tension. (If the trap is not well played by Black, there ain't gonna be no endgame.)

I would be very grateful for additional games for the collection and kibitzer comments.

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  brankat: A very fine player indeed. Results against the likes of Tartakower, Reti, Vajda, Treybal, Marshall, Capablanca, Kmoch, etc prove it.
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Monticelli.
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  whiteshark: One more:
Sep-01-12  Karpova: Monticelli won the Padulli Memorial Tournament at Milan in 1933 (April 15 to 22):

1. Monticelli 7.0
2-3. Rosselli del Turco 5.5
2-3. Norcia 5.5
4-5. Sacconi 5.0
4-5. Campolongo 5.0
6. Ferrantes 4.5
7-8. Romi 3.5
7-8. Stalda 3.5
9. Pervilli 3.0
10. Napoli 2.5

From page 157 of the 1933 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-08-12  Karpova: Italian National Championship (Crespi Memorial) 1934 in Milan, final standings after 11 rounds:

1. Monticelli 8.0
2. Dr. Norcia 7.5
3. Romi 7.0
4-5. Rastrelli 6.0
4-5. Cala 6.0
6. Rosselli del Turco 5.5
7-8. Riello 5.0
7-8. Sacconi 5.0
9. Stalde 4.5
10-11. Ferrantes 4.0
10-11. Del Pezzo 4.0
12. Hellmann 3.5

Overall a relatively close tournament with a disppointing performance of Rosselli.

From page 173 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-17-13  Karpova: Bologna, Italian National Tournament, 1925 (begin: September 13):

1. Monticelli (Venice) 12.5
2. Rosselli d T (Florence) 11.0
3. Dr. Seitz (Augsburg) 10.5
4. A Sacconi (Padua) 9.5
5. M Szigeti (Hungary) 9.0
6. A Rastrelli (Florence) 8.0
7-8. G Cenni (Bologna) 7.5
7-8. J Patay* (Hungary) 7.5
9-10. G Bernheimer (**) 7.0
9-10. R Calapso (Messina) 7.0
11. A Böhm (Bologna) 6.5
12-13. E Hellmann (Venice) 6.0
12-13. U Cala (Catanie) 6.0
14. C del Pezzo (Naples) 5.0
15. R Foraboschi (Livorno) 4.0
16. C Guarini (Naples) 2.5

Also mentioned as participants: C Opocensky (C.S.R.) and P Fruchter (Triest).

* Julius Patay de Bayi, together with the Bologna municipality and the Federazione Scacchistica Italiano donated the prizes.

** from Allexandria d'Egitto (i. e. Alexandria in egypt)

Source: Page 278 of the September 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mario Monticelli.
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