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Mario Monticelli
M Monticelli 
Number of games in database: 161
Years covered: 1922 to 1948

Overall record: +57 -65 =39 (47.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D37 D30 D38 D06
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E16 E17 E19 E15
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C79 C88 C74 C83 C64
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D46 D45 D49 D47
 English (6) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 E10 D02 D05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C86 C71 C73 C83 C72
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 D04 D05 A45
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D52 D51 D53 D50 D55
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E34 E21 E38
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E16 E12
 Bogo Indian (4) 
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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 I A Horowitz, 1934 1-0
   M Monticelli vs V Marin y Llovet, 1927 1/2-1/2
   M Monticelli vs Tartakower, 1930 1/2-1/2
   A Vajda vs M Monticelli, 1929 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26 (1925)
   The Hague Olympiad (1928)
   Budapest (1929)
   Venice (1948)
   Folkestone Olympiad (1933)
   San Remo (1930)
   London Olympiad (1927)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)

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

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Mario Monticelli (16 March 1902, Venice – 30 June 1995, Milan) was an Italian chess player. He was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1950 and the Grandmaster title honoris causa (GME) in 1985.

In 1922, he won in Rome (ITA-ch Univ). In 1925, he won in Bologna. In 1926, Monticelli tied for 1st with Ernst Grünfeld in Budapest. In 1929, he took 11th in Budapest (José Raúl Capablanca won). In 1929, he tied for 4-5th in Barcelona (Capablanca won). In 1930, he took 14th in San Remo (Alexander Alekhine won).In 1933, Monticelli won in Milan (Padulli Memorial). In 1934, he took 8th in Syracuse (Samuel Reshevsky won). In 1938, he tied for 1st with Erich Eliskases in Milan. Monticelli was Italian Champion in 1929, 1934, and 1939.

He is the eponym of the Monticelli Trap, a chess opening trap in the Bogo-Indian Defence.

Wikipedia article: Mario Monticelli

Last updated: 2022-02-13 03:40:16

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 165  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Monticelli vs O Zimmermann  0-1381922ITA-SUIB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. O Zimmermann vs M Monticelli  1-0211922ITA-SUIC44 King's Pawn Game
3. M Monticelli vs R Foraboschi  1-0331925BolognaD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
4. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  0-1661925Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A15 English
5. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli 1-0121925Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26D95 Grunfeld
6. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  1-0481925Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  0-1371926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A52 Budapest Gambit
8. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  1-0301926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
9. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  ½-½301926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A15 English
10. A Sacconi vs M Monticelli  0-1251926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  ½-½191926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A15 English
12. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  1-0311926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A15 English
13. M Monticelli vs A Sacconi  0-1421926Sacconi - Monticelli 1925/26A15 English
14. Colle vs M Monticelli  ½-½151926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. M Monticelli vs Rubinstein  ½-½461926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
16. K Havasi vs M Monticelli 1-0151926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. M Monticelli vs Yates 1-0511926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. E Steiner vs M Monticelli  0-1191926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. M Monticelli vs Gruenfeld  ½-½381926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersA47 Queen's Indian
20. Kmoch vs M Monticelli 1-0301926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
21. M Monticelli vs H Mattison  1-0391926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE15 Queen's Indian
22. A Vajda vs M Monticelli 0-1421926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE16 Queen's Indian
23. Znosko-Borovsky vs M Monticelli  0-1151926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. M Monticelli vs L Prokes 1-0291926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. S Takacs vs M Monticelli 1-0161926Budapest 1st FIDE MastersA28 English
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 165  PGN Download
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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.
Feb-11-07  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.

Mar-16-08  brankat: A very fine player indeed. Results against the likes of Tartakower, Reti, Vajda, Treybal, Marshall, Capablanca, Kmoch, etc prove it.
Mar-16-09  brankat: R.I.P. master Monticelli.
Mar-31-10  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'

Mar-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mario Monticelli.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The mini-bio doesn't mention the moves of the Montecelli Trap, but you will find the key game at M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926.
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