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Beniamino Vergani
Number of games in database: 30
Years covered: 1895 to 1901

Overall record: +4 -23 =3 (18.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C53
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Schlechter vs B Vergani, 1895 0-1
   B Vergani vs Gunsberg, 1895 1-0
   Albin vs B Vergani, 1895 1/2-1/2
   B Vergani vs G Marco, 1895 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1895)

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(born Jun-22-1863, died Jul-15-1927, 64 years old) Italy

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Beniamino Vergani was born on the 22nd of June, 1863. A businessman by profession, he learned chess in his early twenties and soon was competing at the national level. In 1895, he attended Game Collection: Hastings 1895 as a special correspondent by the Italian paper "Lo Sport Illustrato", of Milan. He received an invitation to play in the tournament as the representative of Italy. He scored victories against Isidor Gunsberg and Carl Schlechter, but managed only two draws in his remaining nineteen games and finished in last place. This result drew criticism from others in Italian chess who claimed he had no standing to play for the nation. (1)

(1) . "British Chess Magazine, November 1895, p.467.

Wikipedia article: Beniamino Vergani

Last updated: 2017-07-03 17:24:28

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs B Vergani 1-0411895HastingsC11 French
2. B Vergani vs Janowski 0-1291895HastingsD05 Queen's Pawn Game
3. W Pollock vs B Vergani 1-0231895HastingsB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. B Vergani vs Teichmann 0-1401895HastingsA80 Dutch
5. Von Bardeleben vs B Vergani 1-0381895HastingsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. B Vergani vs K Walbrodt 0-1401895HastingsA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Bird vs B Vergani 1-0421895HastingsA02 Bird's Opening
8. B Vergani vs G Marco  ½-½601895HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Albin vs B Vergani  ½-½671895HastingsC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. B Vergani vs Schiffers  0-1371895HastingsC01 French, Exchange
11. Tinsley vs B Vergani 1-0431895HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. B Vergani vs Gunsberg 1-0421895HastingsC53 Giuoco Piano
13. J Mason vs B Vergani  1-0581895HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
14. B Vergani vs Blackburne 0-1481895HastingsB01 Scandinavian
15. Schlechter vs B Vergani 0-1501895HastingsC66 Ruy Lopez
16. B Vergani vs Chigorin 0-1361895HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
17. Burn vs B Vergani 1-0311895HastingsC48 Four Knights
18. B Vergani vs Lasker 0-1331895HastingsC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. J Mieses vs B Vergani 1-0561895HastingsC25 Vienna
20. B Vergani vs Pillsbury 0-1461895HastingsC53 Giuoco Piano
21. Tarrasch vs B Vergani  1-0541895HastingsA07 King's Indian Attack
22. B Vergani vs E Crespi Pozzi  1-05119012nd Congress USIC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. S Troya vs B Vergani  1-05019012nd Congress USIC53 Giuoco Piano
24. B Vergani vs S Troya  0-16019012nd Congress USIC66 Ruy Lopez
25. S Rosselli del Turco vs B Vergani  1-06019012nd Congress USIC66 Ruy Lopez
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Jun-02-04  refutor: does anyone have any other information on vergani? i have his name as "Benjamin Vergani" from the 1895 Hastings book, but when i check megabase 2004 the only games listed are the hastings 1895 tournament for him. any other name he may have gone by?
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  Benzol: <refutor> The only information I have on him is from the 1895 Hastings Tournament book also. It seems strange that he didn't compete elsewhere.

Also the database here is incomplete. His games against Pollock, Walbrodt, Mason, Albin, von Bardeleben, Lasker, Marco, Tinsley and Schiffers have all yet to appear.

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  Chessical: A loose translation of an article about Vergani from:

Born 2 June 1863 - died 15 July 1927. A businessman who learned the game in 1884, and very soon was distinguished himself in the local tournaments. He took part in the national tournament in Turin (1892) coming second behind Torre. Vergani has remained famous for his participation in Hastings (1895) where he obtained 3 points out of 21; he defeated Schlechter and Gunsberg, drew with Albin and Marco but lost against the other competitors. His participation in that tournament provoked, in Italy, a long controversy (?).

In 1900, he came 2-3 in Rome scoring 10 out of 14, and in 1901 he was fifth in Venice with 5.5 out of 14. He attempted problem composition, and wrote the chess column of "Illustrated Sport of Milan" from 1890 to 1897, the year in which it ceased publication."

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  Benzol: <Chessical> Thanks. Some of these players have a brief moment of exposure before they fade back into obscurity, unfortunately. Still a few years from now who's going to know anything about the kibitzers at this site. :)
Jun-02-06  BIDMONFA: Beniamino Vergani

VERGANI, Beniamino

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If I remember the tournament book correctly, the organizers of Hastings 1895 invited Vergani to participate because their first choice from Italy was unavailable, and Vergani was recommended as an alternative. I think he took home 2 pounds prize money--1 pound per win.
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  whiteshark: <Hastings 1895>:
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  Stonehenge: <Chessical> Your link has the wrong day of birth. It's actually the 22nd of June. I updated the bio.
Jun-22-13  thomastonk: On the occasion of his 150th birthday, I tried to find at least one game of him not played in Hastings, but I can only present this problem of Vergani:

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Mate in three (hint: zugzwang). Source: "The Chess Journal", April 1892, no.158, p 39 reprinting from the "Nuova Rivista degli Scacchi"

Happy birthday!

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  Phony Benoni: <thomastonk> I have been able to find another game of Vergani. Unfortunately, it is another loss:

[Event "8th Italian National Congress"]
[Site "Venice ITA"]
[Date "1901.10.21"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round ""]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Reggio, Arturo"]
[Black "Vergani, Beniamino"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Nge7 5.Nxe5 dxe4 6.Qxe4 Bf5 7.Qa4 Qd6 8.d4 f6 9.Nxc6 Nxc6 10.Be3 a6 11.Nd2 Qd7 12.Bb5 Be7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Nc4 Bd3 16.Rfd1 Bxc4 17.Qxc4+ Qd5 18.Qd3 Rfd8 19.Qc2 Rab8 20.f4 f5 21.c4 Qf7 22.Re1 Bf6 23.Rad1 c5 24.dxc5 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rxb2 26.Qxb2 Bxb2 27.Rd8+ Qf8 28.Rxf8+ Kxf8 29.c6 Ke7 30.Bc5+ Ke6 31.Kf2 Bc3 32.Ke3 h5 33.Kd3 Be1 34.Bd4 g6 35.Be5 Ba5 36.Kc2 Ke7 37.Kb3 Kd8 38.c5 Be1 39.Bc3 Bxc3 40.Kxc3 Ke7 41.Kb4 Ke6 42.Kc4 Ke7 43.Kd5 Kf6 44.a4 Ke7 45.h3 Kf6 46.g3 Ke7 47.Kd4 Ke6 48.Kc4 Ke7 49.Kb4 Ke6 50.Ka5 Kd5 51.Kxa6 Kxc6 52.a5 Kxc5 53.Kb7 Kd4 54.a6 Ke3 55.a7 Kf3 56.a8Q Kxg3 57.Qe8 Kxf4 58.Qxg6 Ke4 59.Kxc7 1-0

Source: <Deutsch Wochenscach>, February 1902, p.34. I have submitted the game to the database.

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  Chessical: <"His participation in that tournament provoked, in Italy, a long controversy.">

"In the August-September issue of the "Nuova Rivista degli Schacchi" , the editor, Sig. Salvioli, has a long and rather caustic article, on the participation of Sig. Vergani in the Hastings Tourney as the representative of Italy, in which capacity it seems, as Sig. Salvioli says, he had no authority or right to pose. Sig. Vergani, whose name was quite unknown before in England, was sent to Hastings as a reporter or special correspondent by the Italian paper "Lo Sport Illustrato", of Milan just as "La Nuova Rivista degli Schacchi" sent Sig.Crespi to be its representative. The latter gentleman was far too modest, though he is a strong player, to put himself forward by entering the tourney as champion of his country.

He knew, as we in England know too, that there are others in Italy, such as Signori Orsini, Salvioli, and Zannoni, or even the veteran Dubois of Rome, who possess from their past achievements far greater right to appear in this capacity than anyone else, and Sig. Vergani ought to have known it also. Whether he offered himself as a competitor, or was persuaded by others to do so we are unaware, but he was accepted entirely on account of his nationality, because no other Italian had entered, and it was thought inexpedient to reject the only one of that nation willing to contend for her honor, however incompetently he might do so.

We therefore do not see that the Hastings committee were at all to blame for admitting him; rather does blame attach to Sig. Salvioli for not coming forward himself, or for not inducing some more capable representative of Italy to come forward, and thus prevent the fiasco which Italian chess players now deplore."

<Source: "British Chess Magazine, November 1895, p.467.>

Jan-19-18  Cibator: Hmmm ... same birthday as Paul Morphy, I notice.
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  MissScarlett: The <Pall Mall Gazette> of July 13th 1895, i.e., over three weeks before the tournament start, named Vergani as one of the 22 contestants chosen from 38 applicants.

So it would appear the impression given by the bio above - that he attended as a journalist and was only then encouraged to play - is misleading, to say the least. It would be fascinating, of course, to know the contents of all these applications. Did Vergani, forgive the expression, big himself up? Would he have attended as a correspondent if he wasn't competing? Did he, in fact, fulfil his reporting duties?

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  WorstPlayerEver: Well, I -obviously- found some very odd fact regarded to Hastings 1895, tournament book:


The player who wins most Evans' Gambits (accepted), either as White or Black, will be presented by Joseph Cooke, Esq., of Knockgraffon, with a handsome ring, and in addition with ' The Theory and Practice of Chess ' (in four octavo volumes), by Carlo Salvioli, of the value of forty lire. In the event of a tie, the preference would be given to the player in whose games the normal position occurred most frequently."

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