plenary lecture (in fact two lectures) confirmed once more the great
importance of Italy, but also of Venice for the evolution of modern
chess – a wonderful digression through the centuries, but also
through the last decades of the Italian and the Venetian chess culture.
Many marvellous pictures were shown
and history(ies) told. We were all enthusiastic – a small part is
provided by this picture series (series
8 / 32 pictures) – at the same time I'm offering reminiscences
of certainly a highlight of Antonio’s chess life – Venice
1967. It’s true that the 25 years young local master (the picture
is from 1965) turned out to play a good host and he took the red lantern
in the tournament but at least he wrung a honourable draw from a top-class
Supposedly Antonio was not always able to concentrate himself during the
games - partly played in the "leaden chambers" - due to the
fantastic view of the lagoon…
Torneo Triveneto a Squadre
"Bassano del Grappa"
5-8 Dicembre 1965
Second from the right: Antonio Rosino
The game Mark Taimanov vs Antonio Rosino ended with a draw after 77
But the two following lectures held great attractions
for the audience as well for partly totally unknown material was shown
or reports were given on works in extensive "research projects".
It is always a pleasure if collectors of chess books use their often extensive
collections also for the general [chess] public or if a chess player gradually
becomes a collector likewise through the historical interest in our game.
Luca D'Ambrosio is a shining example for the latter, by his interest in
chess at Meran he finally found his way to the Ken Whyld Association,
and with his fantastic contribution, his patience with all the enquiries
and the excellent organization he has contributed very much to the success
of our meeting.
We were enthusiastic about the preview of his potential book on the two
Meran tournaments 1924 and 1926 (picture
series 9 / 13 pictures) – just as about Peter Holmgren’s
masterful report on the life, the chess creations, but also on the man
After that an evening walk to Antonio Rosino’s home in Cannaregio
[partly the former Jewish ghetto of Venice with impressing alleys and
small squares, but also rio tera as it is called – filled
up canals (series
11 / 7 pictures).]
Antonio and his wife Christina had kindly invited us to a casual get-together
in their hospitable house – certainly the highlight of our stay.
The conversation was not only about chess, but maybe this is my subjective
perception which our companions wouldn’t like to share – the
12 / 9 pictures) speak volumes, or the treasures from the library
of the Italian Chess Federation housed in Rosino’s home (and from
his own collection) seem to have generally found one-sided interest.
By the way we had a further guest this evening: Daniele Ruggieri,
Miquel Artigas’ brother-in-law is not only a strong chess player
but also a famous musician (flutist) – see
di Musica and cultura
Hans Ellinger, Peter Holmgren, Daniele Ruggieri
and Calle Erlandsson
Many thanks again to our host, but also to Ermide Sanvito for her kind
assistance and to Joan Holmgren who got a wonderful bouquet of flowers,
After 10.30 pm return to the Casa "Cardinale Piazza" where the
first international blitz tournament of the Ken Whyld Association started
with ten participants at the beginning. Then Miquel Artigas and Daniele
Ruggieri fell "victim to the closing time", later on our Swedish
friends Calle Erlandsson and Peter Holmgren as well as Hans Ellinger dropped
out owing to lack of fitness. But the hard core was untiring as is shown
by the two photos (Casa, around 1 am). I myself realized in the course
of this blitz evening that I have possibly internalized too much of "Lasker"
– those who see a lot can stand a lot.
Preziuso and Luca D'Ambrosio playing "blitz"
Stigter vs Harrie Grondijs