Caissa in La Serenissima
(The Most Illustrious)

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After that the irrepressible Prof. Carlo Alberto Pagni (*1931!) presented the results of his latest "finds" (acquired with the help of Tony Gillam):
A short history of chess games by telephone - As early as 1877 chess games were for the first time played by phone, probably above all to "popularize" this new means of communication. Owing to Carlo Pagni’s superior skill as a speaker we were able to make up a lot of time; it is particularly satisfying that by this contribution Tony Gillam was at least indirectly in our midst as well. The high EURO exchange rate and his decision to invest the money better in chess books have finally prevented the intended visit from "The Chess Player" from Nottingham.

Carlo A. Pagni

Carlo Alberto Pagni

Game played in the vicinity of New York by means of the telephone. The contestants were about a mile distant from each other.
Allies (Dr. White , Mr. Treadwell) vs Mr. A. Douglas.

From Turf, Field and Farm
5 October 1877
(Archives Andy Ansel)

Two articles on early correspondence chess tournaments in Italy from the pen of Carlo Alberto Pagni appeared 2006 in Scacchi e Scienze Applicate - here the first page of each contribution: SSA, Fasc. 25, p. 3 and SSA, Fasc. 25, p. 12 (as jpg-files).

Hans Ellinger & Toni Preziuso

Hans Ellinger and Toni Preziuso

It is always a difficult situation to give the final talk – my friend Toni Preziuso let all others go ahead and presented us very impressively his Rubinstein biography project. His argumentation why at all an additional Rubinstein treatise seems to be necessary and how he intends "to interpret" it has caused a stir till long after midday – at the farewell dinner, naturally at "Diana".

Toni Preziuso

Lifeline of Rubinstein Ups and downs - the lifeline of Akiba Rubinstein.

Before Alessandro Sanvito had generously left it to Luca D’Ambrosio, so to the "next generation", to find the closing words for our event, he mastered this task with style.

All that remains to be written is: Arrivederci Venezia 2008 – Arriba Valéncia 2009. (Meanwhile Miquel Artigas has promised his support for a regional meeting in Spain in spring 2009.)

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From my personal communication still a later reflection by Luca D'Ambrosio:

Being an eager reader of Italian and German chess literature I had very often the impression that these two chess worlds – geographically in such close proximity – hardly know each other. Of course with the exception of a few gifted researchers. The hurdle is clearly the language: Italians are predominantly monolingual, and if anyone is familiar with a foreign language it is mostly French or English. In consequence a large part of the German chess literature, the old but also the new one is unknown to Italians.

Vice versa nearly the same applies: Who in Germany knows Italian so well to understand correctly the works of a Chicco, to give only one example.

What pleased me in Venice is that these two worlds (my worlds!) approached a little. For instance I think it’s good to show the progress of the Lasker biography in Italy, to present the commemorative publications, but also to mention vice versa what people are just working on in these parts.

Perhaps I am wrong in these thoughts, I like to be taught otherwise, but anyhow I have felt this way.

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