Santo Daniele Spina
Per un bilancio de fine secolo Catania nel Novecento
Our Sicilian member Prof. Santo Daniele Spina is an archaeologist in Catania, at the same time an enthusiastic chess player and chess historian, his list of publications in Italian journals is impressively long.
We are pleased to say that he let us have his contribution "Per un bilancio de fine secolo Catania nel Novecento", Catania July 2000, p. 657ff as an offprint:
"Arcangelo Blandini and Bogoljubow's famous simultaneous exhibiton in Catania" (please click on the above picture). You will find an additional extensive contribution of Santo Spina on Sicily’s chess history in the always recommendable magazine of our friend Romano Bellucci: "Indice bio-bibliografico degli scacchisti attivi in Sicilia (1500-1959)" in Scacchi e Szienze Applicate, fasc. 24 (2004), Venezia, May 2005, p. 24 ff – here is the English abstract (jpg-file).
I giochi di vantaggio del libro quinto del trattato di Don Pietro Carrera
In the wake of the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the Carrera's Treatise on Chess (1617), Santo Daniele Spina's writing presents in modern chess notation with many diagrams the odds theory exposed in the fifth book of Il gioco degli scacchi (The Game of Chess) in comparison with Ruy Lopez, Gianutio and Salvio and it is another step forward with regard to English translation by William Lewis (1822).
In the fifth book, divided into thirty-one chapters, Carrera examines the openings giving the first move to Black or to White according to the odds type offered weaker chess player.
See also: New book by Santo Daniele Spina