International invitation top tournament series in Italy

Comprehensive reviews

Reggio Emilia

Rome (Banco di Roma)


REGGIO EMILIA (Torneo di Capodanno) Prequel 1947 and 1951, annually played from 1958/59 to 2011/12

City in northern Italy, which hosted 54 annual international invitation tournaments on initiative of Enrico Paoli.

Five World Champions played: Kasparov, Spassky and Smyslov did not win.

ROME (Banco di Roma) 1976 – 1988

International invitational tournament established on initiative of Alvise Zichichi, IM, arbiter and organizer, he worked for the Banco di Roma.

Two strong Open Festivals followed in 1989 & 1990.

VENICE-VENEZIA 1947 – 1974 unregular (eleven major editions)

Famous series of international invitation tournaments.

Three World Chess Champions, Euwe, Smyslov (twice), and Petrosian as reigning WCC competed at Venice – but all were not winning!


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