Francesco Marigo: Italian Champion Again
The 2012 Italian Championship was played in five rounds on September 8-9 in Pisa, Italy, with 75 players participating. The undefeated winner was Francesco Marigo (4 dan), pride of the Milan Go Club. He was followed by Carlo Metta (3 dan), who lost only to Francesco, Alessandro Pace (2 dan), who lost only to Francesco and Carlo, and Andriy Zakharzhevskyy (2 dan), who lost to Francesco, Carlo, and Alessandro. Alberto Zingoni (2 kyu) lost to Carlo and Alessandro and finished fifth.
Francesco started competing in the Italian championship in 1998, when he was in his mid-teens. He has now won it ten times since 2001, and has also won ten straight Italian tournaments since last December.
A recent and beautifully illustrated interview with him (in Italian) can be read here.
Photos of the championship are avilable here.