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Michael Joseph Valvo
Number of games in database: 50
Years covered: 1963 to 2001
Highest rating achieved in database: 2380

Overall record: +17 -20 =13 (47.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B43 B42 B32 B87 B46
 Sicilian Kan (4) 
    B42 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B51 B77 B78 B74 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (4) 
    B77 B74 B78 B70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Valvo vs M Burkett, 1963 1-0
   D Tobor vs M Valvo, 1991 0-1
   Deep Thought vs M Valvo, 1988 0-1
   M Valvo vs W Suesman, 1964 1-0

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(born Apr-19-1942, died Sep-18-2004, 62 years old) United States of America

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Michael Valvo was born April 19, 1942 in Albany, New York. In 1963 he won the U.S. Intercollegiate Championship, and the next year was a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 11th Student Olympiad in Cracow, Poland. The team, which also included William Lombardy, Raymond Weinstein, Charles Kalme, and Bernard Zuckerman, finished fourth behind the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Valvo gave up tournament play in 1969, but returned in the late 1970s and was eventually awarded the IM title by FIDE in 1980. He won the state of New Jersey championship in 1986.

Valvo never played in the U.S. Chess Championship, but he was to make his mark in computer chess, which became his primary focus. At every World Computer Chess Championship from the early 1980s until his death, Valvo was the organizer, moderator, commentator or acted in some official capacity.

He also played a two game play by email match against Deep Thought, winning both games. Earlier on in computer match simuls, Valvo would play blindfold simuls against them. He was the technical editor of a book entitled: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.

References: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Michael Valvo , (3)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 50  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Valvo vs M Burkett 1-0121963US IntercollegiateB40 Sicilian
2. Velimirovic vs M Valvo 1-0391964WchT U26 11th fin-AB57 Sicilian
3. M Valvo vs W Suesman  1-019196465th US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. M Valvo vs M Rohland  1-029196465th US OpenB32 Sicilian
5. M Valvo vs J Patty  1-029196465th US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. M Valvo vs M Radojcic  ½-½27196465th US OpenC25 Vienna
7. M Valvo vs J Sherwin  0-133196465th US OpenC26 Vienna
8. M Valvo vs L Day  0-1591968Atlantic opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
9. M Valvo vs L Shamkovich  0-1401979USAB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. Plaskett vs M Valvo  0-1761979Marshall opB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. M Valvo vs Joel Benjamin  0-1401980Manhattan CCE91 King's Indian
12. M Valvo vs Dzindzichashvili ½-½161980Manhattan CCB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. Alburt vs M Valvo  1-0311980Manhattan CCA57 Benko Gambit
14. M Valvo vs J Peters  1-0581980New York, NY USAC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
15. L Shamkovich vs M Valvo 1-0271985New York OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. M Valvo vs Ivkov  ½-½281987New York OpenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
17. M Valvo vs Silman  1-0251987New York OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. M Valvo vs Kudrin  ½-½251987New York OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. T Wedberg vs M Valvo 1-0571987New York OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
20. Deep Thought vs M Valvo 0-1481988corr one move/every 3 daysC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. M Valvo vs Deep Thought  1-0481988corr one move/every 3 daysB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. M Valvo vs Alburt 1-024198816th World OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
23. M Valvo vs Browne 0-1121989San Mateo ActionB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
24. M Valvo vs Joel Benjamin  0-135199018th World OpenC45 Scotch Game
25. K Burger vs M Valvo  ½-½501990New York OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-05-04  monopole2313: IM Michael J. Valvo has passed away:
Apr-14-07  bauernfresser: Valvo was an American chess player who reached Top 100 in the 1970s.
Jun-27-07  monopole2313: The following game was played 40 years ago at the Greater New York Open: (Stillman, Ron - Valvo, Michael) 1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be2 00 9.Qd2 Be6 10.000 a5 11.Kb1 a4 12.Nc1 a3 13.b3 Nb4 14.Bg5 Rc8 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Nd3 d5 17.exd5 Bf5 18.Ne1 Nxc2 19.Bd3 Bxd3 20.Qxd3 Nd4 21.Nf3 Qa5 22.Rc1 Nxf3 23.Qxf3 Rfd8 24.Rhd1 Rc5 25.Rd3 Qb4 26.Qh5 Rdc8 27.Rg3+ Kf8 28.Qh6+ Ke8 29.Rg8+ Kd7 30.Qh3+ f5 31.Qxf5+ Kd6 32.Rxd8+ 1-0. White was just 13 at the time and was later at the top of the Under-16 list. Black was a Senior Master then. In his column, Robert Byrne wrote "As White in a Sicilian Defense, young Stillman did a sterling job, cooly working out his moves under fire." It seems that 11.Kb1 is better than the alternatives in the database, which were wins for Black.
Aug-03-10  LIFE Master AJ:
Aug-03-10  LIFE Master AJ: My - VERY LATE - condolences to his friends and family. (I just found out today that Mr. Valvo had passed away. I was very sorry to hear this.)
Aug-28-13  Jack Bauer: IM Michael Valvo (April 19, 1942 in Albany, New York September 18, 2004 in Chanhassen, Minnesota) was, by 1962, one of the top blitz players in the United States. He won the 1963 U.S. Intercollegiate Championship.

Valvo was a graduate of Columbia University. He spent much of his life working with computers and is best known for his job as commentator for the Kasparov versus Deep Blue Matches in 1996 and 1997, but he accomplished many things in a chess career going back to the late 1950s.

Valvo learned the game from his father Frank, who was also a USCF master. Michael made quick progress and in 1964 was a member of the U.S. team that competed in the 11th Student Olympiad in Cracow, Poland, in 1964 along with Bill Lombardy, Raymond Weinstein, Charles Kalme, Bernard Zuckerman and Mitchell Sweig. The Americans finished in fourth place behind the USSR, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

He quit playing chess in 1969, but came back and earned a FIDE rating of 2530 in the late 1970s after an excellent performance in a NY Futurity. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1980. By 1976, Valvo had essentially dropped out of tournament chess and his rating was no longer published in the USCF rating lists, until Bill Goichberg and Jose Cuchi invited him to a futurity tournament. Valvo did well and his rating rose to 2440. However, Professor Arpad Elo refused to award Valvo the rating because Elo had never heard of Valvo and suspected that the tournament had been rigged.

This matter was debated at the 1978 FIDE Congress in Buenos Aires and FIDE voted to give Valvo his 2440 rating. Valvo quickly proved that he really was a 2440 strength player and earned the International Master title. Valvo never played in the U.S. Chess Championship, but made his mark in computer chess, which became his primary focus.

At every World Computer Chess Championship from the early 1980s until his death, Valvo was the organizer, moderator, commentator or acted in some official capacity. He also played a two game play by email match against Deep Thought, winning both games.

A respected opening theoretician Valvo played 1.e4 for much of his career before adding the English to his repertoire. He was a life-long fan of the Dragon and a early pioneer (1963) of a Benko-gambit. He tested many of his lines in correspondence chess throughout his career. Valvo was a co-author of a book on the 1990 Kasparov-Karpov match and was the technical editor of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess along with Raymond Weinstein. He did the game annotations for the 1966/67 US Championship bulletin.

Valvo died of a heart attack.

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