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Stefano Tatai
S Tatai 
Number of games in database: 473
Years covered: 1958 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2313 (2295 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +130 -140 =203 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B43 B31 B44 B89 B29
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C69 C95 C98 C72 C96
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C07 C01 C10 C03
 King's Indian (12) 
    E63 E62 E75 E90 E99
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A77 A64 A57 A70 A58
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (11) 
    C69 C68
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B93 B90 B92 B91 B96
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B93 B90 B91 B92 B99
 King's Indian (21) 
    E70 E69 E81 E92 E91
 English (16) 
    A15 A10 A14 A16 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A46 E00 A45 E10 D02
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E58 E54 E25 E41 E51
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reshevsky vs S Tatai, 1973 1/2-1/2
   S Tatai vs Skembris, 1981 1-0
   S Tatai vs Najdorf, 1973 1-0
   M Wotulo vs S Tatai, 1973 0-1
   Csom vs S Tatai, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Ivkov vs S Tatai, 1973 0-1
   S Tatai vs Larsen, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Portisch vs S Tatai, 1967 1/2-1/2
   S Tatai vs Kavalek, 1973 1-0
   H Lehmann vs S Tatai, 1968 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Manila (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas 1972 by Tabanus
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus

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(born Mar-23-1938, died May-29-2017, 79 years old) Italy

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Stefano Tatai was born in Rome. He was awarded the IM title in 1966 and was a twelve time Italian Champion.

Last updated: 2019-03-23 09:50:35

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 473  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sacconi vs S Tatai  1-0241958RomaA04 Reti Opening
2. S Tatai vs A M Giustolisi  1-0561960ITA-chTE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
3. S Tatai vs A M Giustolisi  0-1481961ch Italia San BenedeA04 Reti Opening
4. S Tatai vs A Sacconi  1-0291961La SpeziaC13 French
5. B Rabar vs S Tatai  ½-½221963Reggio Emilia 6263D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. S Tatai vs Filip  1-0521963Reggio Emilia 6263D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
7. E Paoli vs S Tatai  0-1441963Reggio Emilia 6263B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. T van Scheltinga vs S Tatai  ½-½321963Enschede ZonalE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
9. S Tatai vs J Penrose  0-1581963Enschede ZonalE77 King's Indian
10. K Darga vs S Tatai  1-0481963Enschede ZonalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Gligoric vs S Tatai  1-0341963Enschede ZonalD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. S Tatai vs G Mazzoni 1-0391963Enschede ZonalC77 Ruy Lopez
13. Filip vs S Tatai  ½-½411963Enschede ZonalA14 English
14. S Tatai vs Parma  0-1491965Reggio Emilia 6566B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
15. A M Giustolisi vs S Tatai  1-0411966Rovigo chA15 English
16. S Tatai vs Ujtelky 0-1471966Reggio Emilia 6566B06 Robatsch
17. E Paoli vs S Tatai  0-1361966Reggio Emilia 6566B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. S Tatai vs B Rabar  ½-½981966Reggio Emilia 6566A07 King's Indian Attack
19. L Schmid vs S Tatai  1-0431966VeniceC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
20. S Tatai vs L Lengyel  ½-½411966VeniceB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. Ivkov vs S Tatai 1-0241966VeniceA15 English
22. Antoshin vs S Tatai  ½-½411966VeniceD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. W Heidenfeld vs S Tatai ½-½291966Havana ol (Men) fin-CB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Ujtelky vs S Tatai  ½-½191967Hoogovens-BD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. S Tatai vs E Paoli  1-0251967Monte Carlo-BB89 Sicilian
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Mar-11-05  Karpova: Stefano Tatai was born on 3/23/1938 in Rome.
He became IM in 1966.

this guy managed to beat larsen with the black pieces! but he is famous for his loss to karpov in 1977

Dec-29-05  BIDMONFA: Stefano Tatai


Mar-23-07  laskereshevsky: there's a mistake in the BIO, the 1971 championship was won by GM Mariotti....

and for complete it, TATAI also won the 1985 - 1990 - 1991 - 1994/95 national title....

TATAI STEFANO (TATAI ISTVAN) have both the Italian and the Hungarian citizenship...he spended his life jumping from those two fact, even if his big part of life was in ITALY, "TATAI" is an Hungarian surname....

As i know, his family was a well-off one.. they ownered same hotels between ROME and BUDAPEST..(and maybe VENICE too...but im not shore about it..)

he was a very smart and culturated person...well know in the tournaments circuit for his good manners.... always well suited.... a kind of chess-gentleman.

as i listened, now he's living his retirement in the Canarian Islands with the family......

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  brankat: I believe Mr.Tatai won 11 Italian national titles.

Happy Birthday Stefano!

Mar-23-08  nescio: <I believe Mr.Tatai won 11 Italian national titles>

I respect your beliefs of course, but on the following page I count no less than 12:

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  brankat: <nescio> I believe You are right :-)

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), when it comes to posts dealing with the matters of Chess History I'm usually too lazy to check available documents/data. Mostly I rely on my memory. Which is still in quite a good shape, and it also helps my chess play.

But, of course, it can also be a double edged sword, so, on occasion, I cut myself :-)

Mar-23-08  Prugno: Unless Fabiano Caruana decides to keep on playing in Italian Championships even though clearly stronger than all his opponents (which seems unlikely), I can't imagine anyone breaking Stefano Tatai's record of 12 national titles.

Tanti auguri, maestro e campione!

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  Fusilli: He plays on ICC under the username "Odontologo". I guess he is a dentist. Otherwise it sounds weird to pick that name...
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  wordfunph: <In 1982 the Italian Chess Federation refused to allow one of its best players Stefano Tatai to play on the Italian Olympiad team. Tatai was 44 and seven time national champion. The Italian Chess Federation only wanted members that were age 30 or younger to represent Italy. The result was a very poor showing at the Olympiad.>

happy birthday, IM Tatai!

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  WannaBe: That triangular object, ash tray??
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Stefano Tatai.
May-31-17  alfiepa: Died 30 may 79 years old for age related disease
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  Stonehenge: May 29th according to:


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  cro777: IM Stefano Tatai, a legend of Italian chess, passed away on 30th May in Tenerife, Spain.

He was 12-times Italian chess champion, which is a national record.

Rest in peace, Maestro!

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  sonia91: R.I.P.
Jul-04-17  diagonal: Tatai was the strongest Italian chess player following Monticelli and Paoli until Mariotti's achievement in the 1970s, as well as Béla Tóth (also in the 1970s/80s), sometimes overlooked.

Best results:
Reggio Emilia 1965-66, =3rd; Venice 1966, =3rd; Malaga (Costa del Sol) 1967, =3rd; Winner Amsterdam IBM-<B> 1968; Olot 1968, =2nd; Venice 1969, =2nd (behind Hort, joint with Benkö, Lengyel, Robatsch, Taimanov, and Saidy, in alphabetical order); Winner Monte Carlo-<B> 1969, joint with Győző Forintos; Malaga (Costa del Sol) 1970, =3rd; Venice 1971, =3rd (behind Browne, then Mariotti, joint with Hort, ahead of Kavalek); Winner Torneo Magistrale Madonna di Campiglio 1972; Winner Amsterdam IBM-<B> 1976, joint with Josef Prybil; Bratto Open 1982, shared 1st (Mario Sibilio won on tie-break); Winner Dubai (closed) 1984, 1st-3rd (above Keene, among others); Reggio Emilia 1983-84, =2nd (behind surprising winner Karel Mokry, joint with Krunoslav Hulak, but above =5. Spassky, and =5. Nunn); =2nd at the Capablanca Memorial in Cienfuegos 1984, II. Tournament (behind Jesus Nogueiras); Winner Rome-A (Banco di Roma series) GM Invitation 1984, 1st, alongside with Gyula Sax, a big success for Tatai (, other winners include Korchnoi, Smyslov, Vaganian, Andersson, or Pinter.

Those were the days when an international invitation tournament of note also offered a strong closed B-group, as Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) still does today.

Won a match in 1977 between the then leading two Italian players: IM Tatai versus GM Mariotti (the first Italian born GM, awarded in 1974) with 4.5-3.5 in Rome. A previous encounter between Tatai and Mariotti was drawn in Rome in 1972.

Stefano Tatai represented Italy in nine Chess Olympiads: 1966 in Havana, 1970 in Siegen, 1972 in Skopje, 1974 in Nice, 1976 in Haifa, 1984 in Thessaloniki, 1986 in Dubai, 1988 in Thessaloniki, and 1992 in Manila, many times at board one. Best nominal Elo rating: 2495 in 1981.

As pointed out, Tatai was a record 12-times Italian chess champion: 1962 in Forte dei Marmi, 1965 in Florence, 1967 in Savona, 1970 in Sottomarina di Chioggia, 1974 and 1977 in Castelvecchio Pascoli, 1979 in Venice, 1983 in Arco, 1985, 1990 and 1991 in Chianciano Terme, and 1994-95 in Reggio Emilia.

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