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Sergio Mariotti
Number of games in database: 258
Years covered: 1967 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2281 (2288 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2455

Overall record: +81 -79 =97 (50.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B46 B53 B20 B32 B50
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A40 A45 D02 A46
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B13 B10 B14 B11 B18
 Sicilian Taimanov (8) 
    B46 B49 B48
 Robatsch (6) 
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E76 E77 E60
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B28 B84 B22 B93 B40
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C64 C60 C84 C70
 French Defense (10) 
    C05 C01 C15 C04 C00
 Dutch Defense (9) 
    A94 A92 A84 A93 A95
 English (6) 
    A15 A13 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    E00 A40 A46 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Korchnoi, 1982 1-0
   S Mariotti vs G Eppinger, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1971 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S Holm Petersen, 1975 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Nunn, 1970 1-0
   A Romero Holmes vs S Mariotti, 1987 0-1
   S Mariotti vs G Kuzmin, 1977 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Ulf Andersson, 1970 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S Tatai, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Italian gems Part II by Karpova
   OOO.... Outsiders Outplaying Outstandings by laskereshevsky
   Nice wins by Mariotti by littleshiva

   🏆 Italian Team Championship
   I Salgado Lopez vs S Mariotti (May-03-14) 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S De Eccher (May-02-14) 1/2-1/2
   S Mariotti vs P Mazzilli (May-01-14) 1/2-1/2
   G Caprio vs S Mariotti (Apr-30-14) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-10-1946, 73 years old) Italy

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Sergio Mariotti was born in Florence. He was Italian champion in 1969 and 1971, and awarded the IM title in 1969 and the GM title in 1974 (the first Italian GM). He placed 2nd at Venice 1971 and played on the Italian Olympiad teams in 1972, 1974, 1986 and 1988.

Wikipedia article: Sergio Mariotti

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Mariotti vs R Cosulich  ½-½491967S.Bened. del TrontoB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. Matulovic vs S Mariotti  1-0261967Reggio Emilia 6768C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. H Schaufelberger vs S Mariotti 0-1381969PraiaB53 Sicilian
4. S Mariotti vs Minic  0-1411969PraiaB50 Sicilian
5. S Mariotti vs G Eppinger 1-0201969ItaliaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. M F Littleton vs S Mariotti  ½-½441969Praia da Rocha ZonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. S Mariotti vs Gligoric 1-0381969Praia da Rocha ZonalE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
8. Filip vs S Mariotti  ½-½241969Praia da Rocha ZonalA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
9. F Visier Segovia vs S Mariotti  0-1391969Praia da Rocha ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. M Bobotsov vs S Mariotti  0-1401969Praia da Rocha ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. C Micheli vs S Mariotti 0-1481969Reggio Emilia 6970C60 Ruy Lopez
12. J Kozma vs S Mariotti  ½-½151970Reggio Emilia 6970E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
13. A Planinc vs S Mariotti 1-0631970Parcetic Memorial 4thC44 King's Pawn Game
14. S Mariotti vs Ulf Andersson 1-0351970Parcetic Memorial 4thB06 Robatsch
15. S Mariotti vs M Stean  0-1371970Islington Junior AD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
16. R O'Kelly vs S Mariotti 0-1291970Islington Junior AA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
17. S Mariotti vs Nunn 1-0201970Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
18. R W L Moberly vs S Mariotti  ½-½431970Islington Junior AE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
19. S Mariotti vs R Johannes  ½-½431970Islington Junior A JohannesE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
20. Miles vs S Mariotti  0-1361970Islington Junior AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
21. S Mariotti vs R R Smith  1-0541970Islington Junior AA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. R Bellin vs S Mariotti  ½-½401970Islington Junior AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. S Mariotti vs D Baretic  1-0271971Bari opB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. S Mariotti vs R Cosulich  ½-½451971San BenedettoE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
25. S Mariotti vs Keene ½-½361971Hammersmith OpenB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-02-05  WMD: An excerpt from Jimmy Adams' article 'Meet Sergio Mariotti - The Man and His Magic' in the June 1975 BCM:

'Out of the land of sunshine and spaghetti has suddenly appeared the chessworld's newest international grandmaster - Sergio Mariotti.

'This twenty-eight year old Italian chess star's achievement is all the more remarkable when you look at his very limited experience of international chess. Outside Italy, at grandmaster level, Mariotti has only played in a mainly-for-young-masters contest in Yugoslavia, a world championship zonal in Portugal, a small Spanish tournament and a couple of Olympiads. At home, his only really top-class practice was at Venice 1971 where his performance, in conjunction with his outstanding score on board one for Italy at the Nice Olympiads, has already earned him the GM title!

'Sergio's main source of practice has come from playing in lots of Swiss System tournaments which make up a heavy percentage of Italy's busy chess calendar.

'He learned the moves as a teenager in his home town of Florence and had the old maestro Castaldi for a chess teacher. Mariotti has a real inborn talent for chess and developed his great strength just by playing and playing. Then in 1966 he had his first major success when he won the Italian Junior Championship. He has always relied on his natural ability and never owned many chess books nor felt very much inclined to study the game that way. At the chessboard Mariotti's mind works like a souped-up electronic calculator, rattling off razzle-dazzle variations one after the other at lightning speed.


'And indeed it was the Zonal at Praia da Rocha in Portugal which first rocketed Mariotti to world fame, thanks to a splendid victory over grandmaster Gligoric with an incredible six-pawn attack against the Yugoslav's favourite King's Indian. This Mariotti masterpiece was published in columns and magazines around the world...'

S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1970

Aug-09-06  BIDMONFA: Sergio Mariotti


Mar-03-07  jmrulez2004: well, what can isay he plays chess wild and freely , like how we used to when we started...i enjoy his games,he is a good example of how chess should be oplayed
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  dorsnikov: as an italian american i couldn't be more proud of Mariotti. he plays chess in the spirit of Bronstein who said chess should be played for the love of the game and not points or standings.
Jun-16-09  jenspetersson: Does anybody have the full game Tatai-Mariotti, 1973 in which Mariotti played the lovely move ...g4+ in this position:

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It's not available in MegaBase.

Jun-16-09  myschkin: . . .


[Event "Rome m"]
[Site "Rome"]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Tatai,Stefano"]
[Black "Mariotti,Sergio"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "E75"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Be2 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.exd5 Re8 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Qb6 14.Qc2 a6 15.a4 h6 16.Bd2 Re7 17.Rae1 Ne5 18.Bd1 Rae8 19.b3 g5 20.f4 gxf4 21.Kh1 Ng6 22.Rxe7 Rxe7 23.Bf3 Nd7 24.Ne2 Nde5 25.Nxf4 Nxf4 26.Bxf4 Ng6 27.Bd2 Qd8 28.Qc1 Kh7 29.Bg4 Qh8 30.Rf5 Qe8 31.Qf1 Kg8 32.Rf2 Re5 33.a5 h5 34.Bd1 Bh6 35.Bc3 Re3 36.Rf3 Bg7 37.Rxe3 Qxe3 38.Bxg7 Kxg7 39.Qe2 Qc3 40.Qxh5 Qxa5 41.Kh2 b5 42.cxb5 axb5 43.Bc2 Qc3 44.Bxg6 fxg6 45.Qg4 Qe5+ 46.Kh1 b4 47.Qd7+ Kf6 48.Qd8+ Qe7 49.Qh8+ Kf5 50.Qc8+ Ke5 51.Qg8 Qf6 52.Kg1 g5 53.g3 Qf5 54.h4 Qb1+ 55.Kh2 Qc2+ 56.Kh3 <g4+> 57.Qxg4 Qf5 58.h5 c4 59.h6 Qxg4+ 60.Kxg4 Kf6 61.h7 Kg7


Jun-21-09  jenspetersson: <myschkin> : Thanks! I was under the impression that older games at were also included in the Megabase 2008. Otherwise I would have checked there too. Apparently I was wrong. Many thanks to you for helping me out.
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  wordfunph: According to Pal Benko, GM Sergio Mariotti is a very dangerous tactician but he has no stubbornness. If he does not succeed in sacrificing, if his trick does not work, if his opponent does not fall into his trap --- then he loses interest in the game. Sometimes he even resigns in adjourned positions that could be saved.
Jan-30-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Maybe Benko had games like this in mind:

Seirawan vs S Mariotti, 1987

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sergio Mariotti.
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