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Enrico Paoli
Number of games in database: 976
Years covered: 1949 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 1920
Highest rating achieved in database: 2300
Overall record: +234 -473 =269 (37.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Jan-13-1908, died Dec-15-2005, 97 years old) Italy

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Enrico Paoli was born in Trieste, Italy. Awarded the IM title in 1951 he was Italian Champion in 1951, 1957 and 1968. Not until the age of 26 did he begin playing chess tournaments, but it didn't take long before he achieved success. He was second in the national tournament in Merano in 1937, third in Milano in 1938 (where he became Italian champion) and third in the Italian Championship in 1939 and 1943.

Paoli was also very keen on endgames and studies; his compositions are well known and he won 176 prizes (first, second or third) in contests organized all over the world.

In 1950 he played the international tournament in Venice where he won the brilliancy prize for a famous game he played against Soviet grandmaster Alexander Kotov. You can view the game here: Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950.

Wikipedia article: Enrico Paoli

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 976  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Rabar vs E Paoli  1-041 1949 Schlechter memB01 Scandinavian
2. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer  1-037 1949 Venice-Prague mB58 Sicilian
3. E Paoli vs S Erdelyi  1-051 1949 Trencianske TepliceB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. E Richter vs E Paoli  1-028 1949 Trencianske TepliceD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. E Paoli vs K Kaliwoda  1-030 1949 Schlechter memC58 Two Knights
6. G Stalda vs E Paoli  0-140 1949 VeniceC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer  0-126 1949 Schlechter memB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
8. Stahlberg vs E Paoli  1-068 1949 Trencianske TepliceE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
9. E Paoli vs Julio Bolbochan  0-169 1949 Trencianske Teplice (Slovakia)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. E Paoli vs Golombek  0-137 1949 VeniceB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. E Paoli vs J Platt  0-165 1949 Schlechter memB56 Sicilian
12. H Mueller vs E Paoli  ½-½30 1949 VeniceA06 Reti Opening
13. Prins vs E Paoli  1-034 1949 Trencianske TepliceC78 Ruy Lopez
14. E Paoli vs Foltys  0-133 1949 Trencianske TepliceC11 French
15. Puc vs E Paoli  1-046 1949 Schlechter memC78 Ruy Lopez
16. E Paoli vs Tartakower  ½-½32 1949 VeniceB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. A Beni vs E Paoli  ½-½56 1949 Schlechter memD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. E Paoli vs J Platt  0-133 1949 Trencianske TepliceB72 Sicilian, Dragon
19. Rossolimo vs E Paoli  1-027 1949 VeniceC54 Giuoco Piano
20. Lokvenc vs E Paoli  0-142 1949 Schlechter memA06 Reti Opening
21. Szabados vs E Paoli  ½-½31 1949 VeniceD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Szabo vs E Paoli 0-161 1949 VeniceA06 Reti Opening
23. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer 1-019 1949 Trencianske TepliceB58 Sicilian
24. Golombek vs E Paoli  ½-½54 1949 Trencianske TepliceD71 Neo-Grunfeld
25. E Paoli vs Foltys 1-023 1949 Schlechter memB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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  Benzol: <marco78> Do you know what year he was awarded the GM title? Also, is he still living? If so that would make him probably the oldest player in the database.
Jul-11-05  marco78: He is living and still an active player! indeed he is the oldest active player in the world and of all times. I think he got his title ad honorem 2 or 3 years ago.. recently anyway.
Jul-11-05  IDestroyChess: There are A LOT of missing games. I have 250,000 games database. Not very large, but with full tournaments. It's called 'Perfect base' you can find it in some editions of Chessbase and Fritz
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  BishopBerkeley: Is this the guy that resulted from crossing Enrico Fermi with the Pauli Exclusion Principle?!?!


(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Dec-16-05  biglo: I see the bio refers to him as an IM and someone says he recently was awarded a GM but the FIDE list on ICC which is a download from FIDE makes no mention of a title.

I note according to "Paoli become International Master in 1951 and International Arbiter in 1964. In 1969 in Vrsac he missed the Grandmaster title by only half point. But at least Fide gave him the title honoris causa in 1996."

Dec-16-05  mr. nice guy: Are you sure he's not an Opera singer?
Dec-16-05  Karpova: I submitted the kotov-game.
there are some of his games in my Game Collection: Italian gems Part I
Dec-16-05  stanleys: Rest in peace Enrico Paoli.You will never be forgotten in the chess world
Dec-16-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <stanleys> Everywhere I see you kibitz you comment on players who died. What is it with you? :)
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  offramp: Perhaps <stanleys> can enlighten us as to the fate of Peter Szekely?
Dec-16-05  stanleys: Don't care guys,just trying to correct some mistakes at the database.I wanted to draw your attention on Anna Iodo,there were neither information before,only 4 poor games.She deserves a little more,I believe
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  Benzol: <stanleys> You could upload the games that feature in the link you provided on her thread via the PGN Upload Utility facility.
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  Honza Cervenka: I have completed a file of Enrico Paoli's missing games and sent it to just now. They will be in the database soon.
Premium Chessgames Member We just processed and inserted 866 new games. Thank you Honza!
Jan-13-06  BIDMONFA: Enrico Paoli

PAOLI, Enrico

Jan-13-09  alfiepa: If match Fischer - karpov 1975 was possible to play the " referee" was Enrico Paoli Both Fischer Both Karpov was agree on the name of enrico paoli . A name very very important for the italian chess's world an a "gentleman".
Jan-13-09  WhiteRook48: it's hard to believe this guy lived so long!!
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  Fusilli: <WhiteRook48: it's hard to believe this guy lived so long!!> Yeah, hard to believe for a grandmaster. GMs lead hard lives, most of them endemically short of money. For their life expectancy during the 20th century, take world champions: Capablanca and Alekhine were born 20 or fewer years earlier than Paoli and died in their 50s. Botvinnik lived 82 years and Smyslov is 88 this year, but Tal and Petrosian died in their fifties. Spassky is in his seventies but Fischer passed at 64. Karpov, Kasparov, etc. were born in the second half of the twentieth century, way later than Paoli... they are subject to much better life expectancies than their predecessors.
Jun-28-11  LIFE Master AJ: I actually met Paoli in my travels while in the military ...

He passed away about 10 years ago, I believe.

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  FSR: His bio says he died December 15, 2005.
Jun-28-11  Nina Myers: <LIFE Master AJ: <He passed away about 10 years ago, I believe.>> Close enough.
Jun-28-11  LIFE Master AJ: Sorry! I was going from memory alone.

Its funny sometimes how life turns out.

When I was in the military, (to be honest); I pretty much despised my job. Constant movement, the war-games were very vigorous, I had to put up with crap from higher-ranked people and lower-ranked people ... I could go on and on and on. I really hated most of it. (Of course, all I wanted to do was play chess!)

In retrospect, things were not so bad. I got to do a lot of interesting things. I traveled all over Europe, all on the Air Force's dime. (I am sure I have been to most of the major air bases in Europe.) I went to chess clubs and chess tournaments in France, Italy, Spain, etc. (It was during these travels I met Paoli.)

I even got to watch (parts of) several international tournaments. I even once got Garry Kasparov's autograph at a tournament, although I have since managaed to lose the book with his signature. (I used to take it everywhere, and show it to anyone that I met.)

So unless I win the lottery or something equally dramatic, (And I don't even buy lottery tickets anymore, I consider them a waste of money.); I will never get the opportunity to travel to Europe again.

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  Colonel Mortimer: <I will never get the opportunity to travel to Europe again.>

You could build a raft.

Jun-28-11  LIFE Master AJ: UGH! (Sounds like an idea for a <corny> reality show.)
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  Penguincw: < Jan-13-09
WhiteRook48: it's hard to believe this guy lived so long!! >

I agree. Nearly 100.

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