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Enrico Paoli
Number of games in database: 982
Years covered: 1949 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 1920

Overall record: +235 -477 =270 (37.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (251) 
    B93 B35 B41 B43 B83
 French Defense (55) 
    C05 C03 C11 C02 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B93 B95 B94 B92 B90
 Two Knights (36) 
    C58 C57 C59 C55
 Giuoco Piano (35) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Sicilian Dragon (33) 
    B35 B70 B73 B72 B34
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (158) 
    B30 B89 B57 B88 B64
 King's Indian (47) 
    E67 E62 E69 E70 E95
 Semi-Slav (37) 
    D46 D43 D45 D47 D44
 Slav (24) 
    D11 D14 D19 D17 D18
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (24) 
    B64 B65 B69 B63 B67
 English, 1 c4 e5 (23) 
    A25 A22 A20 A28 A27
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotov vs E Paoli, 1950 0-1
   E Paoli vs C Kottnauer, 1949 1-0
   B Pantebre Martinez vs E Paoli, 1976 0-1
   E Bozzali vs E Paoli, 2001 0-1
   A Magrin vs E Paoli, 1980 0-1
   E Paoli vs Sliwa, 1954 1-0
   E Paoli vs J Sefc, 1949 1-0
   E Paoli vs P Michel, 1950 1-0
   G Cappello vs E Paoli, 1967 0-1
   E Paoli vs S Pederzoli, 1973 1-0

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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 982  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer  1-0371949Venice-PragueB58 Sicilian
2. Kovacs vs E Paoli 0-1301949Schlechter memD90 Grunfeld
3. E Paoli vs H Mueller  ½-½621949Schlechter memB58 Sicilian
4. E Paoli vs K Kaliwoda  1-0301949Schlechter memC58 Two Knights
5. B Rabar vs E Paoli  1-0411949Schlechter memB01 Scandinavian
6. K Galia vs E Paoli  ½-½191949Schlechter memC42 Petrov Defense
7. Puc vs E Paoli  1-0461949Schlechter memC78 Ruy Lopez
8. E Paoli vs J Platt  0-1651949Schlechter memB56 Sicilian
9. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer  0-1261949Schlechter memB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. E Paoli vs Foltys 1-0231949Schlechter memB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. Lokvenc vs E Paoli  0-1421949Schlechter memA06 Reti Opening
12. A Beni vs E Paoli  ½-½561949Schlechter memD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. E Paoli vs G Fletzer  1-0281949Schlechter memB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. E Paoli vs Opocensky  0-1641949Schlechter memB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
15. E Paoli vs C Kottnauer 1-0191949Reti MemorialB58 Sicilian
16. Ujtelky vs E Paoli  1-0301949Reti MemorialD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
17. E Paoli vs S Erdelyi  1-0511949Reti MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. E Paoli vs J Sefc 1-0251949Reti MemorialC58 Two Knights
19. Prins vs E Paoli  1-0341949Reti MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Szabo vs E Paoli 0-1611949VeniceA06 Reti Opening
21. E Paoli vs O'Kelly  1-0651949Reti MemorialB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. E Paoli vs J Platt  0-1331949Reti MemorialB72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. E Paoli vs Rossolimo 0-1251949Reti MemorialC57 Two Knights
24. E Paoli vs Foltys  0-1331949Reti MemorialC11 French
25. Szabo vs E Paoli  1-0351949Reti MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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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.

Jun-28-11  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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  diagonal: Enrico Paoli has also been the driving force behind the legendary <Reggio Emilia> chess tournament series:

<Fifty-four editions annually in a row for a closed invitation tournament is amazing, all in the little town of Reggio Emilia.

After two Reggio Prequels, the "Torneo di Capodanno" was created in 1958, and built on the enthusiasm of Enrico Paoli (1908-2005), GM honoris causa. The name was due to the fact that it starts immediately after Christmas to end in the day of Epiphany.

The peak was in 1991/92 when for the thirty-fourth tournament, the organisers managed to reach category 18 (average of Elo 2676), the strongest chess event at that time won by Vishy Anand ahead of joint Boris Gelfand and Garry Kasparov.

World Champions Kasparov, Spassky, Smyslov all did play, but did not win!>

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  thegoodanarchist: What was the secret to his longevity?

I imagine that he had an agreeable wife and that he drank a glass of red wine every evening.

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  Marmot PFL: Mediterranean diet. Olive oil delivers healthy monounsaturated fats and plant compounds called polyphenols.
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  Sularus: longevity + survived two world wars. wow! RIP.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Marmot PFL: Mediterranean diet. Olive oil delivers healthy monounsaturated fats and plant compounds called polyphenols.>

Wine has polyphenols too.

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  john barleycorn: < thegoodanarchist: ...

Wine has polyphenols too>

Good news. Who can handle 5 liters of olive oil per day?

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