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Salvatore Matera
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1964 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2425

Overall record: +14 -24 =19 (41.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B22 B43 B97 B68 B69
 King's Indian (10) 
    E67 E82 E60 E76 E69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Matera vs Nunn, 1975 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs S Matera, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Browne vs S Matera, 1976 0-1

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(born Feb-05-1951, 67 years old) United States of America

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Salvatore Joseph Matera was awarded the IM title in 1976. He was US Junior Champion in 1967.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Matera vs I Zalys  ½-½46196465th US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. Robert E Byrne vs S Matera  1-027196667th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. S Matera vs H Shelton  1-040196667th US OpenA22 English
4. E Formanek vs S Matera  1-035196667th US OpenD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
5. S Matera vs I A Dahlberg  ½-½34196667th US OpenA21 English
6. R J Gross vs S Matera  ½-½25196667th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
7. A Spiller vs S Matera  1-046196667th US OpenE70 King's Indian
8. G Tiers vs S Matera 0-142196970th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. S Matera vs I Zalys  1-055196970th US OpenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. S Matera vs P Brandts  ½-½36196970th US OpenC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. V Pupols vs S Matera  1-038196970th US OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. W Batchelder vs S Matera  0-131196970th US OpenE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
13. S Matera vs Peter Rhee  1-032196970th US OpenB50 Sicilian
14. Vukcevich vs S Matera  1-029196970th US OpenB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. S Matera vs J A Grefe  ½-½30196970th US OpenB06 Robatsch
16. J Bolton vs S Matera  1-028196970th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. K Spraggett vs S Matera  0-1311973Can. Open, OttawaB89 Sicilian
18. S Matera vs K Commons  1-0571974HoustonE60 King's Indian Defense
19. J A Grefe vs S Matera  1-0261974HoustonB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
20. S Matera vs C Chellstorp  ½-½131974HoustonA36 English
21. A Karklins vs S Matera  0-1601974HoustonC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
22. Korchnoi vs S Matera 1-0331974New YorkA14 English
23. J Kaplan vs S Matera  ½-½191974HoustonB08 Pirc, Classical
24. A Matanovic vs S Matera  1-0511974HoustonB06 Robatsch
25. S Matera vs Mednis  0-1291974HoustonE60 King's Indian Defense
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  Joshka: Anyone have any info on what happened to this former Junior Champ? Collins called him a prodigy!
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  Peligroso Patzer: All I can tell you, <Joshka>, is he was Player of the Day at today (14 Aug 2006). If I recall, Matera liked to use the Closed System as White against the Sicilian, but the games database here is so small (for example, seemingly no games where he had White and opened with 1. e4), it does not show up in his Most played openings.
Aug-14-06  Caissanist: He seems to have made his career on Wall Street, as have many top American masters. For a while he was a vice president at a company called Government Securities Clearance Corporation.
Aug-14-06  belgradegambit: Sal was a classmate of mine at Columbia. In 1971 he was first board on a team with Gary Klein, Robert Gruchacz, and J Loftson which won the Pan American Intercollegiate (I was a weak 2nd teamer). Its really too bad that there are no games in the database from that tournament. He was a great trash talker during our blitz games (I never beat him).
Dec-27-06  Caissanist: Matera was one of the chess players who worked for Bankers Trust in the early nineties. This came about after Norman Weinstein convinced his employer to place an ad in Chess Life, seeking titled players who would like to pursue an investment banking career.
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  perfidious: Matera was the first titled player I ever faced, as a 1900 player, at the 1978 Hartford Open. I well remember how nervy I was.
Aug-14-10  chopin4525: Judging from the name and the surname, I really thought he was an Italian player unknown to me. I was wrong. :)
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  GrahamClayton: <Joshka>Collins called him a prodigy!

You are referring to Collins' book 'My seven chess prodigies", which listed Matera along with Fischer, Byrne, Lombardy, D Byrne, Weinstein and Cohen.

Jan-08-11  Avner Mart: Met Matera in the USA vs Israel, first round of the 1969 Students Olympics,in Dresden, East Germany. Luckily for me I won :)
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