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Mariano Sana
M Sana 
Photograph courtesy of Mariano Sana.  
Number of games in database: 80
Years covered: 2003 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2113
Highest rating achieved in database: 2248
Overall record: +29 -21 =30 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C45 Scotch Game (5 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (5 games)
D35 Queen's Gambit Declined (3 games)
E08 Catalan, Closed (3 games)
A15 English (3 games)
C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer (3 games)
C77 Ruy Lopez (3 games)
B23 Sicilian, Closed (3 games)
E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3 (3 games)
A46 Queen's Pawn Game (2 games)

   🏆 TN Open
   C Polk vs M Sana (Sep-04-16) 0-1
   R Burnett vs M Sana (Jan-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   T D Andrews vs M Sana (Dec-05-15) 1/2-1/2
   T D Andrews vs M Sana (Nov-21-15) 1/2-1/2
   I Galarza Cenzano vs M Sana (Jul-03-15) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-04-1967, 50 years old) Argentina (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; in the United States since 1995. Ph.D in demography, University of Pennsylvania. Professor of sociology at Louisiana State University (2003-09), and at Vanderbilt University since 2009. He is a National Master, and was Louisiana State champion in 2007. At the 2014 U.S. Open, he won the under-2200 prize with 7/9, just half a point behind the six grandmasters who tied for first.

Mariano is a kibitzer on under the screen-name User: Fusilli.

Last updated: 2017-04-11 10:38:40

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Boudreaux vs M Sana 0-1282003Liberty Bell OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. M Sana vs C Cadman ½-½462003Liberty Bell OpenC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Z Fayvinov vs M Sana ½-½612003Liberty Bell OpenA22 English
4. M Sana vs D Filipovich ½-½312003Liberty Bell OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. J S Rouleau vs M Sana 1-0412003Liberty Bell OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
6. N Rogers vs M Sana 0-1402003Liberty Bell OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
7. J Becerra Rivero vs M Sana 1-036200432nd World OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. S Owen vs M Sana ½-½342004World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
9. M Sana vs M Costanza 1-0222004LA ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. C Locke vs M Sana 0-1292004World OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. M Sana vs Goran Markovic 1-0412004World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
12. M Sana vs A Levina ½-½412004World OpenB01 Scandinavian
13. M W Dejmek vs M Sana ½-½55200432nd World OpenB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. D Canda vs M Sana ½-½322006LA ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
15. M Sana vs W Harper 0-1322007Houston OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
16. F Brack vs M Sana 0-1442007Houston OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
17. M Sana vs J Etienne 1-0272007LA ChampA05 Reti Opening
18. J Rousselle vs M Sana 0-1412007LA ChampE08 Catalan, Closed
19. M Sana vs B Bailey 1-0362007LA ChampD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. C Zhu vs M Sana 0-1182008US OpenC59 Two Knights
21. M Sana vs B Endsley 1-0302008US OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. M Sana vs A Datta 1-0412008US OpenA14 English
23. D A Yeager vs M Sana 1-0452008US OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. M Sana vs A E Franklin ½-½802008US Class ChampA04 Reti Opening
25. T Bartell vs M Sana 0-1502009Liberty Bell OpenA15 English
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Feb-24-15  falso contacto: Mariano te puse entre Sanguineti y Anand. No estás en mala compañía. K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014
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  Fusilli: <fs> Gracias!
Mar-31-15  Moszkowski012273: You still in NOLA sir???
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  Fusilli: <Moszkowski012273: You still in NOLA sir???>

I live in Nashville. I lived in Baton Rouge in 2003-2009. I never lived in NOLA, but have been to the city countless times. I was actually there last weekend, for business.

(If you'd like to continue the conversation, feel free to post on my forum... I check my forum much more often than this page.)

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  wordfunph: amigo <Fusilli>, happy birthday!
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  Fusilli: <wordfunph> <switch> Thank you!

I just finished playing this tournament in San Sebastian:

+4 =3 -2. Not bad, considering that the two losses were a GM and an IM, and I drew another GM. I'll submit those three games and one or two more to <CG>.

Jul-04-15  epistle: In the Tagalog language SANA means "I Hope"

So I say: Sana magpakanton ka.

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  Fusilli: <epistle> Thank you, assuming magpakanton is something good! :)

What does it mean? Google translate is not helping.

Jul-04-15  epistle: OK. When I am asked I answer. To the best I can.

It all started in Guangzhou, China. Guangzhou was formerly known as Canton.

Since the Chinese have been coming to the Philippines since time immemorial, some from Canton must have landed in the country before the place became Guangzhou. They brought their food with them and introduced them to the locals. One of these was the <pancit canton>. Pancit is noodles. So it's nothing but noodles from Canton.

Philippine superstition says when it is your birthday you must eat pancit (noodles) so you will be blessed with a long life (the noodles are long, so long life. Get it?).

Also, noodles are cheap. The poor who wants to celebrate would always have pancit in the menu not only to satisfy the superstition but also to save money.

"Magpakanton" therefore is an entreaty for one to treat the greeters to a pancit canton feast.

"Sana magpakanton ka" therefore is roughly translated "I hope you treat us to a pancit canton."

But this is not all there is in the expalanation. For "Magpakanton" also sounds like "Magpakantot". I am not very familiar with the explanation here and I think you better ask wordfunph about it.

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  Fusilli: <epistle> Oh no, I planned very poorly! Instead of pancit canton, I've been eating Spanish ham!

Very informative story and background, thank you!

Jul-04-15  epistle: <Sana> is a word of longing in the Tagalog language. Some of our best love songs has <sana> for a refrain. You should memorize one of these so you can have a ready made song during parties where you can say your name over and over again (note: "Sana'y" is a contraction of "Sana ay" which means "I hope/wish that...")--

Jul-04-15  epistle: The lyrics which you should memorize--

Sana'y wala nang wakas
Kung pag-ibig ay wagas
Paglalambing sa iyong piling
Ay ligaya kong walang kahambing

Kung di malimot nang tadhana
Bigyang tuldok ang ating ligaya
Walang hanggan ay hahamakin
Pagka't walang katapusan kitang iibigin

Kahit na ilang tinik ay kaya kong tapakan
Kung iyan ang paraan upang landas mo'y masundan
Kahit ilang ulit ako'y iyong saktan
Hindi kita maaring iwanan
Kahit ilang awit ay aking aawitin
Hanggang ang himig ko'y maging himig mo na rin
Kahit ilang dagat ang dapat tawarin
Higit pa riyan ang aking gagawin

Sana'y wala nang wakas (sana'y wala nang wakas)
Kapag hapdi ay lumipas
Ang mahalaga ngayon ay pag-asa
Dala nang pag-ibig
Saksi buong daigdig (saksi buong daigdig)

Repeat II
Repeat Chorus

‘Di lamang pag-ibig ko
‘Di lamang ang buhay kong ibibigay
Sa ngalan nang pag-ibig mo
Higit pa riyan aking mahal, ang alay ko

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  Fusilli: Thanks <epistle>

Man, Tagalog sounds almost as difficult as Euskera!

Jul-04-15  epistle: Since it is your birthday, I will translate into English line-by-line:

I hope there is no end
If love is pure
Our expressions of love when we are together
My joy beyond compare

If fate will not forget
To end our bliss
I will make eternity my foe
For I shall love you without end


I will cross all roads of thorns
If that is the only way for me to reach where you are No matter how many times you hurt me
I will never, ever leave you

I will sing all the songs in the world
Until my melody shall have become yours
I will cross all seas
I shall do more than these

I hope there is no end (I hope there is no end)
When pain has passed away
What I value most is hope
Brought by love
The world is my witness (the world is my witness)

Repeat II
Repeat Chorus


Not only my love
Not only my life, I will give
In the name of your love
MOre than all of these, my love, I will give

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  Fusilli: <epistle> Thank you! I'll try singing it to my girlfriend in Tagalog and see how it goes! :)
Jul-04-15  epistle: good luck. Sana you hit the high notes well.
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  Fusilli: I just submitted four games that I played at the XXV Open Internacional de Gros, in San Sebastian (

Mariano Sana (2132) vs GM Roberto Cifuentes Parada (2449), 0-1

Mariano Sana (2132) vs GM Alfonso Romero Holmes (2469), Draw

IM Diego Del Rey (2378) vs Mariano Sana (2132), 1-0

Inigo Galarza Cenzano (2024) vs Mariano Sana (2132), Draw

Interesting games, I think.

The ratings in parenthesis are FIDE.

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  OhioChessFan: The Holmes games is pretty strong against a GM. You had a few winning chances even.
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  Fusilli: Thanks, <OCF>. The GM was very nice analyzing afterward. I did miss 21.Nd2, where he'd been in trouble.

I'm pondering whether to swing by St Louis this weekend to play the Mid-America Open ( I probably won't... it's hard for me to get into competitive play mode in the middle of the semester.

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  Fusilli: Just finished the National Open in Vegas. (Summary on my forum.)

Here's a miraculous save:

Sungho Yim (2373) v Mariano Sana (2205). White to play:

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60. Ke4. Error. Winning is:

60. a7 Nd5+ 61. Kd4 Nb6 62. Kc5 Na8 63. Nd6+ Ke6

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And here 64.Nxc4 wins (in multiple ways). But no 64. Kc6 h4 65. Ne4 Ke7 66. Kb7 Kd7...

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it looks like white can't make progress! (Which may be what my opponent saw?)

The game continued:

60... Nc8 61. Na5

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61... c3! 62. bxc3 Ke6 63. Nc6 Kd6

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64. a7 Nxa7 65.Nxa7 Kc5

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66. Kf4 Kc4 67. Kg5 Kxc3 68. Kxh5 1/2-1/2

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  Fusilli: Correction to my previous post. Actually, 60.Ke4 is fine because 60.a7 doesn't win, but black has to play 61...Nc7!, not 61...Nb6. The line ends up like the drawn position in the diagram I posted.

White had a win earlier though. I'll comment on the game page once it's up. I plan to submit my games.

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  OhioChessFan: Everyone needs to understand this position in an endgame. Kxa8 results in the pertinent 2 ranks:

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So long as the Black King is adjacent to c7, Black plays Kc7, and so long as Black has a move, White's King remains trapped. As in this game, an extra Knight is pretty much worthless if it can't capture the remainder of Black's pieces.

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  OhioChessFan: Whew, I just looked again at my last post. Very sloppy language, but the trapping of the White King while Black can shuffle Kc7/c8 is an important endgame tactic.
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  Fusilli: <OCF> Indeed on that useful concept. It is also important, in this game, that the knight is the least efficient piece to stop a passed pawn. A bishop still has long range shooting power, and so does the rook (which can normally just capture the passer), but a knight can be completely neutralized by a fast-running pawn, especially on the a or h files. So, as a general rule, if your opponent has a knight (and hopefully no other pieces but pawns), it is great to have a far away passer.
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  Fusilli: For a dramatic example of a knight stuck stopping a passed rook pawn, see

Timman vs G Garcia Gonzales, 1979

The draw cost Timman his chance to qualify for the candidate matches that year.

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