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Luca Shytaj
Number of games in database: 195
Years covered: 2003 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2453 (2377 rapid, 2372 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507

Overall record: +45 -42 =52 (51.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B90 B40 B51 B27 B30
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (12) 
 French Defense (9) 
    C07 C03 C05 C11 C00
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C07 C05 C03
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B18 B14 B17 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B90 B56 B50 B29 B96
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B96 B91 B94 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A46 A45 E00 E10 D05
 Reti System (7) 
    A04 A05
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E32 E46 E47
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A37 A30 A31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Shytaj vs D Rogozenco, 2017 1-0
   L Shytaj vs V Malakhatko, 2009 1-0
   L Shytaj vs A Donchenko, 2016 1-0
   L Shytaj vs F Ranieri, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   Italian Team Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Olympiad (2008)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   L Shytaj vs P Zelbel (Mar-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   L Shytaj vs Hracek (Mar-10-18) 0-1
   L Shytaj vs J van Foreest (Feb-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Rapport vs L Shytaj (Feb-24-18) 1-0
   B Krause vs L Shytaj (Feb-04-18) 0-1

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(born Feb-03-1986, 33 years old) Albania (federation/nationality Italy)

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Grandmaster Luca Shytaj plays for the Italian Chess Federation. He is married to Elisabeth Paehtz.

Wikipedia article: Luca Shytaj

Last updated: 2019-02-03 05:48:35

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Shytaj vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½352003Lido Estensi op 4thB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. L Shytaj vs A Femiano  ½-½492004Campobasso op 11thB30 Sicilian
3. L Shytaj vs F Mutabazi 1-021200436th OlympiadB07 Pirc
4. Fedorov vs L Shytaj  1-031200436th OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. D Tyomkin vs L Shytaj  1-025200436th OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. L Shytaj vs J Isaev  ½-½44200436th OlympiadB30 Sicilian
7. S Bouaziz vs L Shytaj 1-017200436th OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. L Shytaj vs M Pukkila  0-148200436th OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. D Komarov vs L Shytaj  1-0282006XXVI Open AA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Godena vs L Shytaj  0-1292006Verona OpenB50 Sicilian
11. L Shytaj vs J Rowson  ½-½922006Verona OpenC45 Scotch Game
12. L Shytaj vs P Meier  1-030200637th Chess OlympiadB27 Sicilian
13. L Shytaj vs S Atalik  ½-½37200637th Chess OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
14. F Bellini vs L Shytaj 0-151200637th Chess OlympiadB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. L Shytaj vs F Peralta  ½-½55200637th Chess OlympiadE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. J L Munoz vs L Shytaj  0-140200637th Chess OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. L Shytaj vs Zhao Zong-Yuan  ½-½36200637th Chess OlympiadC05 French, Tarrasch
18. I Stohl vs L Shytaj  ½-½48200637th Chess OlympiadA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
19. H Olafsson vs L Shytaj  ½-½41200637th Chess OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
20. L Shytaj vs L Valdes  0-156200637th Chess OlympiadB07 Pirc
21. H Odeev vs L Shytaj  1-067200637th Chess OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. C McNab vs L Shytaj  ½-½30200637th Chess OlympiadA15 English
23. L Shytaj vs R S Jones 0-162200637th Chess OlympiadB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. F Manca vs L Shytaj  0-1352006Reggio EmiliaB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. S Brunello vs L Shytaj  ½-½172006Reggio EmiliaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-26-05  teme: This is a very good young player from Albania.
Aug-26-05  BishopofBlunder: Does he live on the second floor? (VOR)
Aug-27-05  teme: I am sorry I dont understand the question.
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  tpstar: My name is Luka/I live on the second floor/I live upstairs from you/Yes I think you've seen me before/If you hear something late at night/Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight/Just don't ask me what it was - Suzanne Vega, "Luka"
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  Benzol: <Does he live on the second floor?>

"If you want me/You can find me/Left of centre..."

Aug-27-05  teme: Nice poem. By the way I am Albanian.
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  tpstar: <teme> Nice to meet you. Just so you understand, that song is about child abuse, but any joke or reference wasn't meant in any mean fashion regarding your compatriot. Our group is very clever, plus the name Luca is less common in the states. In fact, that's one of the themes of the song = a boy named Luka.
Aug-27-05  teme: Nice to meet you too, I had no idea that was about child abuse, I didnt know it was a song ethir.
Aug-27-05  BishopofBlunder: That's why I put (VOR) after it. It is an acronym for Very Obscure Reference. Making obscure references is one of my (few) talents. My mind is full of useless knowledge. :)

And yes, I was not trying to disparage Mr. Shytaj.

Aug-28-05  teme: Oh ok I didn't know what VOR was.
Aug-28-05  teme: Btw his name is not pronounced Luka.
Nov-27-08  Karpova: He played for Italy during the Dresden Olympiad (he still played for Albania at Turin 2006) and for the Italian Federation in general.

Carlo Shytaj - his brother?

Nov-27-08  Prugno: <Karpova> Luca was forced to represent Albania in the past because he was granted Italian citizenship only last year, although he has been living in this country (in Bari) for about 15 years. Soon he will also be playing in his first Italian Championship.

He is currently based in Rome, where he got his degree in biology just before the Olympiad started (which might explain his solid but not exceptional performance in Dresden). A great talent in both chess and science, as well as a very pleasant person.

And yes, Carlo Shytaj is his older brother, a strong candidate-master level player.

Nov-27-08  Karpova: Thanks for the information, <Prugno>!


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  whiteshark: International Master from Bari of Albanian origin. Shytaj started to play chess at the age of 4 learning from his father and his brother. At 16 he graduates National Master. In 2003 he becomes Albanian national champion. In 2005 achieves the title of International Master thanks to the norms gained in the tournaments of Bratto (2004), Verona and Montecatini (2005). He played both Olympiads of Calvià (2004) and Turin (2006) with his home country National team. He closed this year's Italian Team Championship in second place with the team Salentina-Confindustria from Lecce. In 2008 he became Italian citizen, and played the recent Olympiad in Dresden with the Italian National Team, closing in a good 41st place (Italy's initial rank was 44th ). This is his second participation in Reggio Emilia after the excellent 4th place (joint with Romanishin) obtained in the 49th edition.

= = = (Italian for Beginners) = = =

Maestro Internazionale di Bari di origine albanese. Ha iniziato a giocare a 4 anni imparando dal padre e dal fratello. A 16 diventa Maestro. Campione albanese nel 2003. E’ Maestro Internazionale dal 2005 con norme ottenute a Bratto (2004), Verona e Montecatini (2005). Ha disputato le Olimpiadi di Calvià 2004 e di Torino 2006 con la nazionale del suo paese d’origine. E’ vice-Campione Italiano a squadre con la Salentina Confindustria di Lecce. Da quest’anno è cittadino italiano a tutti gli effetti ed ha disputato le recenti Olimpiadi di Dresda con la squadra azzurra classificatasi ad un buon 41esimo posto (L’Italia è al 44° posto nel ranking mondiale) Seconda partecipazione a Reggio Emilia dopo l’ottimo 4° posto (ex-aequo con Romanishin) ottenuto nella 49esima edizione.

Jul-21-10  BIDMONFA: Luca Shytaj


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  wordfunph: Scientist IM Luca Shytaj..

Aug-23-13  Lovuschka: Luca Shytaj is researching treatment in the war on HIV.

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  perfidious: Excellent, worthwhile work.

He can play a little, too.

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  whiteshark: Married to Elisabeth Paehtz since Sept. 2015:
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  MissScarlett: <Luca was forced to represent Albania in the past because he was granted Italian citizenship only last year, although he has been living in this country (in Bari) for about 15 years.>

He got off lightly. Recall that Wesley So had to endure representing the Philippines for 18 years.

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  Tabanus: Wesley So is <still representing> the Philippines, as a Philippine citizen and a Filipino by heart. He changed to US chess fededation to get better matching. I'm married to a Filipina, and sorry to say it Miss, but unless you apologize, you'll get no more help from me.
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  MissScarlett: To whom am I apologising? You, your wife, Wesley, the Philippines, <Uncle Tom Cobley>?
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  wordfunph: GM in 2018..

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