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Sabino Brunello
Number of games in database: 462
Years covered: 2003 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2559 (2647 rapid, 2652 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2617

Overall record: +196 -110 =150 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B30 B90 B43 B48 B35
 King's Indian (21) 
    E60 E81 E62 E73 E75
 Slav (18) 
    D11 D12 D10 D15 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D30 D38 D35 D06 D37
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D85 D71 D96 D76 D80
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    E00 A45 A41 A50 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C78 C92 C89 C69 C77
 Slav (26) 
    D10 D16 D18 D12 D11
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B18 B12 B10 B11 B13
 Sicilian (24) 
    B48 B20 B44 B43 B47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C91 C84 C89 C92 C96
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E46 E54 E34 E49 E42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Guido vs S Brunello, 2007 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs S Brunello, 2014 0-1
   S Brunello vs D Reinderman, 2014 1-0
   C Wagener vs S Brunello, 2016 0-1
   M Illingworth vs S Brunello, 2014 0-1
   A Kovchan vs S Brunello, 2013 0-1
   S Brunello vs R Edouard, 2005 1/2-1/2
   S Brunello vs S Malikentzos, 2012 1-0
   J Mehringer vs S Brunello, 2016 0-1
   S Brunello vs R Kozlov, 2006 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Group C (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   Isle of Man Open (2016)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)

   Lorenzo Lodici vs S Brunello (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2
   S Brunello vs M Godena (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   P L Basso vs S Brunello (Dec-18-16) 0-1, rapid
   S Brunello vs A David (Dec-18-16) 0-1, rapid
   M Godena vs S Brunello (Dec-18-16) 0-1, rapid

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(born Jun-27-1989, 27 years old) Italy

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FIDE awarded Brunello the Grandmaster title in 2010. He won the Tata Steel (Group C) (2013) with an 11/13 score, one of the best performances in the 75-year history of the Wijk aan Zee tournament. An excellent 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championships (2013) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2013), but he lost to Pavel Eljanov in the first round and was eliminated from the contest. Brother of Marina Brunello and Roberta Brunello.

He is the author of the book "Attacking the Spanish" (2009).

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 462  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Brunello vs B Belotti  ½-½30 2003 Intel Pentium4B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. S Brunello vs L Lenic  0-152 2004 Wch U16B30 Sicilian
3. M Huerga Leache vs S Brunello  1-064 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. S Brunello vs R Rehberg  1-017 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. S Brunello vs R Edouard  ½-½42 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
6. S Brunello vs I Brener  ½-½42 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16B30 Sicilian
7. S Brunello vs Mikhalchishin  0-147 2005 Mitropa CupC45 Scotch Game
8. A Kveinys vs S Brunello  1-045 2005 19th Pula OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. S Brunello vs J Cronan  1-036 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16B01 Scandinavian
10. K Vijay vs S Brunello  ½-½50 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16C47 Four Knights
11. T H Toufighi vs S Brunello  ½-½62 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16C47 Four Knights
12. N Yap vs S Brunello  0-130 2005 BELFORT YWCC Boys Under 16C77 Ruy Lopez
13. S Brunello vs F Vallejo Pons  0-129 2005 21st European Club CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. S Brunello vs T Luukkonen  1-040 2005 21st European Club CupB30 Sicilian
15. P Makoli vs S Brunello  1-031 2005 21st European Club CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. S Brunello vs T Kett  1-035 2005 21st European Club CupB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
17. S Brunello vs A Gunnarsson  0-181 2005 21st European Club CupC45 Scotch Game
18. V Novikov vs S Brunello  1-056 2005 21st European Club CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
19. J Aulin-Jansson vs S Brunello  1-030 2005 21st European Club CupA02 Bird's Opening
20. S Brunello vs I Naumkin  ½-½33 2006 Verona opC45 Scotch Game
21. J Rowson vs S Brunello  1-041 2006 Verona OpenE12 Queen's Indian
22. S Brunello vs Eljanov  ½-½41 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB30 Sicilian
23. Hracek vs S Brunello  1-040 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC78 Ruy Lopez
24. S Brunello vs C Pace  1-028 2006 37th Chess OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. S Brunello vs M Poulsen  1-048 2006 37th Chess OlympiadC02 French, Advance
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 462  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Octavia: Sabino is coming to Scotland - how old is he?
Jun-21-07  BIDMONFA: Sabino Brunello


May-08-10  notyetagm: A *beautiful* combination:

<(1) Bellini,Fabio - Brunello,Sabino [B51]

42. CIS Master Arvier (Ao), 30.04.2010

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  GrahamClayton: Finally a GM and author of "Attacking the Spanish":

Jan-27-13  Karposian: Winner of Tata Steel C-group 2013. Bravo Sabino!! E forza Italia!!
Jan-27-13  Karpova: Impressive win with 11/13 (+9 =4 -0): Tata Steel (Group C) (2013)

Performance of 2764 (

Jul-28-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Sabino must have had some birthday luck his way. In round 1 of the Politiken Cup (28 July) 2013, he won an endgame despite the material being rook and four pawns versus his rook and bishop!
Aug-06-13  Karpova: In Fabiano's shadow, he has established himself as Italy's 2nd best player and with another strong showing at Politiken Cup (2013) with a 7th place (places 2-8 shared 8.0/10 points - -) with a score of +8 =0 -2 and a performance of 2627 -

His new rating will be 2602 according to the official site

Jan-19-14  john barleycorn: I know a Brunello di Montalcino, 1995. Any relation?
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Good vintage!
Jan-19-14  john barleycorn: <whiteshark: Good vintage!> Definitely! Had it in Como, sitting outside with a great view, back in 2003.
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  Stonehenge: Was he born on 07-26 or 06-27?

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  Penguincw: Congratz to Sabino Brunello for winning the Durban Open 2014 (and also 18.4 rating points)! He finished with 9/11, edging out Sahaj Grover on the 2nd tiebreaks 65.5-62.5 (whatever it was). Brunello would've never won if it weren't for the black draw against Grover in Round 4 or the white win against Gupta in Round 7. Gupta finished half a point behind.

The only other Italian at the event was Axel Rombladoni, who finished with 7/11.

Jul-13-16  CountryGirl: Interesting player. Despite authoring a nice book on the Spanish, his record as black with this appears woeful. He seems to have much better stats with the Caro-Kann or Sicilian. ChessGames does not have many French Advance games of his, but apparently he is an absolute killer with this system, scoring over 80%.
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