Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing User Profile Chessforum

Member since Aug-09-04
Mariano Sana, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (I am exactly five years GM Alexey Shirov 's senior), living in the US since 1995. Since summer 2009, I am an associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University: Previously, I was at Louisiana State University (2003-2009).

My published academic work can be seen here:

My avatar comes from a cartoon of mine drawn by a friend. My username, besides the pasta, is my cat's name, inspired by this cartoon:

My first tournament was at age 12 in 1979 in Argentina, and in that first stage of my chess life I played until the early 1990s. I finished 8th in the Argentine junior championship in 1985. So, I was good enough, but not great. (That same evaluation is apt today.) Unfortunately, no game scores survived from those years.

I started to play again when I finished grad school in Philadelphia in 2003. I play between zero and five tournaments a year.

I won the Louisiana State Championship in 2007. My playing wasn't that great, but I was mentally well prepared, slept well, and had a touch of luck. I played the Swiss gambit... Lost the first game and then won six in a row. This was my last round win, where I got lucky after playing the opening pretty terribly: J Rousselle vs M Sana, 2007.

More recently, I won the under 2200 section of the US Open in 2014. Again, Swiss gambit. Lost the first one, then won five in a row. Then I lost game 7, but won games 8 and 9. My last round win was featured as a Tuesday puzzle: K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014. (I think this is my best game since I started to play again in 2003.)

I'd say that I am essentially a good but inconsistent player. For years I've been hovering around 2200. On a good day, well rested and inspired, I can collect an FM or IM scalp (T Bartell vs M Sana, 2009, R Burnett vs M Sana, 2012, M Sana vs C Blocker, 2014, M Sana vs R Burnett, 2015). But on a bad day, I can play horribly and lose against whoever is sitting in front of me, losing tons of rating points at once.

I hold the title of National Master. My FIDE rating is 2132. Whenever I have a really good tournament, it is not FIDE rated!

When I was a teenager I studied briefly with IM Jaime Emma, who was Argentine champion in 1978. Mostly, I studied alone, but I didn't study much. I also attended group classes at my club, taught by FM Mariano Varga (there's no game of his in this database). He was a great coach, actually.

In the summer I am likely to hit the road and play an open tournament or two. In particular, I like the World Open and the US Open. I also like to play the city championship here in Nashville. If you see me at a tournament, feel free to say hi. I am a friendly fellow!

When I post comments on this website, I always disclose if I am checking with my engine. Since I often do not, I may post flawed suggestions.

My participation on this website goes through ebbs and flows. It can be addictive and distract me from work, so I need to regulate that!

On August 9, 2014, I had my 10th year anniversary on Cheers!

IMPORTANT: Please do not post politically partisan or angry comments on my forum. Social commentary is welcomed if presented in an analytical and respectful way. (Although, as a general principle, I think those topics have a better home in other pages of this website.) Thank you.

>> Click here to see Fusilli's game collections. Full Member

   Fusilli has kibitzed 3749 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-24-17 F Berkes vs M Neubauer, 2007
Fusilli: Maybe "criterion" will end up vanishing, just like "datum" did. Data is technically plural, but by now, both singular and plural are standard usage for that word ( ).
   Mar-21-17 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 (replies)
Fusilli: <al wazir: Wouldn't 55. Rd8 also have won?> <If 55...Rh6, then 56. g5 Rg6> Actually, instead of Rg6, 55...Rxc6+ and black wins. But instead of 56.g5, I think 56.Rd1 and white still wins.
   Mar-21-17 Roberto Grau (replies)
Fusilli: <hemy> Thank you, but I will pass. I don't feel that comfortable reading on the computer. But the main reason is that I never make the time to go over the books I already have!
   Mar-21-17 N Kasimov vs P Sangla, 1967
Fusilli: 20...Be7? 21.Bb5. Oops! Well executed from then on, <hemy>, not leaving black the slightest chance.
   Mar-18-17 Karpov vs Ponomariov, 2007 (replies)
Fusilli: <BOSTER: < sfm > ,< Fusilli> :What Pono played is way stronge>. Maybe you are right, but Karpov could play 33.Rf3, not Rg1. IF exf3, Qe7.> Then Rxd7, Qxd7 Qxh3+, Qxh3 Rxh3+, Kg1 Rh2 [DIAGRAM] ...f2+ is unstoppable and wins.
   Mar-17-17 Panno vs Najdorf, 1968 (replies)
Fusilli: <Howard> here's your reminder!
   Mar-16-17 A Gupta vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
Fusilli: <YouRang> <... Easy Thursday> I have to agree. If black had even a remotely resisting move against Rc8, then it would escalate in difficulty, but that's not the case today.
   Mar-16-17 C Holt vs Kamsky, 2013
Fusilli: Good comment, <SteinitzLives>. Kamsky gave us a positional jewel here.
   Mar-16-17 Larry Mark Christiansen
Fusilli: <diagonal> I think it's a pretty good quote. "Attack with Larry C" is now my favorite video series on ICC. It used to be Yermo's "What every Russian schoolboy knows" but I got tired of Yermo's long rambling at the beginning of each video. I don't know if it's the software I ...
   Mar-15-17 YouRang chessforum (replies)
Fusilli: I got the flu. Just played a 5-minute game and lost on time with my opponent still having 2 minutes, playing lethargically. Not a good idea. I should be Netflix-binging, but I just feel miserable.
(replies) indicates a reply to the comment.

My Facerook Wall

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 57 OF 57 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Boomie> Cool song! I didn't know it, thank you.
Premium Chessgames Member
  heuristic: <fusilli>
my background and profession is STEM-based. I see a lot of issues related to misunderstanding of STEM concepts. this article says it better than I can:

I know little about sociology. so I ask you; is there much auto-didactism in this field? and if so, what is your perception of the issues? for instance; I see a lot of self-taught folks espouse aspects in psychology and archeology; but rarely in this domain of the social sciences!

since this is your forum and you're active in managing it's content; feel free to delete this.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Hi <heuristic>, thank you for stopping by!

I appreciate your question, and will answer it, but this week looks like I'll be swamped. So, I may take some time, but will get to it.


Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: They want diversity in everything except ideas. Remember, never question.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Fusilli> Have you come across any good academic feminist studies done by a feminist?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <K13> I don't read much of the most focused gender literature, but feminists write about a lot of things, so yes, I have read good work by feminists.

These days I am mostly concerned with surviving the semester! The last stretch is punishing!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Fusilli> I wanna read them, if you could recommend some.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <K13> How about this one:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Fusilli> That will take a while. Anything online that's free and under 50 pages (excluding bibliography)?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <K13> Look up Paula England on google scholar. You'll find plenty of articles. Hopefully some of them available online. Another demographer who is a prominent gender scholar is Susan Watkins.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Fusilli> None of them are third-wave feminists. Coincidence?

Thanks. I will look into them.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: If anyone is interested, my review of Gary Alan Fine's "Players and Pawns" for the American Journal of Sociology is posted on my page:

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <parisattack....I couldn't handle either candidate. Similar circumstances this year - one is a pathological liar with narcissistic personality disorder, the other a career criminal. But I voted.>

The choice was indeed between Scylla and Charybdis.

<Fusilli....Homophily is also on the rise. Social media does not make it easy to mingle and communicate with those who hold alternative views. To the contrary, it strengthens the bonds between those who think alike, making them more sure of their positions and more hostile to others.....>

Ah, a new word for my lexicon today!

The phenomenon you have described above may be observed at a page here which I do not propose to name, especially with regard to one particular religion.

<....Those of us who see ourselves as moderates, and subscribe to checkered politics, are shrinking as a group. And the extremes get more and more extreme over time. These trends are worrisome, and bad for the country.>

This polarisation can only carry negative consequences in my view if left unchecked.

Whilst my political leanings have always been to the left, and were indeed socialist in my youth, I have little truck with the extreme positions of either conservative or liberal ideology, both of which in my view propose to very neatly classify others, most especially those who are not as themselves, and dictate the behaviour of the latter.

<....Inserted as I am in the liberal academic environment, I have had enough of liberal arrogance and condescension. I am tired of group-think....>

Give me a person who disagrees with my every point of view but knows how to use their head any day over someone who is only capable of marching in lockstep.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Thank you <perfidious>. I always value your wit and your opinions. Stop by my forum any time!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: <Fusilli> Hi - would you agree to become a <cg> editor? We editors tend to become absorbed each in our own chosen projects, so every new contributor helps... and you certainly meet criteria for being reliable and trustworthy. Please? :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Annie K> Thank you for the offer, but what does it entail? Any expectations? I would not want to disappoint.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: There are no expectations (well, except for reading the Chessgames Editor Guide, maybe). ;)

You decide what you want to do, and when you want to do it. :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <Annie K> Count me in, then!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Great - welcome to the team!

Your superpowers will kick in later today... :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Annie K.: Great - welcome to the team!>

I'll sign that.

<....Your superpowers will kick in later today... :)>


Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: Don't forget to openly disagree with feminism on campus for a chance to get fired for wrongthink and win cool prizes! Prizes include $500,000 in cash, a free house up to $350,000 of your choosing, a 2017 Mercedes Benz S600 sedan, and $50,000 worth of gift cards to Best Buy. Expires Feb. 10, 2017.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <K13> I respect your opinions (and sense of humor) but is it possible that it's time to buy a premium membership again and revive your own forum? I promise to visit you and post on it now and then. :) (Besides, you'd get more traffic there than on my forum.)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Fusilli> Sorry for the late reply. My forum is closed not because my premium membership is about to end. I'm just not visiting this site often enough to justify the forum being on.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Sad day:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Practice your Spanish!

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 57)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 57 OF 57 ·  Later Kibitzing>

Take the Premium Membership Tour
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific user and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.

You are not logged in to
If you need an account, register now;
it's quick, anonymous, and free!
If you already have an account, click here to sign-in.

View another user profile:

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC