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Member since Jan-18-09 · Last seen Oct-19-18
I was born in the province of Calabria in Italy. I immigrated (legally) to the United States when I was a wee bit over one-year old and didn't learn fluent English until the nuns beat my native language out of me at six years old.

I learned how to play chess at age nine and became decent at the game (beating most of the grown-ups around me) by fourteen years old.

I volunteered and served in the U.S. Army and Reserves for a total of six years (four active, two reserves) as a tanker on M60A1s, M60A3s and M1 Abrams. That explains my avatar.

I enjoy reading books on history, international relations, law, spy thrillers and science fiction. Oh, and of course, chess.

I have several so-called "favorite" chess players, past and present. However, the list is too long. So its difficult to pick one favorite.

Through my years and as a result of experience and observation, I've learned that we as humans hate being wrong and we dislike having to say "I'm sorry" or "I apologize". So, I believe it actually takes some real courage to admit when we're wrong and to apologize to those we offend or hurt.

So, if I'm wrong, or if I offend or hurt someone on this site with what I write, call me to task, and I'll admit my mistake or if appropriate, apologize.

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   Lupara has kibitzed 268 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-08-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
   Jun-08-18 Wesley So (replies)
Lupara: I'm glad Wesley has found a new attitude regarding short draws. I do recall the last round of the Reykjavik Open 2013 where Wesley could have won the tournament if he had played to win. Instead he offered a draw after three moves: Eljanov vs W So, 2013 But in all seriousness, keep ...
   Jun-07-18 Caruana vs W So, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Black did resign.
   May-02-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
Lupara: In his book My System, Nimzowitsch refers to two bishops on adjacent diagonals aimed at the enemy castled position as "Horwitz Bishops."
   Apr-25-18 Caruana vs Akobian, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Peculiar thing about Caruana's wins against Lenderman in Round 2 and Akobian in Round 7 is both of them are French Defense specialists. Ouch! <HeHateMe> I don't think it's massive home prep as much as Caruana's better understanding of the resulting positions. Nonetheless, ...
   Apr-24-18 Robson vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: When I originally posted the link to video of the Round 6 coverage and the interview of Caruana, the video was about 4 hours long and the interview started at 2:01:10. Since then, they restored all of the Round 6 coverage and the video is now almost 6 hours long and the Caruana ...
   Apr-22-18 Caruana vs Z Izoria, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Definite case of Caruana needlessly over-pressing in an equal/drawn position late in the game. Izoria played tenaciosly and deservedly won.
   Apr-20-18 Caruana vs Lenderman, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Black's Queen was the most "active" piece in the game, making 7 out of the first 19 moves. Maybe old opening principles/fundamentals, like don't move the same piece too many times and don't bring the Queen out too early, do still work from time to time. : )
   Apr-13-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
Lupara: I have the old Dover edition of Reinfeld's Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. I think I purchased it in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I also have the Dover edition of Reinfeld's book on Lasker's Best Games of Chess 1889-1914. <Chanco> I know the feeling of being swamped with too ...
   Apr-09-18 Vitiugov vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: If Caruana continues to press for the win now that he only needs a draw, are we going to have another debate consuming pages of posts on this website?!
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