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Member since Dec-19-05 · Last seen Jan-21-17
From Italy, born 1970.
Undeservedly FM - I was over 2300 for only 6 months in all my career! Now playing chess (worse and worse) only in the little spare time my job leaves me. Computer databases are great, but the nearly infallible engines we have today are killing most of the pleasure of chess, for me at least. I try to use Fritz & C. as little as possible. After starting to realize how tough it is to play chess at a decent level, I have great admiration for nearly all the top players of the past and present, but my personal favorite is Vassily Smyslov.

   Prugno has kibitzed 310 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-24-16 F Ferretti vs M Bagi, 2016
Prugno: Hopefully nobody is ever going to look at this game, but let me submit a correction just in case, before anyone points out that most of the last 10 moves make no sense. Here is what was actually played, as far as I can reconstruct from my scoresheet (everything OK until move 34): 35.
   Mar-13-16 J S Christiansen vs Shabalov, 2016
Prugno: It would take some time to analyze this game properly (what happens after 25. Kh1, for instance?), but an old-fashioned king hunt is always great fun for all the spectators. Congratulations to Shabalov, whose aggressive style hasn't changed much over the years, and to his young ...
   Feb-22-16 Patrick Hummel
Prugno: He must be another very bright individual who gave up chess because it was too one-sided for his mind, judging by what he is doing now at Google:
   Jun-14-15 Jeff Sarwer
Prugno: He appears to be doing very well in his return to "classical" chess after a long layoff, leading a Category 7 Round Robin event ahead of several GMs and IMs after 7 rounds of 9:
   May-24-15 Jakovenko vs Gelfand, 2015 (replies)
Prugno: This is the kind of finish that makes me want to agree with Nigel Short on changing the stalemate rule. A spectacular swindle by Gelfand, for sure, but by no means a fair result.
   Jan-23-15 Alexander Lastin (replies)
Prugno: Amen. There is a very disturbing trend of strong and relatively young Russian GMs fading away and dying prematurely in the last few years. Vyzhmanavin, S. Kiselev, Chuprov, last year Kharlov, now Lastin... unfortunately I keep feeling that all these departures might be caused not ...
   Jan-01-15 Joost Wempe
Prugno: <Domdaniel> Probably in this case it just shows Mr. Wempe to be a diligent student of the French defence, rather than a creative player. The plan with ... Kd7 and ... Qh7 in this line is known at least since the game Kiril Georgiev vs Yusupov, 1993 , which I believe is the stem
   Nov-01-14 Zurab Sturua (replies)
Prugno: GM Sturua is sharing the lead with John Nunn in the World Senior Championships (Over 50 section) after 7 rounds of 11. Several other players still in the run for first place. Here is the link to the official website (no games from the event yet available on Chessgames, as far as I ...
   Jun-13-14 Rajko Bogdanovic
Prugno: Congratulations to IM Bogdanovic for sharing second place in a reasonably strong Open event at the age of 83 (!):
   May-06-14 A Rombaldoni vs F Bruno, 2014
Prugno: Perhaps the previous moves were not all recorded correctly, but the blunder by Axel is quite real. I was playing in the event (fortunately my games are missing since our team was always on the bottom boards...) and after the round several participants were commenting on this ...
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