Mariano Sana, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1967), living in the US since 1995. Since summer 2009, I am an associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sociology.... Previously, I was at Louisiana State University (2003-2009).
My avatar comes from a cartoon of mine drawn by a friend in Baton Rouge. My username, besides the famous pasta, is my cat's name, inspired by this cartoon: http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/F....
I won the Louisiana State Championship in 2007--my claim to fame! I was seeded third or fourth and it was really nice to win. My playing wasn't that great, but I was mentally well prepared, slept well, and had a touch of luck.
When I was a teenager I studied briefly with IM Jaime Emma, who was Argentine champion in 1978. (By "briefly" I mean a year or two). Mostly, I studied alone, but I didn't study much. My best result as a youngster was finishing eighth in the Argentine junior championship in 1985. In the early 1990s I quit and did not play tournament chess until 2003, when, now in the U.S., I started to play again.
My USCF rating, as of January 2012, is 2169. I hold the title of National Master. My FIDE rating is 2139.
I wish I had more time for chess, but in addition to work I have another hobby (Argentine tango dancing).
When I play a tournament, I generally post positions from my games on my chessforum. I also post my tournament results there. I know this is self-centered, but, hey, it's *my* forum!
Earlier this year (2012) I submitted a number of my games to chessgames.com, and they are now part of the database. I selected games that I thought could be interesting in some way.
When I post comments on this website, I always disclose if I am checking with my engine. The default for me is not to check and use my own head, which of course often leads me to post failing suggestions.