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Stefano Tatai
S Tatai 

Number of games in database: 1,293
Years covered: 1958 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2313 (2295 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495
Overall record: +412 -317 =564 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (168) 
    B43 B44 B31 B32 B89
 Ruy Lopez (72) 
    C69 C95 C72 C64 C96
 French Defense (42) 
    C07 C01 C11 C18 C03
 King's Indian (42) 
    E63 E62 E73 E75 E92
 Queen's Indian (28) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E18
 Pirc (28) 
    B08 B09 B07
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (180) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B87
 Sicilian Najdorf (86) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B99
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C63 C85 C72 C73 C95
 King's Indian (46) 
    E69 E92 E67 E60 E81
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E58 E39 E32 E41 E26
 English (36) 
    A15 A14 A10 A13 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reshevsky vs S Tatai, 1973 1/2-1/2
   S Tatai vs S Skembris, 1981 1-0
   H Lehmann vs S Tatai, 1968 0-1
   Csom vs S Tatai, 1971 1/2-1/2
   M Wotulo vs S Tatai, 1973 0-1
   S Tatai vs Adorjan, 1977 1-0
   S Tatai vs Najdorf, 1973 1-0
   S Tatai vs M Lazic, 2001 1/2-1/2
   S Tatai vs G Mazzoni, 1963 1-0
   S Garcia Martinez vs S Tatai, 1971 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Havana Olympiad Final-C (1966)
   Italian Championship (1967)
   Italian Championship (1979)
   Italian Championship (1977)
   Italian Championship (1985)
   Italian Championship (1990)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1976)
   Italian Championship 1980 (1981)
   Reggio Emilia 1983/84 (1983)
   Reggio Emilia 1965/66 (1965)
   10th Costa del Sol (1970)
   Reggio Emilia 1962/63 (1962)
   Venice (1969)
   Budva Zonal (1981)
   Manila (1973)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   Las Palmas 1972 by Tabanus

   🏆 European Senior Teams
   Vasiukov vs S Tatai (2012) 1-0
   O Rodriguez Vargas vs S Tatai (2012) 1/2-1/2
   B Ivanovic vs S Tatai (2012) 1/2-1/2
   J Jorgensen vs S Tatai (2012) 1/2-1/2
   S Tatai vs V Faibisovich (2012) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-23-1938, died May-29-2017, 79 years old) Italy

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Stefano Tatai was born in Rome. He was awarded the IM title in 1966 and was a twelve time Italian Champion.

Wikipedia article: Stefano Tatai

Last updated: 2021-10-10 11:48:32

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,310  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sacconi vs S Tatai  1-0241958RomaA04 Reti Opening
2. S Tatai vs M Tamburini  1-0241958La SpeziaB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. S Tatai vs A Giustolisi  1-0561960ITA-chTE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
4. S Tatai vs A Giustolisi  0-1481961ch Italia San BenedeA04 Reti Opening
5. S Tatai vs A Sacconi  1-0291961La SpeziaC13 French
6. S Tatai vs B Kicovic  1-0251961La SpeziaA43 Old Benoni
7. F Palmiotto vs S Tatai  0-1321961La SpeziaB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. S Tatai vs Forintos  0-1661962Reggio Emilia 1962/63A47 Queen's Indian
9. M Damjanovic vs S Tatai  1-0541962Reggio Emilia 1962/63C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. S Tatai vs A Zichichi  ½-½501962Reggio Emilia 1962/63E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
11. K Honfi vs S Tatai  0-1281962Reggio Emilia 1962/63C16 French, Winawer
12. S Tatai vs C Fleischmann  1-0431962Reggio Emilia 1962/63B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. S Tatai vs F Gragger  1-0381963Reggio Emilia 1962/63E27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. B Rabar vs S Tatai  ½-½221963Reggio Emilia 1962/63D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. S Tatai vs Filip  1-0521963Reggio Emilia 1962/63D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. E Paoli vs S Tatai  0-1441963Reggio Emilia 1962/63B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. S Tatai vs K Langeweg  0-1361963Reggio Emilia 1962/63E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. A Siveri vs S Tatai  0-1521963Reggio Emilia 1962/63C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
19. T van Scheltinga vs S Tatai  ½-½321963Enschede ZonalE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
20. S Tatai vs J Penrose  0-1581963Enschede ZonalE77 King's Indian
21. J M Aitken vs S Tatai  0-1541963Enschede ZonalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. S Tatai vs A Pomar Salamanca  ½-½301963Enschede ZonalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J Durao vs S Tatai  0-1391963Enschede ZonalC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
24. S Tatai vs G Philippe  1-0351963Enschede ZonalC77 Ruy Lopez
25. K Darga vs S Tatai  1-0481963Enschede ZonalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-11-05  Karpova: Stefano Tatai was born on 3/23/1938 in Rome.
He became IM in 1966.

this guy managed to beat larsen with the black pieces! but he is famous for his loss to karpov in 1977

Dec-29-05  BIDMONFA: Stefano Tatai


Mar-23-07  laskereshevsky: there's a mistake in the BIO, the 1971 championship was won by GM Mariotti....

and for complete it, TATAI also won the 1985 - 1990 - 1991 - 1994/95 national title....

TATAI STEFANO (TATAI ISTVAN) have both the Italian and the Hungarian citizenship...he spended his life jumping from those two fact, even if his big part of life was in ITALY, "TATAI" is an Hungarian surname....

As i know, his family was a well-off one.. they ownered same hotels between ROME and BUDAPEST..(and maybe VENICE too...but im not shore about it..)

he was a very smart and culturated person...well know in the tournaments circuit for his good manners.... always well suited.... a kind of chess-gentleman.

as i listened, now he's living his retirement in the Canarian Islands with the family......

Mar-23-08  brankat: I believe Mr.Tatai won 11 Italian national titles.

Happy Birthday Stefano!

Mar-23-08  nescio: <I believe Mr.Tatai won 11 Italian national titles>

I respect your beliefs of course, but on the following page I count no less than 12:

Mar-23-08  brankat: <nescio> I believe You are right :-)

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), when it comes to posts dealing with the matters of Chess History I'm usually too lazy to check available documents/data. Mostly I rely on my memory. Which is still in quite a good shape, and it also helps my chess play.

But, of course, it can also be a double edged sword, so, on occasion, I cut myself :-)

Mar-23-08  Prugno: Unless Fabiano Caruana decides to keep on playing in Italian Championships even though clearly stronger than all his opponents (which seems unlikely), I can't imagine anyone breaking Stefano Tatai's record of 12 national titles.

Tanti auguri, maestro e campione!

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  Fusilli: He plays on ICC under the username "Odontologo". I guess he is a dentist. Otherwise it sounds weird to pick that name...
Mar-23-12  wordfunph: <In 1982 the Italian Chess Federation refused to allow one of its best players Stefano Tatai to play on the Italian Olympiad team. Tatai was 44 and seven time national champion. The Italian Chess Federation only wanted members that were age 30 or younger to represent Italy. The result was a very poor showing at the Olympiad.>

happy birthday, IM Tatai!

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  WannaBe: That triangular object, ash tray??
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Stefano Tatai.
May-31-17  alfiepa: Died 30 may 79 years old for age related disease
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  Stonehenge: May 29th according to:


May-31-17  cro777: IM Stefano Tatai, a legend of Italian chess, passed away on 30th May in Tenerife, Spain.

He was 12-times Italian chess champion, which is a national record.

Rest in peace, Maestro!

May-31-17  sonia91: R.I.P.
Jul-04-17  diagonal: Tatai was the strongest Italian chess player following Monticelli and Paoli until Mariotti's achievement in the 1970s, as well as Béla Tóth (also in the 1970s/80s), sometimes overlooked.

Best results:
Reggio Emilia 1965-66, =3rd; Venice 1966, =3rd; Malaga (Costa del Sol) 1967, =3rd; Winner Amsterdam IBM-<B> 1968; Olot 1968, =2nd; Venice 1969, =2nd (behind Hort, joint with Benkö, Lengyel, Robatsch, Taimanov, and Saidy, in alphabetical order); Winner Monte Carlo-<B> 1969, joint with Gyõzõ Forintos; Malaga (Costa del Sol) 1970, =3rd; Venice 1971, =3rd (behind Browne, then Mariotti, joint with Hort, ahead of Kavalek); Winner Torneo Magistrale Madonna di Campiglio 1972; Winner Amsterdam IBM-<B> 1976, joint with Josef Prybil; Bratto Open 1982, shared 1st (Mario Sibilio won on tie-break); Winner Dubai (closed) 1984, 1st-3rd (above Keene, among others); Reggio Emilia 1983-84, =2nd (behind surprising winner Karel Mokry, joint with Krunoslav Hulak, but above =5. Spassky, and =5. Nunn); =2nd at the Capablanca Memorial in Cienfuegos 1984, II. Tournament (behind Jesus Nogueiras); Winner Rome-A (Banco di Roma series) GM Invitation 1984, 1st, alongside with Gyula Sax, a big success for Tatai (, other winners include Korchnoi, Smyslov, Vaganian, Andersson, or Pinter.

Those were the days when an international invitation tournament of note also offered a strong closed B-group, as Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) still does today.

Won a match in 1977 between the then leading two Italian players: IM Tatai versus GM Mariotti (the first Italian born GM, awarded in 1974) with 4.5-3.5 in Rome. A previous encounter between Tatai and Mariotti was drawn in Rome in 1972.

Stefano Tatai represented Italy in nine Chess Olympiads: 1966 in Havana, 1970 in Siegen, 1972 in Skopje, 1974 in Nice, 1976 in Haifa, 1984 in Thessaloniki, 1986 in Dubai, 1988 in Thessaloniki, and 1992 in Manila, many times at board one. Best nominal Elo rating: 2495 in 1981.

As pointed out, Tatai was a record 12-times Italian chess champion: 1962 in Forte dei Marmi, 1965 in Florence, 1967 in Savona, 1970 in Sottomarina di Chioggia, 1974 and 1977 in Castelvecchio Pascoli, 1979 in Venice, 1983 in Arco, 1985, 1990 and 1991 in Chianciano Terme, and 1994-95 in Reggio Emilia.

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