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Michele Godena
Number of games in database: 703
Years covered: 1980 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2448 (2574 rapid, 2567 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561

Overall record: +169 -162 =320 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 52 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (113) 
    B22 B40 B50 B30 B31
 French Defense (46) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 French Tarrasch (44) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B18 B17 B16 B15 B13
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C85 C77 C69 C65 C80
 Pirc (22) 
    B07 B08
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C78 C64 C69 C65 C77
 Semi-Slav (37) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (36) 
    D20 D25 D23 D22 D29
 English, 1 c4 e5 (27) 
    A20 A21 A29 A27
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    D00 D02 A41 A40 E10
 English (18) 
    A13 A14 A16 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J M Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000 0-1
   M Salami vs M Godena, 2001 0-1
   A Boog vs M Godena, 1993 0-1
   Reshevsky vs M Godena, 1988 0-1
   M Godena vs A Kargin, 2010 1-0
   B Bogosavljevic vs M Godena, 2013 0-1
   D Genocchio vs M Godena, 1998 0-1
   M Godena vs T Warakomski, 2005 1-0
   M Godena vs Hebden, 1995 1-0
   M Godena vs Judit Polgar, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bratto Festival (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Olympiad (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

   🏆 European Championship
   M Godena vs Kulaots (Mar-28-19) 1/2-1/2
   M Chigaev vs M Godena (Mar-27-19) 1-0
   M Godena vs J S Thybo (Mar-26-19) 1-0
   Z Tsydypov vs M Godena (Mar-25-19) 1/2-1/2
   M Godena vs Luka Oboladze (Mar-24-19) 1-0

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(born Jun-30-1967, 53 years old) Italy

[what is this?]
Michele Godena of Valdobbiadene, Italy became an IM in 1988 and a GM in 1996. He was Italian champion in 1992, 1993, 1995, 2005 and 2006.

In 2007, GM Godena was the runner-up in the 3rd European Union Individual Chess Championship behind Nikola Sedlak.

He's currently one of Italy's best players, behind Fabiano Caruana.

Wikipedia article: Michele Godena

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 703  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Godena vs P Gelpke  1-0511980FRG-ch int U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. M Godena vs Granda Zuniga  0-1311986Wch U20C16 French, Winawer
3. Blatny vs M Godena  0-1641986Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
4. M Godena vs S De Eccher 1-0221987ITA-ch 47thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. I E Morovic-Fernandez vs M Godena 1-0221987Lugano opC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. Reshevsky vs M Godena 0-1161988Lugano OpenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
7. Ftacnik vs M Godena  1-0801988Lugano OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. M Godena vs Balashov  0-1491988Lugano OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. F Braga vs M Godena  1-0401988ITA-chA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. M Godena vs J Reyes  ½-½91988Chess OlympiadC55 Two Knights Defense
11. I Rogers vs M Godena  0-1481989Aosta OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
12. R Kuczynski vs M Godena  ½-½201990Biel MTO opC55 Two Knights Defense
13. R J Dive vs M Godena  1-0291990Novi Sad OlympiadA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. S Le Blancq vs M Godena  ½-½421990Novi Sad OlympiadC55 Two Knights Defense
15. M Godena vs J Ye  1-0411990Novi Sad OlympiadB40 Sicilian
16. M Godena vs J L Arnason  ½-½401990Novi Sad OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. J Magem Badals vs M Godena  1-0411990Novi Sad OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
18. M Marin vs M Godena 1-0231990Novi Sad OlympiadD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. M Godena vs H Westerinen  1-0421990Novi Sad OlympiadC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. M Godena vs L Brunner  ½-½291990Novi Sad OlympiadC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. S Mirza vs M Godena  1-0621990Novi Sad OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. G Milos vs M Godena 1-0321990Novi Sad OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. M Godena vs G Milos  ½-½331990Aosta OpenC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
24. M Godena vs F Braga  ½-½221991Chicco MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
25. I A Novikov vs M Godena  1-0411991Aarhus International OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 703  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-23-04  zorro: I think Michele is highly underrated. If he had time to train with a strong Gm he could easily go up 2600. What is more he is a fantastic annotator. His column in the italian mag "Torre & Cavallo" is one of the best things ever published in Italy for years.
Sep-28-04  Karpova: i agree with you, zorro. i once saw a game of him against julian hodgson. he won with black in impressive style. he defended so well and cold-blooded! doesn't seem to be in the database.
Sep-28-04  Karpova: i found the game i referred to ansd sbmitted it. i hope we will find it in here soon
Dec-14-04  zorro: <karpova> Thank you for submitting that great game. What a cold blood of him!
Mar-08-05  Karpova: i once had the game analyzed by GM shipov. shipov always called godena "the italian machine"
Mar-22-05  Karpova: Godena was italian champion in 1993,1994 and 1995
Jul-29-05  Nobis: <karpova> Can you send me that game? thanks ( GO MICHELE
Oct-16-05  Karpova: @Nobis
Sorry for responding that late.

the game is in the database
J M Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000

Feb-17-06  Karpova: Great performance by Michele Godena at Aeroflot 2006! He became twelfth in the A2 group with a performance of 2628
Feb-22-06  BIDMONFA: Michele Godena

GODENA, Michele

Feb-22-06  plimko: Godena was italian champion in 2005 too.
Feb-22-06  Prugno: Very nice to see our national chess hero as Player of the Day! Just one thing I would like to add about Godena: his incredible time management. For reasons nobody has ever really understood, he enjoys spending 99% of his thinking time in the opening and early middlegame on very familiar positions. This leaves him with only a few seconds for most of his remaining moves, and yet he manages to play most of them at a near-perfect level (only a few of his rare losses are actually due to time-trouble mistakes), like in Ponomariov vs M Godena, 2003 where he was relying only on the 30-second increment from about move 20 onwards. It's hard to realize how paradoxical this attitude is until you actually witness it, I think. Vai Michele!
Feb-23-06  Karpova: <Prugno>
this kind of time management could be the cause for him never breaking the 2600 barrier
Jan-01-07  plimko: The 66th Italian Championship was held on November 21st-December 4th in Cremona. GM Michele Godena and IM Fabiano Caruana were tied on the first place but Godena won the rapid/blitz playoff.
Oct-15-07  Karpova: He'll participate in the International Open of the Fourth Calvia Chess Festival

Oct-25-07  Karpova: Great peformance by Godena!

He reached sixth place with 6.5/9

Nov-28-07  HOTDOG: can the webmaster of add this game to the database?

[Event "Claude Pecaut mem"]
[Site "Taormina"]
[Date "2003.11.15"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Godena,Michele"]
[Black "Carlsen,Magnus"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B06"]
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Na3 cxd4 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Be3 Bd7 9.Bxd4 Nf6 10.a4 0-0 11.Be2 Bxb5 12.axb5 Nc5 13.0-0 Rfd8 14.Ra3 Qf5 15.Qb1 Qh5 16.Re1 Ne6 17.Bxa7 Nf4 18.Bf1 Rd5 19.Be3 Rxa3 20.bxa3 Bh6 21.Qb4 Rf5 22.Qxe7 Ng4 23.Qh4 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Nh3+ 25.Qxh3 Qxh3 26.gxh3 Rxf3 27.Bg2 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Bxe3+ 29.Kf1 b6 30.Ke2 Bc5 31.a4 Kf8 32.Kd3 Ke7 33.Kc4 Kd6 34.Bd5 f6 35.Bg8 h6 36.h4 g5 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Bh7 Bg1 39.h3 Ke5 40.Kb4 Bc5+ 41.Kc4 Bg1 42.Kb4 Bc5+ 43.Kc4 Bg1 44.Bd3 f5 45.Kb4 Bc5+ 46.Kc4 Bg1 47.Kb4 Bc5+ 48.Kc4 Bg1 1/2

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  WannaBe: <HOTDOG> On the home page, right hand side, lower bottom, there is a link <PGN Upload Utility>. You can submit the/any game from there.
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  ketchuplover: He's at Reggio/Emilia 2010 1 loss and 2 draws so far
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  ketchuplover: Make that 2 losses.
Dec-31-10  Karpova: Huge time trouble today. He was down to a few minutes prior to move 20 already while Gashimov had much more than an hour left. In the final position, Gashimov had 57 min, Godena 3 sec left.

This could be observed in the other games also though he came out being a pawn up against Movsesian.

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