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Sergio Mariotti
Number of games in database: 349
Years covered: 1967 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2278 (2273 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2455

Overall record: +122 -101 =124 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B46 B53 B90 B32 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 A45 A40 A46
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B13 B11 B10 B14 B12
 Robatsch (9) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (8) 
    B46 B49 B48
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E22 E23 E45 E56 E43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B28 B96 B22 B43 B92
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C64 C60 C84 C70 C67
 Dutch Defense (14) 
    A94 A92 A84 A93 A95
 French Defense (11) 
    C05 C01 C03 C15 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B96 B92 B93 B90
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E00 A40 A45 D02 D04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Korchnoi, 1982 1-0
   S Mariotti vs G Eppinger, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1971 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S Holm Petersen, 1975 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Nunn, 1970 1-0
   Romero Holmes vs S Mariotti, 1987 0-1
   S Mariotti vs G Kuzmin, 1977 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S Tatai, 1977 1-0
   H Schaufelberger vs S Mariotti, 1969 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Venice (1971)
   Nice Olympiad qual-3 (1974)
   Praia da Rocha Zonal (1969)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-6 (1972)
   Biel (1982)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   Venice (1974)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Italian gems Part II by Karpova
   OOO.... Outsiders Outplaying Outstandings by laskereshevsky
   Nice wins by Mariotti by littleshiva

   🏆 Italian Team Championship
   I Salgado Lopez vs S Mariotti (May-03-14) 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S de Eccher (May-02-14) 1/2-1/2
   S Mariotti vs P Mazzilli (May-01-14) 1/2-1/2
   G Caprio vs S Mariotti (Apr-30-14) 1/2-1/2
   S Mariotti vs Mishuchkov (2012) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-10-1946, 75 years old) Italy

[what is this?]
Sergio Mariotti was born in Florence. He was Italian champion in 1969 and 1971, and awarded the IM title in 1969 and the GM title in 1974 (the first Italian GM). He placed 2nd at Venice 1971 and played on the Italian Olympiad teams in 1972, 1974, 1986 and 1988.

Wikipedia article: Sergio Mariotti

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 363  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Mariotti vs R Cosulich  ½-½491967San Benedetto del TrontoB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. S Mariotti vs A Schneiders  1-0381967San Benedetto del TrontoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Matulovic vs S Mariotti  1-0261967Reggio Emilia 1967/68C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. S Mariotti vs G Eppinger 1-0201969Imperia opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. S Mariotti vs S Perich  1-0231969Imperia opA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
6. H Schaufelberger vs S Mariotti 0-1381969Praia da Rocha ZonalB53 Sicilian
7. S Mariotti vs B Huguet  1-0451969Praia da Rocha ZonalC10 French
8. J Feller vs S Mariotti  0-1541969Praia da Rocha ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. S Mariotti vs H Schumacher  0-1261969Praia da Rocha ZonalE77 King's Indian
10. S Mariotti vs J Cordovil  1-0521969Praia da Rocha ZonalB07 Pirc
11. S Mariotti vs Gligoric 1-0381969Praia da Rocha ZonalE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
12. M F Littleton vs S Mariotti  ½-½441969Praia da Rocha ZonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. I Bilek vs S Mariotti  ½-½451969Praia da Rocha ZonalA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
14. Bobotsov vs S Mariotti  0-1401969Praia da Rocha ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. S Mariotti vs Hartston  1-0591969Praia da Rocha ZonalA48 King's Indian
16. S Mariotti vs R Saborido  1-0601969Praia da Rocha ZonalB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
17. F Visier Segovia vs S Mariotti  0-1391969Praia da Rocha ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. Filip vs S Mariotti  ½-½241969Praia da Rocha ZonalA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
19. S Mariotti vs B Donnely  0-1421969Praia da Rocha ZonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. S Mariotti vs J Durao  1-0301969Praia da Rocha ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. D Levy vs S Mariotti  ½-½431969Praia da Rocha ZonalB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. S Mariotti vs Minic  0-1411969Praia da Rocha ZonalB50 Sicilian
23. C Micheli vs S Mariotti 0-1481969Reggio Emilia 1969/70C60 Ruy Lopez
24. J Kozma vs S Mariotti  ½-½151970Reggio Emilia 1969/70E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
25. A Planinc vs S Mariotti 1-0631970Parcetic Memorial 4thC44 King's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 363  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-02-05  WMD: An excerpt from Jimmy Adams' article 'Meet Sergio Mariotti - The Man and His Magic' in the June 1975 BCM:

'Out of the land of sunshine and spaghetti has suddenly appeared the chessworld's newest international grandmaster - Sergio Mariotti.

'This twenty-eight year old Italian chess star's achievement is all the more remarkable when you look at his very limited experience of international chess. Outside Italy, at grandmaster level, Mariotti has only played in a mainly-for-young-masters contest in Yugoslavia, a world championship zonal in Portugal, a small Spanish tournament and a couple of Olympiads. At home, his only really top-class practice was at Venice 1971 where his performance, in conjunction with his outstanding score on board one for Italy at the Nice Olympiads, has already earned him the GM title!

'Sergio's main source of practice has come from playing in lots of Swiss System tournaments which make up a heavy percentage of Italy's busy chess calendar.

'He learned the moves as a teenager in his home town of Florence and had the old maestro Castaldi for a chess teacher. Mariotti has a real inborn talent for chess and developed his great strength just by playing and playing. Then in 1966 he had his first major success when he won the Italian Junior Championship. He has always relied on his natural ability and never owned many chess books nor felt very much inclined to study the game that way. At the chessboard Mariotti's mind works like a souped-up electronic calculator, rattling off razzle-dazzle variations one after the other at lightning speed.


'And indeed it was the Zonal at Praia da Rocha in Portugal which first rocketed Mariotti to world fame, thanks to a splendid victory over grandmaster Gligoric with an incredible six-pawn attack against the Yugoslav's favourite King's Indian. This Mariotti masterpiece was published in columns and magazines around the world...'

S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1970

Aug-09-06  BIDMONFA: Sergio Mariotti


Mar-03-07  jmrulez2004: well, what can isay he plays chess wild and freely , like how we used to when we started...i enjoy his games,he is a good example of how chess should be oplayed
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  dorsnikov: as an italian american i couldn't be more proud of Mariotti. he plays chess in the spirit of Bronstein who said chess should be played for the love of the game and not points or standings.
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  jenspetersson: Does anybody have the full game Tatai-Mariotti, 1973 in which Mariotti played the lovely move ...g4+ in this position:

click for larger view

It's not available in MegaBase.

Jun-16-09  myschkin: . . .


[Event "Rome m"]
[Site "Rome"]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Tatai,Stefano"]
[Black "Mariotti,Sergio"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "E75"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Be2 c5 6.d5 d6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.exd5 Re8 10.Nf3 Bg4 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Qb6 14.Qc2 a6 15.a4 h6 16.Bd2 Re7 17.Rae1 Ne5 18.Bd1 Rae8 19.b3 g5 20.f4 gxf4 21.Kh1 Ng6 22.Rxe7 Rxe7 23.Bf3 Nd7 24.Ne2 Nde5 25.Nxf4 Nxf4 26.Bxf4 Ng6 27.Bd2 Qd8 28.Qc1 Kh7 29.Bg4 Qh8 30.Rf5 Qe8 31.Qf1 Kg8 32.Rf2 Re5 33.a5 h5 34.Bd1 Bh6 35.Bc3 Re3 36.Rf3 Bg7 37.Rxe3 Qxe3 38.Bxg7 Kxg7 39.Qe2 Qc3 40.Qxh5 Qxa5 41.Kh2 b5 42.cxb5 axb5 43.Bc2 Qc3 44.Bxg6 fxg6 45.Qg4 Qe5+ 46.Kh1 b4 47.Qd7+ Kf6 48.Qd8+ Qe7 49.Qh8+ Kf5 50.Qc8+ Ke5 51.Qg8 Qf6 52.Kg1 g5 53.g3 Qf5 54.h4 Qb1+ 55.Kh2 Qc2+ 56.Kh3 <g4+> 57.Qxg4 Qf5 58.h5 c4 59.h6 Qxg4+ 60.Kxg4 Kf6 61.h7 Kg7


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  jenspetersson: <myschkin> : Thanks! I was under the impression that older games at were also included in the Megabase 2008. Otherwise I would have checked there too. Apparently I was wrong. Many thanks to you for helping me out.
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  wordfunph: According to Pal Benko, GM Sergio Mariotti is a very dangerous tactician but he has no stubbornness. If he does not succeed in sacrificing, if his trick does not work, if his opponent does not fall into his trap --- then he loses interest in the game. Sometimes he even resigns in adjourned positions that could be saved.
Jan-30-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Maybe Benko had games like this in mind:

Seirawan vs S Mariotti, 1987

Aug-10-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sergio Mariotti.
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  Fusilli: <jenspetersson: Does anybody have the full game Tatai-Mariotti, 1973 in which Mariotti played the lovely move ...g4+ in this position>

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