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Sergio Mariotti
Number of games in database: 404
Years covered: 1967 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2278 (2273 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2455

Overall record: +139 -119 =144 (52.5%)*
   * 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 (62) 
    B53 B46 B32 B90 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 D02 A40 A46 E10
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B13 B11 B12 B18 B14
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E23 E22 E48 E45 E56
 Robatsch (9) 
 French Defense (8) 
    C10 C11 C00 C05 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B28 B22 B43 B96 B40
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C64 C60 C84 C97 C67
 Dutch Defense (15) 
    A94 A92 A84 A93 A95
 French Defense (14) 
    C05 C01 C03 C00 C19
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D04 E00 A40 A46 A45
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B96 B92 B93 B90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs G Eppinger, 1969 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Gligoric, 1971 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Korchnoi, 1982 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Nunn, 1970 1-0
   S Mariotti vs S Holm Petersen, 1975 1-0
   Romero Holmes vs S Mariotti, 1987 0-1
   M Sibilio vs S Mariotti, 1982 1/2-1/2
   S Mariotti vs S Tatai, 1977 1-0
   S Mariotti vs Kuzmin, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1969/70 (1969)
   Nice Olympiad Final-B (1974)
   Islington Junior A (1970)
   Praia da Rocha Zonal (1978)
   Nice Olympiad qual-3 (1974)
   Venice (1971)
   Praia da Rocha Zonal (1969)
   Budva Zonal (1981)
   Las Palmas (1978)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Rome Open (1990)
   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 N M Mishuchkov (2012) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-10-1946, 76 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 20; games 1-25 of 477  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. S Mariotti vs B Kurajica  0-1521967Reggio Emilia 1967/68D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. E Canal vs S Mariotti  1-0161967Reggio Emilia 1967/68B40 Sicilian
5. S Mariotti vs A Saidy  0-1251967Reggio Emilia 1967/68A66 Benoni
6. Matulovic vs S Mariotti  1-0261967Reggio Emilia 1967/68C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. S Mariotti vs V Ciocaltea  0-1401967Reggio Emilia 1967/68A00 Uncommon Opening
8. S Mariotti vs M Bertok  0-1251967Reggio Emilia 1967/68B53 Sicilian
9. U Jahr vs S Mariotti  1-0261968Reggio Emilia 1967/68C44 King's Pawn Game
10. S Mariotti vs L Mista  0-1291968Reggio Emilia 1967/68B30 Sicilian
11. S Tatai vs S Mariotti  1-0131968Reggio Emilia 1967/68B12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. S Mariotti vs B Huguet  0-1401968Reggio Emilia 1967/68B98 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. L Navarovszky vs S Mariotti  1-0531968Reggio Emilia 1967/68A80 Dutch
14. S Mariotti vs M Albano  ½-½171968Reggio Emilia 1967/68A16 English
15. T Trincardi vs S Mariotti  ½-½361968Reggio Emilia 1967/68E41 Nimzo-Indian
16. S Mariotti vs S Perich  1-0231969Imperia opA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
17. S Mariotti vs G Eppinger 1-0201969Imperia opB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. J Feller vs S Mariotti  0-1541969Praia da Rocha ZonalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. S Mariotti vs H Schumacher  0-1261969Praia da Rocha ZonalE77 King's Indian
20. S Mariotti vs J Cordovil  1-0521969Praia da Rocha ZonalB07 Pirc
21. S Mariotti vs Gligoric 1-0381969Praia da Rocha ZonalE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
22. S Mariotti vs B Huguet  1-0451969Praia da Rocha ZonalC10 French
23. M F Littleton vs S Mariotti  ½-½441969Praia da Rocha ZonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. I Bilek vs S Mariotti  ½-½451969Praia da Rocha ZonalA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
25. H Schaufelberger vs S Mariotti 0-1381969Praia da Rocha ZonalB53 Sicilian
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 477  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.
Jun-16-09  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


Jun-21-09  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.
Dec-05-10  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>

What a beauty!

Jan-05-22  jerseybob: <BIDMONFA: Sergio Mariotti> Looks like Robbie Robertson of The Band.

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