Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Gustavo Mahia
Number of games in database: 83
Years covered: 1980 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2340 (2365 rapid, 2371 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2441

Overall record: +27 -30 =24 (48.1%)*
   * 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 (8) 
    B40 B97 B62 B43 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A40 D00
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C19 C18 C02 C07 C11
 King's Indian (5) 
    E62 E67 E97 E92 E70
 Sicilian (4) 
    B33 B40 B46 B43
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 1-0
   J Sanchez Almeyra vs G Mahia, 2000 0-1
   G Mahia vs T Gibson, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Argentine Championship (2008)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)

   🏆 3rd Floripa Open
   G Mahia vs N Delgado Ramirez (Jan-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   L P Supi vs G Mahia (Jan-25-17) 1-0
   G Mahia vs Granda Zuniga (Jan-22-17) 0-1
   L Tobares vs G Mahia (Oct-21-12) 1-0
   G Mahia vs G Martinez de Negri (Oct-20-12) 1-0

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Gustavo Mahia
Search Google for Gustavo Mahia
FIDE player card for Gustavo Mahia

(born Feb-12-1961, 60 years old) Argentina

[what is this?]
International Master

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 83  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Mahia vs Quinteros 1-0281980Los Polvorines opB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. P Ricardi vs G Mahia  ½-½451985ARG-chE97 King's Indian
3. G Mahia vs R Servat  ½-½271988ARG-chC50 Giuoco Piano
4. G Mahia vs R Casafus  0-1351988ARG-chC42 Petrov Defense
5. G Mahia vs S Pla  1-0411988Mar del Plata opC42 Petrov Defense
6. J Rosito vs G Mahia  1-0601989Buenos Aires BCA opB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. A Rodriguez Vila vs G Mahia  1-0511991Bs As KONEX opB33 Sicilian
8. G Mahia vs N Diaz Hollemaert  1-0531998Trenque Lauquen MastersC42 Petrov Defense
9. J Sanchez Almeyra vs G Mahia  0-1852000Najdorf mem Great finC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. G Mahia vs J Sanchez Almeyra  ½-½512000Najdorf mem Great finA07 King's Indian Attack
11. G Mahia vs A Zapata  ½-½332000Najdorf mem Great finA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A Zapata vs G Mahia  ½-½192000Najdorf mem Great finC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. G Mahia vs E Schiller  0-1532002D02S15AA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Gonzalez vs G Mahia  1-0412003Internet Section 17-BA07 King's Indian Attack
15. G Mahia vs S Slipak  ½-½252003Torneo Continental AmericanoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Gulko vs G Mahia  1-0642003Torneo Continental AmericanoA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. G Mahia vs A Aguilar  0-1392003Torneo Continental AmericanoB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
18. G Mahia vs I J Vera  1-0482003Torneo Continental AmericanoB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. J Gonzalez Garcia vs G Mahia 1-0572003Torneo Continental AmericanoB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. G Mahia vs H Ojeda  1-0402003Torneo Continental AmericanoB10 Caro-Kann
21. A Ramirez Alvarez vs G Mahia  1-0332003Torneo Continental AmericanoD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Mahia vs R Huertas Soris  1-0582003Torneo Continental AmericanoC18 French, Winawer
23. Kasimdzhanov vs G Mahia  1-0342004Dos HermanasC11 French
24. T Gelashvili vs G Mahia 1-0612004Dos HermanasC00 French Defense
25. G Mahia vs A Rodrigues da Silva  1-0602005Carilo Magistral 2ndD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 83  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Mahia wins | Mahia loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
May-28-08  Elxiddicus: Didn't this guy write some symphonies or sumthin'?
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: close, but no cigar!! Gustav Mahler did. =)
Premium Chessgames Member
  abstraction: < Elxiddicus: Didn't this guy write some symphonies or sumthin'?> Nah, ring tones.
Mar-24-10  zev22407: His win against Quinteros is a masterpiece!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <zev22407> Mahia-Quinteros 1980.

from GM Larry Evans book Modern Chess Brilliances..

<In 1980 at an obscure tournament in San Miguel, Argentina, an unknown named Gustavo Mahia created a gem destined for the anthologies. His victim was grandmaster Miguel Quinteros, once an aide to Bobby Fischer (who reviewed this manuscript in 1969 before it went to press when he was a guest at my home in Reno). Mahia was only 19 when he uncorked this brilliancy, but he was never heard from again. In the words of Gray's Elegy, "Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.">

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: 'Never heard from again?'

He has a decent number of games for an 'unknown' player, and to make IM, seems to me he can play a little.

May-16-14  Rookiepawn: Just take into account living on playing chess in Argentina was (is) no easy thing. Little or no support, you were (are) on your own.

Should Argentina have a decent structure to promote chess, much more talent would be seen and known. Chess is quite popular, you see players in many parks, people of all ages, and some clubs also. And you see the guys discussing lines, suggesting moves and claiming some super move or combination as the best. Lots of blabbing, of course, but now and then some real brainiac is there.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: It is indeed an amazing attacking masterpiece:

G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980

He sacked everything!

Mahia was obviously very talented. He probably ended up making a living of something else. He was a talented golf player too, if memory serves. I think there is a fair deal of chess activity in Argentina, but <Rookiepawn> is correct in that there is little to no support for chess. An additional problem for Argentine players is their geographic isolation. It's very expensive for them to make the big trip to Europe to increase their exposure to international chess. For a number of them, the FIDE world championship cycle (zonals, interzonals) and Olympiads are the only chance to get such exposure. The same is true for good players from other countries too, of course, but Argentina has always had a proven supply of talent.

Premium Chessgames Member
  szaszzo66: This would be a nice, romantic story of an unknown and forgotten talent, if it were true. The once no-name Gustavo Mahia is a respected Argentine IM today. It would have been a pity and a shame for such talent to go to waste. :)

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC