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Luca Shytaj
L Shytaj 
Number of games in database: 220
Years covered: 2003 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2470 (2377 rapid, 2372 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507

Overall record: +50 -52 =62 (49.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B40 B43 B20 B48 B27
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (12) 
 French Defense (9) 
    C07 C05 C03 C11 C00
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C07 C05 C03
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B18 B14 B12 B17
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B50 B22 B56 B29
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B96 B94 B91 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 E00 D05 E10
 Reti System (7) 
    A04 A05
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E46 E32 E47
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A58 A57 A56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Shytaj vs D Rogozenco, 2017 1-0
   F Bellini vs L Shytaj, 2006 0-1
   Alejandro Perez Garcia vs L Shytaj, 2016 0-1
   L Shytaj vs V Malakhatko, 2009 1-0
   L Shytaj vs F Braga, 2017 1-0
   L Shytaj vs F Ranieri, 2012 1-0
   L Shytaj vs A Donchenko, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Italian Team Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   European Championship (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)

   🏆 ch-ITA Online Qual GpB
   L Shytaj vs M Godena (Nov-20-20) 0-1
   G Pitl vs L Shytaj (Feb-23-20) 1/2-1/2
   L Shytaj vs M Fedorovsky (Feb-22-20) 1/2-1/2
   M Warmerdam vs L Shytaj (Feb-09-20) 1-0
   L Shytaj vs Van Wely (Feb-08-20) 0-1

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(born Feb-03-1986, 36 years old) Albania (federation/nationality Italy)

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Grandmaster Luca Shytaj plays for the Italian Chess Federation. He is married to Elisabeth Paehtz.

Wikipedia article: Luca Shytaj

Last updated: 2019-02-03 05:48:35

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 259  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Shytaj vs Timoscenko  ½-½352003Lido Estensi op 4thB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. L Shytaj vs S Sale  0-1512003Genova op 7thB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
3. M Godena vs L Shytaj  1-0532003Genova op 7thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. L Shytaj vs D Lapiccirella  1-0252003Bratto Open-AB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. L Shytaj vs Epishin  0-1472003Bratto Open-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. R Alberton vs L Shytaj  ½-½602003Bratto Open-AA13 English
7. L Shytaj vs C Barlocco  1-0252003Bratto Open-AB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. P Lovati vs L Shytaj  0-1382003Bratto Open-AA26 English
9. L Shytaj vs S del Rio de Angelis  ½-½502003Bratto Open-AC03 French, Tarrasch
10. F Ranieri vs L Shytaj  0-1332003Bratto Open-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. L Shytaj vs E Sedina  ½-½322003Bratto Open-AC07 French, Tarrasch
12. C Horvath vs L Shytaj  1-0282003Bratto Open-AD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
13. L Shytaj vs A Femiano  ½-½492004Campobasso op 11thB30 Sicilian
14. M Ceccarini vs L Shytaj  0-1382004Bratto Open-AB54 Sicilian
15. L Shytaj vs M Campini  1-0402004Bratto Open-AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. A Maksimenko vs L Shytaj  0-1362004Bratto Open-AA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. F Bellini vs L Shytaj  ½-½302004Bratto Open-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Shytaj vs Sax  ½-½172004Bratto Open-AB32 Sicilian
19. L Shytaj vs L Drabke  ½-½202004Bratto Open-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. M Cebalo vs L Shytaj  1-0622004Bratto Open-AA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. L Shytaj vs R Mantovani  1-0392004Bratto Open-AB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
22. L Shytaj vs J Sanchez  ½-½82004Bratto Open-AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. L Shytaj vs F Mutabazi 1-0212004Calvia OlympiadB07 Pirc
24. Fedorov vs L Shytaj 1-0312004Calvia OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Tyomkin vs L Shytaj  1-0252004Calvia OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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  BishopofBlunder: Does he live on the second floor? (VOR)
Aug-27-05  teme: I am sorry I dont understand the question.
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  tpstar: My name is Luka/I live on the second floor/I live upstairs from you/Yes I think you've seen me before/If you hear something late at night/Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight/Just don't ask me what it was - Suzanne Vega, "Luka"
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  Benzol: <Does he live on the second floor?>

"If you want me/You can find me/Left of centre..."

Aug-27-05  teme: Nice poem. By the way I am Albanian.
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  tpstar: <teme> Nice to meet you. Just so you understand, that song is about child abuse, but any joke or reference wasn't meant in any mean fashion regarding your compatriot. Our group is very clever, plus the name Luca is less common in the states. In fact, that's one of the themes of the song = a boy named Luka.
Aug-27-05  teme: Nice to meet you too, I had no idea that was about child abuse, I didnt know it was a song ethir.
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  BishopofBlunder: That's why I put (VOR) after it. It is an acronym for Very Obscure Reference. Making obscure references is one of my (few) talents. My mind is full of useless knowledge. :)

And yes, I was not trying to disparage Mr. Shytaj.

Aug-28-05  teme: Oh ok I didn't know what VOR was.
Aug-28-05  teme: Btw his name is not pronounced Luka.
Nov-27-08  Karpova: He played for Italy during the Dresden Olympiad (he still played for Albania at Turin 2006) and for the Italian Federation in general.

Carlo Shytaj - his brother?

Nov-27-08  Prugno: <Karpova> Luca was forced to represent Albania in the past because he was granted Italian citizenship only last year, although he has been living in this country (in Bari) for about 15 years. Soon he will also be playing in his first Italian Championship.

He is currently based in Rome, where he got his degree in biology just before the Olympiad started (which might explain his solid but not exceptional performance in Dresden). A great talent in both chess and science, as well as a very pleasant person.

And yes, Carlo Shytaj is his older brother, a strong candidate-master level player.

Nov-27-08  Karpova: Thanks for the information, <Prugno>!


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  whiteshark: International Master from Bari of Albanian origin. Shytaj started to play chess at the age of 4 learning from his father and his brother. At 16 he graduates National Master. In 2003 he becomes Albanian national champion. In 2005 achieves the title of International Master thanks to the norms gained in the tournaments of Bratto (2004), Verona and Montecatini (2005). He played both Olympiads of Calvià (2004) and Turin (2006) with his home country National team. He closed this year's Italian Team Championship in second place with the team Salentina-Confindustria from Lecce. In 2008 he became Italian citizen, and played the recent Olympiad in Dresden with the Italian National Team, closing in a good 41st place (Italy's initial rank was 44th ). This is his second participation in Reggio Emilia after the excellent 4th place (joint with Romanishin) obtained in the 49th edition.

= = = (Italian for Beginners) = = =

Maestro Internazionale di Bari di origine albanese. Ha iniziato a giocare a 4 anni imparando dal padre e dal fratello. A 16 diventa Maestro. Campione albanese nel 2003. E’ Maestro Internazionale dal 2005 con norme ottenute a Bratto (2004), Verona e Montecatini (2005). Ha disputato le Olimpiadi di Calvià 2004 e di Torino 2006 con la nazionale del suo paese d’origine. E’ vice-Campione Italiano a squadre con la Salentina Confindustria di Lecce. Da quest’anno è cittadino italiano a tutti gli effetti ed ha disputato le recenti Olimpiadi di Dresda con la squadra azzurra classificatasi ad un buon 41esimo posto (L’Italia è al 44° posto nel ranking mondiale) Seconda partecipazione a Reggio Emilia dopo l’ottimo 4° posto (ex-aequo con Romanishin) ottenuto nella 49esima edizione.

Jul-21-10  BIDMONFA: Luca Shytaj


Jul-26-13  wordfunph: Scientist IM Luca Shytaj..

Aug-23-13  Lovuschka: Luca Shytaj is researching treatment in the war on HIV.

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  perfidious: Excellent, worthwhile work.

He can play a little, too.

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  whiteshark: Married to Elisabeth Paehtz since Sept. 2015:
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  MissScarlett: <Luca was forced to represent Albania in the past because he was granted Italian citizenship only last year, although he has been living in this country (in Bari) for about 15 years.>

He got off lightly. Recall that Wesley So had to endure representing the Philippines for 18 years.

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  Tabanus: Wesley So is <still representing> the Philippines, as a Philippine citizen and a Filipino by heart. He changed to US chess fededation to get better matching. I'm married to a Filipina, and sorry to say it Miss, but unless you apologize, you'll get no more help from me.
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  MissScarlett: To whom am I apologising? You, your wife, Wesley, the Philippines, <Uncle Tom Cobley>?
Aug-14-18  wordfunph: GM in 2018..

Jun-03-20  wordfunph: "It is likely that all crowded chess tournaments will have to be postponed until early or mid-2021. Smaller events with a few players and reasonable safety measures may be held perhaps as early as the second half of this year."

- GM Luca Shytaj (also a virologist at the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany)

Source: NIC Magazine 2020 #3

Mar-15-22  Albertan: Can a chess grandmaster save the world?:

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