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Fusilli
Member since Aug-09-04 · Last seen Nov-30-20
Mariano Sana, Argentinian living in the US since 1995. Naturalized US citizen since 2015. I am an associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University: https://as.vanderbilt.edu/sociology.... Previously, I was at Louisiana State University (2003-2009).

My published academic work can be seen here: https://vanderbilt.academia.edu/Mar.... My review of Gary Alan Fine's "Players and Pawns" is here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/d....

My avatar comes from a cartoon of mine drawn by a friend. My username, besides the pasta, is my senior cat's name (born in 2001, still kickin'), inspired by this cartoon: http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/F....

My first tournament was at age 12 in 1979. I finished 8th in the Argentine junior championship in 1985. So, I was good enough, but not great. (That same evaluation is apt today.) Unfortunately, no game scores survived from those years. I started to play again after grad school. I play between zero and five tournaments a year.

I won the Louisiana State Championship in 2007, featuring the Swiss gambit. I lost the first game and then won six in a row. This was my last round win, where I got lucky after playing the opening pretty terribly: J Rousselle vs M Sana, 2007.

I also won the under 2200 section of the US Open in 2014. Again, Swiss gambit. Lost the first one, then won five in a row, lost game 7, and won games 8 and 9. My last round win was featured as a Tuesday puzzle: K Gulamali vs M Sana, 2014.

I'd say that I am essentially a good but inconsistent player. My playing style is a mix of strategic and tactical. I'm usually very willing to sac a pawn or allow positional weaknesses in exchange for active piece play. For years I've been hovering around 2200. On a good day, well rested and inspired, I may beat an FM or IM (T Bartell vs M Sana, 2009, R Burnett vs M Sana, 2012, M Sana vs C Blocker, 2014, M Sana vs R Burnett, 2015). But on a bad day, I can play horribly and lose against whoever is sitting in front of me, losing tons of rating points at once.

Lately, my tournament play has been limited to Nashville events. Sometimes I travel. If you see me at a tournament, feel free to say hi. I am a friendly fellow!

My participation on this website goes through ebbs and flows, and 80+ percent of my posts are about chess. I often post on my own forum just to keep records, for myself. Everyone is welcome to visit and share! (But please don't post about politics here.)

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   Fusilli has kibitzed 4810 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Fusilli: <Susan Freeman: ... The poor people loved Maradona.> I'd say 100% of poor people loved Maradona, and 90% of the rest did too, if by "love" we mean love him as a player. His personal life made him lose fans, but we still loved what he did for Argentina in 1986. All of us did, ...
 
   Nov-22-20 P Nikolic vs Yusupov, 1987
 
Fusilli: Anyone else would have peed their pants after 17...Bxe2 and 18...Nxg3+ seeing that sitting in front of you was Yusupov? Or is it just me? That's why Nikolic is a GM and I am me.
 
   Nov-12-20 Sungho Yim vs M Sana, 2017
 
Fusilli: I played this game three years ago and I just went over it very quickly. When I got to 33...Rc8, I jolted. My immediate reaction was why not 33...h5? It's obvious that black needs to make an h-passer immediately or white is going to freeze the king side pawns with g5. Or at least ...
 
   Nov-03-20 Daniel Abbas vs E Inarkiev, 2017
 
Fusilli: <Nullifidian> <If you're so concerned about sitting around after your opponent leaves in a huff, you could just make sure that you let all your opponents win. That will keep them happy.> Oh, well, I can't argue with such an impressive wit.
 
   Nov-02-20 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Fusilli: Has *anyone* *ever* convinced *anyone else* of *anything* here? Has *anyone* *ever* visited this page and left it *happier* than they were when they arrived?
 
   Oct-26-20 Fusilli chessforum
 
Fusilli: <chancho> Yes!
 
   Oct-14-20 V Sherbakov vs Furman, 1955 (replies)
 
Fusilli: <Sally Simpson> Doesn't Nunn do that, or am I confused? I have Nunn's excellent puzzle book in my car. I haven't looked at it in a long time. I'll have to check. In your diagrammed position, there is some chance that white smells something must be wrong, since 1.Ne6 is ...
 
   Oct-13-20 M Tamburini vs E Paoli, 1957
 
Fusilli: <SS> Let me move the conversation to V Sherbakov vs Furman, 1955 . Look for my post there.
 
   Oct-11-20 Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) (replies)
 
Fusilli: <Paint My Dragon> I edited the write-up to include that.
 
   Oct-08-20 V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin, 1981 (replies)
 
Fusilli: <OhioChessFan: As <WG> said, it immediately evokes Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902> Yes. Pattern recognition at work. And you know, "Fool me once..." Marco was fooled for all of us. They can't fool us again on this one.
 
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Jun-05-20
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  chancho: <Fusilli> Uno de ellos lo puse en la lista casi 10 años atras. Increiblemente, el sigue escribiendome. 🤷‍♂️ Es ridiculo, porque yo no me molesto en leer lo que el me dice. Como ya se que sus posts van a ser mayormente negativos, los evito sin ponerle ojo.
Jun-05-20
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  saffuna: <fusilli> Me gustaria tenerte mas en esa pagina. Siento solo a veces.
Jun-06-20
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  Fusilli: <saffuna> Lo siento, pero prefiero no acercarme demasiado. Estos últimos dias lo hice porque me distraje con todo lo que está pasando. Algunos de los que escriben ahi son totalmente tóxicos, y a mi no me gusta pelearme.

Cuando uno discute con gente asi, el objetivo no es convencerlos. Eso es imposible. El objetivo tiene que ser compartir tu punto de vista con los otros, los que son mas razonables.

A propósito, ayer reporté a uno de ellos por racista. Veamos si cg me presta atención.

Jun-06-20
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  Fusilli: <chancho> <Es ridiculo, porque yo no me molesto en leer lo que el me dice.>

Jajaja... dejalo que pierda su tiempo, que obviamente tiene tiempo de sobra!

Jun-15-20
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  Fusilli: Note to self:

This position resulting from the classical Nimzo:

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/che...

... has a pretty good score in White's favor. Study it.

Jun-15-20
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  fredthebear: <Fusilli> Good work on your chess posts today. The puns and puzzles seem to get most of the attention, but please keep your posts coming.
Jun-16-20
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  Fusilli: <fredthebear> Huh? Somebody reads them? :)

Very kind of you, I appreciate it!

Jul-05-20
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  jith1207: Belated birthday 🎂 wishes, <Fusilli>.
Jul-06-20
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  Fusilli: <jith1207> Thank you! :)
Jul-06-20
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  chancho: No tenia idea. Feliz cumpleaños!
Jul-09-20
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  Fusilli: Gracias <Chancho>!
Jul-12-20
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  Fusilli: Just played on chess.com. I was black. Black to play:


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23...?

Jul-12-20
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  saffuna: Has to be 23...Rxg2. If 24. Rxg2 then 24...Qd2 and white cannot protect everything and also stop the black pawn.
Jul-12-20
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  Fusilli: <saffuna> Right! Seeing 24...Qd2 is essential if you are going to take the plunge with 23...Rxg2, which aesthetically screams to be played :)

The game ended:

23… Rxg2! 24. Rxg2 Qd2! 25. Rg1 e2 26. Qxh6 Bxg2+ 27. Rxg2 e1=Q+ 28. Rg1 Qd5# 0-1

Aug-09-20  parisattack: Sweet Sixteen <Fusilli>! I hope all is well your way.
Aug-09-20
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  Fusilli: <parisattack> OMG, you are right! Sweet sixteen to you too!
Aug-10-20
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  Check It Out: Hey guys, that is cool!
Aug-10-20
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  technical draw: Felicidades por tus 16 años. Parece que fue ayer. Pronto yo cumpliré 17. No es tiempo perdido. Se desarrollan habilidades de comunicación en grupo y se aprende cosas de otros países. Pero a la vez también se hacen enemigos solo por una opinion. Y los enlaces que publican son también instructivos. Ó, y aveces se habla de ajedrez. Saludos, TD...
Aug-13-20
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  Fusilli: <Check it out> Yup, <parisattack> and I are <chessgames> twins.

Gracias <Tablas técnicas>! Todo lo que dices es muy cierto. Ojalá se escribiera más sobre ajedrez!

Oct-04-20
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  Fusilli: This just happens on chess.com (5-minute game).

Someone v Me:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4


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6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nbd2 (the <CG> database only has 7.Bd2 here) d6


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8. Bb5 dxe5


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Here white has to play 9. Bxc6+ and 0-0 or 9. 0-0. But...

9. Nxe5? Qxd4


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... And white falls apart! I expected 10.Nd3 here, but...

10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Nf3 Qxf2# 0-1

Oct-04-20
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  OhioChessFan: I've survived worse positions than after 11. 0-0


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Oct-04-20
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  Fusilli: <OCF> Oh yes, of course. I should have put question marks on 11.Nf3. There's nothing inevitable about blundering a mate in one!
Oct-26-20
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  Fusilli: From my morning game on chess.com

I am white and just played 19.Rab1, which happens to be a blunder.

Black to play and win.


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Black didn't see it, but I lost the game anyway.

Oct-26-20
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  chancho: 19...Bf3 followed by 20... Qh5 look unstoppable.
Oct-26-20
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  Fusilli: <chancho> Yes!
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