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Member since Aug-09-04 · Last seen Jan-12-22
Mariano Sana, Argentinian living in the US since 1995. Naturalized US citizen in 2015. I am an associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University: Previously, I was at Louisiana State University (2003-2009).

My published academic work can be seen here: My review of Gary Alan Fine's "Players and Pawns" is here:

My avatar comes from a cartoon of mine drawn by a friend. My username, besides the pasta, is my late cat's name (he died in March 2021, age 19), inspired by this cartoon:

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 might still be apt today, on a good day.) Unfortunately, no game scores survived from those years. I started to play again after grad school. I haven't played OTB since 2019.

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 hovered around 2200, down to mid 2100s a few years ago. 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 4876 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Jan-02-22 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
Fusilli: Happy holidays to you too, <Penguincw>!
   Dec-12-21 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
Fusilli: <OCF> It makes two of us.
   Dec-11-21 L Espig vs P Mertens, 1968
Fusilli: <Stanco: That was an easy one.> SMH
   Dec-05-21 Korchnoi vs Alterman, 1998
Fusilli: Oh, I hadn't noticed that 61. Hadn't looked at the score at all. Thanks.
   Dec-04-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
Fusilli: <nok: I'll give Nepo a 3 and Carlsen a 6-7.> SMH
   Nov-21-21 Korchnoi vs J Gallagher, 1998
Fusilli: <myschkin: Right after the game: Korchnoi's answer 5.Ne2 a6?! to Gallagher's question, where he went wrong ;))> It does sound like a reasonable answer!
   Nov-14-21 H Bouwmeester vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1970
Fusilli: If 27.Nb6, I thought black had 27...Rh6 and the rook on a8 is untouchable because of Qh4. The computer gives 27...d5 though, then 28.Nxd5 and then 28...Rh6. White plays the conservative 27.Qb6. The computer says 27.Nxf4 instead and black is cooked (because white's DSB now watches ...
   Nov-14-21 Korchnoi vs Geller, 1971
Fusilli: <WCC Editing Project: Paul Keres confirms that Geller lost this game on time.> I guess that explains 32...Qg4. Black had to play Bf6. Hard to believe Geller would not see the Nxc5 threat, but if he lost on time, he must have been playing instantly at that point.
   Nov-06-21 E Mnatsakanian vs G Ustinov, 1959 (replies)
Fusilli: I clicked on "see a random game" and I got this totally crazy lollapalooza. Nice choice, randomness fairy!
   Nov-05-21 J Salaba vs D Belik, 1991
Fusilli: Nice technique in the endgame.
   Nov-05-21 Burke vs So, 2021
   Oct-15-21 M Weigel vs S Limontaite, 2008
   Oct-02-21 D Bailey vs L Day, 1988
   Sep-12-21 Sax vs Anand, 1986 (replies)
   Aug-18-21 Sveshnikov vs Korchnoi, 1973
   Aug-15-21 S Bartha vs G Kluger, 1979 (replies)
   Aug-08-21 Rohde vs I Gurevich, 1992 (replies)
   Jul-19-21 Schlomer vs Beetz, 1936
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   Jul-19-21 G Kluger vs Nagy, 1942 (replies)
   Jul-06-21 Yu Yangyi vs Ding Liren, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-05-21 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981
   May-23-21 J Cori vs Morovic Fernandez, 2018
   May-14-21 Westerinen vs I Papadopoulos, 1964 (replies)
   May-08-21 Artur Yusupov
   May-01-21 Smejkal vs Suba, 1983
   Apr-11-21 Piket vs Karpov, 1999
   Mar-27-21 Adlane Arab (replies)
   Mar-27-21 H Leyva vs A Arab, 2006
   Mar-14-21 Lisitsin vs V Goglidze, 1933 (replies)
   Mar-14-21 Farhad Tahirov (replies)
   Feb-26-21 K Regan vs Rogoff, 1978 (replies)
   Feb-19-21 S Ionov vs A Yashtylov, 2000 (replies)
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   Feb-08-21 Yuri L Averbakh (replies)
   Jan-27-21 J Rukavina vs Korchnoi, 1973 (replies)
   Jan-27-21 Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Jan-20-21 Lubomir Kavalek (replies)
   Jan-17-21 Viktor Kupreichik
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   Nov-26-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
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   Nov-12-20 Sungho Yim vs M Sana, 2017
   Nov-03-20 Daniel Abbas vs E Inarkiev, 2017
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   Oct-11-20 Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) (replies)
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   Jun-22-20 Z Franco Ocampos vs Guimard, 1980
   Jun-21-20 J Kozma vs Vogt, 1976
   Jun-19-20 Mark Dvoretzky
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   Jun-18-20 Bertrand vs Beuter, 1927
   Jun-18-20 L Navarovszky vs Szabo, 1959
   Jun-18-20 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2020 (replies)
   Jun-18-20 Ree vs Korchnoi, 1976
   Jun-18-20 Pachman vs Petrosian, 1958
   Jun-18-20 Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 (replies)
   Jun-17-20 Najdorf vs Keres, 1963 (replies)
   Jun-16-20 Benjamin vs M Sana, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-16-20 Larsen vs Smyslov, 1988
   Jun-15-20 Sax vs Portisch, 1989
   Jun-15-20 S Mareco vs J Rapport, 2014
   Jun-15-20 Dreev vs S Azarov, 2013
   Jun-14-20 Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896
   Jun-14-20 C Polk vs M Sana, 2016
   Jun-11-20 J S Rouleau vs M Sana, 2003
   Jun-11-20 C Zhu vs M Sana, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-03-20 Van Wely vs G Guseinov, 2007 (replies)
   Jun-03-20 Miles vs Yusupov, 1985
   Jun-03-20 Gyula Sax (replies)
   Jun-02-20 P Yee vs Bisguier, 1995
   Jun-02-20 N Kopilov vs G Borisenko, 1954
   Jun-02-20 M Grau Carreras vs N Kosintseva, 1996
   Jun-01-20 Leonid Shamkovich (replies)
   May-31-20 B Socko vs Fedorov, 2015
   May-31-20 L Steiner vs H R Bigelow, 1929
   May-30-20 J Krejci vs M Motycakova, 2017
   May-29-20 J Grefe vs Korchnoi, 1979 (replies)
   May-24-20 Gabriel Schwartzman
   May-24-20 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
   May-24-20 Jack Puccini
   May-21-20 S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009 (replies)
   May-18-20 E Torre vs Susan Polgar, 1985
   May-18-20 Anand vs Benjamin, 1989 (replies)
   May-16-20 A Gunnarsson vs A David, 2007
   May-13-20 Miles vs Timman, 1983
   May-13-20 Geller vs Miles, 1983 (replies)
   May-13-20 Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983
   May-13-20 Linares (1983) (replies)
   May-12-20 H Hamdouchi vs Karpov, 2007 (replies)
   May-11-20 Karpov vs Tseshkovsky, 1976
   May-11-20 K Grigorian vs Karpov, 1976
   May-11-20 Gulko vs Karpov, 1976 (replies)
   May-11-20 A Zakharov vs Karpov, 1976
   May-11-20 Karpov vs Tal, 1976
   May-11-20 Petrosian vs Karpov, 1976 (replies)
   May-11-20 Velimirovic vs Shamkovich, 1979
   May-11-20 Romanishin vs Karpov, 1976 (replies)
   May-11-20 Karpov vs Balashov, 1976 (replies)
   May-11-20 Geller vs Karpov, 1976 (replies)
   May-11-20 Velimirovic vs Simic, 1998 (replies)
   May-09-20 A Kiviaho vs Westerinen, 1963
   May-05-20 Najdorf vs Geller, 1953
   May-04-20 Gilberto Garcia
   May-01-20 Richard Reti (replies)
   Apr-28-20 Lengyel vs Gligoric, 1964
   Apr-27-20 R Sanguineti vs J H Donner, 1955
   Apr-27-20 R Sanguineti vs P Michel, 1949
   Apr-22-20 J Vang Glud vs Timman, 2013 (replies)
   Apr-22-20 Carl Ahues (replies)
   Apr-21-20 Portisch vs R Sanguineti, 1976
   Apr-21-20 R Sanguineti vs Liberzon, 1976 (replies)
   Apr-15-20 Guimard vs Najdorf, 1944
   Apr-01-20 E Alekseev vs G Tenikashvili, 1998
   Mar-17-20 Tarjan vs R Shean, 1968
   Mar-16-20 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
   Mar-14-20 V Ciocaltea vs U Geller, 1968 (replies)
   Mar-09-20 Margarita Lysenko vs Alisa Nur-Mukhametova, 2019 (replies)
   Mar-08-20 Z Kornin vs S Giardelli, 1983 (replies)
   Mar-07-20 Motylev vs B Savchenko, 2007 (replies)
   Mar-06-20 Portisch vs Karpov, 1978 (replies)
   Mar-05-20 G Kuzmin vs A Kapengut, 1972
   Mar-04-20 Honza Cervenka chessforum (replies)
   Mar-02-20 M Roiz vs Ni Hua, 2001 (replies)
   Feb-28-20 M Sana vs L Bondar, 2019
   Feb-19-20 Nunn vs Seirawan, 1984
   Feb-12-20 Y Bleiman vs Korchnoi, 1978
   Feb-08-20 Mecking vs Quinteros, 1976
   Jan-19-20 J van Foreest vs Firouzja, 2020 (replies)
   Jan-17-20 S Mareco vs V Artemiev, 2016
   Jan-16-20 A Sorokin vs M Sinyanskiy, 2014
   Jan-16-20 Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946 (replies)
   Jan-15-20 Bronstein vs Reshevsky, 1953
   Jan-15-20 Firouzja vs Ni Hua, 2019 (replies)
   Jan-14-20 Firouzja vs Urkedal, 2016
   Jan-14-20 Alireza Firouzja (replies)
   Jan-13-20 E Zagorjansky vs Bronstein, 1945
   Jan-13-20 I Saric vs B Morchiashvili, 2010 (replies)
   Jan-11-20 October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977) (replies)
   Jan-11-20 Gheorghiu vs Romanishin, 1977 (replies)
   Jan-11-20 Sergio Mariotti (replies)
   Jan-11-20 S Mariotti vs G Kuzmin, 1977 (replies)
   Jan-07-20 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
   Jan-06-20 Fischer vs Michalopoulos, 1964
   Jan-04-20 Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 (replies)
   Jan-03-20 Bagirov vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1961
   Jan-03-20 A Timofeev vs V Malakhov, 2003
   Jan-02-20 Sofia Polgar vs Meduna, 1993
   Jan-02-20 Antoshin vs R Mascarinas, 1979
   Jan-02-20 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Jan-01-20 Keene vs B Jacobsen, 1983
   Jan-01-20 M Kobalia vs K Holm, 2018
   Dec-31-19 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 juan31 chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 WinKing chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 perfidious chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 keypusher chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Dec-31-19 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
   Dec-30-19 A Bannik vs E Mnatsakanian, 1962 (replies)
   Dec-30-19 Tal vs Tolush, 1957
   Dec-30-19 A Bannik vs Tal, 1957 (replies)
   Dec-24-19 Korchnoi vs Hug, 1987 (replies)
   Dec-16-19 Ljubojevic vs Gligoric, 1980 (replies)
   Dec-15-19 R Wang vs Ni Hua, 2001
   Dec-14-19 O Quinones Carrillo vs Stein, 1964
   Dec-14-19 Francisco Jose Perez Perez
   Dec-13-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018 (replies)
   Dec-12-19 Burn vs G Marco, 1898 (replies)
   Dec-12-19 H Herraiz Hidalgo vs T Upton, 2001 (replies)
   Dec-12-19 M Sana vs A E Franklin, 2008
   Dec-11-19 F Trois vs Adorjan, 1979
   Dec-07-19 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018 (replies)
   Dec-06-19 S Mariotti vs Larsen, 1978
   Dec-03-19 N Panchenko vs Botvinnik, 1927 (replies)
   Dec-02-19 Raymond Keene (replies)
   Nov-28-19 Gligoric vs Stein, 1967
   Nov-25-19 Larsen vs Unzicker, 1968 (replies)
   Nov-22-19 jith1207 chessforum (replies)
   Nov-22-19 M Sana vs C Blocker, 2014 (replies)
   Nov-16-19 A Lein vs Savon, 1971 (replies)
   Nov-16-19 Ray Robson (replies)
   Nov-15-19 F Paciulli vs E Treger, 2003
   Nov-15-19 M Sana vs R Burnett, 2015
   Nov-14-19 M Sana vs S Schmakel, 2017
   Nov-09-19 Jacques Mieses (replies)
   Nov-01-19 D Andreikin vs Ivanchuk, 2019 (replies)
   Oct-30-19 Amsterdam vs Marseille, 1900 (replies)
   Oct-29-19 Shamkovich vs Z S Ilic, 1988
   Oct-23-19 D Caruso vs E Paoli, 2001 (replies)
   Oct-15-19 Bachmann vs Anand, 2019
   Oct-14-19 Jansa vs N Batsiashvili, 2019 (replies)
   Oct-13-19 Dolmatov vs Smyslov, 1992
   Oct-12-19 Shirov vs Caruana, 2019 (replies)
   Oct-12-19 Sofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000 (replies)
   Oct-10-19 Carlsen vs Kuzubov, 2019 (replies)
   Oct-07-19 Ivanchuk vs Shankland, 2014
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   Oct-05-19 I Jones vs J Dueball, 1974 (replies)
   Oct-03-19 M Leskovar vs J Rukavina, 2011
   Oct-03-19 Topalov vs M Leskovar, 1992 (replies)
   Oct-03-19 M Leskovar vs K Hulak, 2011
   Sep-30-19 V Popov vs M Mchedlishvili, 2002
   Sep-29-19 Niksic (1983) (replies)
   Sep-29-19 50th USSR Championship (1983) (replies)
   Sep-29-19 Portisch vs P Nikolic, 1983 (replies)
   Sep-29-19 Tal vs G Agzamov, 1984 (replies)
   Sep-29-19 Karpov vs Geller, 1983 (replies)
   Sep-29-19 T D Andrews vs M Sana, 2018
   Sep-29-19 Andy Lin vs M Sana, 2017
   Sep-29-19 Mariano Sana
   Sep-28-19 E Gerstenfeld vs Lilienthal, 1940
   Sep-28-19 Lilienthal vs Bondarevsky, 1940 (replies)
   Sep-28-19 Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940
   Sep-27-19 Rauzer vs Veresov, 1934
   Sep-27-19 Veresov vs Lilienthal, 1940 (replies)
   Sep-26-19 Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941
   Sep-25-19 V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 (replies)
   Sep-24-19 Giri vs Xiong, 2019 (replies)
   Sep-22-19 Balashov vs Botvinnik, 1970
   Sep-22-19 Yuri S Balashov (replies)
   Sep-20-19 Suttles vs Benko, 1974 (replies)
   Sep-19-19 F Felecan vs F Rhine, 2019 (replies)
   Sep-16-19 Grischuk vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2005
   Sep-16-19 C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 (replies)
   Sep-15-19 Karpov vs Mihajlo Stojanovic, 2007 (replies)
   Sep-15-19 M Roiz vs Karpov, 2007
   Sep-09-19 Kholmov vs Lutikov, 1954
   Sep-04-19 Topalov vs Kasparov, 1999
   Sep-02-19 Ivkov vs Guimard, 1960
   Sep-02-19 B Wexler vs Korchnoi, 1960
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   Aug-21-19 G Meier vs S Agdestein, 2015
   Aug-21-19 Gelfand vs Svidler, 2001 (replies)
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   Jul-30-19 Keres vs Bobotsov, 1970 (replies)
   Jul-30-19 Duda vs Mamedyarov, 2019
   Jul-29-19 Rudolf Swiderski
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   Jul-28-19 Grischuk vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 (replies)
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   Jul-21-19 J Vosselman vs G Welling, 1982
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   Jun-20-19 Damjanovic vs Korchnoi, 1969
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   Jun-19-19 W Elias vs W Leimeister, 2012
   Jun-18-19 Kasimdzhanov vs Korchnoi, 2002
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  Fusilli: <OCF> Haha, that's funny!
Dec-21-20  morfishine: Dear <Fusilli> I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season! morf
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  Penguincw: < Dec-25-19 Penguincw: Enjoy the holiday season, <Fusilli>. >

< Dec-27-19 Fusilli: <Penguincw> Thank you! Right back at you! >

And right back at you now! Enjoy the holiday season again.

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  moronovich: Wish you a merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year !
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  chancho: <Fusilli> Feliz Navidad, y prospero año nuevo.

Que el nuevo año te encuentre con un elo de 2550.


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  Fusilli: Merry belated Christmas, <morf>! I was off the grid for a few days. Cheers!
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  moronovich: Also merry belated Christmas to you dear
<Fusilli> !

And all the best wishes for the New Year to come which hopefully will be a better one ! May all your pawns enjoy a touchdown.

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  Fusilli: The analysis feature in is great. I take post-mortem looks at some of my blitz games (I always play 3min 2sec) for a quick evaluation.

Some evaluations are decidedly funny though. For example:

Someone v Fusilli:

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Black to move. Of course, I am hopelessly, categorically, and unforgivably lost. The evaluation is +14. I played 45...Qd8 and the computer gives it ?? because it allows mate in seven (starting with 46.Rf7 Qf6), while 45...Qb8 kept the position at +14.

As it happens, I won on time right after making that move. I had seven seconds left.

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  Fusilli: Just played on

Fusilli vs Someone

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White to play.

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  chancho: 1.Rd6!

If Queen takes, 2.Rg4+ and mate on the next move.

If 1....Rf1+ then 2.Kg2.

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  Fusilli: <chancho> Si! Lindo, no?
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  chancho: Claro que si.
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  Fusilli: Oddly, a 2300 player let me get this position (I was white) on yesterday:

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And here he played 13...Nxg2?

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Now white kills, easily but flashily. See it?

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I see it, my good international maritime geophysical feature.

14.Rxh7+ Kxh7

15.Neg5+ Kh8

16.Rh1+ Nh4

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  Fusilli: <JFQ> Nice! Either knight wins, but I played the other one, so that after Bh6, Rxh6+ Kg7, Rh7 is mate (no escape to f6 because of the knight on e4).
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<Massive Ocean Plate Nexus>


I sea. You supply trenchant proof there is more than one wave to engulf Black's position!

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  Fusilli: Difficult and beautiful.

Pal Benko, 1990
White to play and win

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  Fusilli: The solution is:

1.Ke7 d2 2.Rd6 c3 3.Kf7! Kh7 (otherwise 4.Rd3 and 5.Rh3 with mate)

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4.g4! c2 5.g5, c1=Q (or d1=Q) 6.Rh6+! gxh6 7.g6+ Kh8 8.g7+ Kh7 9.g8=Q mate.

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  OhioChessFan: Pretty solution. Interesting how often the side with an extra piece in an endgame vs. extra Pawns has to continue to make mate threats.
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  Fusilli: <OCF> You are right. Or at least I agree!

After I read the solution (I was leafing through a 2012 Chess Life issue where this was published and I was too lazy to try to solve it), I kept wondering what if black plays 1...c3 instead:

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The idea is that if now 2.Kf7 c2 (2...d2 3.Rd6 transposes to the main solution) and if 3.Rg3? c1=Q followed by Qh6. But white has 3.Rc6, I think:

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If now 3...d2 4.Rc3 mates, and if 3...Kh7 4.g4. (Now if 4...d2 5.g5 --or just 5.Rxc2. Notice that 5.Rxd2 in the main solution didn't work, but here it does because a queen from d1 is useless to stop mate). But now what if 4...g6? (BTW, if 4...g5, 5.Rc3).

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5.g5! d2 6.Rxc2 d1=Q 7.Rh2+ Qh5 8.Rxh5+ gxh5 9.g6+ and white wins.

(I am not checking with a computer, but I think I got it right.)

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  OhioChessFan: I first noticed the mate threats issue in a little different context. Just learning chess, I tried to win with Queen vs. Knight. You need to threaten mate to get it done in any reasonable timeframe.
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  Fusilli: Has anyone else noted the secret grandmasters that visit this website? They sign up anonymously because, you know, they are modest and unassuming. Yet, interestingly, they tend to post arrogant comments such as a Saturday puzzle being easy, or other stuff like that. In other words, they are too good for the rest of us, but out of modesty conceal their identities and GM titles, even though disclosing them would confirm that their comments are genuine rather than self-aggrandizing computer-aided bulls**t.

How lucky we are to learn from them!

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  OhioChessFan: I've always suspected some of the habitual Saturday/Sunday braggarts aren't really solving them.
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  Fusilli: <OCF> It makes two of us.
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  Penguincw: Dear Fusilli,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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