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Member since Aug-09-04 · Last seen Jan-26-21
Mariano Sana, Argentinian living in the US since 1995. Naturalized US citizen since 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 senior cat's name (born in 2001, still kickin'), 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 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 4822 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Jan-20-21 Lubomir Kavalek (replies)
Fusilli: <plang: That is a really mean-spirited comment by Short - doesn't reflect well on him at all.> Didn't he make some mean-spirited comment on Miles right after Miles died too? Not one known for tact, Short.
   Jan-17-21 Viktor Kupreichik
Fusilli: <Marmot PFL: That's old for a chess player, as the game causes lots of stress.> 68 was actually on par with Russian male life expectancy at birth in 2017, and that after rising consistently for a while (it had gone pretty low, and continues to be low for a developed country): ...
   Jan-14-21 Fusilli chessforum
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: [DIAGRAM] Black to move. Of course, I am hopelessly, ...
   Dec-28-20 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
Fusilli: Merry belated Christmas, my friend!
   Dec-28-20 moronovich chessforum (replies)
Fusilli: Merry belated Christmas, my friend!
   Dec-28-20 chancho chessforum (replies)
   Dec-15-20 Benko vs R Sanguineti, 1958
Fusilli: <zydeco> True. A positional jewel here.
   Dec-12-20 Efimenko vs Onischuk, 2011
Fusilli: I really like how Onischuk handled the endgame, starting with 35...h5.
   Dec-06-20 Luis Alberto Castillo (replies)
Fusilli: Huh? 2500 rating? Who's this?
   Dec-06-20 Karpov vs Nunn, 1985
Fusilli: <notyetagm: Model play by Karpov agains the Najdorf, clamping down on the weak d5-square with the brilliant knight maneuvre 16 ♘c1 - 17 ♘1a2 - 18 ♘b4.> Yeah, 100% Karpovian, forcing a master attacking tactician to play a squeezed positional game.
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   May-18-20 E Torre vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1985
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   May-16-20 A Gunnarsson vs A David, 2007
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   May-12-20 H Hamdouchi vs Karpov, 2007 (replies)
   May-11-20 Karpov vs Tseshkovsky, 1976
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   May-11-20 A Zakharov vs Karpov, 1976
   May-11-20 Karpov vs Tal, 1976
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   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 R 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 L 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 A 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 A Firouzja vs Ni Hua, 2019
   Jan-14-20 A 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
   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 Zsofia 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)
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   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)
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   Oct-29-19 Shamkovich vs Z S Ilic, 1988
   Oct-23-19 D Caruso vs E Paoli, 2001 (replies)
   Oct-15-19 A 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 Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000 (replies)
   Oct-10-19 Carlsen vs Kuzubov, 2019 (replies)
   Oct-07-19 Ivanchuk vs S Shankland, 2014
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   Oct-05-19 I Jones vs J Dueball, 1974
   Oct-03-19 M Leskovar vs J Rukavina, 2011
   Oct-03-19 Topalov vs M Leskovar, 1992
   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
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   Sep-28-19 Lilienthal vs Bondarevsky, 1940
   Sep-28-19 Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940
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   Aug-21-19 G Meier vs S Agdestein, 2015
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   May-30-19 Bisguier vs Gipslis, 1965
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   May-28-19 Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011 (replies)
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   May-27-19 Jan Timman (replies)
   May-27-19 Timman vs Yermolinsky, 1999
   May-27-19 Gelfand vs S Shankland, 2019
   May-26-19 V Vepkhvishvili vs Kvintradze, 1964
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  chancho: No tenia idea. Feliz cumpleaños!
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  Fusilli: Gracias <Chancho>!
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  Fusilli: Just played on I was black. Black to play:

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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.
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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.
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  Fusilli: <parisattack> OMG, you are right! Sweet sixteen to you too!
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  Check It Out: Hey guys, that is cool!
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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...
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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!

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  Fusilli: This just happens on (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

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

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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!
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  Fusilli: From my morning game on

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.

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  chancho: 19...Bf3 followed by 20... Qh5 look unstoppable.
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  Fusilli: <chancho> Yes!
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  OhioChessFan: Amusing line from a Greg Iles novel I'm reading:

When you're from Mississippi, Vanderbilt is considered a northern school.

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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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