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Member since Aug-09-04 · Last seen Feb-02-23
Mariano Sana, Argentinian by birth, in the US since 1995. Naturalized US citizen in 2015. I hold a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and 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, I can score wins like these: (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.

I was diagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2011, but it didn't cause me trouble until a few years ago. I have a weak right leg (I often use a cane now) and I fatigue easily. The latter may mean that it's time for me to retire from chess competition. My last tournament, the summer before the pandemic, was a total disaster that cost me 50 rating points (the World Open, where I scored +1 -6).

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 5271 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Feb-02-23 Gulko vs A Panchenko, 1981
Fusilli: <Retireborn: Lost on time, according Gulko's annotations in Informator.> One can see why. Black seemed to have a nice dynamic position in the middle game, but it slipped away and ended up in trouble. I wonder if he spent a lot of time considering 21...fxg3, which intuitively ...
   Jan-28-23 I Krush vs J Becerra Rivero, 2000 (replies)
Fusilli: <agb2002> <I admit I lost interest in the puzzle when I found 37.Qd7 after a lot of work on 36... Rc8.> I know that feeling! I think you mean 37.Rd7, not 37.Qd7.
   Jan-28-23 Fusilli chessforum
Fusilli: <OCF ... only other maybe move Qe4 met by Re4.> P.S. I didn't even see the Qe4 possibility!
   Jan-27-23 Velimirovic vs S Bouaziz, 1987
Fusilli: <keypusher: ...but Velimirovic also left his king in the center :-)> Yes, but I like him. He had a cool last name. And if he had been Argentine, he would have been a fan of Boca Juniors. So, his leaving the king in the center is fine. See, nothing you can do against scientific
   Jan-27-23 Andersson vs Velimirovic, 1987
Fusilli: Wow, hard to believe Andersson missed such a straightforward win. 29. Rxg6+ wins clearly, and so does 29.Qf4, as <Mateo> said, <as it threatens at the same time Qxd2 and Rxg563682941+.> :D
   Jan-26-23 S Urusov vs Ben, 1862 (replies)
Fusilli: <scormus>! Not sure if you check your forum, but do! I left you a message there.
   Jan-26-23 scormus chessforum
Fusilli: Hey <scormus>! I see you posted on a game. I thought you were gone. I saw Stuck Elevator, put up by Nashville Opera, last weekend. Super interesting! I recommend it. The production was impressive (small theater and amazing use of a limited space, light, and staging). The ...
   Jan-24-23 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Fusilli: <harrylime> <Bogart like Mary Shelley or Beethoven seems to be in or out ... depending which decade you are living in ... > True. As for my individual rather than societal preference, I think the secret is not to wear yourself out. I watch it every five years or so, or
   Jan-24-23 C Becx vs Yermolinsky, 1989
Fusilli: Yermo must have been too eager to win this game. (He won this open tournament with +8 -1 and this was his one loss.) Something went seriously wrong in the transition from this position, after 25.Qa3: [DIAGRAM] where it's even and both players have two sets of grouped pawns (did we ...
   Jan-23-23 Jan Timman
Fusilli: <stone> <That's almost certainly Dick Dolman> Good catch. I think the "almost" can be dropped after seeing this photo: < > A bit more obvious than the photo in the Wikipedia page.
   Jan-20-23 Pelikan vs R Hase, 1972
   Jan-20-23 Teyss chessforum (replies)
   Jan-17-23 Anand vs Kasparov, 1997
   Jan-14-23 Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1983 (replies)
   Jan-14-23 Karpov vs Kavalek, 1974
   Jan-14-23 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974
   Jan-11-23 Daniel Noteboom
   Jan-08-23 Kasparov vs T Krabbe, 1987
   Jan-08-23 Tal vs Spassky, 1965
   Jan-07-23 C E Murphy vs S Sulskis, 2022
   Jan-07-23 Aleksandar Matanovic (replies)
   Jan-05-23 Gligoric vs Najdorf, 1946
   Dec-31-22 Andersson vs Marjanovic, 1979 (replies)
   Dec-30-22 Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014
   Dec-30-22 M Nastic vs E Fucak, 2010 (replies)
   Dec-29-22 P Ricardi vs M Fraschini, 2005
   Dec-29-22 Najdorf vs K Opocensky, 1946
   Dec-28-22 G Norman vs Rubinstein, 1922
   Dec-28-22 C Guimard vs Najdorf, 1946
   Dec-28-22 Prague (1946) (replies)
   Dec-27-22 Najdorf vs Pachman, 1946
   Dec-27-22 Golombek vs R Cross, 1935
   Dec-26-22 Penguincw chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 perfidious chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 FSR chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 chancho chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-22 technical draw chessforum (replies)
   Dec-24-22 Anthony Saidy (replies)
   Dec-24-22 J Marsalek vs K Opocensky, 1962
   Dec-22-22 Mariano Sana (replies)
   Dec-22-22 moronovich chessforum (replies)
   Dec-14-22 Ivan Farago (replies)
   Dec-13-22 Kasparov vs Lutikov, 1978
   Dec-13-22 C Meidinger vs M Sana, 2022
   Dec-13-22 M Sana vs F Corrales Jimenez, 2022
   Dec-13-22 M Sana vs J Abraham, 2022
   Dec-13-22 R Burnett vs M Sana, 2022
   Dec-13-22 R Burnett vs M Sana, 2022
   Dec-13-22 N Harris vs B Leverett, 1992
   Dec-11-22 Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez (replies)
   Dec-07-22 Portisch vs Bobotsov, 1972 (replies)
   Dec-07-22 I Rogers vs Huebner, 1988
   Dec-06-22 Lautier vs Karpov, 1995
   Dec-04-22 P Ravn vs Petrosian, 1958
   Dec-01-22 E Lazarev vs R Ermakov, 1962
   Nov-29-22 Paulsen vs Mayet, 1864
   Nov-18-22 V Antonov vs C Kamp, 1989 (replies)
   Nov-17-22 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
   Nov-15-22 Panno vs Diez del Corral, 1973
   Nov-15-22 M Hebden vs D Lima, 1988 (replies)
   Nov-14-22 chessforum (replies)
   Nov-11-22 G A Thomas vs Rubinstein, 1925
   Nov-11-22 E Jimenez Zerquera vs Panno, 1970
   Nov-11-22 K Rogoff vs S Spencer, 1969 (replies)
   Nov-11-22 MissScarlett chessforum (replies)
   Nov-08-22 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
   Nov-07-22 Stevens vs Blackburne, 1895
   Nov-04-22 Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 2012
   Nov-02-22 Rellstab vs Bogoljubov, 1949 (replies)
   Oct-31-22 Szabo vs Polugaevsky, 1967
   Oct-27-22 Baburin vs Miles, 2000 (replies)
   Oct-27-22 Xiong vs So, 2017
   Oct-26-22 Suba vs P Stefanov, 1983
   Oct-26-22 Andras Toth
   Oct-23-22 Albin vs O Bernstein, 1904
   Oct-13-22 Dubov vs Morozevich, 2016
   Oct-12-22 Bisguier vs Gipslis, 1965
   Oct-11-22 Karpov vs Andersson, 1975 (replies)
   Oct-11-22 Andersson vs Y Gruenfeld, 1982 (replies)
   Oct-10-22 Van Wely vs Kramnik, 1990
   Oct-10-22 A Fishbein vs J B Willow, 2020
   Oct-09-22 A Fishbein vs J Merriman, 2020
   Oct-09-22 Browne vs V Rao, 1987
   Oct-06-22 M Sana vs C Blocker, 2014
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   Oct-03-22 V Gagarin vs I Popov, 2007
   Oct-02-22 V Gagarin vs D Dragicevic, 2005
   Sep-29-22 Bronstein vs Tseshkovsky, 1981
   Sep-28-22 Keene vs F J Sanz Alonso, 1975
   Sep-28-22 Korchnoi vs Gipslis, 1976
   Sep-28-22 M Gluzman vs Bareev, 2001
   Sep-26-22 Filip vs H Schumacher, 1969
   Sep-25-22 Saint-Amant vs Staunton, 1843 (replies)
   Sep-12-22 A Matanovic vs Rossolimo, 1951
   Sep-07-22 Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022 (replies)
   Aug-25-22 R Baskin vs Romanishin, 2021
   Aug-22-22 S Polgar vs E Torre, 1991
   Aug-19-22 R Praggnanandhaa vs Firouzja, 2022
   Aug-13-22 Suetin vs Uhlmann, 1996 (replies)
   Aug-12-22 V Georgiev vs V Dimitrov, 1996 (replies)
   Aug-12-22 Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974
   Aug-12-22 Wojtkiewicz vs I Kivlan, 1980 (replies)
   Aug-06-22 Caruana vs D Gukesh, 2022 (replies)
   Aug-06-22 Karpov vs Kamsky, 1991
   Jul-18-22 Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953
   Jul-18-22 B Simic vs J Langreck, 1997
   Jul-14-22 Petrosian vs C Guimard, 1955
   Jun-27-22 Rapport vs Duda, 2022 (replies)
   Jun-27-22 David Moody (replies)
   Jun-20-22 FIDE Candidates (2022) (replies)
   Jun-20-22 Firouzja vs Nakamura, 2022 (replies)
   Jun-17-22 Browne vs Smyslov, 1982 (replies)
   Jun-08-22 Z Sturua vs K Bischoff, 2017
   Jun-06-22 Panno vs Shamkovich, 1975
   Jun-06-22 Quinteros vs Evans, 1975
   Jun-06-22 Lone Pine (1975)
   Jun-02-22 J Riff vs V Vulevic, 2016
   Jun-01-22 Luis Roux Cabral
   Jun-01-22 C J Corte vs L Palau, 1929
   May-31-22 J Riff vs K Gulamali, 2017 (replies)
   May-31-22 Vladimir Antoshin (replies)
   May-28-22 Barcza vs A Bradvarevic, 1966
   May-28-22 Antoshin vs A Bradvarevic, 1966 (replies)
   May-14-22 Yuri Averbakh (replies)
   May-01-22 Tal vs Leonov, 1949 (replies)
   May-01-22 Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 (replies)
   May-01-22 Tal vs J Gomez Baillo, 1987 (replies)
   May-01-22 Quinteros vs Polugaevsky, 1987
   May-01-22 Tal vs Panno, 1987
   Apr-25-22 Dionysius1 chessforum (replies)
   Apr-23-22 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
   Apr-23-22 T Gareyev vs G Milos, 2006 (replies)
   Apr-20-22 Francisco Planas Garcia
   Apr-12-22 T Olafsson vs H Heimisson, 2015
   Mar-30-22 Unzicker vs Botvinnik, 1962
   Mar-13-22 M Sana vs A E Franklin, 2008
   Mar-12-22 Kaufman vs H Titz, 2008
   Mar-06-22 M Ujtelky vs E Nagy, 1979
   Feb-10-22 A Murariu vs Le Quang Liem, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-04-22 Reshevsky vs Bisguier, 1954
   Feb-04-22 Berlin (1920)
   Feb-04-22 Tarrasch vs Tartakower, 1920
   Jan-27-22 P Matovic vs A Kovacevic, 1999
   Jan-21-22 Karjakin vs Adams, 2016
   Dec-11-21 L Espig vs P Mertens, 1968
   Dec-05-21 Korchnoi vs B Alterman, 1998
   Dec-04-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
   Nov-21-21 Korchnoi vs J Gallagher, 1998
   Nov-14-21 H Bouwmeester vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1970
   Nov-14-21 Korchnoi vs Geller, 1971
   Nov-06-21 E Mnatsakanian vs G Ustinov, 1959 (replies)
   Nov-05-21 J Salaba vs D Belik, 1991
   Nov-05-21 J 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 M Rohde vs I Gurevich, 1992 (replies)
   Jul-19-21 Schlomer vs Beetz, 1936
   Jul-19-21 Abhimanyu Mishra (replies)
   Jul-19-21 G Kluger vs Nagy, 1942 (replies)
   Jul-06-21 Y Yu vs Ding Liren, 2019 (replies)
   Jun-05-21 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981
   May-23-21 J Cori vs I 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 K Rogoff, 1978 (replies)
   Feb-19-21 S Ionov vs A Yashtylov, 2000 (replies)
   Feb-10-21 Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994 (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 (replies)
   Dec-15-20 Benko vs R Sanguineti, 1958
   Dec-12-20 Efimenko vs Onischuk, 2011
   Dec-06-20 Luis Alberto Castillo (replies)
   Dec-06-20 Karpov vs Nunn, 1985
   Dec-04-20 Sam Sloan (replies)
   Nov-26-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Nov-22-20 P Nikolic vs Yusupov, 1987
   Nov-12-20 S H Yim vs M Sana, 2017
   Nov-03-20 Daniel Abbas vs E Inarkiev, 2017
   Nov-02-20 0 (replies)
   Oct-14-20 V Shcherbakov vs Furman, 1955 (replies)
   Oct-13-20 M Tamburini vs E Paoli, 1957
   Oct-11-20 Geller - Smyslov Candidates Quarterfinal (1965) (replies)
   Oct-08-20 V Arbakov vs Vyzmanavin, 1981 (replies)
   Sep-21-20 Juan Traian Iliesco (replies)
   Sep-21-20 Pilnik vs Najdorf, 1941
   Sep-18-20 Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968
   Sep-18-20 Lajos Portisch (replies)
   Sep-08-20 Lombardy vs I A Horowitz, 1972 (replies)
   Sep-05-20 Najdorf vs Y Porat, 1939
   Sep-04-20 Kaufman vs A Moreno, 2006 (replies)
   Aug-22-20 Ree vs K Langeweg, 1969 (replies)
   Aug-21-20 Gert Ligterink (replies)
   Aug-20-20 Tukmakov vs G Ligterink, 1984 (replies)
   Aug-17-20 Mikhail Botvinnik (replies)
   Aug-14-20 Karpov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1993
   Aug-09-20 Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966 (replies)
   Aug-01-20 Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2007
   Jul-25-20 Benoni Defense (A56)
   Jul-22-20 B Itkis vs Aronian, 1999
   Jul-21-20 Romanishin vs A Vaisser, 1982
   Jul-15-20 Najdorf vs Quinteros, 1970
   Jul-15-20 Damjanovic vs Najdorf, 1970
   Jul-15-20 Najdorf vs J Rubinetti, 1970
   Jul-15-20 Panno vs O'Kelly, 1970
   Jul-15-20 Panno vs Szabo, 1970
   Jul-15-20 Panno vs Damjanovic, 1970
   Jul-11-20 C Zeng vs V S Gujrathi, 2019
   Jul-11-20 K Makarczyk vs Sliwa, 1952
   Jul-11-20 A Lupo vs A Shaw, 1998 (replies)
   Jul-06-20 Tal vs Uhlmann, 1977
   Jul-06-20 Kholmov vs Spassky, 1963 (replies)
   Jul-05-20 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 (replies)
   Jul-05-20 K Osterberg vs J Christensen, 1998
   Jul-05-20 Ivkov vs Karpov, 1978
   Jul-03-20 M Stean vs Sax, 1982
   Jul-02-20 Oscar Panno (replies)
   Jul-02-20 Quinteros vs A Planinc, 1970
   Jul-01-20 Miguel Najdorf (replies)
   Jul-01-20 Barcza vs Portisch, 1959 (replies)
   Jun-30-20 Panno vs Illescas Cordoba, 1993
   Jun-27-20 Moscow (1967)
   Jun-27-20 Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 (replies)
   Jun-27-20 P C Dozsa vs Portisch, 1962 (replies)
   Jun-26-20 Unzicker vs M Czerniak, 1954 (replies)
   Jun-25-20 Beliavsky vs Quinteros, 1986 (replies)
   Jun-23-20 P Hardicsay vs Adorjan, 1986 (replies)
   Jun-22-20 Smyslov vs Geller, 1955
   Jun-22-20 Z Franco Ocampos vs C Guimard, 1980
   Jun-21-20 J Kozma vs Vogt, 1976
   Jun-19-20 Mark Dvoretzky
   Jun-19-20 Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1995 (replies)
   Jun-19-20 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
   Jun-18-20 Keres vs Petrosian, 1950 (replies)
   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 Jack Puccini
   May-21-20 S Hosea vs S Thomson, 2009 (replies)
   May-18-20 E Torre vs S 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 I 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 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 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 V Liberzon, 1976 (replies)
   Apr-15-20 C 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 M 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 H Ni, 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)
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  Fusilli: <TD> I just looked it up and answered my own question. Duh!
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  moronovich: <Fusilli: <moro> Good job! I mistakenly discarded Qf1 because I didn't see Qf5 mate after Kxe6.>

I also misssed Qf5 mate, the first time I tried ;) Quite some rare double bind, one may say !

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  Fusilli: Follow up on the position I posted:

The killer blow is 23.Nxe7+ Rxe7 24.Bf6. White's subsequent Qh4, threatening mate on h8 (Black needs to respond with Ng7) means White will capture the rook, recovering the exchange and with a killer advantage.

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  OhioChessFan: Nice. The hard part is taking the Pawn that is pinned. Like you, I'd have gone for the Pawn that seems the right target due to the defending Pawn frozen in place.
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  technical draw: <Fusilli> If you join GameKnot look me up I play under the name <goodchessactor>. My rating usually hovers around 1800 but when I start losing I lose a lot in a row. Right now my rating is 1763.
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  Check It Out: I looked at Nxe7, Bf6 but wasn't sure about it. I was too focused on Rxd6, again wasn't sure where that led.
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  Fusilli: Be an endgame defense hero!

Black to play and save this:

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Level: Difficult. So, here's a little help: Black played 55...Rb1, which loses.

I posted this and four more puzzles from this endgame in the game's page:

J Marsalek vs K Opocensky, 1962

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  Messiah: I did not analyze deeply, but 55...Bd6 seems to be promising.
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  Fusilli: <Messiah> It fails to Rf7+ and Bxd6. But you are on the right track. How can you make the same idea work?
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  Fusilli: Follow up on the puzzle. It's difficult and fun!

So, if you feel like going a little chess mad on Christmas Eve, here we go:

Follow up on the puzzle. Black to play, from J Marsalek vs K Opocensky, 1962

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The only move that holds the draw is 55...Rb6!

For example:

A) 56.ย Kf5ย Rf6+! The computer says 56...a2 draws too, but who wouldn't prefer this fancy move?ย 

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Then 57.Bxf6 Bxf6 and now white has to choose between 58.Kxf6 a2 and perpetual check with Rf7 and Rg7, or 58.Rxb7 a2, give the rook up for the a-pawn and draw. Notice white's bad luck that taking the bishop puts the king on the long diagonal for a check when black promotes.

B) 56.Rf7+ Ke8 57.Kf5, now 57...Rf6+ loses:

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58.Bxf6 Bxf6 59.Rxf6 a2 60.g7 and white will mate. The key is that now white's king is not on the long diagonal.

Instead, the more natural 57...a2 draws (as it does against 56.Kf5).

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In fact, white is the one who struggles now. For example, the natural 58. Rh7 loses to 58...Bf6!!

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And white has nothing better than giving up the bishop to capture the a-pawn.

So, white is in the unenviable situation of having to play 58.Rg7 as the only move that keeps the draw.

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B1) Now, 58...Bf6 meets 59.Rg8+ Ke7 60.g7 Bxe5 61.Re8+ Kxe8 62.g8=Q+

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And this, the computer says, is a draw.

B2) Or, if black calculates the promotion and it looks scary (it does, doesn't it?), there is 58...Rf6+ (remember Rf6+?)

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59.Ke4 Rf8, draw again.

B3) Finally, there is the quicker path to draw so that everybody can avoid a heart attack, with 58...Kf8 59.Rf7+ Ke8 60.Rg7.

Notice that against 59.Rh7

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Black again has 59...Rf6+ where the best white can do is retreat with 60.Ke4, lose the g-pawn and suffer, but it's still a draw. So, better go for move repetition.

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  chancho: Feliz Navida a ti y los tuyos.

Muchas bendiciones.


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  Check It Out: Merry Christmas, Fusilli!
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  Fusilli: Same to you <Check it Out>!
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  FSR: Merry Christmas, Fusilli!
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  Penguincw: Hi there, dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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  technical draw: Happy New Year <Fusilli>. Thanks for your post on my forum. I would like to reply to it but I can't think of the appropriate words to do it justice. Maybe next year.
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  Fusilli: <TD> Oh, no worries, don't feel obligated! I was just sharing from what (I think) I learned lately. Cheers!
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  Fusilli: Publications come up with lists of "those we lost this year" too early. Pelรฉ and Pope Benedict now rendered those lists grossly incomplete. Lat year, Desmond Tutu, Harry Reid, John Madden, E.O. Wilson, and Betty White all died in the last six days of the year.

So, today is December 31 and our likelihood of missing someone is very low. So... which GMs died in 2022? In alphabetical order:

Yuri Averbakh (100) Miso Cebalo (77) Ivan Farago (76) Borislav Ivkov (88) Nikolai Krogius (91) Konstantin Landa (50) Gilles Miralles (55) Igor Naumkin (56) Alex Sherzer (51) Mark Tseitlin (78)

Mean life span of these players = 72.2 years
Wide range though (max-min = 50! No GM died between ages 57 and 75 in 2022), and standard deviation = 17.17

Four GMs died in their 50s in 2022, and at the higher end we lost three of the oldest ones, including the oldest one. The five oldest living GMs are now:

Aleksandar Matanovic (92) Juraj Nikolac (90) Yair Kraidman (90) Nikola Padevsky (89) Klaus Darga (88)

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  Teyss: Hi <Fusilli> With a bit of delay, happy new year.
Teyss chessforum (kibitz #30)
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  Fusilli: Random comment: I love junco birds (aka snowbirds). I love it when they appear in little flocks in my backyard in winter. I find the white & grey & black contrasts in the color of their feathers beautiful.

In other bird news, I set up a second blue bird house in my backyard. The first one has been there for a year but no one took me up on it last season. I saw a couple of blue birds exploring one of them a few weeks ago. I think a chickadee uses it for shelter occasionally. I am hoping to get blue bird tenants this spring. They are valuable real estate jewels! Comfy, protected, and with access to my ecologically diverse backyard.

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  Fusilli: 5-min blitz on

I am black. White just played 26.b4

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Black to play. Any takers?
Can you fill in the blanks?

26. white played b4, black plays [fill in]
27. white plays [fill in], black plays [fill in]

28. white plays Rg1, black plays [fill in]
29. white plays [fill in], black plays [fill in]

and black is clearly winning

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  chancho: <Fusilli> I looked at 26...Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Rd2 28.g3 Qh3.

26...Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Rd2 28.Rg1 Qxf4

What's the 29th move for White?

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  OhioChessFan: I can't pretend I'd have done it in a 5 minutes game, but here it is.

26...Rxc3 is clearly best.
27. Qxc3 only other maybe move Qe4 met by Re4.
27...Rd2 not e2 as I considered, 28. Rf3 and White is fine.
28. Rg1 Bd4 and all of a sudden White's Queen is in trouble.
29. Qb3 Qxf4 clearly winning.

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  Fusilli: <chancho> <OCF> Yes to both of you.

In the game, white played 28.Rg1, and yes, Qxf4 and black is winning. (He then played the desperate 29.Rd1 and after e2 let his remaining minute or so run out. I had the even better 29...Bxe5.)

<I can't pretend I'd have done it in a 5 minutes game, but here it is.> My memory now has been erased, but I believe I saw until Rd2, saw that g3 allowed for Qh3 and there is no defense, and if Rg1 I just assumed I would have something good, since white was all tied up. Turns out that Qxf4 is the only good move, says the computer, and clearly winning, so I had my share of luck.

I often make this kind of assumption in blitz, going with Fischer's dictum that good tactics come from a superior position. It doesn't always work! In this case, I seem to have no choice but sacking the exchange anyway, but I knew that when I played Rd3 in the previous move

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  Fusilli: <OCF ... only other maybe move Qe4 met by Re4.>

P.S. I didn't even see the Qe4 possibility!

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