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Member since Jan-18-09 · Last seen Dec-12-22
I was born in the province of Calabria in Italy. I immigrated (legally) to the United States when I was a wee bit over one-year old and didn't learn fluent English until the nuns beat my native language out of me at six years old.

I learned how to play chess at age nine and became decent at the game (beating most of the grown-ups around me) by fourteen years old.

I volunteered and served in the U.S. Army and Reserves for a total of six years (four active, two reserves) as a tanker on M60A1s, M60A3s and M1 Abrams. That explains my avatar.

I enjoy reading books on history, international relations, law, spy thrillers and science fiction. Oh, and of course, chess.

I have several so-called "favorite" chess players, past and present. However, the list is too long. So its difficult to pick one favorite.

Through my years and as a result of experience and observation, I've learned that we as humans hate being wrong and we dislike having to say "I'm sorry" or "I apologize". So, I believe it actually takes some real courage to admit when we're wrong and to apologize to those we offend or hurt.

So, if I'm wrong, or if I offend or hurt someone on this site with what I write, call me to task, and I'll admit my mistake or if appropriate, apologize.

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   Lupara has kibitzed 295 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-26-21 H Wang vs Caruana, 2021 (replies)
Lupara: This is Caruana's first win against Wang Hao in classical time control.
   Dec-05-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Lupara: Greetings <ChessHigherCat>. Thank you for your comment. I assure you I am not misreading Tisdall's last paragraph. Tisdall is describing Caruana throughout the whole paragraph. Tisdall is not writing about Carlsen in that paragraph. Tisdall begins the paragraph talking about ...
   Nov-26-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Say what you want about Caruana, but he has guts. He may be burning his ships a la Cortez. Victory or death!
   Nov-19-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Caruana played 21. c5.
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: For awhile there, sesse was indicating mate in 36 and mate in 63. It then calmed down and went back to a -1.75 evaluation. In these kind of positions, trust computers at your own peril. This is most likely a draw with correct play.
   Nov-09-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Ouch! Carlsen obtained a decent advantage, winning by most standards, and blew it. I imagine Caruana's stubborn and annoying defense had something to do with this. This also happened at the 2018 GRENKE and 2018 Sinqueifield Cup (to a lesser extent at Sinquefield as Carlsen's ...
   Nov-06-18 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
Lupara: Greetings <perfidious>, I recall that the German IM Kurt Richter had the nickname "Der Scharfrichter Von Berlin" but I'm quite sure no one has nicknamed Caruana "Il Boia da St. Louis." :)
   Aug-08-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
   Jun-08-18 Wesley So (replies)
Lupara: I'm glad Wesley has found a new attitude regarding short draws. I do recall the last round of the Reykjavik Open 2013 where Wesley could have won the tournament if he had played to win. Instead he offered a draw after three moves: Eljanov vs W So, 2013 But in all seriousness, keep ...
   Jun-07-18 Caruana vs So, 2018 (replies)
Lupara: Black did resign.
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