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Member since Jan-18-09 · Last seen Nov-07-21
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   [less...]
   Apr-26-21 Wang Hao 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.
   May-02-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
   Apr-25-18 Caruana vs V Akobian, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-24-18 Robson vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-22-18 Caruana vs Z Izoria, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-20-18 Caruana vs Lenderman, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-13-18 GRENKE Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
   Apr-09-18 Vitiugov vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-05-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-04-18 Caruana vs Naiditsch, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-02-18 G Meier vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
   Mar-30-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
   Mar-28-18 Caruana vs B Karen, 2002 (replies)
   Mar-23-18 Caruana vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
   Mar-16-18 Caruana vs Grischuk, 2018 (replies)
   Apr-28-16 Caruana vs Shankland, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-21-16 Caruana vs Onischuk, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-17-16 US Chess Championship (2016) (replies)
   Mar-11-16 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
   Jul-28-15 Naroditsky vs Kristen Schmidt, 2015
   Jul-05-15 Nisipeanu vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   Jul-02-15 G Meier vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-19-15 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-09-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
   Oct-05-14 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2014 (replies)
   Oct-02-14 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Oct-02-14 Gelfand vs D Andreikin, 2014 (replies)
   Oct-01-14 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
   Sep-19-14 R Swinkels vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-18-14 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-17-14 Caruana vs M Roiz, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-08-14 Sinquefield Cup (2014) (replies)
   Sep-06-14 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-03-14 Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-02-14 Caruana vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-01-14 Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Aug-30-14 Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 (replies)
   Aug-30-14 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Aug-28-14 Topalov vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Aug-09-14 Tromso Olympiad (2014) (replies)
   Aug-04-14 Caruana vs Negi, 2014
   Aug-04-14 Nakamura vs Giri, 2014 (replies)
   Jun-05-14 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
   Apr-28-14 Caruana vs Radjabov, 2014 (replies)
   Apr-24-14 Gashimov Memorial (2014) (replies)
   Apr-23-14 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
   Oct-14-13 hoodrobin chessforum (replies)
   Oct-14-13 Ponomariov vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Jul-29-13 G Meier vs Kramnik, 2013 (replies)
   Jul-29-13 Dortmund Sparkassen (2013) (replies)
   Jun-22-13 Morozevich vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-22-13 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Jun-19-13 Ernesto Guevara (replies)
   Jun-16-13 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-16-13 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-03-13 FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) (replies)
   Apr-10-13 Caruana vs Jobava, 2013 (replies)
   Mar-14-13 parmetd chessforum (replies)
   Sep-28-12 Caruana vs F Vallejo Pons, 2012 (replies)
   Sep-28-12 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 (replies)
   Jun-17-12 Tal Memorial (2012) (replies)
   Apr-17-12 Caruana vs Negi, 2011 (replies)
   Mar-31-12 European Championship (2012) (replies)
   Mar-31-12 brankat chessforum (replies)
   Mar-30-12 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
   Mar-30-12 G Jones vs Bologan, 2012
   Mar-27-12 hms123 chessforum (replies)
   Mar-27-12 Caruana vs R Mamedov, 2012 (replies)
   Mar-27-12 Check It Out chessforum (replies)
   Mar-27-12 Lupara chessforum (replies)
   Mar-26-12 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Mar-14-12 Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2012 (replies)
   Mar-13-12 Yifan Hou (replies)
   Mar-13-12 Reykjavik Open (2012) (replies)
   Mar-11-12 I Cheparinov vs Caruana, 2012 (replies)
   Feb-17-09 Caruana vs Sasikiran, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-06-09 Caruana vs Short, 2009 (replies)
   Feb-05-09 Nigel Short (replies)
   Feb-02-09 Corus Group B (2009) (replies)
   Feb-01-09 Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
   Jan-31-09 Caruana vs L'Ami, 2009
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