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Member since Dec-19-05 · Last seen Mar-07-18
From Italy, born 1970.
Undeservedly FM - I was over 2300 for only 6 months in all my career! Now playing chess (worse and worse) only in the little spare time my job leaves me. Computer databases are great, but the nearly infallible engines we have today are killing most of the pleasure of chess, for me at least. I try to use Fritz & C. as little as possible. After starting to realize how tough it is to play chess at a decent level, I have great admiration for nearly all the top players of the past and present, but my personal favorite is Vassily Smyslov.

   Prugno has kibitzed 320 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-07-18 G Matteucci vs V Castaldi, 1938
Prugno: Probably the victim of this miniature is actually Guido Matteucci .
   Feb-01-18 Francesco Bellomo (replies)
Prugno: Worse and worse... not only has the story been featured in all our major talk shows, but the international media have picked it up as well:
   Dec-09-17 Dharshan Kumaran
Prugno: GM Kumaran is by far the strongest chess player among the authors of the Alpha Zero paper, so perhaps he had a special role in the project...
   Aug-14-17 Westerinen vs J Franzen, 1988 (replies)
Prugno: Dr. Franzen looks like an exceptionally gifted person in many areas, but I suspect his 2590 was an ICCF and not a FIDE rating.
   Jul-22-17 Gabriel Flom (Battaglini) (replies)
Prugno: He is playing under the name of Flom or Battaglini-Flom these days, and is described as "French-Israeli" in the following report:
   Jun-25-17 Carlo Marzano
Prugno: This player is a team-mate of mine. We have been friends for almost 30 years, and I always admired his multi-talented personality. Although in his main job he is a successful lawyer, Carlo also excels in many of his hobbies: master-strength chess player, first-class musician, ...
   Jun-25-17 A Kashlinskaya vs Uhlmann, 2012
Prugno: Together with very few other examples, like Korchnoi's win over Caruana in Gibraltar, this must be one of the most spectacular games ever played by a 77-year-old.
   May-14-17 Short vs Eljanov, 2017 (replies)
Prugno: A fascinating game, and one of the cases where watching it online with computer evaluations in the background took away most of my pleasure. I mean, which human player will ever discover at the board that the best defence to White's ferocious attack is 23... Kb6! followed by 24... ...
   Nov-24-16 F Ferretti vs M Bagi, 2016
Prugno: Hopefully nobody is ever going to look at this game, but let me submit a correction just in case, before anyone points out that most of the last 10 moves make no sense. Here is what was actually played, as far as I can reconstruct from my scoresheet (everything OK until move 34): 35.
   Mar-13-16 J Christiansen vs Shabalov, 2016
Prugno: It would take some time to analyze this game properly (what happens after 25. Kh1, for instance?), but an old-fashioned king hunt is always great fun for all the spectators. Congratulations to Shabalov, whose aggressive style hasn't changed much over the years, and to his young ...
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