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Member since Aug-03-03 · Last seen Aug-25-07
hello, I'm Francesco =)

I'm an italian theoretical physicist interested in supersymmetry, effective susy field theory (Seiberg-Witten solution, Veneziano-Yankielowicz and so on) and superstring theories. At the present time, I'm working in statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, with the aim to understand misfolding. I'm completing the final year of my Ph.D. in Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Rome II.

I love classical music, from polyphonic to Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and opera (mainly Rossini and Mozart), and I love rock bands from the 70's, namely Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jethro Tull.

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and the alto sax. I think that MANY years will pass before being able to play properly :-)

My favorite players include Alekhine, Reti, Nimzowitsch from the old times, and Tal, Kasparov, Anand, Shirov, Morozevich from later times. Ok, it's a long list, I know! My favorite chess book is (still) Understanding chess move by move by Nunn, which is at the right degree of complexity and difficulty for me to understand.

I am currently living in Rome, Italy. I'm 25.
My email is

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   francescog has kibitzed 214 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-31-07 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
francescog: <Shams> please don't kill yourself :-) you made me notice that it was time to update the profile! Do you refer to the old movie by Zeffirelli? I recall that it was good and Juliet was rather young (altough not as young as in Shakespeare's play...)
   Jan-22-07 Shulman vs The World, 2007 (replies)
francescog: I voted for 2 ... e6 :-)
   Dec-05-06 Fabiano Caruana (replies)
francescog: Today there has been an article about him on one of the the top selling italian newspaper Repubblica ( ) where it says that his mother is italian, hence the double citizenship (an italian passport is explicitly quoted). According to the ...
   Oct-16-06 Velimirovic vs M Cebalo, 1985 (replies)
francescog: Hello. My favourite move is 32 Qb6, it seems that the rook is hanging and it will stay so until 35 ... Qxg2. If 33 ... Qxg2, then 34 Qxd6 would pin the rook and threaten mate.
   Sep-24-06 Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) (replies)
francescog: <gala.martin> the world is such a small place :-) but ... I knew that you wouldn't have missed this :)
   Sep-30-05 Morozevich vs Topalov, 2005 (replies)
francescog: hello everybody :) I have been following quietly the two previous rounds but today I remembered to sign in and so... I hope we'll enjoy an interesting game today :) Francesco ps: by the way, I have noticed that I'm strangely synchronized with chess tournaments... It appears ...
   Jun-28-05 Fritz (Computer) (replies)
francescog: <cu8sfan> I enjoy your HH reference :) but I would like to point out that computers have a sort of metabolism, they convert a refined form of energy into a lower one, producing in return <buzz> and <heat> and sustaining themselves in good health :-)
   Jun-28-05 Hydra (Computer) (replies)
francescog: <luckyluck> As others already pointed out, it is calculation and not thought which is required, as Hydra has shown us. Thinking is required in order to appreciate the beauty of a game, but different thinkers have different conceptions of beauty. Regarding Einstein, he was ...
   Jun-23-05 Hydra vs Adams, 2005 (replies)
francescog: hello everybody :) do you really think that Adams picked the wrong bishop? (maybe in a man vs computer game we could relax the touch rule, after all computer don't have hands so it is not fair, no? :) )
   May-23-05 MTel Masters (2005) (replies)
francescog: <Annie K.> thanks for the good news ! Francesco
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