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Michele Godena
M Godena 
Photo by Giordano Macellari  
Number of games in database: 2,453
Years covered: 1980 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2448 (2574 rapid, 2567 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561

Overall record: +808 -422 =1137 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 86 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (431) 
    B22 B40 B50 B30 B31
 French Defense (179) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 French Tarrasch (157) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (100) 
    B18 B17 B15 B10 B16
 Ruy Lopez (89) 
    C69 C65 C85 C77 C78
 Pirc (88) 
    B07 B08
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (225) 
    C78 C64 C77 C69 C65
 Semi-Slav (148) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 Queen's Pawn Game (99) 
    D02 D00 A41 A40 A46
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (85) 
    D20 D25 D27 D22 D26
 Queen's Gambit Declined (73) 
    D31 D30 D35 D06 D36
 English, 1 c4 e5 (66) 
    A20 A21 A25 A29 A28
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000 0-1
   M Salami vs M Godena, 2001 0-1
   M Godena vs M Schekachikhin, 2018 1-0
   B Bogosavljevic vs M Godena, 2013 0-1
   A Boog vs M Godena, 1993 0-1
   Reshevsky vs M Godena, 1988 0-1
   M Godena vs A Kargin, 2010 1-0
   M Godena vs T Warakomski, 2005 1-0
   M Godena vs Polgar, 2008 1-0
   D Genocchio vs M Godena, 1998 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aosta Open (1989)
   Italian Championship (1995)
   Italian Championship (1994)
   Italian Championship (1990)
   Forli Open (1991)
   Bratto Open (2001)
   Italian Championship (1988)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Aosta op 12th (2004)
   Linares Zonal (1995)
   European Championship (2001)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2010)

   🏆 European Individual Championship
   A Moiseenko vs M Godena (Apr-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   M Godena vs P Teclaf (Apr-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   D Wagner vs M Godena (Apr-04-22) 1-0
   M Godena vs J Stocek (Apr-03-22) 1-0
   M Mchedlishvili vs M Godena (Apr-02-22) 1-0

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(born Jun-30-1967, 55 years old) Italy

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He achieved the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) in 1988 and Grandmaster (GM) in 1996, following a plus score on board one for Italy at the Chess Olympiad in Yerevan.

Godena has won five times the Italian Chess Championship, in 1992, 1993, 1995, 2005 and 2006. He was runner-up in 1990 and 1998. His 2006 victory was closely contested with the then 14-year-old Italian-American prodigy, International Master Fabiano Caruana. Both players finished the contest on 8 points from 11 rounds and Godena triumphed narrowly in the rapid and blitz play-off.

He tied for 1st–4th with Andrei Sokolov, Dražen Sermek and Xie Jun at Cannes 1997. At the Aeroflot Open 2006 in Moscow, Godena tied for 1st–12th in the A2 group, finishing 12th on tiebreak with a rating performance of 2628.

In June 2007, in Arvier, Godena became the champion of the European Union having tied for 1st–2nd with Serbian Nikola Sedlak, who won the tournament on tie-break, but as a non-European Union citizen, could not be awarded the title. In 2016, Godena won the 4th Francophonie Championship in Menton, France edging out Bassem Amin, Pablo Almagro Llamas and Yannick Gozzoli on tiebreak score. He has played many times for his country's Olympiad team and at Elista in 1998 posted a score of 66.7% playing board two.

For many years Italy's strongest player, he recorded his highest ever Elo rating of 2561 in March 2010.

Wikipedia article: Michele Godena

Last updated: 2022-01-28 00:12:23

 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,445  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Graf vs M Godena  ½-½411980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. C Hartman vs M Godena  ½-½301980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. M Godena vs J Sieglen  ½-½331980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. M Godena vs P Gelpke  1-0511980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81B22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. T Kabisch vs M Godena  0-1301980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81C56 Two Knights
6. M Godena vs J Bany  0-1611980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81C02 French, Advance
7. M Godena vs J Cox  1-0421980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81C12 French, McCutcheon
8. J Horvath vs M Godena  1-0411980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Winants vs M Godena  1-0451980International FRG Youth Championship 1980/81D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. M Godena vs G Bonavoglia  1-0331981Caorle OpenC47 Four Knights
11. V Sandic vs M Godena  ½-½361981Caorle OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. M Godena vs P Ponzetto  ½-½191981Caorle OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. M Godena vs L Gostisa  ½-½461981Caorle OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. P Ryman vs M Godena  0-1411981Caorle OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. M Trajkovic vs M Godena  1-0431981Caorle OpenC47 Four Knights
16. V Radonjanin vs M Godena  1-0311981Caorle OpenA04 Reti Opening
17. M Godena vs A Dragasevic  1-0401981Caorle OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. M Godena vs M Fornaciari  1-0521981Caorle OpenC02 French, Advance
19. M Godena vs G Castagnetta  1-0181982Caorle OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. N Jovanovic vs M Godena  1-0261982Caorle OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. M Godena vs V Anceschi  ½-½401982Caorle OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
22. S Martinovic vs M Godena  1-0321982Caorle OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
23. M Godena vs R Tamai  ½-½361982Caorle OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. J Bolek vs M Godena  1-0561982Caorle OpenC57 Two Knights
25. M Godena vs S Wagman  ½-½251982Caorle OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-23-04  zorro: I think Michele is highly underrated. If he had time to train with a strong Gm he could easily go up 2600. What is more he is a fantastic annotator. His column in the italian mag "Torre & Cavallo" is one of the best things ever published in Italy for years.
Sep-28-04  Karpova: i agree with you, zorro. i once saw a game of him against julian hodgson. he won with black in impressive style. he defended so well and cold-blooded! doesn't seem to be in the database.
Sep-28-04  Karpova: i found the game i referred to ansd sbmitted it. i hope we will find it in here soon
Dec-14-04  zorro: <karpova> Thank you for submitting that great game. What a cold blood of him!
Mar-08-05  Karpova: i once had the game analyzed by GM shipov. shipov always called godena "the italian machine"
Mar-22-05  Karpova: Godena was italian champion in 1993,1994 and 1995
Jul-29-05  Nobis: <karpova> Can you send me that game? thanks ( GO MICHELE
Oct-16-05  Karpova: @Nobis
Sorry for responding that late.

the game is in the database
J M Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000

Feb-17-06  Karpova: Great performance by Michele Godena at Aeroflot 2006! He became twelfth in the A2 group with a performance of 2628
Feb-22-06  BIDMONFA: Michele Godena

GODENA, Michele

Feb-22-06  plimko: Godena was italian champion in 2005 too.
Feb-22-06  Prugno: Very nice to see our national chess hero as Player of the Day! Just one thing I would like to add about Godena: his incredible time management. For reasons nobody has ever really understood, he enjoys spending 99% of his thinking time in the opening and early middlegame on very familiar positions. This leaves him with only a few seconds for most of his remaining moves, and yet he manages to play most of them at a near-perfect level (only a few of his rare losses are actually due to time-trouble mistakes), like in Ponomariov vs M Godena, 2003 where he was relying only on the 30-second increment from about move 20 onwards. It's hard to realize how paradoxical this attitude is until you actually witness it, I think. Vai Michele!
Feb-23-06  Karpova: <Prugno>
this kind of time management could be the cause for him never breaking the 2600 barrier
Jan-01-07  plimko: The 66th Italian Championship was held on November 21st-December 4th in Cremona. GM Michele Godena and IM Fabiano Caruana were tied on the first place but Godena won the rapid/blitz playoff.
Oct-15-07  Karpova: He'll participate in the International Open of the Fourth Calvia Chess Festival

Oct-25-07  Karpova: Great peformance by Godena!

He reached sixth place with 6.5/9

Nov-28-07  HOTDOG: can the webmaster of add this game to the database?

[Event "Claude Pecaut mem"]
[Site "Taormina"]
[Date "2003.11.15"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Godena,Michele"]
[Black "Carlsen,Magnus"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "B06"]
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Na3 cxd4 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Be3 Bd7 9.Bxd4 Nf6 10.a4 0-0 11.Be2 Bxb5 12.axb5 Nc5 13.0-0 Rfd8 14.Ra3 Qf5 15.Qb1 Qh5 16.Re1 Ne6 17.Bxa7 Nf4 18.Bf1 Rd5 19.Be3 Rxa3 20.bxa3 Bh6 21.Qb4 Rf5 22.Qxe7 Ng4 23.Qh4 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Nh3+ 25.Qxh3 Qxh3 26.gxh3 Rxf3 27.Bg2 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 Bxe3+ 29.Kf1 b6 30.Ke2 Bc5 31.a4 Kf8 32.Kd3 Ke7 33.Kc4 Kd6 34.Bd5 f6 35.Bg8 h6 36.h4 g5 37.hxg5 hxg5 38.Bh7 Bg1 39.h3 Ke5 40.Kb4 Bc5+ 41.Kc4 Bg1 42.Kb4 Bc5+ 43.Kc4 Bg1 44.Bd3 f5 45.Kb4 Bc5+ 46.Kc4 Bg1 47.Kb4 Bc5+ 48.Kc4 Bg1 1/2

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  WannaBe: <HOTDOG> On the home page, right hand side, lower bottom, there is a link <PGN Upload Utility>. You can submit the/any game from there.
Dec-31-10  ketchuplover: He's at Reggio/Emilia 2010 1 loss and 2 draws so far
Dec-31-10  ketchuplover: Make that 2 losses.
Dec-31-10  Karpova: Huge time trouble today. He was down to a few minutes prior to move 20 already while Gashimov had much more than an hour left. In the final position, Gashimov had 57 min, Godena 3 sec left.

This could be observed in the other games also though he came out being a pawn up against Movsesian.

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