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Michael Casella
M Casella 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 1990 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2193
Highest rating achieved in database: 2321

Overall record: +10 -22 =5 (33.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Scotch Game (4) 
 Sicilian (4) 
    B60 B67 B44 B48
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B72 B33 B21 B32 B22
 King's Indian (4) 
    E71 E92 E90 E81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Casella vs I Zenyuk, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)

   🏆 51st American Open
   M Casella vs Matamoros Franco (Nov-29-15) 0-1
   Sevian vs M Casella (Oct-13-12) 1-0

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(born Jan-15-1970, 53 years old) United States of America

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References: (1)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Casella vs J Fang 0-1221990New EnglandC45 Scotch Game
2. M Casella vs M Ritter  1-0411993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
3. M Casella vs L Braun  ½-½161993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
4. L Chipkin vs M Casella  0-1361993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. B McCarthy vs M Casella  1-0691993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
6. T Mirabile vs M Casella  0-1231993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
7. Sagalchik vs M Casella  1-0311993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
8. M Vucic vs M Casella  1-0561993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
9. M Casella vs P Ascolese  1-0441993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
10. M Casella vs J Salman  1-0321993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
11. M Casella vs J Bonin  ½-½651993Nassau Chess Club ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
12. M Casella vs Z Almasi  0-1391993New York OpenC51 Evans Gambit
13. T Southam vs M Casella  ½-½851993New York OpenD94 Grunfeld
14. E Winslow vs M Casella  0-1291993New York OpenB32 Sicilian
15. M Casella vs R F Henao  1-0251993New York OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. M Casella vs M Ritter  0-1241993New York OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
17. M Casella vs E Formanek  0-1361993New York OpenC45 Scotch Game
18. R La Flair vs M Casella  1-0381993New York OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. M Casella vs Benjamin  0-150199321st World OpenB44 Sicilian
20. J Curdo vs M Casella 1-0181993Greater Boston openB30 Sicilian
21. M Casella vs M Ritter  ½-½331994Nassau Masters 4thC54 Giuoco Piano
22. M Ritter vs M Casella  ½-½611994Nassau Masters 4thB30 Sicilian
23. M Casella vs N Adams 0-1321994New York opC52 Evans Gambit
24. M Casella vs M Ritter  0-1491994Nassau Masters 4thC50 Giuoco Piano
25. M Casella vs Benjamin  0-1491994New York opC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-21-06  Dres1: This guy is a poker player these days.
Feb-21-06  babakova: Most people are... I dont like poker.
Feb-21-06  Jim Bartle: Has anybody actually watched poker on TV? I mean, is there a less appealing sector of the population anywhere? A bunch of wannabe stars with no talent. (No offense to our wannabe.)

The thing is that people watch, and play, because there's always the chance that some relative beginner can reach the finals, or even win over the pros. That's the luck of cards. How much chance is there that a typical club player goes to an open tournament and ends up defeating Anand or Topalov?

Feb-21-06  azaris: <Has anybody actually watched poker on TV? I mean, is there a less appealing sector of the population anywhere?>

I would tend to agree. Professional poker players as modern heroes? Another sign of imminent collapse of the Western Civilization.

Feb-21-06  mack: <How much chance is there that a typical club player goes to an open tournament and ends up defeating Anand or Topalov?>

Well, a squillion to one, but that's not the point. *Chess and poker are different games*, and should be treated as such. Hey, at least with poker you can actually win something.

Feb-21-06  Jim Bartle: Lose, too.

Poker's a zero-sum game, or at a casino, less than zero. So if somebody's winning, then somebody's losing.

I do think a whole lot of the current popularity of poker is because an average guy (with the amazing last name of Moneymaker) won the World Series over the "legendary" players, inflaming the imaginations of thousands of weekend players.

Feb-21-06  square dance: and all of the poker on tv has created a generation of horrible poker players.
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  perfidious: <Jim> Here's a link for you re your statement above: '......there's always the chance that some relative beginner can reach the finals, or even win over the pros'.

Compared to the players at that final table, I was raw-I'd been playing seriously less than two years at the time.

It was a surprise to learn that Mike Casella had taken up poker too-I remembered him as a chess player, going back to the mid-late 1980s, then twice when we actually played in the late 1990s. He had a good run in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, finishing 127th.

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  perfidious: < Jim Bartle: ....I do think a whole lot of the current popularity of poker is because an average guy (with the amazing last name of Moneymaker)....>

For your amusement, I should mention that at the time of Moneymaker's victory in the WSOP main event, he was an accountant.

There's another factor which contributed to the explosion, and in my view is more important than Moneymaker's triumph: the introduction of the camera enabling players' hole cards to be viewed. We may draw our own conclusions from the fact that the man who patented it in USA, Henry Orenstein, is now in the Poker Hall of Fame, an honour much less common than being inducted into baseball's HOF. There are plenty of top pros who have been around and not gotten a sniff yet.

Oct-25-12  rapidcitychess: <WannaBe>

Who's the guy he's playing across the board?

I can decipher "Nsky", but that sure sounds like a Grandmaster name!

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  perfidious: <rapidcity> His opponent was more than likely Alex Yermolinsky, whom he faced in a Gruenfeld which was published in Chess Life.
Oct-25-12  rapidcitychess: <perfidious>

I was concluding that. Just wanting to make sure.


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  WannaBe: <rapidcitychess> Let me check my photo album, I believe the left side of this photo was cropped by CG to make it fit.

But I would not be surprised if it is Yermo. I've seen him around in a lot of SoCal tournaments before he moved to So. Dak.

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