GM Godena in 2006
30 June 1967 |
|FIDE rating||2507 (June 2017)|
|Peak rating||2561 (March 2010)|
A resident of Finale Ligure, he achieved the title of International Master in 1988 and achieved the title of International Grandmaster in 1996, following a plus score on board one for Italy at the Yerevan Olympiad. He has played many times for his country's Olympiad team and at Elista in 1998 posted an impressive 66.7% board 2 score.
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, IM Fabiano Caruana. Both players finished the contest on 8 points from 11 rounds and Godena triumphed narrowly in the rapid/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.
For many years Italy's strongest player, he recorded his highest ever Elo rating of 2558 in April 2007, but has since been overtaken by Caruana's rapid rise to stardom.
While Godena was once nicknamed "The Italian Machine" by GM Sergei Shipov, other commentators believe that his disproportionate time management might be holding back his further progress. He frequently uses all of his time in the opening and early middle game, relying on positional knowledge, quickfire technique and instinctive reactions to make the remaining moves in incrementally added time.
In June 2007, in Arvier, Godena became the European Union Champion having tied for 1st–2nd with Serbian GM Nikola Sedlak, who won the tournament on tie-break, but as a non-European Union citizen, could not be awarded the title.
- "Cannes op 18th 1997". 365Chess.com. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- "Aeroflot Open 2006 Tournament A2 - Final Ranking". aeroflotchess.com. Archived from the original on 2006-02-19. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- Italian wiki bio
- Olimpbase – Olympiads and other Team event information