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Yannick Pelletier
Number of games in database: 827
Years covered: 1991 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2555 (2644 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624
Overall record: +213 -180 =382 (52.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      52 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (44) 
    E97 E94 E91 E92 E85
 English (36) 
    A15 A17 A13 A16 A14
 Slav (36) 
    D15 D19 D11 D18 D16
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (22) 
    A33 A34 A30 A35 A32
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B48 B90 B47 B23 B22
 French Defense (84) 
    C10 C03 C18 C01 C02
 French (41) 
    C10 C00 C11
 Queen's Indian (30) 
    E15 E16 E12 E14 E17
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D47 D43 D45 D44 D48
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E32 E46 E56 E47 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003 0-1
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015 1-0
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2015 0-1
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2007 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Pelletier, 2013 0-1
   Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2005 1-0
   Pelletier vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 1-0
   Pelletier vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007 1-0
   Navara vs Pelletier, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zürich Meister (2004)
   Swiss Championship (2006)
   Biel International Chess Festival (2003)
   Trophee Universitaire (2006)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   European Team Chess Championships (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003

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(born Sep-22-1976, 39 years old) Switzerland

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Yannick Pelletier was born in Biel, Switzerland. A GM since 2001, he is a five-time Swiss champion (1995, 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2014) and a regular on his country's Olympiad team. He also represents Switzerland annually at the strong Biel Chess Festival, where he has managed wins against Magnus Carlsen, Ruslan Ponomariov and Viktor Korchnoi, among others. His best-ever Elo rating, 2624, was achieved in January 2003.

In 2008 he was announced as a participant in FIDE's inaugural Grand Prix cycle, as the nominee of the hosting city of Montreux.

Wikipedia article: Yannick Pelletier

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 827  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Arapovic vs Pelletier  1-027 1991 Biel MTO opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Pelletier vs Kulaots  0-141 1992 Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
3. Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis  1-033 1992 Biel MTO OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. Pelletier vs V Milov  0-167 1993 Biel opD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. Vaganian vs Pelletier  1-048 1994 It (cat.10)A06 Reti Opening
6. Pelletier vs Pinter  0-147 1994 Ch France (team)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Pelletier vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½12 1994 BielA04 Reti Opening
8. R Forster vs Pelletier  ½-½34 1994 BielC00 French Defense
9. Pelletier vs A Weigler  ½-½52 1995 SUI-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. Y Shulman vs Pelletier  ½-½23 1995 Wch U20D85 Grunfeld
11. Ftacnik vs Pelletier  1-029 1995 Neuchatel opD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Razuvaev vs Pelletier  1-039 1995 Biel MTO opD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Pelletier vs Korchnoi  0-152 1996 Rehhag cup Bern SUIE17 Queen's Indian
14. J Sriram vs Pelletier  ½-½28 1996 XXXV WJuChD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. Pelletier vs E Kengis 0-175 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)A10 English
16. Pelletier vs B Ivanovic  ½-½45 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)A68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
17. I Rogers vs Pelletier 1-035 1996 Credis Biel SUIB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
18. M Krasenkow vs Pelletier  ½-½44 1996 32nd ol Yerevan ARMA30 English, Symmetrical
19. Pelletier vs Sutovsky  0-148 1996 Credis Biel SUIE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. M Kazhgaleyev vs Pelletier  1-076 1997 4th World Team ChB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Pelletier vs O Renet  ½-½33 1997 EU-chT (Men)E97 King's Indian
22. Pelletier vs Lautier  ½-½34 1997 Biel Credit SuisseE12 Queen's Indian
23. Pelletier vs J Becerra Rivero  1-042 1997 4th World Team ChE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. Pelletier vs Kaidanov  ½-½20 1997 4th World Team ChD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Pelletier vs Van der Wiel  ½-½23 1997 EU-chT (Men)A26 English
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 827  PGN Download
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  suenteus po 147: <KingG> Which is interesting because Pelletier has always been the bottom rated player at Biel but has never placed last. Why is he outclassed <this> year?
Jul-25-06  KingG: <suenteus po 147> I don't know. Maybe he's just in bad form.
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  tamar: Oldest player this year.
Sep-22-06  BIDMONFA: Yannick Pelletier


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  suenteus po 147: Happy birthday, Pelletier! Maybe next Biel people won't be so quick to predict you as last place :)
Jul-30-07  saad: hi i am back
Jul-31-07  Timex: this guy just beat Carlsen!!
Aug-01-07  Fictivision: this guy just beat Bu!!
Aug-01-07  linux fan: Bu who?
Sep-22-07  Zaius: Knock knock.
Who's there?
Bu who?
You don't have to cry about it.
Sep-22-07  King mega: who is Bu?
Sep-22-07  pawnofdoom: "Bu" is probably Bu Xiangzhi , a player Pelletier beat in this game : Y Pelletier vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007
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  Marmot PFL: <KingG: By the looks of it, this guy is in for a hard time during the rest of Biel. He's seems to be a bit outclassed.>

Posted 2 years ago, and still true today.

Jul-28-08  Udit Narayan: He looks really handsome in this photo:
Jul-29-08  messachess: <AlexandraThess> Forget about him. Marry me. I can be hot. (Sit me out in the sun for a few hours and you'll see.) Oh yes, do you ever date older men? I am 24 (hack! Cough! Wheez!)--or there abouts.
Aug-01-08  dumbgai: Poor Yannick, a year after finishing only half a point behind first (and with chances to catch the leaders in the last round), he ran into a stone wall this year and only scored 1.5/10.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Pelletier.
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Missing game:

Pelletier - Sutter
Swiss-chT, 06-09-2008

analyzed here:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM Yannick Pelletier.

I thought he was the strongest Swiss player out there, but Vadim Milov (born in Russia, citizen of Switzerland) and Sebastian Bogner (born in Germany, citizen of Switzerland) have higher ratings, so let's just say, he's the Strongest Swiss born player. :)

Sep-22-15  Chess Is More: Biel is a nice city. Never been there, but the postcards I got from a cousin who moved there in the year 2000, it looked so nice. It looked so clean.
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  diagonal: Interview with Yannick Pelletier after winning against Nakamura in style at the ECC, Skopje 2015 (btw. Pelletier beat Naka already once at the Biel Chess Festival): (Homepage of the Swiss Chess Federation)

corresponding game with analysis:
Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015

<Jan Gustafsson> commentating that game:

Nov-17-15  Jambow: This guy has a nice scalp collection.
Nov-17-15  FairyPromotion: I wonder how many sub-2700 players have defeated two 2800+ players. Pelletier is most probably the first player to do it within a calendaric year.
Nov-18-15  zluria: Congratulations on beating Carlsen! Great game :-) Usually MC wins these equal endgames, but this time you kept your cool under pressure and he was the one to crack. Way to go!
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  diagonal: Yannick Pelletier beat Naka & Magnus even as a sub-2600 ELO player (Pelletier has a career peak rating of 2624 ELO, achieved in January 2003).

Well, he always was and is a dangerous player against top people & prodigies, this is already his third win against Magnus Carlsen - but in the past, Pelletier couldn't beat up regularly his grandmaster colleagues of the approx. 2500 - 2700 ELO range (there are so many just a step from the very best), subsequently his own ELO number faced some stagnation over the years at approx. 2600; he got seldom an invitation to a closed Elite tournament (apart from Biel) and did sometimes rather bad in Open against 'weaker' players, reducing his rating & chances to face the 'strongest' ones, except in team events.

Congratulations and interview with Yannick Pelletier after defeating the reigning World Chess Champion Carlsen at the ETCC 2015:

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