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Ruben Felgaer
Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 1999 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2555 (2562 rapid, 2532 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624
Overall record: +172 -112 =180 (56.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      27 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B43 B40 B91 B23 B58
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C65 C91 C67 C78 C63
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B18 B11 B10 B17 B12
 French Defense (31) 
    C11 C12 C19 C10 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B91 B92 B90
 Sicilian Kan (18) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (93) 
    B30 B33 B32 B36 B43
 Slav (56) 
    D10 D12 D17 D19 D14
 Sicilian Dragon (22) 
    B36 B35 B77 B78 B72
 King's Indian (15) 
    E91 E62 E90 E70 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A46 A41 D00 A45 D02
 Reti System (14) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Hungaski vs R Felgaer, 2005 0-1
   R Felgaer vs Harikrishna, 2005 1-0
   R Felgaer vs Kaidanov, 2005 1-0
   R Felgaer vs P Michalik, 2012 1-0
   R Felgaer vs Karpov, 2001 1/2-1/2
   R Felgaer vs H Danielsen, 2012 1-0
   A Ivanov vs R Felgaer, 2005 0-1
   R Felgaer vs E Ubilava, 2006 1-0
   R Felgaer vs J Berrocal, 2006 1-0
   R Felgaer vs A Rustemov, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   I Torneo Iberoamericano (Grupo-A) (2004)
   Argentine Championship (2008)
   II Copa ENTEL (2005)
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)

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(born Apr-04-1981, 35 years old) Argentina

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Grandmaster Felgaer was coach/captain of the 2012 Olympiad team for Argentina, and Argentine champion in 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He qualified for both the World Cup (2011) and World Cup (2013) from the zonals and performed above expectations on each occasion by reaching the 2nd round, after defeating higher rated opponents in the 1st round (Vladimir Malakhov in 2011, and Alexander Riazantsev in 2013). In the World Cup 2011 he drew Ukranian prodigy Yaroslav Zherebukh in the 2nd round classical games mini-match, but lost in the 25 minute rapid game tiebreker. In the World Cup 2013 he lost to Ukrainian GM Alexander Areshchenko in the 2nd round.

Wikipedia article: Rubén Felgaer

Last updated: 2016-07-28 12:52:29

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Hernandez Guerrero vs R Felgaer  1-028 1999 XXX Mar del Plata InternationalB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. R Felgaer vs F Braga 0-128 1999 3, XXX op Mar del Plata ARG (10s)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Jakovenko vs R Felgaer ½-½53 2000 World JuniorB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. R Felgaer vs S Halkias  ½-½35 2000 World JuniorB33 Sicilian
5. A Giaccio vs R Felgaer  0-146 2000 Argentine Chess ChampionshipsB50 Sicilian
6. R Felgaer vs A Rodriguez Vila  ½-½30 2000 Najdorf mem Great finB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
7. R Felgaer vs Aronian  1-037 2000 Wch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. R Felgaer vs Larsen 1-023 2000 Jose Rubinstein opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. A Rodriguez Vila vs R Felgaer  1-024 2000 Najdorf mem Great finB20 Sicilian
10. R Felgaer vs J F Pierrot  1-025 2000 ARG-chC51 Evans Gambit
11. R Felgaer vs J Rosito  1-085 2001 zt 2.5B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. R Felgaer vs J Rosito  ½-½29 2001 32nd OpenB40 Sicilian
13. R Felgaer vs Van Wely  ½-½44 2001 FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. J M Bellon Lopez vs R Felgaer  1-041 2001 IX Guillermo Garcia MemA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. R Felgaer vs F Dominguez Garcia  1-019 2001 IV OpenB01 Scandinavian
16. B Roselli Mailhe vs R Felgaer  0-174 2001 zt 2.5A04 Reti Opening
17. R Felgaer vs Jose C Buohzerio  1-038 2001 32nd OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. Short vs R Felgaer 1-041 2001 Najdorf MemorialB32 Sicilian
19. R Felgaer vs R Perez  ½-½45 2001 IX Guillermo Garcia MemB06 Robatsch
20. S Cao vs R Felgaer  1-076 2001 FSGMA DecemberB32 Sicilian
21. Judit Polgar vs R Felgaer  ½-½29 2001 Najdorf MemorialB32 Sicilian
22. R Felgaer vs J Molina  1-035 2001 IV OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. A Rodriguez Vila vs R Felgaer  ½-½29 2001 zt 2.5B24 Sicilian, Closed
24. A Bianchi vs R Felgaer  0-131 2001 32nd OpenB50 Sicilian
25. Van Wely vs R Felgaer  1-053 2001 FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE91 King's Indian
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Nov-28-05  alexandrovm: the great game he played today is not yet in the database. He had some fair results this year and for some time I thougt he wasn't up to the task, he played a player who is almost as strong as he is (ELO points), let's see what happens the day after tomorrow.
Dec-11-05  falso contacto: who:<falso contacto: first argentinian to go 2600+> What about Miguel Najdorf?

najdorf was already a strong player when he came to argentina. fide rating system did not exist when najdorf was on the elite.

i was comparing felgaer to campora, spangenberg, zarnicki, ricardi.

Feb-02-06  BIDMONFA: Ruben Felgaer

Argentina Championship - Champion 2001
Sub-Champion 2000, 2004
Champion - "Open Internacional de Sort" 2005

Jan-25-07  BIDMONFA: Ruben Felgaer

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Jun-01-08  Augalv: Aguante Felgaer!

Felicitaciones y que tengas muchos más exitos Rubén!

Aug-14-08  Augalv:

Ruben Felgaer won The 83rd Argentine Championship wich took place 30th July - 11th August 2008. IMs Anton Kovalyov, Diego Flores and GM Ruben Felgaer all finished on 8/11. Ruben Felgaer won a rapid (g15+10s/move) playoff amongst these players to take the title.

Official site:

Congrats Rubén!

Feb-05-10  ConLaMismaMano: GM Felgaer has poor nerves but when in form can be a formidable opponent. He's a long time friend of GM Bent Larsen.

Larsen has mentioned in various occasions that Felgaer has the talent to reach a 2700+ rating but as i mentioned before he first has to learn to manage his nerves.

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  wordfunph: how many players fail to succeed because of the so-called nerves?

for one, i know Chucky then GM Ruben Felgaer...who else?

count me in...i'm the third. :-)

happy birthday GM Felgaer!

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  HeMateMe: Isn't there a park or something, named after him, in London?
Jul-20-10  falso contacto: clearly not after him.
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  Tabanus: Winner of the Magistral del Bicentenario - Villa Martelli (Argentina) 4-12 August 2010:

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  Tabanus: Placed 5th in Copa Latinoamericana (Peru) 18-23 August 2010:

Jul-16-11  falso contacto: felgaer and mareco to play in WC2011
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Felgaer.
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  wordfunph: GM Felgaer performed badly with +1=0-4 and lost 22 elo..

i trusted him and lost a total of $400 in bookie :(

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  Fusilli: Hmm... is a 2600 player defeating a 2700 player a "major" upset, as stated in the bio? GM Felgaer is not part of the elite GM club, but I doubt Malakhov or Riazantsev are either...
Nov-14-14  HSOL: Wouldn't something like "He qualified for the 2011 and 2013 World Cup from the zonals and performed above expectations both times by reaching the 2nd round after having defeated higher rated opponents in the 1st round (Malakhov 2011 and Riazantsev 2013)" be more suitable. I reckon as the biography is written, it implies Felgaer is a significantly weaker player than he is.
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  Fusilli: <HSOL> That's my point. I thought that maybe it was my Argentine nationalism speaking, but I am glad you share my interpretation.
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  perfidious: My only point on which I disagree with what <HSOL> has posted is that it seems redundant to state that a player has outperformed expectation by winning the first round in each event over a higher-rated opponent.

I am pleased that a fellow biographer edited this and am merely striving to keep Felgaer's bio as clean as possible and convey meaningful information without prolixity.

Nov-15-14  HSOL: <perfidious>: You're spot on. My wording could definitely be improved upon. I probably tried too hard to get all the information in.
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  zanzibar: I think I agree with perfidious, but I have to go look up <prolixity> first!
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  perfidious: <zanzibar> The definition will be succinct, to be sure.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious>, <zanzibar>, <HSOL>. Yes, it is redundant, even though it is an improvement over the previous wording.

Perhaps eliminate the "above expectations" part altogether? And on second thought, I think I would go as far as deleting the reference to higher-rated opponents! Because, really, if we were to note on a player's bio that they defeated someone with an Elo 80-100 points above them in the World Cups, how many players have been wronged by omission of this on their bios? I'm speaking without checking, but I suspect at least a few... I think qualifying for the second round on both occasions speaks for itself about Felgaer's strength. The reader can always go check out who Malakhov and Riazantsev are. Now, had he eliminated Ivanchuk, or Morozevich, or... well, in that case I would call that an upset.

In any event, for the record, I appreciate the edit already done, it is surely an improvement!

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Indeed it is; moreover, I agree on the whole that we do not need to have every move of every player's career outlined, as appears the case in some bios.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> And while on the subject of Argentine players, I posted some suggestions on Daniel Campora 's page, to improve his bio. I'm going to post now on the biographer's bistro, to alert other editors.

This is a pretty nice game, btw: Gulko vs Campora, 1996.

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