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Alejandro Needleman
Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1989 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2346
Highest rating achieved in database: 2382

Overall record: +15 -11 =18 (54.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B50 B30 B97 B80 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B47 B40 B32
 Sicilian Taimanov (5) 
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A59 A57 A58
 Benko Gambit (4) 
    A59 A58 A57
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   79th Argentine Championship (2004)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   American Continental Championship (2005)

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(born Apr-21-1965, 54 years old) Argentina

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He is an IM. Father of Gaston Needleman.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Needleman vs Najdorf  0-1401989ARG-chE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. A Needleman vs J Rosito  1-0791992ARG-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Needleman vs J Rosito  ½-½261997It op Mar del Plata ARGB50 Sicilian
4. A Hoffman vs A Needleman  0-1281999XXX Mar del Plata InternationalB40 Sicilian
5. G Milos vs A Needleman  1-0381999XXX Mar del Plata InternationalB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. A Sorin vs A Needleman  1-0452000Najdorf mem Great finA57 Benko Gambit
7. A Needleman vs A Sorin  ½-½782000Najdorf mem Great finA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. A Needleman vs Z Franco Ocampos  0-141200132nd OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
9. A Needleman vs G Soppe  1-033200132nd OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
10. J Sanchez Almeyra vs A Needleman  1-035200132nd OpenB32 Sicilian
11. A Needleman vs M Crosa Coll  0-1592001Magistral BCXA80 Dutch
12. A Valle vs A Needleman 0-1292001Magistral BCXA43 Old Benoni
13. Galego vs A Needleman  ½-½242001Magistral BCXB40 Sicilian
14. A Needleman vs J F Cubas ½-½582001Magistral BCXB01 Scandinavian
15. A Needleman vs R Teixeira  1-0472001Magistral BCXB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. E Limp vs A Needleman  ½-½452001Magistral BCXA59 Benko Gambit
17. A Needleman vs L Coelho  0-1342001Magistral BCXD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Needleman vs E Matsuura  ½-½82001Magistral BCXD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Caldeira vs A Needleman  0-1342001Magistral BCXC02 French, Advance
20. A Needleman vs M Daneri  1-0312003Torneo Continental AmericanoB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. H Fiori vs A Needleman  ½-½232003Torneo Continental AmericanoB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. A Needleman vs I A Novikov  ½-½232003Torneo Continental AmericanoB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. J P Demaria vs A Needleman  0-1502003Torneo Continental AmericanoB40 Sicilian
24. A Needleman vs R Vasquez Schroeder  ½-½272003Torneo Continental AmericanoB50 Sicilian
25. Z Franco Ocampos vs A Needleman  1-0222003Torneo Continental AmericanoA20 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-18-05  shortsight: Father of Gastón Needleman, the 2242 FIDE rated 15 year old boy who drew with Gata Kamsky in the final round of American Continental Championship 2005.
Aug-19-05  notyetagm: You must read about this outrageous behavior on the part of several top GMs, including Kamsky. They should be ashamed of themselves, ganging up on a 15 year old boy. Check out the link here:

These GMs (Kamsky, Onischuk, Milos, Vescovi, and Granda) acted just like the old Soviet communist players, playing as a team in a supposedly individual event. I bet Fischer will be pissed when he hears about this because this is the exact same kind of cheating (<collusion>) that he had to face back in the 60's. FIDE should make them forfeit all of their games for this blatant cheating. They were playing only 3 or 4 moves against each other, for God's sake!

<The hopes of the promising Gastón were just a short dream, lasting for as long as a sigh. The foreign GMs Granda (Peru), Kamsky and Onischuk (USA) and the Brasilians Vescovi and especially Milos, who was very upset at losing his game against the boy from Mendoza, shamefully agreed to draws amongst themselves. They would play just three or four moves against each other, while they would use up their entire thinking time against Needleman, in order to exhaust the resistance of the Mendocino boy.

In this was the Grandmasters were able to rest, while young Gastón had to maintain all kinds of defences and castlings, based on his talent and intuition ["el pequeño Gastón sostenía defensas y enroques sobre la base de su talento e intuición"]. After half an hour of play and hardly five minutes of rest Needleman had to return to the board to face a new, well-rested rival, who had another exhausting struggle in store for him.

Only Rubén Felgaer fought for every point in every game, but did not get them all. The spectators became very restless and started booing and whistling at the players. Some of the GMs turned red and stammered excuses.>

Aug-19-05  cade: You know i think it is a ghastly story but sadly typical of the chess world. In the long run this could teach young Needleman some harsh realities and make him stronger.
Aug-19-05  notyetagm: Yes, Edward Lasker was right when he said that chess is not for fun, chess is for blood. He said something like that, I believe.
Aug-19-05  Montreal1666: How did he end up last of the 7 after playing so good earlier?
Aug-19-05  cade: <Montreal1666> Read the article
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  TheAlchemist: These things happen everywhere, everyday, it's a sad reality of today's world. If he's a real champ, this will make him stronger and better.
Aug-19-05  Montreal1666: I think this not the right page! his first name is not Alejandro!
Aug-19-05  aw1988: Even if there WERE a 40 year old 2250 FIDE player and the same thing happened it is injust. The fact is that he would not be getting computer help and granted an illegitimate loss.
Aug-19-05  aw1988: I'm just saying this has nothing to do with the fact he is 15.
Aug-19-05  notyetagm: Yeah, sorry, I goofed. I posted my initial rant here not realizing the Alejandro is the father of Gaston.
Sep-03-05  s4life: Draws are part of the game. What is the fuss all about? Granda even offered him a draw (in a won position), but Needleman needed the win and continued and lost. And <aw1988>, this issue is getting all this attention, because he's a 15 y.o. with a 2200 rating, otherwise it wouldn't even make the local news. You guys are not in position to judge and be so harsh with what non chess superGM's have to do to make a living
Sep-23-05  I3illieJoe: Who gives a damn about what non chess superGm's have to do to make a living? If they don't like it they should quit and dedicate themselves to some profession that can give them a higher salary? But we are talking about chess, and they are cowards for doing what the gang of soviets did to Fischer. We are in a position to harshly criticize them and at least I, will continue to do so. I really think Gaston Needleman has a great future and I think the godfathers from the FIDE should do something about those mediocres who draw on purpose in such short games.
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  WannaBe: Alejandro is now an IM, congratulation!
Dec-13-16  BIDMONFA: Alejandro Needleman

NEEDLEMAN, Alejandro

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