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Francisco Vallejo Pons
F Vallejo Pons 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,361
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2709 (2641 rapid, 2677 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2724

Overall record: +355 -171 =433 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 402 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (171) 
    B90 B20 B23 B30 B42
 Ruy Lopez (70) 
    C77 C65 C95 C67 C63
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C10 C03 C15 C18
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B94 B96 B91 B99
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B10
 Slav (31) 
    D15 D12 D10 D11 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B90 B33 B42 B32 B31
 French Defense (73) 
    C12 C01 C11 C07 C18
 Ruy Lopez (57) 
    C67 C65 C64 C80 C69
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A40 A50 E10 D02 A46
 Semi-Slav (49) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Slav (44) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs A Romero Holmes, 2002 1-0
   F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 1-0
   Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 0-1
   Kramnik vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 0-1
   DeFirmian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2003 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   I Andrade vs F Vallejo Pons, 1992 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs Leitao, 2005 1-0
   R Vasquez Schroeder vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Spanish Championships (2002)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Corus Group B (2009)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147
   1991 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1992 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer

   R Svane vs F Vallejo Pons (Mar-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   F Vallejo Pons vs M Bluebaum (Mar-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   F Vallejo Pons vs Tomashevsky (Feb-27-17) 1/2-1/2
   A R Saleh Salem vs F Vallejo Pons (Feb-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   F Vallejo Pons vs Yifan Hou (Feb-25-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-21-1982, 34 years old) Spain

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GM Francisco ("Paco") Vallejo Pons won the 2000 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship and is Spain's top player. He scored 4 wins & 5 draws on 2nd board in the 2010 Olympiad. He has 30 wins & 25 draws overall in 67 games played as high as top board in the 6 Olympiads since 2000. Spanish champion in 2006 and 2009. He recently came =1st (2nd on count back) with Vugar Gashimov in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010), scoring 6/9. He came 5th in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Peruvian prodigy, GM Jorge Cori in the first round before losing in the second round to Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon in the 25 minutes rapid-game tiebreaker after drawing the 2 game classical mini-match. He finished 2011 strongly with a win in the 21st Annual North American Open, but a poor performance (4/9) at Aeroflot Open (2012) plunged his rating below 2700. However, he immediately regained form in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 to place =2nd (8th on tiebreak) to qualify for the World Cup 2013. In June 2012, he defeated Veselin Topalov in the XXV Ciudad de Leon: Topalov vs Vallejo (2012) by a margin of 3.5-2.5 (+3 -2 =1). At the European Individual Championships (2013), he again scored 8/11, this time sharing =1st although he placed 6th on tiebreak. At the World Cup (2013), he defeated 3-time Argentine champion, GM Diego Flores in the first round, but was eliminated when he lost in the round 2 tiebreaker games to Vietnamese #1 GM Le Quang Liem.

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 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,361  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Tudorie vs F Vallejo Pons  0-137 1991 Wch U10B22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. N F Nur vs F Vallejo Pons  0-190 1991 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
3. F Vallejo Pons vs H Mas  0-148 1991 Wch U10B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
4. A Leroy vs F Vallejo Pons  1-026 1991 Wch U10A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
5. F Vallejo Pons vs J C Moingt 0-117 1991 Palma de Mallorca opB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. F Vallejo Pons vs E Berg 1-025 1991 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
7. J M Bellon Lopez vs F Vallejo Pons  1-023 1991 Palma de Mallorca opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. F Vallejo Pons vs S Michel  1-025 1991 Wch U10B03 Alekhine's Defense
9. P Klimsa vs F Vallejo Pons  0-127 1991 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
10. F Vallejo Pons vs R Y Rusev 1-039 1991 Ch World (cadets)C45 Scotch Game
11. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  1-027 1991 Wch U10C46 Three Knights
12. F Vallejo Pons vs Said Aktouf  1-033 1992 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
13. L Aronov vs F Vallejo Pons  0-144 1992 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
14. D Roiz Baztan vs F Vallejo Pons 0-120 1992 Oviedo rapid45B33 Sicilian
15. L Hua vs F Vallejo Pons  1-030 1992 Wch U10A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
16. F Vallejo Pons vs A Nunez 1-042 1992 HavanaC45 Scotch Game
17. F Vallejo Pons vs D Kjartansson  1-052 1992 Wch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
18. F Vallejo Pons vs J Caselas Cabanas  1-026 1992 Oviedo rapid45B06 Robatsch
19. F Vallejo Pons vs McShane  1-062 1992 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
20. F Vallejo Pons vs Bologan  0-132 1992 Oviedo rapid45B58 Sicilian
21. F Vallejo Pons vs V Jalinskas  1-047 1992 Wch U10C11 French
22. I Andrade vs F Vallejo Pons 0-123 1992 Wch U10B20 Sicilian
23. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  0-132 1992 Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
24. N Das vs F Vallejo Pons  0-122 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
25. F Vallejo Pons vs A Leroy  1-032 1993 Wch U12B58 Sicilian
 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,361  PGN Download
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Top Analysis by Super GMs

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Oct-14-12  Karpova: While his result (+0 -4 =6) was not good, he can be satisfied with his play though as he got an advantageous position against Aronian and a winning one against Karjakin (scoring =1 -1 out of these two games only).
Oct-20-12  waustad: Soo much for retirement. He's playing in the Bundesliga today. He beat Sune Berg Hansen in a closed Ruy Lopez.
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  Eyal: As <GilesFarnaby> already noted, he mentioned in his "retirement speech" at the end of Bilbao that before he stops playing completely he's going to respect a few remaining commitments, such as some Bundesliga games.
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  ketchuplover: Hope he has a soothing retirement :)
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  Caissanist: His retirement isn't going to start for a while, since he'll be playing in the world cup next summer.
Dec-14-12  waustad: He's doing quite well in the Bundesliga so maybe he'll reconsider. maybe he just needs to take a year off like van Wely did. Being the Bilbao punching bag can't be all that much fun, but like van Wely, except for Tata A or Bilbao sorts of tournaments he'd be a formidable player.
Jun-10-13  Layson: Murmurs of a Vallejo Pons retirement have been grossly exagerated, it seems. He's been playing everywhere for 2 months now.
Apr-14-14  waustad: He's playing in the Bangkok Open now and is one of the leaders so far starting out at 4/4. The top boards are on chessbomb, and probably elsewhere, for those up at that hour.
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  offramp: Vallejo means Valley and Pons means bridge. A bridge in a valley.
May-15-14  torrefan: and Paco means nail.
Aug-10-14  cplyakap: Beat Kramnik.Congratz.
Aug-10-14  Mr. V: Congratulations on beating Kramnik in the Olympiad! Kramnik vs Vallejo-Pons, 2014
Aug-10-14  Mr. V: Does anybody here know his peak world ranking under FIDE ratings? Thanks!
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  Penguincw: Happy 32nd birthday to GM (and former Super GM) Francisco Vallejo-Pons. Currently, he's at 2698, so the 2700 club shouldn't be too far away.

BTW: This article ( says that Vallejo Pons retired from competitive chess, yet he's still playing in many tournaments, including the recent Olympiad and probably the upcoming Bilbao tournament. So has he retired or semi-retired or what?

Aug-21-14  waustad: <Penguincw>I think he said that in frustration after getting slaughtered at Linares yet again. He was the local hope against the very best and didn't do well. It was a little like Ivanchuk "retiring" after losing to Caruana. I think at the time he left the out of saying that the'd complete obligations in leagues and he did better there, so he continued with his playing career.
Aug-21-14  Refused: <waustad: <Penguincw>I think he said that in frustration after getting slaughtered at Linares yet again. He was the local hope against the very best and didn't do well. It was a little like Ivanchuk "retiring" after losing to Caruana. I think at the time he left the out of saying that the'd complete obligations in leagues and he did better there, so he continued with his playing career.>

Wasn't Ivanchuk's ragequit/retirement after he lost to So at the World Cup a few years ago. I am actually fairly sure, that is was So and not Caruana.

Aug-22-14  waustad: <refused> That wouldn't surprise me at all. I have remembered wrong before this and I could easily have done it again.
Aug-26-14  waustad: It is nice to see that he's left handed!
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  perfidious: <waustad> They's a few of us like that in the chess world--other strong players include Joel Benjamin.

Iffen Ah coulda thrown 100, maybe Ah woulda pitched instead!

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  Penguincw: Congratz to Vallejo for playing 11 solid games in August to gain 14 rating points and re-enter the 2700 club, the sixth time in his career he's re-entered this club. :|

He's also doing pretty well at the Spanish Championship, starting out 5/5 and currently 6.5/7, as he's already increased his rating by 8.7 points. Never hurts to pick up these easy points (taking advantage of 4 whites against 2407 opposition).

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  Caissanist: Interesting that Vallejo chose to fly 3500 km to Moscow rather than making a quick drive to Gibraltar. He says that he wants to spend some time in Russia and study Russian: .
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  Penguincw: Francisco Vallejo Pons has a decent tournament at the Bangkok Chess Club Open (2015) (if one excludes his last round loss, he had a pretty good tournament). He scored 6.5/9 (+5,-1,=3) and finishes in a 14-way tie for 5th (but 5th overall), although as the 2nd seed, he definitely expected better.

Rating wise, he lost 2 points to move from 2696 to 2694 (not including the 8 points he lost from Aeroflot).

Aug-21-15  tzar: Vallejo's best moments are well past...his game against Javier Moreno in the Spanish Team Championship 2015 is one of the worst comedy of errors I have seen for a GM in the last years...and Vallejo won the game!!!!
Mar-07-16  knighttoefour: What a fine quote of the day by Vallejo Pons:

"It's a very beautiful feeling when you don't see a big difference between winning or losing, just enjoying the pleasure of playing chess."

I haven't the slightest notion of what he is talking about, but it sounds simply splendid!

Mar-08-16  dehanne: Judging from some Aeroflot pics, he's sure aging horribly.
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