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Vallejo-Pons 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Francisco Vallejo-Pons
Number of games in database: 1,094
Years covered: 1991 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2698 (2707 rapid, 2633 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2724
Overall record: +311 -162 =359 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      262 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (150) 
    B90 B20 B23 B30 B33
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C77 C65 C63 C67 C95
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C10 C15 C03 C18
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B91 B94 B97 B96
 French (23) 
    C11 C10 C12 C13 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (88) 
    B90 B33 B31 B30 B32
 French Defense (63) 
    C12 C11 C01 C02 C03
 Semi-Slav (46) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C67 C65 C80 C64 C69
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A50 E10 D02 A46 A40
 Slav (39) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vallejo-Pons vs A Romero Holmes, 2002 1-0
   Svidler vs Vallejo-Pons, 2004 0-1
   Vallejo-Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 1-0
   Topalov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2006 0-1
   DeFirmian vs Vallejo-Pons, 2003 0-1
   Kramnik vs Vallejo-Pons, 2005 0-1
   Vallejo-Pons vs Leitao, 2005 1-0
   Vallejo-Pons vs Kasparov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   R Vasquez Schroeder vs Vallejo-Pons, 2004 0-1
   G Beikert vs Vallejo-Pons, 2008 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Spanish Championships (2002)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147

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FRANCISCO VALLEJO-PONS
(born Aug-21-1982) Spain

[what is this?]
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.

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/

Wikipedia article: Francisco Vallejo Pons


 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,094  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Vallejo-Pons vs Ganguly  1-027 1991 Wch U10C46 Three Knights
2. Vallejo-Pons vs M Hafizulhelmi  0-148 1991 Wch U10B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. N F Nur vs Vallejo-Pons  0-190 1991 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
4. Vallejo-Pons vs J C Moingt 0-117 1991 Palma de Mallorca opB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
5. A Leroy vs Vallejo-Pons  1-026 1991 Wch U10A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. J M Bellon Lopez vs Vallejo-Pons  1-023 1991 Palma de Mallorca opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Vallejo-Pons vs E Berg  1-025 1991 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
8. P Klimsa vs Vallejo-Pons  0-127 1991 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
9. Vallejo-Pons vs S Michel  1-025 1991 Wch U10B03 Alekhine's Defense
10. Vallejo-Pons vs R Y Rusev 1-039 1991 Ch World (cadets)C45 Scotch Game
11. S Tudorie vs Vallejo-Pons  0-137 1991 Wch U10B22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. L Hua vs Vallejo-Pons  1-030 1992 Wch U10A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
13. Vallejo-Pons vs A Nunez 1-042 1992 HavanaC45 Scotch Game
14. Vallejo-Pons vs Bologan  0-132 1992 Oviedo rapid45B58 Sicilian
15. Vallejo-Pons vs McShane  1-062 1992 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
16. I Andrade vs Vallejo-Pons  0-123 1992 Wch U10B20 Sicilian
17. Vallejo-Pons vs V Jalinskas  1-047 1992 Wch U10C11 French
18. Das Neves vs Vallejo-Pons  0-122 1992 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Vallejo-Pons vs Ganguly  0-132 1992 Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
20. D Roiz Baztan vs Vallejo-Pons 0-120 1992 Oviedo rapid45B33 Sicilian
21. L Aronov vs Vallejo-Pons  0-144 1992 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
22. Vallejo-Pons vs Said Aktouf  1-033 1992 Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
23. Vallejo-Pons vs J Caselas Cabanas  1-026 1992 Oviedo rapid45B06 Robatsch
24. Vallejo-Pons vs D Kjartansson  1-052 1992 Wch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Vallejo-Pons vs N Ismelian  0-136 1993 Wch U12B12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,094  PGN Download
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Top Analysis by Super GMs

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Aug-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "You shouldn't worry so much about your pawns. They will be perfectly straight again in the next game." (to IM Geert van der Stricht who lost a game due to pawn-structure concern in a French League)

Happy 28th Birthday Francis!

Oct-16-10  bastiaan0740: ...5) After being asked on what does it feel to see former rivals in junior championships like Aronian, Grischuk and Bacrot SURPISSING him...

lol!

May-11-11  brucejavier: Paco's live rating is now 2731!! Amazing, that makes it he's personal best ELO rating.
Sep-28-11
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!!!!!!!
Oct-07-11
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Ivanchuk!!!!!!
Feb-11-12
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  waustad: His loss today drops him below 2700 on the live rating list.
Feb-11-12  King Death: < waustad: His loss today drops him below 2700 on the live rating list.>

Vallejo's life is over, he might as well pack it in.

Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: That's true, isn't it? Any 2700 that loses his Mojo and drops below that magic level should seek advice from Dr Kevorkian, who could also dispense it to other losers like Bacrot, Vachier-Lagrave, Eljanov, Short, Movsesian and a stack of others.

Why do they hang around?

Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Not to mention Karpov.
Feb-12-12  Penguincw: Looks like Vallejo is facing Topalov in a match:

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/l...

Mar-02-12  nummerzwei: His games playing the French as black are amazing. Very inspirational.
Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 30th Birthday, GM Paco!

LTJ

Oct-10-12  wallytherhino: I get the feeling he does well against almost all competition except for the super GMs. He is brought into some tournaments as non threatening rank holder.He reminds of those boxers who get bloated reputations because they beat up club level and/or B level talent and then whn faced with an equal they get kicked back down. the best phrase for Paco is Gate Keeper.
Oct-13-12  dx9293: Is it true Vallejo has announced his retirement after the Bilbao tournament?
Oct-13-12  GilesFarnaby: <dx9293: Is it true Vallejo has announced his retirement after the Bilbao tournament?>

A temporary one, at least, yes.

'Tho he mentioned two compromises (the Bundesliga being one of them) that he will honour since he has already signed up.

Oct-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  waustad: Soo much for retirement. He's playing in the Bundesliga today. He beat Sune Berg Hansen in a closed Ruy Lopez.
Oct-20-12
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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.
Oct-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Hope he has a soothing retirement :)
Oct-30-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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. http://chess-results.com/tnr130151....
May-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Vallejo means Valley and Pons means bridge. A bridge in a valley.
May-15-14  torrefan: and Paco means nail.
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