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Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez
Number of games in database: 353
Years covered: 1995 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2563 (2579 rapid, 2657 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2601
Overall record: +130 -79 =132 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      12 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B30 B92 B23 B90 B40
 King's Indian (16) 
    E62 E67 E61 E69 E63
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D15 D12 D18 D19
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E55 E32 E43 E52 E54
 Reti System (13) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English (12) 
    A13 A16 A15 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B33 B22 B30 B42 B47
 Slav (24) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10
 French Defense (20) 
    C03 C18 C02 C01 C19
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A59 A57 A58
 Benko Gambit (17) 
    A59 A57 A58
 Alekhine's Defense (15) 
    B04 B03 B02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs T Riccardi, 2015 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Mulyar, 2011 1-0
   K Wang vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2013 0-1
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Hess, 2013 1-0
   D Kelley vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2012 0-1
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs C H Harmon-Vellotti, 2011 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Kaidanov, 2011 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Mason David Miller, 2015 1-0
   Dave Mohan vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2015 0-1
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Theodore A Biyiasas, 2015 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   US Open (2015)
   UTD GM Invitational (2006)
   112th US Open (2011)
   XVI Carlos Torre Memorial (2003)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   World Open (2009)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   World Junior Championship (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2011 Saint Louis invitational by gauer

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(born Jun-21-1988, 27 years old) Costa Rica (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Ramirez is a GM and was =1st (2nd on tiebreaker) at the US Chess Championships (2013), which qualified him for the World Cup (2013) where he lost to eventual semi-finalist Evgeny Tomashevsky in the 1st round Armageddon tiebreaker.

He has a blog at and is a columnist and analyst with

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 353  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Markus vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-133 1995 Canaries ol U16C05 French, Tarrasch
2. S Bermudez Vives vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-029 2001 ch-CRCB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. A Ramirez Alvarez vs J C Sanchez Jimenez  ½-½36 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
4. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Solano Cruz  ½-½76 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
5. W Bravo vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-132 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A59 Benko Gambit
6. A Ramirez Alvarez vs M Arias Santana  ½-½91 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
7. A Ramirez Alvarez vs C Granados  ½-½55 2001 ch-CRCA05 Reti Opening
8. J Vaglio vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-033 2001 ch-CRCA15 English
9. A Ramirez Alvarez vs B Pineda  0-171 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
10. R Valverde Fuentes vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-137 2001 ch-CRCB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. A Ramirez Alvarez vs L Valdes  0-149 2001 ch-CRCA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. S Minero Pineda vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½39 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A15 English
13. A Ramirez Alvarez vs W Charpentier Morales  ½-½41 2001 ch-CRCA06 Reti Opening
14. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Romero  ½-½48 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A06 Reti Opening
15. A Ramirez Alvarez vs B Gonzalez  0-122 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
16. R Ugalde vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-169 2001 ch-CRCA15 English
17. A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Lacayo  1-029 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
18. A Ramirez Alvarez vs C Barrios Zamora  1-061 2001 ch-CRCA05 Reti Opening
19. C Reyes Najera vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½61 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. E Solis vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-173 2001 ch-CRCB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. J Gonzalez Acosta vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-140 2001 ch-CRCA57 Benko Gambit
22. L Arias vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-157 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2B02 Alekhine's Defense
23. J Nogueiras vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½53 2002 XV Carlos TorreB37 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
24. S Brittner vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-038 2002 Bled OlympiadA58 Benko Gambit
25. J Sequera vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½47 2002 Bled OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Jan-23-13  Zugzwangovich: Who is Moira Kamgar, the pretty lady hugging his shoulder in the January 2013 issue of Chess Life?
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  waustad: Hwere is another link to a pic of him with Moira Kamgar. Not the purple suit!
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  waustad: This article may help answer your question a bit better:
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  waustad: The actual reason I was on this page was to note his equal first in the LIX Campeonato Nacional e Internacional de Ajedrez de México. It seems he came in second on tiebreaks.
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  waustad: As the on;y Costa Rican that I know in the database, I guess here is a good place to post this. There will be a Zonal tournament in San Jose starting next week:
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  waustad: I wonder why that was a problem, since the zonal isn't until the end of May into June. I guess they don't want to play as much as Caruana or Ivanchuk.
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  waustad: He's in a playoff for the US Championship. Great rusult! That should also clinch a spot in the next World Cup.
May-18-13  Conrad93: How is this guy the US Chess Champion?
Man, the competition has gotten really weak over the years...
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  maxi: Perhaps he is getting better. He didn't quite make it this time, but it was an excellent result. Time will tell.
May-21-13  Conrad93: He is getting better, but Kamsky is clearly the superior player.

The US Chess Champion is supposed to be the best in the country. I don't think that this guy is quite there yet.

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  waustad: Happy 25! I wish you many many more. Cumpleanos feliz!!! (I hope I spelled it right)
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  waustad: He'll be playing Evgeny Tomashevsky in the first round of the World Cup.
Jul-11-13  nummerzwei: I've recently come across Alejandro's name in quite an unexpected context. The article itself doesn't really dwell on our game at all, but I still found it rather amusing to have a familiar chess name pop up in a music review:

"Hayley Williams is 20 years old and has a Wikipedia page of her own. That sounds more impressive than it actually is. After all, the Internet encyclopaedia's English language version features 4721 entries concerning people born in 1988 such as Williams. There is Rubik's cube world record holder Toby Mao, <chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez> and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB. And then there is Hayley Williams, who however has no interest in those professions and would rather join her band Paramore in making rock music.(...)"

Source: [in German]

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  Shams: <...and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB.>

Wait, what!? I thought there were only 173! I'll, uh, see you guys tomorrow.

Aug-11-13  ketchuplover: drawn goes tomashevsky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  waustad: He must hate Armageddon games. He's lost twice in them to much higher rated players now.
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  waustad: I expect that San Jose is going nuts after the win against Uruguay. As the only Tico here that I know of, he must be pleased.
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  waustad: Happy b'day!
Aug-10-14  dumbgai: I wish ChessBase would get a better commentator for its articles. There are some really cringe-worthy comments in his Olympiad reports.
Aug-10-14  dx9293: What's wrong with his commentary?
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  waustad: This picture is interesting since it makes him look like he's the same height as Jen Shahade. I think that the camera angle is making him look a lot taller than he is.

At least he isn't standing on a platform like Alan Ladd, though artificiality seems to be a hallmark of Ms. Shahade's gig with the hair.

Both are interesting players and I wish them the best. What I'd really like is for the <LittlePeasant> to come back and communicate with us. That probably won't happen considering how busy chessbase keeps him along with playing occasionally.

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  perfidious: <Shams: <...and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB.> Wait, what!? I thought there were only 173! I'll, uh, see you guys tomorrow.>

Dang, y'all missed a couple? Yer goin' ta the woodshed fer thet!

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  MissScarlett: Starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to Rory McIlroy.
May-11-15  Ke2: he's been doing great youtube videos with St. Louis chess club. btw his blog hasn't been updated in 2 years
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  waustad: Feliz Cumpleaños!
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