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Alejandro Ramirez-Alvarez
Number of games in database: 326
Years covered: 1995 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2580 (2603 rapid, 2633 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2601
Overall record: +115 -75 =124 (56.4%)*
   * 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
 Slav (14) 
    D15 D11 D12 D18 D19
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E55 E32 E43 E52 E54
 King's Indian (13) 
    E62 E61 E69 E67 E60
 Reti System (12) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D44 D43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B33 B22 B30 B42 B43
 Slav (23) 
    D15 D12 D10 D11
 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 vs R Hess, 2013 1-0
   D Kelley vs A Ramirez, 2012 0-1
   T K Antal vs A Ramirez, 2014 0-1
   A Ramirez vs Robson, 2014 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez vs S Shankland, 2013 1-0
   K Wang vs A Ramirez, 2013 0-1
   A Ramirez vs A Shetty, 2013 1-0
   A Ramirez vs S Shankland, 2013 1-0
   Tomashevsky vs A Ramirez, 2013 0-1
   J Benjamin vs A Ramirez, 2013 0-1

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)
   UTD GM Invitational (2006)
   112th US Open (2011)
   XVI Carlos Torre Memorial (2003)
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   World Open (2009)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Olympiad (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2008)

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(born Jun-21-1988, 26 years old) Costa Rica (citizen of 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 14; games 1-25 of 326  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Markus vs A Ramirez  0-133 1995 Canaries ol U16C05 French, Tarrasch
2. A Ramirez vs M Arias Santana  ½-½91 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
3. A Ramirez vs C Granados  ½-½55 2001 ch-CRCA05 Reti Opening
4. J Vaglio vs A Ramirez  1-033 2001 ch-CRCA15 English
5. A Ramirez vs B Pineda  0-171 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
6. R Valverde Fuentes vs A Ramirez  0-137 2001 ch-CRCB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. A Ramirez vs L Valdes  0-149 2001 ch-CRCA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. S Minero Pineda vs A Ramirez  ½-½39 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A15 English
9. A Ramirez vs W Charpentier  ½-½41 2001 ch-CRCA06 Reti Opening
10. A Ramirez vs A Romero  ½-½48 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A06 Reti Opening
11. A Ramirez vs B Gonzalez  0-122 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
12. R Ugalde vs A Ramirez  0-169 2001 ch-CRCA15 English
13. A Ramirez vs R Lacayo  1-029 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
14. A Ramirez vs C Barrios  1-061 2001 ch-CRCA05 Reti Opening
15. C Reyes Najera vs A Ramirez  ½-½61 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. E Solis vs A Ramirez  0-173 2001 ch-CRCB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. J R Gonzalez Acosta vs A Ramirez 0-140 2001 ch-CRCA57 Benko Gambit
18. L Arias vs A Ramirez 0-157 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2B02 Alekhine's Defense
19. S Bermudez Vives vs A Ramirez  1-029 2001 ch-CRCB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. A Ramirez vs J C Sanchez Jimenez  ½-½36 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
21. A Ramirez vs Solano-Cruz  ½-½76 2001 ch-CRCA04 Reti Opening
22. W Bravo vs A Ramirez 0-132 2001 Sub-zt 2.3.2A59 Benko Gambit
23. M Kaabi vs A Ramirez  0-167 2002 Bled OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. A Ramirez vs L Bruzon  ½-½26 2002 XV Carlos TorreB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. A Ramirez vs R Pogorelov  0-142 2002 XXVII OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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  waustad: I see he has become a US citizen. I've only heard of one big time tournament in CR and he was going to college in Texas, so I suppose it isn't that surprizing.
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  waustad: Here is a pic of two players from the two countries outside of the US where I've spent more than a year, Costa Rica and Austria:

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  waustad: They both write for Chessbase, however not in the same languages.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ramirez-Alvarez!
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  waustad: I read in an interview that he is involved in the design of video games. He is also doing a lot of analysis of current games on chessbase, covering the London Grand Prix.
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.

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  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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