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Rene Letelier Martner
Rene Letelier (center) and Fidel Castro, Torneo de Cárdenas, 1968  
Number of games in database: 250
Years covered: 1936 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2151
Overall record: +64 -115 =71 (39.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (17) 
    B43 B50 B97 B83 B93
 King's Indian (12) 
    E77 E70 E95 E80 E73
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E21 E54 E59 E47 E49
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D38 D30 D35 D37 D31
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D87 D70 D99 D85 D80
 English (6) 
    A10 A16 A14 A19 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B27 B92 B41 B30 B93
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C84 C75 C93 C97 C77
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D06 D35 D30 D37
 French Defense (10) 
    C07 C19 C14 C05 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C93 C97 C99 C88
 English (7) 
    A10 A13 A15 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fischer vs Letelier, 1959 0-1
   Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954 1-0
   Letelier vs Najdorf, 1964 1-0
   Letelier vs Jacobo Bolbochan, 1959 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Mar del Plata (1960)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata 1960 by suenteus po 147
   Mar del Plata 1959 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-21-1915, died Jul-02-2006, 91 years old) Chile

[what is this?]
IM René Letelier Martner was born in San Bernardo, Chile. Award the International Master title in 1960, he was Chilean champion five-times (1957, 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1972). He played for Chile in the Chess Olympiads of 1939, 1950, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1966. South American sub-champion at Sao Paulo 1937 [brasilbase-1].

Wikipedia article: Ren%C3%A9 Letelier

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 250  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Flores Alvarez vs Letelier 0-131 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Letelier vs A Pons  ½-½77 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. B H Villegas vs Letelier  0-137 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A04 Reti Opening
4. Letelier vs Jacobo Bolbochan  1-035 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Letelier vs L Piazzini  0-139 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Letelier vs J Vinuesa  0-162 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A04 Reti Opening
7. A Schwartzman vs Letelier  1-025 1936 Mar del Plata it-03E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
8. M Castillo vs Letelier  ½-½44 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D85 Grunfeld
9. Letelier vs J Traian Iliesco  0-135 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A52 Budapest Gambit
10. Guimard vs Letelier  ½-½91 1936 Mar del Plata it-03E16 Queen's Indian
11. Letelier vs R Charlier 1-031 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. I Pleci vs Letelier  1-042 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A28 English
13. Letelier vs V Fenoglio  0-142 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. C Hounie Fleurquin vs Letelier  1-040 1936 Mar del Plata it-03C17 French, Winawer, Advance
15. Letelier vs J C Balparda  1-042 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Trompowsky vs Letelier  ½-½24 1938 CarrascoD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Letelier vs E Rotunno  ½-½47 1938 CarrascoB50 Sicilian
18. Letelier vs J Canepa  ½-½31 1938 CarrascoE16 Queen's Indian
19. Alekhine vs Letelier  1-025 1938 MontevideoD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
20. Letelier vs L Engels  0-121 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
21. Letelier vs A Kiprov  1-040 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. A Gromer vs Letelier  1-061 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BC07 French, Tarrasch
23. L Roux Cabral vs Letelier 0-122 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BD85 Grunfeld
24. Letelier vs Pelikan  0-181 1939 Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
25. Letelier vs Najdorf  0-148 1945 Mar del PlataA47 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-15-04  ThePurplePimpernel: I've always ben curious about this fellow. I've only seen a few games of his, 1-1 with Fischer, and a loss to Smyslov. Does anyone know something about Letelier?
Feb-21-05  whithergoes: <ThePurplePimpernel> Well, Fischer used a position from his winning game with Letelier in his celebrated "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess."
Jul-04-06  Ferdyrojo: The Chilean IM René Letelier Martner passed away on Sunday, 2 July, 2006, in his home.
Jul-06-06  stanleys: Rest in peace Mr Letelier!
Jul-07-06  iron maiden: Sad to hear of his passing. In the 1950's and 60's he was a regular in the top chess circles of South America.

Here is one of his best games, a fine sacrificial effort against the great Argentine player Najdorf. Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954

Aug-23-06  Mibelz: René Letelier Martner died 2 July 2006 in Santiago de Chile.
Jan-07-08  Resignation Trap: For a biography, see: .
Sep-21-08  arifattar: The biography here needs updating.
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>



C.N. <3844. René Letelier>: scroll down; photo:

Sep-21-09  BIDMONFA: Rene Letelier Martner


Sep-21-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer could have drawn against Letelier but lost
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  RookFile: I'm happy he won a game against Fischer. Most people remember the game in which Fischer sacrificed his queen to checkmate him.
Nov-14-13  benjamincito: Rene letelier was one little play of chess
Never Won some important.
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  Eduardo Bermudez:

To celebrate the centenary of René Letelier: "Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always somebody better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse." - I.A. Horowitz

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  diagonal: <Never won something important> Letelier won the Gran Torneio Internacional Unesco in 1954, supposed to be the strongest / largest closed international chess tournament in Montevideo after WWII, organized as a special event during the campaign of the UNESCO Montevideo resolution in support of the Esperanto language:
(picture of all participants)

1. Letelier Martner (CHILE), 2./3. Najdorf (ARG), Bernstein (RUS / then FRA), 4. Toran Albero (ESP), 5=. Trompowsky (BRA), including also the Swedish champion in 1954, Bengt-Eric Horberg, Lorenzo Bauzá, champion of Uruguay in 1945, 1950, 1951, 1954 and 1955, and Ronald Cantero, national champion of Paraguay in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962 and 1965, all three finishing as joint 8th-10th out of 18 players, among them eight from the hosting nation Uruguay as it was common in those years (large fields of participants, some top competitors mixed with local fodder players, of course not comparable with the supertournaments of modern type - but nevertheless important for the development of chess).

René Letelier beat both GMs, Najdorf and Bernstein! Also at Unesco Montevideo, septuagenarian Ossip Bernstein showed a great game and victory over Miguel Najdorf: O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954

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