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Rene Letelier (center) and Fidel Castro, Torneo de Cárdenas, 1968  
Rene Letelier Martner
Number of games in database: 249
Years covered: 1936 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2151
Overall record: +64 -115 =70 (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 B96
 King's Indian (12) 
    E77 E95 E70 E80 E91
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E21 E54 E59 E46 E49
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D35
 English (6) 
    A10 A16 A19 A17 A14
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D99 D85 D96 D70 D80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B27 B92 B41 B30 B28
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C84 C97 C93 C75 C99
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D06 D35 D30 D37
 French Defense (10) 
    C07 C19 C09 C05 C17
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C97 C93 C99 C88
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A21 A22 A28
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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

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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 249  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Castillo vs Letelier  ½-½44 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D85 Grunfeld
2. Letelier vs V Fenoglio  0-142 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. I Pleci vs Letelier  1-042 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A28 English
4. Letelier vs R Charlier 1-031 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. R Flores Alvarez vs Letelier 0-131 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Letelier vs J C Balparda  1-042 1936 Mar del Plata it-03B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. C Hounie Fleurquin vs Letelier  1-040 1936 Mar del Plata it-03C17 French, Winawer, Advance
8. Letelier vs Jacobo Bolbochan  1-035 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. B H Villegas vs Letelier  0-137 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A04 Reti Opening
10. Letelier vs A Pons  ½-½77 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. A Schwartzman vs Letelier  1-025 1936 Mar del Plata it-03E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
12. Letelier vs J Vinuesa  0-162 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A04 Reti Opening
13. Guimard vs Letelier  ½-½91 1936 Mar del Plata it-03E16 Queen's Indian
14. Letelier vs L Piazzini  0-139 1936 Mar del Plata it-03D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Letelier vs J Traian Iliesco  0-135 1936 Mar del Plata it-03A52 Budapest Gambit
16. Letelier vs E Rotunno  ½-½47 1938 CarrascoB50 Sicilian
17. Letelier vs J Canepa  ½-½31 1938 CarrascoE16 Queen's Indian
18. Alekhine vs Letelier  1-025 1938 Montevideo (08)D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. Trompowsky vs Letelier  ½-½24 1938 CarrascoD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Letelier vs A Kiprov  1-040 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
21. Letelier vs Pelikan  0-181 1939 Buenos Aires ol (Men) fin-AE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
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 L Engels  0-121 1939 Buenos Aires ol-8 pr BA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
25. Najdorf vs Letelier  1-044 1945 Vina del Mar ;HCL 41A22 English
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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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