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Axel Rombaldoni
A Rombaldoni 
Photograph copyright © 2011 Adolivio Capece  
Number of games in database: 234
Years covered: 2005 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2551 (2488 rapid, 2466 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2567

Overall record: +92 -82 =60 (52.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B53 B42 B32 B50 B30
 French Defense (13) 
    C02 C11 C05 C00 C18
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 D02 E10
 Sicilian Kan (7) 
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D19
 French (5) 
    C11 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B22 B56 B23 B62 B50
 French Defense (21) 
    C03 C11 C01 C05 C13
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D85 D79 D97 D94 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    E00 A40 A50 D02
 English (9) 
    A10 A16 A15 A13
 French (7) 
    C11 C13 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Rombaldoni vs F Bentivegna, 2012 1-0
   A Rombaldoni vs Z Andriasian, 2015 1-0
   A Rombaldoni vs J Johannsdottir, 2009 1-0
   A Yakimenko vs A Rombaldoni, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Italian Championship (2014)
   Italian Championship (2013)
   Italian Team Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Millionaire Chess (2015)
   Italian Team Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   European Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2012)
   Cappelle-la-Grande Open (2014)
   European Team Championship (2013)

   🏆 Baku Olympiad
   A Rombaldoni vs Tomashevsky (Sep-13-16) 1/2-1/2
   Vasquez Schroeder vs A Rombaldoni (Sep-11-16) 1-0
   E Torre vs A Rombaldoni (Sep-09-16) 1-0
   A Rombaldoni vs D Ebeling (Sep-08-16) 1/2-1/2
   A Rombaldoni vs J Vang Glud (Sep-06-16) 1-0

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(born Mar-23-1992, 30 years old) Italy

[what is this?]
International Master (2009); Grandmaster (2013).

Winner of the Italian Championships for U10, U12 (twice), U14 (twice) and U16 (twice). Gained his 3rd GM norm, and the GM title, at the Open Capo D'Orso in June 2013, which he won with 7.5/9 (+7 -1 =1). Won the 12th Kesarovski-Stanchev Memorial 2013 held in Sunny Beach in Bulgaria in September 2013 outright with 7.5/9.

Younger brother of IM Denis Rombaldoni and the son of Andrea Rombaldoni.

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 247  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Rombaldoni vs R Orfei ½-½2820052° Festival BadessaC15 French, Winawer
2. A Rombaldoni vs R Orfei  ½-½382005Open Miramare di RiminiB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. A Rombaldoni vs I Gourlay  ½-½222006Verona opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. G Lettieri vs A Rombaldoni  1-0612006ITA-ch sf g/5' 1stB30 Sicilian
5. J Stocek vs A Rombaldoni  1-0282006Triest OpenA13 English
6. M Godena vs A Rombaldoni  1-0462007EU Union-ch 3rdB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. G Lettieri vs A Rombaldoni  ½-½412007ITA-ch U20B50 Sicilian
8. Khenkin vs A Rombaldoni 1-0162007Bratto FestivalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. R Zelcic vs A Rombaldoni 1-0282008European ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
10. A Rombaldoni vs A Monev  0-1622008European ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. N Galopoulos vs A Rombaldoni  0-1332008European ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
12. A Rombaldoni vs V Georgiev  ½-½472008European ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
13. J M Lopez Martinez vs A Rombaldoni  1-0402008European ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
14. A Rombaldoni vs E Vegh  ½-½652008European ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
15. K Kokolias vs A Rombaldoni  0-1302008European ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Rombaldoni vs S Cao  0-1392008European ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. G Goumas vs A Rombaldoni  1-0372008European ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. A Rombaldoni vs S Reutsky  0-1432008European ChampionshipC11 French
19. A Hagesaether vs A Rombaldoni  0-1322008European ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. A Rombaldoni vs G Ketzetzis  0-1262008EU-ch U16 18thB33 Sicilian
21. A Martin Fuentes vs A Rombaldoni  0-1482008EU-ch U16 18thB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. A Rombaldoni vs A Herrera Delgado  1-0312008EU-ch U16 18thB32 Sicilian
23. L Nestorovic vs A Rombaldoni  0-1272008EU-ch U16 18thB30 Sicilian
24. A Rombaldoni vs S Mazur  ½-½622008EU-ch U16 18thB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. B Firat vs A Rombaldoni  0-1572008EU-ch U16 18thB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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  GrahamClayton: Pictures of Alex, his brothers and father giving a simul in Lodi can be seen at:

Jul-21-10  BIDMONFA: Axel Rombaldoni


Aug-06-11  wordfunph: amazing 5/5 by IM Axel Rombaldoni in the 50th World Junior Chess Championship..

Aug-07-11  waustad: He won in the 6th round too.
Aug-07-11  waustad: His rating will take a serious jump.
Aug-07-11  dx9293: Just looking at his games from the World Junior...this guy has a lot of promise. I'm watching for him to be 2650 in a couple of years.
Aug-08-11  wordfunph: ohlalahhh! 3218 TPR..

GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2558) is next, possibly 7/7?

Aug-08-11  wordfunph: let's get ready to Rombaldoni!!!
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  chancho: Slight resemblance, no?

Aug-10-11  wordfunph: from chessbase..

<Who is Axel Rombaldoni?

Axel Rombaldoni was born in Pesaro on March 23, 1992. He was taught to play by his father Andrea, an Italian Master who, when young, was one of the most promising players in the country. But his mother too, Hungarian by origin, is a good player. Axel is the second of five siblings (three boys and two girls), and the entire family plays chess! Axel completed the norms for his IM title in 2009 and the title was ratified by FIDE in January 2010. He has set a record by winning the Italian Junior Championship seven times in a row (starting with Under 10 to Under 16: U10, U12 twice, U14 twice and U16 twice!). A few weeks ago he qualified for the final of the Italian Championship, which will be played in November in the town of Perugia (he qualified last year but was not lucky on that occasion). In spite of his young age he has already won many important Italian Opens.>

Jun-16-13  Karpova: Winner of the 5th Festival Capo d'Orso 2013 with 7.5/9 ahead of Mihail Marin (also 7.5/9 but worse Bucholz) and gaining his 3rd and final GM norm.

Jun-16-13  John Abraham: Congratulations to the Tom Cruise of chess!!
Mar-23-14  waustad: 22 is a good age. I vaguely remember it. Happy b'day!
May-02-14  offramp: The <Great> Rombaldoni.
Mar-14-20  jith1207: He was said to be cheating using computer assistance, and other players scheduled to play him were once openly boycotting games they had to face him.


So, what happened? I expected to see some discussion here about that, did he ever get actually caught?

If the players were actually revolting against him, when he was said to never move from his chair or even a particular posture during his games, how could he have received assistance?

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  MissScarlett: <>'s legal team will thank me for pointing out that Borislav Ivanov is meant, not the great Rombaldoni, the <Tom Cruise> of the South.
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  perfidious: From the link cited by <jith1207>:

<....In round seven, Rombaldoni met (Borislav) Ivanov on board one and lost badly both this game – and with it the chance to earn his third GM norm, which would have allowed him to become a full-blown grandmaster....>

Is that akin to having a full-blown disease?

Mar-14-20  jith1207: He did become GM on the same year though. Looks like they couldn't find an evidence to report if he had really cheated but his own compatriots were boycotting tournament or games he participated and were encouraging others to boycott their games against him.

I'd speculate that him being from Chess family would've saved him in his country and beyond.

Mar-14-20  jith1207: Having said that, (Borislav) Ivanov himself was accused of cheating in Chess and in real life, and his FIDE card has been revoked. He's reported to be arrested for selling counterfeits as well.

So you never know whom to believe.

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