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Yannick Pelletier
Number of games in database: 1,078
Years covered: 1991 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2581 (2643 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624

Overall record: +283 -223 =498 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 74 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (71) 
    E97 E94 E91 E81 E92
 English (43) 
    A15 A13 A17 A16 A14
 Slav (41) 
    D18 D15 D11 D10 D17
 Queen's Indian (40) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D38 D37 D39 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A41 E00 D02 E10 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B48 B47 B90 B23 B22
 French Defense (101) 
    C10 C03 C18 C02 C01
 French (49) 
    C10 C11 C00
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E32 E20 E56 E46 E47
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E16 E12 E14 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003 0-1
   Pelletier vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 1-0
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2007 0-1
   Pelletier vs E Rodriguez Guerrero, 2006 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2005 1-0
   Rapport vs Pelletier, 2016 0-1
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2015 0-1
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015 1-0
   Pelletier vs A Volokitin, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zuerich Open (2004)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   Swiss Championship (2006)
   Christmas Open Masters (2009)
   Trophee Universitaire (2006)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2005)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2011)

   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003

   🏆 37th European Chess Club Cup
   Pelletier vs G Nagy (Oct-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   Pelletier vs Saric (Oct-08-22) 1/2-1/2
   Pelletier vs R Ris (Oct-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   Pelletier vs M Rodshtein (Aug-09-22) 0-1
   A Ventura Sousa vs Pelletier (Aug-07-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-22-1976, 46 years old) Switzerland

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Yannick Pelletier was born in Biel, Switzerland. A GM since 2001, he is a six-time Swiss Champion (1995, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2017) and a regular on his country's Olympiad team. He also represents Switzerland annually at the strong Biel Chess Festival, where he has managed wins against Magnus Carlsen, Ruslan Ponomariov and Viktor Korchnoi, among others. His best-ever Elo rating, 2624, was achieved in January 2003.

In 2008 he was announced as a participant in FIDE's inaugural Grand Prix cycle, as the nominee of the hosting city of Montreux.

Wikipedia article: Yannick Pelletier

Last updated: 2017-09-21 11:18:13

 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,114  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Arapovic vs Pelletier 1-0271991Biel MTO opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Pelletier vs J Gallagher  0-1331992Biel MTO opE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
3. Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis  1-0331992Biel MTO OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. Pelletier vs K Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
5. E Walther vs Pelletier  0-1261993SUI-chD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Pelletier vs Y Masserey 1-0481993Silvaplana openA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Ruf vs Pelletier  0-1711993Bern OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Pelletier vs L Chiong Zacarias Romero  1-0611993Bern OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. T Polak vs Pelletier  1-0401993Bern OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Pelletier vs I Ibragimov  0-1191993Bern OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Pelletier vs S Conquest  0-1261993Bern OpenB07 Pirc
12. Pelletier vs Milov  0-1671993Biel MTO opD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. M Georg vs Pelletier  0-1471993Zuerich OpenB33 Sicilian
14. J Kolly vs Pelletier  0-1321993Zuerich OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Pelletier vs H Wirthensohn  ½-½461993Zuerich OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. Pelletier vs S Neuschmied  ½-½431993Zuerich OpenE70 King's Indian
17. Pelletier vs L Chiong Zacarias Romero  ½-½251993Zuerich OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. I Nemet vs Pelletier  1-0231993Zuerich OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. C Gabriel vs Pelletier  1-0261994Wch U20B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. Pelletier vs J Pinter  0-1471994FRA-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
21. Vaganian vs Pelletier  1-0481994BielA06 Reti Opening
22. J Gallagher vs Pelletier  0-1441994BielB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. Pelletier vs Gavrikov  0-1541994BielE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Pelletier vs Brunner  ½-½311994BielD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
25. Pelletier vs M Wahls  ½-½511994BielA15 English
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Sep-22-06  BIDMONFA: Yannick Pelletier


Sep-22-06  suenteus po 147: Happy birthday, Pelletier! Maybe next Biel people won't be so quick to predict you as last place :)
Jul-30-07  saad: hi i am back
Jul-31-07  Timex: this guy just beat Carlsen!!
Aug-01-07  Fictivision: this guy just beat Bu!!
Aug-01-07  linux fan: Bu who?
Sep-22-07  Zaius: Knock knock.
Who's there?
Bu who?
You don't have to cry about it.
Sep-22-07  King mega: who is Bu?
Sep-22-07  pawnofdoom: "Bu" is probably Bu Xiangzhi , a player Pelletier beat in this game : Y Pelletier vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007
Jul-24-08  Marmot PFL: <KingG: By the looks of it, this guy is in for a hard time during the rest of Biel. He's seems to be a bit outclassed.>

Posted 2 years ago, and still true today.

Jul-28-08  Udit Narayan: He looks really handsome in this photo:
Jul-29-08  messachess: <AlexandraThess> Forget about him. Marry me. I can be hot. (Sit me out in the sun for a few hours and you'll see.) Oh yes, do you ever date older men? I am 24 (hack! Cough! Wheez!)--or there abouts.
Aug-01-08  dumbgai: Poor Yannick, a year after finishing only half a point behind first (and with chances to catch the leaders in the last round), he ran into a stone wall this year and only scored 1.5/10.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Pelletier.
Jul-09-14  PhilFeeley: Missing game:

Pelletier - Sutter
Swiss-chT, 06-09-2008

analyzed here:

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  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM Yannick Pelletier.

I thought he was the strongest Swiss player out there, but Vadim Milov (born in Russia, citizen of Switzerland) and Sebastian Bogner (born in Germany, citizen of Switzerland) have higher ratings, so let's just say, he's the Strongest Swiss born player. :)

Sep-22-15  Chess Is More: Biel is a nice city. Never been there, but the postcards I got from a cousin who moved there in the year 2000, it looked so nice. It looked so clean.
Oct-28-15  diagonal: Interview with Yannick Pelletier after winning against Nakamura in style at the ECC, Skopje 2015 (btw. Pelletier beat Naka already once at the Biel Chess Festival): (Homepage of the Swiss Chess Federation)

corresponding game with analysis:
Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015

<Jan Gustafsson> commentating that game:

Nov-17-15  Jambow: This guy has a nice scalp collection.
Nov-17-15  FairyPromotion: I wonder how many sub-2700 players have defeated two 2800+ players. Pelletier is most probably the first player to do it within a calendaric year.
Nov-18-15  zluria: Congratulations on beating Carlsen! Great game :-) Usually MC wins these equal endgames, but this time you kept your cool under pressure and he was the one to crack. Way to go!
Nov-18-15  diagonal: Yannick Pelletier beat Naka & Magnus even as a sub-2600 ELO player (Pelletier has a career peak rating of 2624 ELO, achieved in January 2003).

Well, he always was and is a dangerous player against top people & prodigies, this is already his third win against Magnus Carlsen - but in the past, Pelletier couldn't beat up regularly his grandmaster colleagues of the approx. 2500 - 2700 ELO range (there are so many just a step from the very best), subsequently his own ELO number faced some stagnation over the years at approx. 2600; he got seldom an invitation to a closed Elite tournament (apart from Biel) and did sometimes rather bad in Open against 'weaker' players, reducing his rating & chances to face the 'strongest' ones, except in team events.

Congratulations and interview with Yannick Pelletier after defeating the reigning World Chess Champion Carlsen at the ETCC 2015:

Jan-18-16  Chess Is More: Pelletier is a good player. He is Swiss, as most of you here know.

A good player.

Mar-08-17  offramp: What is a pelletier? A man who makes pellets? NO! That would be stupid. I will tell you what a pelletier does.

A pelletier is a man who makes and trades in furs and skins (pelts).

That means almost any type of animal hide except human hide. Someone who trades in that kind of hide is called a monster.

Sep-19-17  Arconax: When asked about his favorite food, he answered: "pellets of swiss cheese, of course".
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