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Yannick Pelletier
Number of games in database: 925
Years covered: 1991 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2561 (2643 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624

Overall record: +245 -196 =421 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 63 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (51) 
    E97 E94 E91 E92 E77
 English (38) 
    A15 A17 A13 A16 A14
 Slav (38) 
    D18 D15 D11 D17 D10
 Queen's Indian (34) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D38 D37 D31 D39 D30
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (93) 
    C10 C03 C18 C01 C02
 Sicilian (88) 
    B48 B47 B90 B22 B52
 French (47) 
    C10 C11 C00
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E32 E20 E46 E56 E47
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E15 E16 E12 E14 E17
 Semi-Slav (31) 
    D47 D43 D45 D44 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003 0-1
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2007 0-1
   R Rapport vs Pelletier, 2016 0-1
   Pelletier vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015 1-0
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2015 0-1
   Pelletier vs E Rodriguez Guerrero, 2006 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2005 1-0
   Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zürich Meister (2004)
   Trophee Universitaire (2006)
   Swiss Championship (2006)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (2019)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003

   🏆 European Club Cup
   Pelletier vs M Wiedenkeller (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   T Burg vs Pelletier (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   D Andreikin vs Pelletier (Nov-14-19) 1-0
   Pelletier vs M van Delft (Nov-13-19) 1-0
   K Alekseenko vs Pelletier (Nov-11-19) 1-0

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(born Sep-22-1976, 43 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 37; games 1-25 of 925  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Arapovic vs Pelletier 1-0271991Biel MTO opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis  1-0331992Biel MTO OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
3. Pelletier vs Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
4. Pelletier vs V Milov  0-1671993Biel opD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. Pelletier vs Pinter  0-1471994Ch France (team)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
6. R Forster vs Pelletier  ½-½341994BielC00 French Defense
7. Vaganian vs Pelletier  1-0481994BielA06 Reti Opening
8. Pelletier vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½121994BielA04 Reti Opening
9. Razuvaev vs Pelletier  1-0391995Biel MTO opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Pelletier vs A Weigler  ½-½521995SUI-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. Ftacnik vs Pelletier  1-0291995Neuchatel opD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Y Shulman vs Pelletier  ½-½231995Wch U20D85 Grunfeld
13. Pelletier vs Korchnoi  0-1521996Rehhag Cup OpenE17 Queen's Indian
14. Pelletier vs Sutovsky  0-1481996Credis BielE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. I Rogers vs Pelletier 1-0351996Credis BielB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
16. Krasenkow vs Pelletier  ½-½441996Yerevan OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
17. Pelletier vs Kengis 0-1751996Yerevan OlympiadA10 English
18. Pelletier vs B Ivanovic  ½-½451996Yerevan OlympiadE77 King's Indian
19. J Sriram vs Pelletier  ½-½281996Wch U20D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. A S Nadanian vs Pelletier  ½-½241997Cannes op 18thD85 Grunfeld
21. Pelletier vs Rublevsky  1-04619974th World Team ChD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Pelletier vs Adams  ½-½501997Ch World (team)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Gelfand vs Pelletier  ½-½661997Biel Credit SuisseA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Anastasian vs Pelletier  1-0331997EU-chT (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. I Zaja vs Pelletier  ½-½391997EU-chT (Men)D85 Grunfeld
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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.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Pelletier.
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  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.
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  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!
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  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.

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  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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