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Miguel Illescas Cordoba
Illescas Cordoba 
Illescas at the European Chess Team Championship, Warsaw, 2013.
Photograph by Przemyslaw Jahr courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Number of games in database: 1,484
Years covered: 1978 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2613 (2612 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +470 -255 =682 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 77 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (106) 
    B40 B58 B83 B47 B84
 King's Indian (81) 
    E92 E94 E60 E62 E91
 English (67) 
    A17 A15 A13 A14 A16
 Slav (43) 
    D10 D15 D11 D17 D16
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D47 D43 D45 D49 D46
 French Defense (28) 
    C07 C02 C18 C01 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (194) 
    B33 B47 B44 B40 B30
 Semi-Slav (63) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D48
 Sicilian Taimanov (53) 
    B47 B46 B45 B48 B49
 Slav (42) 
    D10 D15 D12 D17 D11
 Tarrasch Defense (38) 
    D34 D32
 King's Indian (36) 
    E67 E92 E97 E94 E62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Illescas Cordoba vs Adams, 1992 1-0
   Gelfand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1996 0-1
   Illescas Cordoba vs S Rachels, 1987 1-0
   Illescas Cordoba vs D Garcia Ilundain, 1991 1-0
   Kasparov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Illescas Cordoba vs NN, 1978 1-0
   Beliavsky vs Illescas Cordoba, 1990 0-1
   Illescas Cordoba vs Nakamura, 2003 1-0
   Illescas Cordoba vs J Bellon Lopez, 1992 1-0
   Illescas Cordoba vs Miles, 1995 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1993)
   Linares Zonal (1995)
   Spanish Championship (1998)
   Pamplona 1997/98 (1997)
   Leon (1992)
   Madrid (1996)
   Spanish Championship (2013)
   Spanish Championship (1989)
   Montpellier (1988)
   Ibercaja Open (1991)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens 1993 by Tabanus
   Buenos Aires 1993 by Chessdreamer
   Linares 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1988 by Tabanus
   Dos Hermanas 1999 by suenteus po 147
   Madrid 1998 by suenteus po 147
   Madrid 1994 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 20th Sants TB 1st-5th
   Illescas Cordoba vs S Volkov (Aug-26-18) 1-0
   S Volkov vs Illescas Cordoba (Aug-26-18) 0-1
   Illescas Cordoba vs M Anurag (Aug-26-18) 1-0
   Illescas Cordoba vs Nisipeanu (Aug-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Vetoshko vs Illescas Cordoba (Aug-26-18) 0-1

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(born Dec-03-1965, 57 years old) Spain

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llescas was a highly skilled player as a youngster and became junior champion of Catalonia at the age of 12. A trained computer scientist, chess remained his real passion and continued progress brought him an International Master title in 1986, followed by the Grandmaster title in 1988. Illescas rapidly became Spain's strongest and most consistent player over many years, registering his country's highest ever Elo rating (2620) in 1993, making him at the time, world number 26. His 1993 match with Ljubomir Ljubojević ended 4-4, with all eight games drawn.

As a young man, Illescas' tournament results were noteworthy; 1st= Las Palmas 1987 and 1988, 1st Oviedo 1991, 1st= Pamplona 1991/92 (with Leonid Yudasin), 2nd= Leon 1992 (after Boris Gulko), 3rd Chalkidiki 1992 (after Vladimir Kramnik and Joël Lautier), 1st Lisbon Zonal 1993 and 2nd Wijk aan Zee 1993 (after Anatoly Karpov). He kept winning during the latter part of the nineties also; 1st Linares (MEX) 1994, 1st Linares (ESP) Zonal 1995, 1st= Madrid 1996 (with Veselin Topalov) and 1st= Pamplona 1997/98 (with Ulf Andersson). More recently he finished 1st= at Pamplona in 2003, this time sharing victory with Luke McShane and Emil Sutovsk.

So far, he has won the Spanish national championship of 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. In team competition, he has represented his country at many Olympiads from 1986 onwards and won an individual bronze medal at Turin in 2006.

In 1997, he was appointed to the IBM-led team that prepared the super-computer Deep Blue in the build up to a second match with Garry Kasparov. Working with Joel Benjamin, Nick DeFirmian and John Fedorowicz.

Consequently, he was a logical choice to join Kramnik as a second for his world championship clash with Kasparov in 2000. Kramnik became champion and the winning partnership was restored for the 2004 defence against Peter Leko and the 2006 reunification match with Topalov (Topalov chose Illescas' compatriot Francisco Vallejo Pons for his own team of seconds). Illescas sees himself as part coach and part guru in these situations, involving himself with not just the chess analysis, but also the thought process and personality traits of the opponent.

Wikipedia article: Miguel Illescas

Last updated: 2021-12-03 02:02:11

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,484  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Illescas Cordoba vs NN 1-0141978corrC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Illescas Cordoba vs Gheorghiu  0-1401982BadalonaA04 Reti Opening
3. Kasparov vs Illescas Cordoba 1-0441984simA57 Benko Gambit
4. Illescas Cordoba vs J Eslon 1-0331984ESPC44 King's Pawn Game
5. H Volman vs Illescas Cordoba  ½-½251986Holon opC11 French
6. Illescas Cordoba vs A Magen  1-0441986Holon opC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. Illescas Cordoba vs Y Kosashvili  1-0331986Holon opE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. Y Kraidman vs Illescas Cordoba  0-1711986Holon opA56 Benoni Defense
9. Illescas Cordoba vs V Liberzon  ½-½371986Holon opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Illescas Cordoba vs J Murey  0-1251986Holon opC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
11. J Levitt vs Illescas Cordoba  0-1381986Holon opA56 Benoni Defense
12. Illescas Cordoba vs L Pliester 1-0381986Holon opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. T Giorgadze vs Illescas Cordoba  1-034198626th Costa del SolA56 Benoni Defense
14. Granda Zuniga vs Illescas Cordoba 1-0331986Matalascanas OpenA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
15. J Rush vs Illescas Cordoba 0-1351986Dubai OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. S Mirza vs Illescas Cordoba  0-1371986Dubai OlympiadA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
17. Illescas Cordoba vs Ribli  ½-½491986Dubai OlympiadB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. S Skembris vs Illescas Cordoba  ½-½311986Dubai OlympiadE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Sznapik vs Illescas Cordoba  ½-½621986Dubai OlympiadC05 French, Tarrasch
20. C McNab vs Illescas Cordoba  0-1391986Dubai OlympiadA13 English
21. Illescas Cordoba vs Panno  ½-½361986Dubai OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. P Nikolic vs Illescas Cordoba 0-1341986Dubai OlympiadD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Illescas Cordoba vs Nunn 1-0401986Dubai OlympiadC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. Fedorowicz vs Illescas Cordoba 1-0521986Dubai OlympiadA56 Benoni Defense
25. A Sokolov vs Illescas Cordoba  ½-½171986Dubai OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-04  meloncio: Last month Illescas won the Spanish Chess Championship celebrated in Sevilla, my hometown. Congratulations Miguel! (in spanish)

Sep-29-04  shr0pshire: Illescas is one of the three listed chess coaches for Kramnik for the 2004 world championships.

Impressive that Kramnik chose him and two other russians.

Very interesting!

Dec-30-05  BIDMONFA: Miguel Illescas-Cordoba

Champion Spain Championship
Campeón de España

May-28-06  BIDMONFA: Miguel Illescas-Cordoba


Dec-03-09  blackburne: The best game of Illescas

Illescas-Cordoba vs Morozevich, 1996


Sep-19-10  Ezzy: Is the new Spanish champion 2010. His 8th Spanish title I think!!
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  GrahamClayton: Illescas was involved in an unusual incident in the final round of the 2011 Spanish Championship. He was playing Olga Alexandrova, who happens to be his wife. A win for either would have won them the title, but might have raised suspicions of a "fixed" game. On the other hand, playing a long game while waiting to see how other games finished would also be a little dodgy, so Illescas and Alexandrova agreed on a 10-move draw. Illescas finished =1st with Alvar Alonso Rosell, but lost the title on a tie-break.
Nov-09-12  tzar: Sr. Illescas: if you ever read this post I would like to hear your opinion, as one of the people who helped to programme Deep Blue, about Kasparov's allegations of he got to this conclusion and if in your opinion his allegations were founded or excuses of a bad looser....Gracias por anticipado...

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