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Alonso Zapata
A Zapata 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 573
Years covered: 1977 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2421 (2412 rapid, 2376 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580

Overall record: +193 -175 =182 (51.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 23 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B56 B33 B83 B32
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C77 C69 C84 C78 C60
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B92 B91 B93
 French Defense (33) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04 C09
 French Tarrasch (31) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B18 B13 B17 B11 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (116) 
    B40 B46 B47 B42 B43
 King's Indian (67) 
    E63 E94 E70 E97 E61
 Sicilian Taimanov (42) 
    B46 B47 B49 B48
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B43 B42
 Old Indian (20) 
    A53 A55
 English (15) 
    A15 A10 A16 A17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Zapata vs Anand, 1988 1-0
   A Zapata vs Darcy Lima, 2001 1-0
   A Zapata vs Ftacnik, 1992 1-0
   A Zapata vs Ljubojevic, 1984 1-0
   P Nikolic vs A Zapata, 1985 0-1
   A Zapata vs Joel Benjamin, 1983 1-0
   A Zapata vs Miles, 1987 1-0
   A Zapata vs Azmaiparashvili, 1994 1-0
   A Zapata vs Van Wely, 1995 1-0
   A Zapata vs G Milos, 1996 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dortmund (1984)
   New York Kavkasian (1983)
   Zenica (1986)
   Curacao Open (2002)
   112th US Open (2011)
   Carlos Torre Memorial Open (2003)
   39th World Open (2011)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Eduardo Bermudez's favorite colombian players by Eduardo Bermudez
   2001 Capablanca memorial (premier - II) by gauer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1987 by suenteus po 147
   2010 Pan-Am Continental by gauer

   🏆 12th American Continental
   A Zapata vs L Bruzon Batista (Jun-17-17) 0-1
   N Delgado Ramirez vs A Zapata (Jun-16-17) 1-0
   D Vera Siguenas vs A Zapata (Jun-15-17) 0-1
   A Zapata vs K Mekhitarian (Jun-14-17) 1-0
   Erenburg vs A Zapata (Jun-13-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-28-1958, 62 years old) Colombia

[what is this?]
Alonso Zapata Ramirez was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1984. Tournament results include 2nd at Havana 1983, 1st at Bayamo 1984 and 2nd= at Dortmund 1984. He won the Medellin it (1987) Cali Zonal (1990) was Latin-American champion (1991), winner of Linares, Mexico [brasilbase-1] (1992), Latin-American champion [brasilbase-2] (1993).

He was Colombian national champion in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1995 (jointly), 1996, 2002, 2004 and 2008.


Wikipedia article: Alonso Zapata

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 573  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yusupov vs A Zapata 1-0471977Wch U20A05 Reti Opening
2. A Zapata vs Geller  0-1331978BogotaC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Nunn vs A Zapata  1-0321978Buenos Aires OlympiadB40 Sicilian
4. G Ligterink vs A Zapata  0-1361978Buenos Aires OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. A Zapata vs L Ogaard  1-0411978Buenos Aires OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. A Zapata vs H Hurme  0-1331978Buenos Aires OlympiadB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. A Zapata vs C Silva Sanchez  1-0541978Buenos Aires OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. V Torre vs A Zapata  0-1471978Buenos Aires OlympiadA10 English
9. A Zapata vs M C Lopez  1-0581978Buenos Aires OlympiadC87 Ruy Lopez
10. A Zapata vs Ftacnik  ½-½131980CienfuegosB50 Sicilian
11. A Zapata vs Joel Benjamin  1-0401980Manhattan CCB06 Robatsch
12. Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs A Zapata  0-1361980BayamoE70 King's Indian
13. A Zapata vs Dzindzichashvili  0-1681980Manhattan CCB01 Scandinavian
14. A Zapata vs H Morales Moreno  ½-½421980BayamoB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. Alburt vs A Zapata  1-0691980Manhattan CCE73 King's Indian
16. C Van Tilbury vs A Zapata 1-0341980Radio RebeldeE73 King's Indian
17. A Zapata vs R Mascarinas  0-1391980Valletta OlympiadB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. A Zapata vs Smejkal  0-1571980Valletta OlympiadC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Gheorghiu vs A Zapata  1-0381980Valletta OlympiadE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
20. Murey vs A Zapata  1-0361980Valletta OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. A Zapata vs H Carvalho  1-0391980Valletta OlympiadB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. A Zapata vs Timoshchenko  ½-½421981BayamoB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. M Sisniega vs A Zapata  ½-½401981BayamoA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
24. A Zapata vs Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo  0-1911981BayamoB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
25. Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo vs A Zapata  0-1751982HavanaB40 Sicilian
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 573  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-29-04  ConLaMismaMano: Remarkable player this GM Alonso Zapata from Colombia, in the recent Carlos Torre Memorial, he reached the semifinals against players with much more elo than him. This shows that the ELO, many times means nothing.
Nov-20-04  Strategic Joker: yups , he resides in Puerto Rico currently and hes gonna be my coach :) and amazing strong player who esaly defeats master and IM where i live
May-19-05  DCP23: He beat Anand in EIGHT moves once.
Jul-24-05  alexandrovm: how old was Anand in that game? Very fast game indeed
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  chancho: He's getting good coin training chess players in Puerto Rico.
Sep-15-05  Queens Gambit: I dont see how in Gods name Anand-Zapata can be in notable games of him, that was a horrible blunder of Anand, not a great game of Alonso, i will start making a nice collection of Alonso Zapata to show here that he has some great games.
Sep-15-05  Queens Gambit: I want to ask you something <Strategic Joker> already start training with Alonso????

if yes, i would like to hear somehting from the training.

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  pawn to QB4: Hi Queens Gambit - let's be having the Zapata collection already! While trying Opening Explorer (to find out how my game yesterday should have gone) I came across this corker: A Zapata vs Y Gonzalez, 2001. Maybe the purists will compare it to a game from a simul but I thought it lots of fun.
Jul-01-06  BIDMONFA: Alonso Zapata

ZAPATA, Alonso

Aug-22-08  Danya: Happy 50th birthday!!!
Sep-27-08  Sularus: <DCP23: He beat Anand in EIGHT moves once.> It was SIX moves.
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  Phony Benoni: And here's the game: A Zapata vs Anand, 1988
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  egilarne: One of the few games I know by heart :)
Aug-22-09  WhiteRook48: and the one that distracted anand from the petrov
Aug-22-09  solskytz: Allons-y, Alonso!
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  wordfunph: from the book Playing to Win by James Plaskett, Alonso Zapata was voted Colombian Sportsman of the Year in 1977 for his bronze medal in the World Junior Chess Championship.
Aug-22-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Zapata!
May-06-13  vanwely: Got to meet GM Zapata today in Atlanta. He won the Georgia State Championship.
Jun-28-14  diagonal: His bio needs a little refresher:

Alonso Zapata is <twice winner of the traditional Capablanca Memorial> (most often, but not always played at Havana). Zapata won shared 1st at <Cienfuegos 1980> with Lubomír Ftácnik and at <Matanzas 1994> joint with Loek van Wely and Tony Miles. Zapata tied for 3rd-4th at Havana 1983 (that Capablanca Mem was won by Lev Psakhis).

Zapata played tevlve times for Colombia in the Chess Olympiads (1978–1992, 1996–1998, 2002 and 2012, eight times on board one and three times on board two). Hopefully, we will see him again at Tromsø 2014.

He finished second, Sub-Champion behind Artur Yusupov, in the 16th World Junior Chess Championship at Innsbruck 1977.

Jan-20-17  ColeTrane: Los caracoles zapatistas....
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  HeMateMe: He gave guys the boot...

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