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Ruben Felgaer
Number of games in database: 574
Years covered: 1996 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2572 (2534 rapid, 2493 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624

Overall record: +196 -134 =214 (55.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (112) 
    B43 B91 B51 B30 B23
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C65 C91 C67 C63 C78
 French Defense (35) 
    C11 C19 C12 C18 C03
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B18 B11 B10 B17 B12
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B91 B92 B90 B94 B93
 Sicilian Kan (19) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (102) 
    B30 B32 B33 B25 B43
 Slav (66) 
    D10 D12 D17 D18 D14
 King's Indian (18) 
    E91 E62 E60 E94 E80
 Reti System (17) 
    A04 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 A41 D00 A45 A50
 Pirc (15) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Felgaer vs Kaidanov, 2005 1-0
   R Felgaer vs Harikrishna, 2005 1-0
   D Flores vs R Felgaer, 2008 0-1
   R Hungaski vs R Felgaer, 2005 0-1
   R Felgaer vs S Mareco, 2012 1-0
   R Felgaer vs G Antal, 2001 1-0
   R Felgaer vs Karpov, 2001 1/2-1/2
   A Ivanov vs R Felgaer, 2005 0-1
   R Felgaer vs E Ubilava, 2006 1-0
   R Felgaer vs D Valerga, 2004 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   I Torneo Iberoamericano (Grupo-A) (2004)
   II Copa ENTEL (2005)
   Argentine Championship (2008)
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2004)
   Casino Graz Open (2014)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Malaga Open (2001)
   American Continental (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

   🏆 Szmetan-Giardelli Super
   D Flores vs R Felgaer (Dec-08-19) 1/2-1/2
   S Mareco vs R Felgaer (Dec-06-19) 1/2-1/2
   F Peralta vs R Felgaer (Oct-11-15) 1-0
   R Felgaer vs D Flores (Oct-06-15) 0-1
   S Mareco vs R Felgaer (Oct-05-15) 1-0

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(born Apr-04-1981, 41 years old) Argentina

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Grandmaster Felgaer was coach/captain of the 2012 Olympiad team for Argentina, and Argentine champion in 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He qualified for both the World Cup (2011) and World Cup (2013) from the zonals and performed above expectations on each occasion by reaching the 2nd round, after defeating higher rated opponents in the 1st round (Vladimir Malakhov in 2011, and Alexander Riazantsev in 2013). In the World Cup 2011 he drew Ukranian prodigy Yaroslav Zherebukh in the 2nd round classical games mini-match, but lost in the 25 minute rapid game tiebreker. In the World Cup 2013 he lost to Ukrainian GM Alexander Areshchenko in the 2nd round.

Wikipedia article: Rubén Felgaer

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 588  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Felgaer vs J F Cubas  0-1341996Pan American-chC16 French, Winawer
2. G Vescovi vs R Felgaer  ½-½441997Pan American-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. R Felgaer vs A Kundin  0-1211998Wch U18B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. R Felgaer vs D Fernando  1-0291998Wch U18B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. R Felgaer vs F Braga 0-1281999Mar del Plata OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. G Hernandez Guerrero vs R Felgaer  1-0281999XXX Mar del Plata InternationalB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
7. R Felgaer vs J Gomez Baillo  ½-½391999Najdorf mem opB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. P Zarnicki vs R Felgaer  ½-½241999Najdorf mem opB30 Sicilian
9. R Felgaer vs D Flores  ½-½521999Najdorf mem opA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. R Felgaer vs Aronian  1-0372000Wch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. A Rodriguez Vila vs R Felgaer  1-0242000Najdorf mem Great finB20 Sicilian
12. R Felgaer vs A Rodriguez Vila  ½-½302000Najdorf mem Great finB30 Sicilian
13. Ganguly vs R Felgaer  ½-½692000Wch U20B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. R Felgaer vs S Halkias  ½-½352000World JuniorB33 Sicilian
15. Jakovenko vs R Felgaer ½-½532000World JuniorB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. R Felgaer vs A Pridorozhni  1-0392000Wch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. R Felgaer vs M Gagunashvili  ½-½382000Wch U20B30 Sicilian
18. R Felgaer vs J F Pierrot  1-0252000ARG-chC51 Evans Gambit
19. A Giaccio vs R Felgaer  0-1462000Argentine Chess ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
20. R Felgaer vs Larsen 1-0232000Jose Rubinstein opB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. D Flores vs R Felgaer  ½-½82001ARG-ch U20C10 French
22. Turov vs R Felgaer  1-0412001Linares Anibal op 8thB30 Sicilian
23. Motylev vs R Felgaer  1-0582001Linares Anibal op 8thB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. R Felgaer vs V Yandemirov 1-0242001Anibal OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
25. R Felgaer vs F Dominguez Garcia 1-0192001Malaga OpenB01 Scandinavian
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Dec-11-05  falso contacto: who:<falso contacto: first argentinian to go 2600+> What about Miguel Najdorf?

najdorf was already a strong player when he came to argentina. fide rating system did not exist when najdorf was on the elite.

i was comparing felgaer to campora, spangenberg, zarnicki, ricardi.

Feb-02-06  BIDMONFA: Ruben Felgaer

Argentina Championship - Champion 2001
Sub-Champion 2000, 2004
Champion - "Open Internacional de Sort" 2005

Jan-25-07  BIDMONFA: Ruben Felgaer

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Jun-01-08  Augalv: Aguante Felgaer!

Felicitaciones y que tengas muchos más exitos Rubén!

Aug-14-08  Augalv:

Ruben Felgaer won The 83rd Argentine Championship wich took place 30th July - 11th August 2008. IMs Anton Kovalyov, Diego Flores and GM Ruben Felgaer all finished on 8/11. Ruben Felgaer won a rapid (g15+10s/move) playoff amongst these players to take the title.

Official site:

Congrats Rubén!

Feb-05-10  ConLaMismaMano: GM Felgaer has poor nerves but when in form can be a formidable opponent. He's a long time friend of GM Bent Larsen.

Larsen has mentioned in various occasions that Felgaer has the talent to reach a 2700+ rating but as i mentioned before he first has to learn to manage his nerves.

Apr-04-10  wordfunph: how many players fail to succeed because of the so-called nerves?

for one, i know Chucky then GM Ruben Felgaer...who else?

count me in...i'm the third. :-)

happy birthday GM Felgaer!

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  HeMateMe: Isn't there a park or something, named after him, in London?
Jul-20-10  falso contacto: clearly not after him.
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  Tabanus: Winner of the Magistral del Bicentenario - Villa Martelli (Argentina) 4-12 August 2010:

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  Tabanus: Placed 5th in Copa Latinoamericana (Peru) 18-23 August 2010:

Jul-16-11  falso contacto: felgaer and mareco to play in WC2011
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Felgaer.
Apr-18-12  wordfunph: GM Felgaer performed badly with +1=0-4 and lost 22 elo..

i trusted him and lost a total of $400 in bookie :(

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  Fusilli: Hmm... is a 2600 player defeating a 2700 player a "major" upset, as stated in the bio? GM Felgaer is not part of the elite GM club, but I doubt Malakhov or Riazantsev are either...
Nov-14-14  HSOL: Wouldn't something like "He qualified for the 2011 and 2013 World Cup from the zonals and performed above expectations both times by reaching the 2nd round after having defeated higher rated opponents in the 1st round (Malakhov 2011 and Riazantsev 2013)" be more suitable. I reckon as the biography is written, it implies Felgaer is a significantly weaker player than he is.
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  Fusilli: <HSOL> That's my point. I thought that maybe it was my Argentine nationalism speaking, but I am glad you share my interpretation.
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  perfidious: My only point on which I disagree with what <HSOL> has posted is that it seems redundant to state that a player has outperformed expectation by winning the first round in each event over a higher-rated opponent.

I am pleased that a fellow biographer edited this and am merely striving to keep Felgaer's bio as clean as possible and convey meaningful information without prolixity.

Nov-15-14  HSOL: <perfidious>: You're spot on. My wording could definitely be improved upon. I probably tried too hard to get all the information in.
Nov-15-14  zanzibar: I think I agree with perfidious, but I have to go look up <prolixity> first!
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  perfidious: <zanzibar> The definition will be succinct, to be sure.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious>, <zanzibar>, <HSOL>. Yes, it is redundant, even though it is an improvement over the previous wording.

Perhaps eliminate the "above expectations" part altogether? And on second thought, I think I would go as far as deleting the reference to higher-rated opponents! Because, really, if we were to note on a player's bio that they defeated someone with an Elo 80-100 points above them in the World Cups, how many players have been wronged by omission of this on their bios? I'm speaking without checking, but I suspect at least a few... I think qualifying for the second round on both occasions speaks for itself about Felgaer's strength. The reader can always go check out who Malakhov and Riazantsev are. Now, had he eliminated Ivanchuk, or Morozevich, or... well, in that case I would call that an upset.

In any event, for the record, I appreciate the edit already done, it is surely an improvement!

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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Indeed it is; moreover, I agree on the whole that we do not need to have every move of every player's career outlined, as appears the case in some bios.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> And while on the subject of Argentine players, I posted some suggestions on Daniel Campora 's page, to improve his bio. I'm going to post now on the biographer's bistro, to alert other editors.

This is a pretty nice game, btw: Gulko vs Campora, 1996.

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  technical draw: It seems this GM stopped playing at age 34 in 2015. Anyone know why? No info on Wiki.
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