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Marcel Sisniega
M Sisniega 
Number of games in database: 188
Years covered: 1975 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2435
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470

Overall record: +61 -59 =68 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B46 B30 B82 B44 B63
 English (11) 
    A10 A13 A16 A19 A11
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C63 C84 C80 C60 C66
 King's Indian (8) 
    E69 E63 E68 E67 E66
 French Defense (8) 
    C07 C05 C09 C16 C15
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B82 B80 B83 B81
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B63 B33 B25 B23 B21
 French Defense (15) 
    C05 C00 C01 C18 C15
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E45 E44 E39 E41 E43
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E12 E16 E15 E13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C96 C92 C91 C97 C86
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Romanishin vs M Sisniega, 1985 1/2-1/2
   M Sisniega vs Browne, 1985 1-0
   M Sisniega vs Groszpeter, 1977 1-0
   M Sisniega vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988 1-0
   Anand vs M Sisniega, 1987 0-1
   M Sisniega vs E Prandstetter, 1985 1/2-1/2
   M Sisniega vs K Spraggett, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Yusupov vs M Sisniega, 1979 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Seville Expo92 (1992)
   Latin American Cup Open (1991)
   Capablanca Memorial (1979)
   Mexico City (1978)
   Las Palmas (1987)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mexicans vs. the Elite by SirChrislov

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(born Jul-28-1959, died Jan-19-2013, 53 years old) Mexico

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He was a Grandmaster (1992) and a film director.

Sisniega was born in Chicago but grew up in Cuernavaca near Mexico City. Sisniega earned the International Master title in 1978 and the Grandmaster title in 1992. Sisniega was a nine-time Mexican champion and three-time Carlos Torre Repetto Memorial winner. In a very respectable chess career he beat Viswanathan Anand, Artur Yusupov, Miguel Illescas and Jesus Nogueiras amongst others. He largely stopped playing after the early 1990s.

Wikipedia article: Marcel Sisniega Campbell

Last updated: 2022-06-12 18:37:55

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 204  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Ocampo vs M Sisniega  0-1531975Mexico chC03 French, Tarrasch
2. M Sisniega vs W De Winter Gallegos  1-0351976Mexico chB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. Forintos vs M Sisniega  0-1311976Las Vegas National OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
4. F Street vs M Sisniega  0-1411976Lone PineD85 Grunfeld
5. M Sisniega vs L Christiansen  0-1461976Lone PineB30 Sicilian
6. E Formanek vs M Sisniega 0-1381976Lone PineB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. M Sisniega vs J Peters  0-1451976Lone PineB83 Sicilian
8. M Diesen vs M Sisniega  1-0461976Lone PineB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
9. R Gruchacz vs M Sisniega  0-1651976Lone PineB56 Sicilian
10. M Sisniega vs L D Evans  ½-½301976Lone PineB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
11. L Kokkinos vs M Sisniega  0-1401976W/EU-ch U20 7677C16 French, Winawer
12. Vladimirov vs M Sisniega  ½-½451977W/EU-ch U20 7677E17 Queen's Indian
13. M Sisniega vs Groszpeter 1-0221977Wch U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Yusupov vs M Sisniega  1-0421977Wch U20A05 Reti Opening
15. S Adzic vs M Sisniega  0-1571977YugoslaviaC05 French, Tarrasch
16. J C Fernandez Gonzalez vs M Sisniega  1-0321978Mexico CityC00 French Defense
17. M Sisniega vs K Frey Beckman  ½-½411978Mexico CityC66 Ruy Lopez
18. G Lebredo Zaragoitia vs M Sisniega  ½-½271978Mexico CityA15 English
19. W De Winter Gallegos vs M Sisniega  0-1451978Mexico CityA21 English
20. J F Villarreal Felix vs M Sisniega  1-0341978Mexico CityB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Sisniega vs H Morales Moreno  ½-½401978Mexico CityB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. A Acevedo Milan vs M Sisniega  1-0431978Mexico CityA33 English, Symmetrical
23. M Sisniega vs Fedorowicz 0-1311978Mexico CityB06 Robatsch
24. M Sisniega vs A Anguiano  1-0361978Mexico CityA30 English, Symmetrical
25. J E Armas Gutierrez vs M Sisniega  0-1261978Mexico CityA36 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-24-06  Manuel Garcia: The best mexican player after Carlos Torre. He was a quite strong IM, but played too little after obtaining the GM title. He is retired from active chess (what does not mean from chess in general). He is now a... film director! His film "Libre de culpa" was a very promising effort, but the sound quality was awful. The film "una de dos" was a very good one.
Jul-28-06  BIDMONFA: Marcel Sisniega


Oct-31-06  Manuel Garcia: Sisniega is one of the organizers of the World Championship in Mexico-City. Finally has he found a way to earn for a living from chess.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: I never heared before about hin.
But there is a book about him:


< These 659 games (most annotated) are an attempt to gather all his best efforts at the chessboard, many of which are really extraordinary works of art. Like his mentor, Carlos Torre, attacking is the style of this Mexican Grandmaster. <His games are often characterized by a very lively and enterprising style, the direct attack against the king being a salient feature in his style. As far as tactics and combinative play was concerned, Sisniega really excelled and produced many beautiful masterpieces and breathtaking short games.> -author.

This grandmaster is your contemporary - you will learn the art of attack, sacrifices and combinations from him. Openings and games indexed as well as his opponents. A great book with lots of text to involve you. 299 pages, figurine algebraic. >>

Sep-17-07  Manuel Garcia: Debería volver al ajedrez activo.
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  chancho: Me imagino que esta partida es una de sus mas memorables.

Anand vs M Sisniega, 1987

Sep-17-07  Manuel Garcia: ¡Seguro! Aunque supongo que las que le ganó a Yusupov y a Romanishin también las recuerda con gusto. Ya eran jugadores plenamente formados.
Jun-05-09  timhortons: bizarre is GM Marcel Sisniega

final position

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[Event "ICC 3 1"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2007.04.12"]
[Round "-"]
[White "TransWarp"]
[Black "bizarre"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White checkmated"]
[WhiteElo "2843"]
[BlackElo "2504"]
[Opening "French: exchange, Svenonius variation"]
[ECO "C11"]
[NIC "FR.04"]
[Time "23:48:36"]
[TimeControl "180+1"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 Nf6 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. h4 Nbd7 8. Nf3 Re8 9. O-O Nf8 10. Ne5 c6 11. Re1 N6d7 12. Bxe7 Rxe7 13. Nf3 Rxe1+ 14. Qxe1 Nf6 15. Qd2 Qd6 16. Re1 Bd7 17. a3 Re8 18. Rxe8 Bxe8 19. Qg5 Ne6 20. Qe5 Qxe5 21. dxe5 Nd7 22. Bf5 Kf8 23. Kh2 h6 24. Kg3 Ke7 25. Ne2 c5 26. Nf4 Nxf4 27. Kxf4 Nf8 28. b4 b6 29. c3 Bc6 30. Ke3 Ne6 31. bxc5 bxc5 32. h5 Nc7 33. Nd2 Nb5 34. Nb3 Nxa3 35. Nxc5 Nb5 36. Kd3 a5 37. Na4 Nc7 38. Nb6 a4 39. Nc8+ Kd8 40. Nd6 Ke7 41. Kc2 Nb5 42. Nxb5 Bxb5 43. Kb2 f6 44. exf6+ Kxf6 45. Bc2 Be8 46. Ka3 Bxh5 47. Kxa4 Ke5 48. Kb5 g5 49. Kc5 Bf7 50. Bd3 h5 51. f3 h4 52. Bf1 Kf4 53. Kd4 Be6 54. Kd3 Kg3 55. Ke3 Bc8 56. Be2 Kxg2 57. f4 gxf4+ 58. Kxf4 h3 59. Ke3 Be6 60. Bf3+ Kg1 61. Kd4 h2 62. Ke5 Bg8 63. Kd6 h1=Q 64. Bd1 Qe4 65. Kc5 Qe5 66. Kb6 Qxc3 67. Ba4 d4 68. Bd7 d3 69. Ba4 d2 70. Kb5 Bb3 71. Ka6 d1=Q 72. Bb5 Qb1 73. Kb7 Bc4 74. Kb8 Qxb5+ 75. Kc7 Bb3+ 76. Kd8 Qb7 77. Ke8 Qcc8# White checkmated 0-1

Sep-27-09  syracrophy: Marcel Sisniega Campbell es de los escasos ajedrecistas mexicanos, sino el unico, que puede considerarse digno sucesor del legendario Carlos Torre. El excelente libro de la vida y partidas de Sisniega escrito por Gabriel Velasco (quien tambien escribio un libro sobre Torre) puede considerarse de lectura y estudio obligado para quien desee conocer a fondo a uno de los ajedrecistas mas reputados de nuestro pais.
Nov-16-09  astronomychess: A humane chess player !! retired early from chess to seek other creative art endeavorssuch as painting, writing and movie making,

cheers, alonso acuna barba

Dec-26-10  Green Bishop: I just saw one of his movies: "Luces artificiales" and I can say that he is a Grandmaster Film Director.
Jul-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Sisniega!


Jan-20-13  wordfunph: ohhh sad, rest in peace GM Marcel Sisniega..

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: RIP Marcel Sisniega, cineasta, escritor y gran maestro de ajedrez

Jan-29-13  Lovuschka: Born in Chicago.

Feb-11-13  jurado96: nice guy
raise in cuernavaca mexico
descansa en paz
el ajedrez de mexico esta de luto
Apr-23-13  Gottschalk: [Event "Capablanca mem-A"]
[Site "Cienfuegos"]
[Date "1980.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Marcel Sisniega"]
[Black "Jose Luis Vilela"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B82"]
[WhiteElo "2420"]
[BlackElo "2410"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. f4 a6 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. e5 dxe5 10. fxe5 Nd7 11. Bf4 Qb6 12. Ne4 Nc5 13. Qf3 Be7 14. Nxc5 Bxc5 15. O-O-O Rb8 16. b3 Ba3+ 17. Kb1 Qd4 18. c3 Qxc3 19. Rd2 Bb7 20. Rc2 Qd4 21. Rd1 c5 22. Qg4 Be4 23. Bxe4 Qxe4 24. Qxg7 Rf8 25. Qf6 Qg6 26. Bg5 Qxf6 27. Bxf6 Bb4 28. g4 h6 29. h4 Rg8 30. g5 hxg5 31. h5 c4 32. h6 cxb3 33. axb3 1-0

Wiki Bio:

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  ChessCoachClark: <Gottschalk> FYI, the game you generously listed as a PGN in April 2013 has been included in the book, MASTERPIECES OF ATTACK: The Brilliant Games of GM Marcel Sisniega Campbell, by Gabriel Velasco, on page 158, Game #298. However, that book has 1981 as the year. The only annotation provided is "Times: White 2:14; Black 2:29." What source did you use? (No problem; just curious.)
Jan-19-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Marcel Sisniega.
Aug-07-16  zanzibar: <Cuernavaca, Morelos director, screenwriter and producer of Mexican cinema, Marcel Sisniega Campbels, grandmaster of chess in the state of Morelos, director and screenwriter, died Saturday at age 53, victim of a heart attack. The chess master and filmmaker was born on July 28, 1959 in Cuernavaca, Morelos; For nine occasions he held the title of National Chess Champion until he distinguished himself as International Master in 1977. After the death of the director, the reactions were present in the social network Twitter: Sisniega was the first Mexican to gain recognition as Great chess master, who gave the Mexican chess Federation in 1992.

in the state of Morelos was directing chess by the Institute of Sport, he gave a big boost to national level and in international, as athletes who came . made ​​known to the world, but then went to Mexican southeast, there much this sport got up and instead in Morelos a huge letdown that has not yet recovered had to >

Aug-07-16  zanzibar: A nice executed M8, from one of his games not on <CG>...

White to move (colors reversed):

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r2k3r /1p2b3/pp3p1p/3p4/2PN1QB1/q7/P5PP/1K5R w - - 2 26

From <Francisco -- Sisniega Campbell, Marcel 2420 0-1 (30) C15m 1980 Mexico City MEX: Mexico (1)> (see MillBase)

Aug-10-17  syracrophy: Marcel Sisniega, considered the greatest Mexican player after Carlos Torre, took everyone by surprise by winning the National title at the age of 15. In 1976, aged 16, he earned his second title with an "almost" Fischer sweeping: 10½-½. The following brilliancy, highly praised by the American chess journalist Richard E. Fauber, belongs to this fest.

Mexican Championship, 1976
Mexico City, Round 2

<Marcel Sisniega - Willy de Winter>

1. e4 c5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗b5 g6 4. O-O ♗g7 5. c3 ♘f6 6. ♖e1 O-O 7. d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9. e5 ♘e8 10. h3 ♘c7 11. ♗xc6 bxc6 12. ♘c3 ♘e6 13. b3 ♗d7 14. ♗a3 ♗h6 15. ♗c1 ♗g7 16. ♗e3 h6 17. ♖c1 ♖b8 18. ♕d2 ♔h7 19. ♘a4 ♖b5 20. ♖c2 f5 21. exf6 exf6 22. ♕d3 ♖e8 23. ♖ce2 ♖b8 24. ♗c1 ♕c7 25. ♘h4 ♘f8 26. ♗a3 f5 27. ♗e7 ♘e6

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28. ♘xg6 ♘xd4 29. ♖e3 ♔g8 30. ♖e5 ♗xe5 31. ♖xe5 ♘e6 32. ♕xf5 ♘g7 33. ♕f6 ♕c8 34. ♗f8 ♘h5 35. ♖e7 1-0

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Spooky little fact: he won his first National Championship at 15, 19 years later he retired definitely (at 34) and another 19 years after that he passed away (aged 53)...

Oct-08-21  Gaito: <Sep-27-09 syracrophy: El excelente libro de la vida y partidas de Sisniega escrito por Gabriel Velasco (quien tambien escribio un libro sobre Torre) puede considerarse de lectura y estudio obligado para quien desee conocer a fondo a uno de los ajedrecistas mas reputados de nuestro pais.> <Jul-29-07
<Premium Chessgames Member whiteshark: But there is a book about him: <MASTERPIECES OF ATTACK * THE BRILLIANT GAMES OF MEXICO’S GM MARCEL SISNIEGA CAMPBELL * <Gabriel Velasco> (1997>

Thank you both <syracrophy> and <whiteshark>. Yes I am Gabriel Velasco, the author of that book about the life and games of Marcel Sisniega. I would like to share those games with the kibitzers of but I am not sure how to contact the managers of this site, so they will allow me to put that collection of games (with key comments based on analysis by Stockfish) at their disposal. It would be a pleasure. That book was based on the original scoresheets of the games which Sisniega was kind to put at my disposal back in 1994 or 1995, when I told him that I was intent on writing a book with his chess games. Sisniega gave me a box that contained personal letters, memoraibilia, lots of sheets with original games handwritten by him, and so on. I carfeully revised all the scoresheets, discarded those that had mistakes or were short uninteresting draws, and from the remaining scoresheets I made a selection of 663 games which I thought were the best games played by Sisniega. I regret to have discarded many games that Sisniega lost and that were also very interesting. Now I don't have that material any more. It was lost after so many trips and movings. I am retired now and have some free time which I would like to devote to transcribing again the 663 games of the book for this site (chess games dot com), but I am not sure if the managers of the site would allow me to do that.

Apr-15-22  syracrophy: <Gaito> Maestro!! It's a big honor for me to hear from you! I carry with me your books on Marcel and Torre as chess gospels!

It would be a big gift for the Latins and the chess comunity to see all the games of Marcel uploaded. I can recommend you to write directly for sending that amount of material (it would be faster than using the tool of Uploading Games - as it takes you to upload the games one by one).

I have personally tried to upload Marcel's brilliancy vs De Winter (1976), which I saw first on your book!, with no luck but I had luck uploading J F Villarreal Felix vs N Ristic, 1975, the masterpiece of another Mexican that you mentioned as well.

I will keep track of your account, Maestro, is really nice to hear you're still active in the chess circulos. I hope you can receive a hug from this chess literary admirer! Bendiciones.

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