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Francisco Vallejo Pons
F Vallejo Pons 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,616
Years covered: 1991 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2710 (2656 rapid, 2615 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2724

Overall record: +393 -184 =491 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 548 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (198) 
    B90 B20 B30 B23 B33
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C77 C65 C67 C95 C86
 French Defense (65) 
    C11 C10 C18 C03 C07
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B12 B11 B18 B10 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B90 B91 B99 B94 B96
 Slav (35) 
    D12 D10 D11 D15 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (106) 
    B90 B33 B42 B30 B92
 French Defense (87) 
    C18 C12 C07 C11 C01
 Ruy Lopez (70) 
    C67 C65 C64 C70 C80
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    D02 A40 A50 E10 A46
 Semi-Slav (53) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43 D48
 Slav (45) 
    D12 D17 D10 D18 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs A Romero Holmes, 2002 1-0
   F Vallejo Pons vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 1-0
   Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 0-1
   de Firmian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2003 0-1
   Kramnik vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 0-1
   I Andrade vs F Vallejo Pons, 1992 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   R Vasquez Schroeder vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 0-1
   F Vallejo Pons vs Leitao, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Spanish Championship (2002)
   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Corus Group B (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   World Cup (2005)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by trh6upsz
   1992 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   1991 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   F Vallejo Pons vs Sergey Drygalov (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   E Hansen vs F Vallejo Pons (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   F Vallejo Pons vs B Socko (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   R Castellanos Rodriguez vs F Vallejo Pons (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   M Turov vs F Vallejo Pons (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz

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(born Aug-21-1982, 37 years old) Spain

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GM Francisco ("Paco") Vallejo Pons won the 2000 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship and is Spain's top player. He scored 4 wins & 5 draws on 2nd board in the 2010 Olympiad. He has 30 wins & 25 draws overall in 67 games played as high as top board in the 6 Olympiads since 2000. Spanish champion in 2006 and 2009. He recently came =1st (2nd on count back) with Vugar Gashimov in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010), scoring 6/9. He came 5th in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Peruvian prodigy, GM Jorge Cori in the first round before losing in the second round to Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon in the 25 minutes rapid-game tiebreaker after drawing the 2 game classical mini-match. He finished 2011 strongly with a win in the 21st Annual North American Open, but a poor performance (4/9) at Aeroflot Open (2012) plunged his rating below 2700. However, he immediately regained form in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 to place =2nd (8th on tiebreak) to qualify for the World Cup 2013. In June 2012, he defeated Veselin Topalov in the XXV Ciudad de Leon: Topalov vs Vallejo (2012) by a margin of 3.5-2.5 (+3 -2 =1). At the European Individual Championships (2013), he again scored 8/11, this time sharing =1st although he placed 6th on tiebreak. At the World Cup (2013), he defeated 3-time Argentine champion, GM Diego Flores in the first round, but was eliminated when he lost in the round 2 tiebreaker games to Vietnamese #1 GM Le Quang Liem.

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Wikipedia article: Francisco Vallejo Pons

 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,616  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs R Y Rusev 1-0391991Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
2. A Leroy vs F Vallejo Pons  1-0261991Wch U10A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. F Vallejo Pons vs J C Moingt 0-1171991Palma de Mallorca opB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
4. F Vallejo Pons vs E Berg 1-0251991Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
5. J M Bellon Lopez vs F Vallejo Pons  1-0231991Palma de Mallorca opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. F Vallejo Pons vs S Michel  1-0251991Wch U10B03 Alekhine's Defense
7. P Klimsa vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1271991Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
8. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  1-0271991Wch U10C46 Three Knights
9. S Tudorie vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1371991Wch U10B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. N F Nur vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1901991Wch U10B33 Sicilian
11. F Vallejo Pons vs H Mas  0-1481991Wch U10B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. F Vallejo Pons vs A Nunez 1-0421992HavanaC45 Scotch Game
13. I Andrade vs F Vallejo Pons 0-1231992Wch U10B20 Sicilian
14. F Vallejo Pons vs McShane  1-0621992Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
15. F Vallejo Pons vs V Jalinskas  1-0471992Wch U10C11 French
16. F Vallejo Pons vs Ganguly  0-1321992Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
17. N Das vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1221992Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
18. F Vallejo Pons vs Said Aktouf  1-0331992Wch U10C15 French, Winawer
19. L Aronov vs F Vallejo Pons  0-1441992Wch U10B33 Sicilian
20. L Hua vs F Vallejo Pons  1-0301992Wch U10A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
21. F Vallejo Pons vs D Kjartansson  1-0521992Wch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
22. F Vallejo Pons vs J Caselas Cabanas  1-02619922nd Principe de Asturias rapidB06 Robatsch
23. F Vallejo Pons vs Bologan  0-13219922nd Principe de Asturias rapidB58 Sicilian
24. D Roiz Baztan vs F Vallejo Pons 0-12019922nd Principe de Asturias rapidB33 Sicilian
25. F Vallejo Pons vs C Ferron Garcia  1-0601993Vendrell opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,616  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-11-11  brucejavier: Paco's live rating is now 2731!! Amazing, that makes it he's personal best ELO rating.
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!!!!!!!
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Ivanchuk!!!!!!
Feb-11-12  waustad: His loss today drops him below 2700 on the live rating list.
Feb-11-12  King Death: < waustad: His loss today drops him below 2700 on the live rating list.>

Vallejo's life is over, he might as well pack it in.

Feb-11-12  twinlark: That's true, isn't it? Any 2700 that loses his Mojo and drops below that magic level should seek advice from Dr Kevorkian, who could also dispense it to other losers like Bacrot, Vachier-Lagrave, Eljanov, Short, Movsesian and a stack of others.

Why do they hang around?

Feb-11-12  twinlark: Not to mention Karpov.
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  Penguincw: Looks like Vallejo is facing Topalov in a match:

Mar-02-12  nummerzwei: His games playing the French as black are amazing. Very inspirational.
Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 30th Birthday, GM Paco!


Oct-10-12  wallytherhino: I get the feeling he does well against almost all competition except for the super GMs. He is brought into some tournaments as non threatening rank holder.He reminds of those boxers who get bloated reputations because they beat up club level and/or B level talent and then whn faced with an equal they get kicked back down. the best phrase for Paco is Gate Keeper.
Oct-13-12  dx9293: Is it true Vallejo has announced his retirement after the Bilbao tournament?
Oct-13-12  GilesFarnaby: <dx9293: Is it true Vallejo has announced his retirement after the Bilbao tournament?>

A temporary one, at least, yes.

'Tho he mentioned two compromises (the Bundesliga being one of them) that he will honour since he has already signed up.

Oct-14-12  Karpova: While his result (+0 -4 =6) was not good, he can be satisfied with his play though as he got an advantageous position against Aronian and a winning one against Karjakin (scoring =1 -1 out of these two games only).
Oct-20-12  waustad: Soo much for retirement. He's playing in the Bundesliga today. He beat Sune Berg Hansen in a closed Ruy Lopez.
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  Eyal: As <GilesFarnaby> already noted, he mentioned in his "retirement speech" at the end of Bilbao that before he stops playing completely he's going to respect a few remaining commitments, such as some Bundesliga games.
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  ketchuplover: Hope he has a soothing retirement :)
Oct-30-12  Caissanist: His retirement isn't going to start for a while, since he'll be playing in the world cup next summer.
Dec-14-12  waustad: He's doing quite well in the Bundesliga so maybe he'll reconsider. maybe he just needs to take a year off like van Wely did. Being the Bilbao punching bag can't be all that much fun, but like van Wely, except for Tata A or Bilbao sorts of tournaments he'd be a formidable player.
Jun-10-13  Layson: Murmurs of a Vallejo Pons retirement have been grossly exagerated, it seems. He's been playing everywhere for 2 months now.
Apr-14-14  waustad: He's playing in the Bangkok Open now and is one of the leaders so far starting out at 4/4. The top boards are on chessbomb, and probably elsewhere, for those up at that hour.
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  offramp: Vallejo means Valley and Pons means bridge. A bridge in a valley.
May-15-14  torrefan: and Paco means nail.
Aug-10-14  cplyakap: Beat Kramnik.Congratz.
Aug-10-14  Mr. V: Congratulations on beating Kramnik in the Olympiad! Kramnik vs Vallejo-Pons, 2014
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