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Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez
A Ramirez Alvarez 
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Number of games in database: 554
Years covered: 1998 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2567 (2579 rapid, 2694 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2601
Overall record: +182 -115 =205 (56.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 52 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (33) 
    A13 A15 A16 A14 A11
 Sicilian (30) 
    B92 B25 B30 B51 B47
 King's Indian (24) 
    E62 E67 E69 E61 E60
 Reti System (23) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A34 A31 A37 A36 A30
 Slav (17) 
    D11 D15 D12 D18 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B48 B30 B22 B42 B33
 Slav (37) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10
 Sicilian Taimanov (25) 
    B48 B47 B49 B46
 Benko Gambit (23) 
    A57 A59 A58
 Modern Benoni (23) 
    A57 A59 A58
 French Defense (23) 
    C03 C18 C02 C17 C19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs M Mulyar, 2011 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Morozevich, 2002 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Shabalov, 2003 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Shetty, 2013 1-0
   R Panjwani vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2020 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Kaidanov, 2011 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs T Riccardi, 2015 1-0
   K Wang vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2013 0-1
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs C H Harmon-Vellotti, 2011 1-0
   D Kelley vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2012 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (2013)
   112th US Open (2011)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   Costa Rican Championship (2001)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   116th US Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   American Continental (2003)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2011 Saint Louis invitational by gauer

   🏆 1st ITT Latinoamericano A
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs S Avila Pavas (Nov-07-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Hungaski (May-27-21) 0-1
   R Hungaski vs A Ramirez Alvarez (May-26-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Xiong (Oct-29-20) 0-1
   E Moradiabadi vs A Ramirez Alvarez (Oct-29-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-21-1988, 35 years old) Costa Rica (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Alejandro Tadeo Ramírez Álvarez was born in Costa Rica on June 21, 1988. He is a Costa Rican-American grandmaster and commentator. At 15, he became the first grandmaster from Central America, and the world's second youngest grandmaster at the time. He represented Costa Rica before switching his federation to the United States in 2011.

Ramirez finished =1st (second after losing the playoff to Gata Kamsky) at the United States Championship (2013). That qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to eventual semi-finalist Evgeny Tomashevsky in the first round Armageddon tiebreaker. He coached the United States women's team at the 2022 Chess Olympiad, the 2022 Collegiate National Champion Saint Louis University team, and 2022 U.S. Champion Fabiano Caruana.

Ramirez has been a columnist and analyst with He resigned from his positions as a Saint Louis Chess Club employee and Saint Louis University chess coach on March 6, 2023, following allegations of sexual assault made by 10 women. The FIDE Council also removed him from the FIDE Athletes Commission.

Wikipedia article: Alejandro Ramírez (chess player)

Last updated: 2023-03-15 14:09:26

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 554  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Fier  1-0711998Pan American-ch U10D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. S Bermudez Vives vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-0292001Costa Rican ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. A Ramirez Alvarez vs C Barrios Zamora  1-0612001Costa Rican ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
4. A Ramirez Alvarez vs W Charpentier Morales  ½-½412001Costa Rican ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. J Vaglio Munoz vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-0332001Costa Rican ChampionshipA15 English
6. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Solano Cruz  ½-½762001Costa Rican ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. J G Acosta vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-1402001Costa Rican ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
8. R Ugalde Garcia vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-1692001Costa Rican ChampionshipA15 English
9. A Ramirez Alvarez vs L Valdes  0-1492001Costa Rican ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. A Ramirez Alvarez vs C Granados  ½-½552001Costa Rican ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
11. E Solis vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-1732001Costa Rican ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. A Ramirez Alvarez vs B Gonzalez  0-1222001Costa Rican ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
13. R Valverde Fuentes vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-1372001Costa Rican ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. A Ramirez Alvarez vs M Arias Santana  ½-½912001Costa Rican ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. A Ramirez Alvarez vs J C Sanchez Jimenez  ½-½362001Managua ZonalA04 Reti Opening
16. C Reyes Najera vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½612001Managua ZonalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Romero  ½-½482001Managua ZonalA06 Reti Opening
18. A Ramirez Alvarez vs B Pineda  0-1712001Managua ZonalA04 Reti Opening
19. W Bravo vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-1322001Managua ZonalA59 Benko Gambit
20. L Arias vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-1572001Managua ZonalB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Lacayo  1-0292001Managua ZonalA04 Reti Opening
22. S Minero Pineda vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½392001Managua ZonalA15 English
23. A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Pogorelov  0-1422002XXVII OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. A Ramirez Alvarez vs Morozevich ½-½592002Bled OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
25. S Brittner vs A Ramirez Alvarez  1-0382002Bled OlympiadA58 Benko Gambit
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Mar-08-23  Caissanist: Very sad. This kind of thing scares parents from letting their kids, and in particular girls, from leaving the house for much of anything, which is horrible in itself. Kids basically being kept in jail is no doubt a big contributor to today's seeming epidemic of mental health issues.
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  chancho: Is that the look of guilt or of a particularly difficult variation he is mentally checking?

Mar-08-23  Caissanist: has an article up with excerpts from the Journal article, and it sounds bad. I don't see how he can avoid prison, so long as his accusers are willing to testify in open court:
Mar-08-23  boz: He's finished.
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  Korora: <boz> Gone from the international chess scene, certainly. But Claude Frizzel Bloodgood wasn't finished as a chess player when HE went to the Gray-Bar B&B.
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  Fusilli: Well, the article from, sourced from the WSJ, that <Caissanist> linked to, is pretty damning. Multiple women are reporting assault. Not unwanted verbal advances, but physical assault. For example:

<Later that night, after the party, Mr. Ramirez led the 16-year-old back to his room, she said, and undressed her on his bed while she was visibly drunk. At that point, she added, he attempted to have sex with her, but she refused. He then initiated oral sex, when she says she wasn't in a position to consent to.>

Attempted rape of a minor. If this is true, this guy belongs in prison.

The story will not end there, since the WSJ claims to have found evidence that both the USCF and the St Louis Chess Club knew of allegations against Ramirez. And...<Ramirez was nonetheless awarded the job of coach for the U.S. women’s team at the World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India in 2022.>

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  perfidious: <Fusilli....Attempted rape of a minor. If this is true, this guy belongs in prison....>

I'll sign that.

<....The story will not end there, since the WSJ claims to have found evidence that both the USCF and the St Louis Chess Club knew of allegations against Ramirez. And...<Ramirez was nonetheless awarded the job of coach for the U.S. women’s team at the World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India in 2022.>>

If USCF and the SLCC knew and went ahead despite this knowledge, this becomes a far worse affair than a hypothetical instance of drunken groping at a cocktail party with the ensuing 'he said, she said'.

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  Fusilli: From the WSJ article:

<In 2021, Greg Shahade, Ms. Shahade’s brother and a high-level player who organizes chess events, contacted St. Louis Chess Club and U.S. Chess to inform them of Mr. Ramirez’s alleged behavior, according to emails reviewed by the Journal. The email to the club included allegations involving girls as young as 15.

Two months later, a letter came back from a lawyer representing the club, acknowledging that it had heard about the allegations in October 2020. The letter said they weren’t aware of any inappropriate conduct by Mr. Ramirez. It further said that the club wasn’t the proper party to review and investigate the matters he raised.>

Interesting that the St Louis Chess Club doesn't consider it its concern to review and investigate sexual assault accusations against one of its employees... An employee the club regularly put in close contact with women, including minors. Mr Sinquefield, get ready to pay out. Big bucks.

<Over the course of those years, Mr. Ramirez’s alleged behavior became an increasingly open secret, people in the game said, and caused some in the community to distance themselves from him., the popular platform for the game that also hosts events, hasn’t had a working relationship with Mr. Ramirez to write and play on the website since 2013, the company said, but internally agreed to not reconsider him for future work after first hearing allegations against him in 2019.>

Both the USCF and the St. Louis Club's investigations started way too late. SLU, on the other hand, must have clear policies in place (like any other university). SLU removed him from his post as coach of the school's team the day after Shahade's post.

Mar-09-23  boz: <Korora: <boz> Gone from the international chess scene, certainly. But Claude Frizzel Bloodgood wasn't finished as a chess player when HE went to the Gray-Bar B&B.>

Interesting. I didn't know about him. The things you miss when you take a few years off chess!

Mar-09-23  stone free or die: The Weinstein #metoo movement dates from 2017:

Any organization that "looked the other way" after then will certainly be held to account.

Mar-09-23  Chessius the Messius: Ah, a new scandal is just what chess needs.

Nice coincedence that it comes from the same guy who was the first with the "we know you are guilty" look on his face.

He was the henchman!

Mar-09-23  stone free or die: <Chessius> I'd forgotten that.

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  Fusilli: The US Chess Federation posted this statement on the matter:

This is interesting: <Mr. Ramirez was selected as the coach of the 2022 Women’s Olympiad Team; however, as is standard practice for our Olympiad teams, that decision was made by the team independently of US Chess. >

So... a team of women chose him as their coach? Were these women aware of the allegations? Did the USCF make them aware of the allegations? (The USCF statement itself acknowledges it learned of the allegations in 2020.)

Mar-10-23  stone free or die: And this from the end of <Fusilli>'s article:

<n the meantime, Mr. Ramirez’s US Chess membership has been suspended.>

Mar-10-23  Granny O Doul: So he won't receive Chess Life?!
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  FSR: <Granny O Doul: So he won't receive Chess Life?!>

Looks like he'll have to read it at the library or buy it at Barnes & Noble. Sad!

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  MissScarlett: <The allegations reverberated across the chess world, which is increasingly centered in St. Louis. The local club, backed by billionaire chess enthusiast Rex Sinquefield, has opened the World Chess Hall of Fame, funded grants and scholarships, and run camps and individual lessons since its founding in 2008. The club also formed new competitions like the Cairn’s Cup, a women’s competition intended to increase female participation in chess. A spokesman for Sinquefield referred comment to the local club.

The nonprofit reported spending more than $14 million in 2019, the latest available tax filing, and has been a major funder for U.S. Chess, which moved its offices from Tennessee to St. Louis last year. Ramirez was the organization’s highest-paid employee in 2019 with a salary of $143,524.>

Mar-12-23  Caissanist: Ramirez seems to have cleaned up his act sometime around 2016, or at least I haven't heard of any allegations from after then. Perhaps the members of the women's team were aware of some allegations but had decided to move on, much as Shahade did until she found out the other accusations besides her own.
Mar-18-23  Chessius the Messius: Ok. I wonder what Hans Niemann's status is in relation to St. Louis.

Can't believe Hans wants to be some sponsored by some loco joco. Which could cause jealousy around the place. Is not it, Alejandro?

Long story short: Rex is calling the shots and used Hans to annoy Carlsen. Two birds, one stone. The Billionaire Walk, so to speak. They all fell for that trick.

Carlsen is personally too weak to deal with Rexy. Oh irony!

Now the story makes any sense.

Mar-18-23  Chessius the Messius: Corr: Minus 1x some
Mar-18-23  Besrqe: <Chessius the Messius> Youre like two steps away from Chris owens.....
Mar-18-23  Besrqe: In other words, if youre suggesting Carlsen has always been a cheat, at first using his father as a culprit, then great.

If youre then suggesting that money man Rex wanted to flex and allow an obvious and admitted cheater like Hans into the mix to run another cheater like Carlsen off who has since now abandoned the world title then, fine.

At least use plain English

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  louispaulsen88888888: cheat mix discussion around cat
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  louispaulsen88888888: I can outchrisowen him any day!
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