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Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez
A Ramirez Alvarez 
Photo by GibChess 
Number of games in database: 542
Years covered: 1995 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2567 (2579 rapid, 2694 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2601

Overall record: +174 -113 =194 (56.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 61 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (33) 
    A13 A15 A14 A11 A16
 Sicilian (29) 
    B92 B30 B51 B25 B47
 King's Indian (23) 
    E62 E67 E63 E61 E69
 Reti System (21) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A34 A31 A37 A30 A36
 Slav (17) 
    D11 D15 D12 D19 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B48 B33 B42 B22 B30
 Slav (34) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10
 Sicilian Taimanov (25) 
    B48 B47 B49 B46
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A57 A59 A58
 Benko Gambit (21) 
    A57 A59 A58
 French Defense (21) 
    C03 C18 C02 C19 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs M Mulyar, 2011 1-0
   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 Morozevich, 2002 1/2-1/2
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Kaidanov, 2011 1-0
   D Kelley vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2012 0-1
   K Wang vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2013 0-1
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs T Riccardi, 2015 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs C H Harmon-Vellotti, 2011 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (2013)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   112th US Open (2011)
   116th US Open (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Costa Rican Championship (2001)
   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, 34 years old) Costa Rica (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Ramirez is a GM and finished =1st (second on tiebreaks) at the United States Championship (2013), which qualified him for the World Cup (2013), where he lost to eventual semi-finalist Evgeny Tomashevsky in the first round Armageddon tiebreaker.

Ramirez has a blog at and is a columnist and analyst with

Wikipedia article: Alejandro Ramírez (chess player)

Last updated: 2022-09-10 00:48:54

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 538  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Markus vs A Ramirez Alvarez  0-13319953rd Youth OlympiadC05 French, Tarrasch
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  ½-½362001Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
16. C Reyes Najera vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½612001Sub-zt 2.3.2A45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Ramirez Alvarez vs A Romero  ½-½482001Sub-zt 2.3.2A06 Reti Opening
18. A Ramirez Alvarez vs B Pineda  0-1712001Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
19. W Bravo vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-1322001Sub-zt 2.3.2A59 Benko Gambit
20. L Arias vs A Ramirez Alvarez 0-1572001Sub-zt 2.3.2B02 Alekhine's Defense
21. A Ramirez Alvarez vs R Lacayo  1-0292001Sub-zt 2.3.2A04 Reti Opening
22. S Minero Pineda vs A Ramirez Alvarez  ½-½392001Sub-zt 2.3.2A15 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
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 538  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-21-13  waustad: As the on;y Costa Rican that I know in the database, I guess here is a good place to post this. There will be a Zonal tournament in San Jose starting next week:
Apr-21-13  waustad: I wonder why that was a problem, since the zonal isn't until the end of May into June. I guess they don't want to play as much as Caruana or Ivanchuk.
May-12-13  waustad: He's in a playoff for the US Championship. Great rusult! That should also clinch a spot in the next World Cup.
May-18-13  Conrad93: How is this guy the US Chess Champion?
Man, the competition has gotten really weak over the years...
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  maxi: Perhaps he is getting better. He didn't quite make it this time, but it was an excellent result. Time will tell.
May-21-13  Conrad93: He is getting better, but Kamsky is clearly the superior player.

The US Chess Champion is supposed to be the best in the country. I don't think that this guy is quite there yet.

Jun-21-13  waustad: Happy 25! I wish you many many more. Cumpleanos feliz!!! (I hope I spelled it right)
Jul-11-13  waustad: He'll be playing Evgeny Tomashevsky in the first round of the World Cup.
Jul-11-13  nummerzwei: I've recently come across Alejandro's name in quite an unexpected context. The article itself doesn't really dwell on our game at all, but I still found it rather amusing to have a familiar chess name pop up in a music review:

"Hayley Williams is 20 years old and has a Wikipedia page of her own. That sounds more impressive than it actually is. After all, the Internet encyclopaedia's English language version features 4721 entries concerning people born in 1988 such as Williams. There is Rubik's cube world record holder Toby Mao, <chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez> and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB. And then there is Hayley Williams, who however has no interest in those professions and would rather join her band Paramore in making rock music.(...)"

Source: [in German]

Jul-11-13  Shams: <...and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB.>

Wait, what!? I thought there were only 173! I'll, uh, see you guys tomorrow.

Aug-11-13  ketchuplover: drawn goes tomashevsky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug-13-13  waustad: He must hate Armageddon games. He's lost twice in them to much higher rated players now.
Jun-15-14  waustad: I expect that San Jose is going nuts after the win against Uruguay. As the only Tico here that I know of, he must be pleased.
Jun-21-14  waustad: Happy b'day!
Aug-10-14  dumbgai: I wish ChessBase would get a better commentator for its articles. There are some really cringe-worthy comments in his Olympiad reports.
Aug-10-14  dx9293: What's wrong with his commentary?
Sep-11-14  waustad: This picture is interesting since it makes him look like he's the same height as Jen Shahade. I think that the camera angle is making him look a lot taller than he is.

At least he isn't standing on a platform like Alan Ladd, though artificiality seems to be a hallmark of Ms. Shahade's gig with the hair.

Both are interesting players and I wish them the best. What I'd really like is for the <LittlePeasant> to come back and communicate with us. That probably won't happen considering how busy chessbase keeps him along with playing occasionally.

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  perfidious: <Shams: <...and porn actress Sasha Grey, who has already appeared in a whopping 176 films according to IMDB.> Wait, what!? I thought there were only 173! I'll, uh, see you guys tomorrow.>

Dang, y'all missed a couple? Yer goin' ta the woodshed fer thet!

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  MissScarlett: Starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to Rory McIlroy.
May-11-15  Ke2: he's been doing great youtube videos with St. Louis chess club. btw his blog hasn't been updated in 2 years
Jun-21-15  waustad: Feliz Cumpleaños!
Apr-10-17  offramp: In this image he has the most superb, sparkling, bartonfinky jewfro of all time.
Feb-15-18  dangerhump: Is his girlfriend Tatev Abrahamyan?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Ramirez is currently the coach of the chess team at Saint Louis University.

Dallas alumni.

Apr-09-20  wordfunph: <FIRST FAVORITE OPENING

When I went to one of my first chess tournaments, there was a person selling opening books. I chose the one that had the prettiest cover, which happened to be about the Benko Gambit — it was love at first play!

- GM Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez>

lifted from Chess Life for Kids! April 2020

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