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Markus Ragger
Number of games in database: 935
Years covered: 2001 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2679 (2644 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700

Overall record: +261 -110 =350 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 214 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B22 B90 B48 B91 B46
 King's Indian (32) 
    E98 E94 E91 E97 E63
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E10 D02 E00 A40 A41
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E17 E15 E16 E12
 Slav (24) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10 D17
 Catalan (23) 
    E04 E06 E09 E05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C78 C69 C84 C67 C65
 Slav (65) 
    D12 D10 D18 D17 D11
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D90 D70 D80 D76
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C84 C92 C90 C95 C97
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43 D49
 Sicilian (23) 
    B90 B92 B94 B22 B91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Ragger vs J L Chabanon, 2018 1-0
   M Ragger vs S Maze, 2016 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs M Ragger, 2011 0-1
   M Ragger vs R S Jones, 2007 1-0
   M Ragger vs J van Foreest, 2017 1-0
   A Volokitin vs M Ragger, 2015 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs Nakamura, 2016 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs M Bluebaum, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Ivan Popov vs M Ragger, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Olympiad (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Austrian Games by waustad

   🏆 Prague Chess Festival (Masters)
   M Ragger vs N Grandelius (Feb-21-20) 1/2-1/2
   Harikrishna vs M Ragger (Feb-20-20) 1/2-1/2
   D Anton Guijarro vs M Ragger (Feb-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs S Shankland (Feb-18-20) 1/2-1/2
   J K Duda vs M Ragger (Feb-16-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-05-1988, 32 years old) Austria

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Ragger was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008. In 2004, he was the European Under-16 Chess Champion and in 2011 he came =5th (6th on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he faced Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev; he drew the two classical games but lost one and drew one of the rapid game tiebreakers to exit the contest. He won the Vienna Open 2012 ahead of Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev. His strong 7.5/11 result in the European Individual Championships (2013) qualified him for a place in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Russian GM Ivan Popov in the first round tiebreaker, to progress to the second round where he lost to Nikita Vitiugov. Won the Politiken Cup (2015) with 8/10 on tiebreak after a ten-way tie for first. In August 2015 in Vienna, he lost a match to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by 2.5-3.5. He is also a FIDE Trainer (2015).

Wikipedia article: Markus Ragger; Markus Ragger's bio at his website;

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs M Ragger  ½-½312001EYCC B14C59 Two Knights
2. M Ragger vs V Laznicka  ½-½242001EYCC B14C12 French, McCutcheon
3. F Tahirov vs M Ragger  ½-½732001EYCC B14A05 Reti Opening
4. M Ragger vs D Vicol  0-1302001EYCC B14B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. M Jurcik vs M Ragger  ½-½292001EYCC B14C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. S Zavgorodniy vs M Ragger  1-0422001WYB14C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. M Ragger vs V Movsisian  ½-½162001WYB14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. A Bellaiche vs M Ragger  ½-½712001WYB14C45 Scotch Game
9. M Ragger vs D Sengupta  0-1382001WYB14C15 French, Winawer
10. Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger  1-0332004Dos HermanasC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. D Contin vs M Ragger  0-167200423rd Mitropa CupA13 English
12. M Ragger vs O Sikorova  1-034200423rd Mitropa CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. D Sermek vs M Ragger  ½-½372005Mitropa CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. M Ragger vs A Colmenares  1-0272005Wch U18C11 French
15. D Khamrakulov vs M Ragger  0-1352005Wch U18C45 Scotch Game
16. M Ragger vs R Wojtaszek  1-0482005Wch U18B10 Caro-Kann
17. M Ragger vs G Jones  ½-½182005Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Tomashevsky vs M Ragger  1-0452005Wch U18A13 English
19. M Bitelmajer vs M Ragger  0-1402005Wch U18E01 Catalan, Closed
20. M Ragger vs E Romanov  ½-½532005Wch U18C45 Scotch Game
21. J Stopa vs M Ragger  1-0332005Wch U18C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. M Ragger vs D Leal  0-1612005Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. B Bogosavljevic vs M Ragger  ½-½972005Wch U18A09 Reti Opening
24. Le Quang Liem vs M Ragger  ½-½132006FSGM AugustE15 Queen's Indian
25. M Ragger vs A Braun  ½-½182006FSGM AugustB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 935  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-06-14  waustad: He'll be doing commentary for the games from the Carlsen v Anand match at: His commentary will come out after the game has ended.
Nov-09-14  waustad: He's also commentating live at Haus des Schachsport in Wien. It would be easier to do something like that in Europe where times make more sense than in North America.
Nov-20-14  waustad: This is a busy weekend for Ragger. He is a member of at least 2 teams playing at the same time in the Steirische Landesliga 2014/2015 and Bundesliga 1 respectively and also doing commentary for the WCC. Since he played in round 1 for Schachclub MPÍ Maria Saal in the Bundesliga 1 I suspect that he'll be doing that and some after the fact commentary on Carlsen vs Anand. In his first round game he beat GM Andrei Maksimenko in an endgame arising from a Sicilian Najdorf.

Many of the top players for teams in the Steirische Landesliga are in similar situations, so many players in that league will be playing on higher boards than usual this weekend.

As usual, has lots of information about Austrian events.

Feb-02-15  waustad: I guess they haven't got the last weekends games from the Bundesliga posted yet. Ragger annotates his draw against Volokitin here (in German):
Feb-05-15  waustad: Happy birthday to the Austrian #1. Good luck at the hometown tournament, the Graz Schachopen starting soon.
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  Penguincw: I second that. Happy 27th birthday to Austrian #1, Markus Ragger.
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  swordfish: Happy birthday, GM Ragger. Isn't he prominent enough to deserve a photo?
Feb-05-15  Shams: <swordfish> Sure. If you find one in the public domain email it to the admins and they'll put it up.
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  Penguincw: Wikipedia has one, does that count?

Feb-21-15  waustad: He came in with 7/9 in Graz, which put him 1/2 behind the winner Bartosz Socko, in 3rd place on tiebreaks. Here is a nice attack from round 8, with German commentary:
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 2nd seed Markus Ragger for taking silver at the Zalakaros Open. He started off with 3 straight wins, but only won one more, as he finished with a solid 6.5/9 (tied for the best undefeated score). He does gain 8 rating points, as he is now at 2676 and 63rd place (the latter is a career high).
Jun-16-15  waustad: With an excellent result in the French Team Championships he is closing in on 2700. He is now over 2690 on the live rating list.
Jun-18-15  waustad: With 3.5/4 so far at the Mitropa Cup he is continuing his form from the French league. If he wins tomorrow he'll be over 2700 live for the first time.
Aug-02-15  waustad: If I read the official site correctly, Ragger won the Politiken tourney this year on tiebreaks. That site also indicated that he is now at 2696 elo. He was very close to 2700 live rating during Mitropa but a loss sidetracked that attempt. Hopefully he'll soon join the club. One caveat is that I don't speak Danish, but it seemed pretty straightforward.
Aug-03-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<wausted>

Well guessed! Quite correct what you discerned and wrote below.

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  Penguincw: Markus Ragger wins the Politiken Cup on tiebreaks with a score of 8/10 (+6,-0,=4)! He finishes ahead of <9> other players on tiebreaks, with 9 <others> just half a point back.
Aug-16-15  waustad: He'll be playing a short match with Mamedyarov starting tomorrow in Vienna. This is a part of a huge chess festival at the Wiener Rathaus. There are over 460 participants in the A section of the tournament alone, which began yesterday. Many of the Austrians playing are doing quite well, though with any huge Swiss there are a lot of mismatches in early rounds.
Sep-19-15  waustad: He started the German Bundesliga season today with a win against Tigran Gharamian (2660). If that doesn't take him over 2700 live, it is very close.
Sep-19-15  waustad: They just posted his live rating on 2700chess and it is 2699.5. Tomorrow he should be white against Andrey Vovk (2611).
Oct-18-15  waustad: Will this game finally get him over 2700? He was listed at 2698 and won today over Dimitar Ilievski (2309) in the European Club Cup. They only seem to be broadcasting the top 8 tables and SC MPA - MARIA SAAL (AUT) will probably have to win twice to get a table that high.
Nov-07-15  waustad: SC MPÍ Maria Saal is at it again in the Austrian Bundesliga. In the third round today, they met Schachklub Sparkasse Jenbach in a clash of two favorites. Maria Saal triumphed, going 5-1, including GM Ragger's win over GM Volokitin.
Jan-11-16  waustad: There is a lengthy interview with him here (in German):
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  ketchuplover: doing well at gibraltar so far
Jan-31-16  waustad: I remember in a social media chat mentioning this tournament to an Austrian 2100+ player and he'd never heard of it. That won't be the case anymore. Ragger's results are big news at: right now.
Feb-05-16  waustad: Happy b'day! The results were good at Gibraltar, but the missed win in the penultimate round (if the comps are to be believed) took off a little of the luster. I sincerely hope he gets to 2700 soon. He's been so close several time.
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