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Damian Lemos
Number of games in database: 159
Years covered: 2003 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2479 (2504 rapid, 2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2559

Overall record: +58 -28 =73 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (13) 
    E62 E67 E63 E60 E69
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 D05 A40 A46 D04
 Slav (9) 
    D12 D10 D16
 Modern Benoni (8) 
    A58 A57 A77 A62 A70
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E36 E34
 Benko Gambit (5) 
    A58 A57
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (19) 
    C11 C02 C12 C07 C16
 King's Indian (10) 
    E97 E92 E77 E63 E60
 French (8) 
    C11 C12 C00
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C91 C78 C75 C86 C68
 Sicilian (7) 
    B62 B43 B28 B25 B22
 English (6) 
    A10 A15 A11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Lemos vs Carlsen, 2003 1/2-1/2
   D Lemos vs C Vernay, 2010 1-0
   Larsen vs D Lemos, 2008 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Magistral Internacional Ruibal (2008)
   Argentine Championship (2008)
   79th Argentine Championship (2004)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   D Lemos vs R Jumabayev (Jan-29-19) 1/2-1/2
   D Lemos vs M Cornette (Jan-28-19) 1/2-1/2
   J Moussard vs D Lemos (Jan-26-19) 1/2-1/2
   D Lemos vs Akobian (Jan-25-19) 1-0
   A Aguilar vs D Lemos (Jan-24-19) 0-1

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(born Apr-02-1990, 30 years old) Argentina

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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 159  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gonzalez Garcia vs D Lemos  1-0402003Torneo Continental AmericanoA15 English
2. Wojtkiewicz vs D Lemos 1-0412003Torneo Continental AmericanoE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. D Lemos vs P Lopez Rebert  1-0542003Torneo Continental AmericanoA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. D Schneider vs D Lemos  1-0402003Torneo Continental AmericanoC02 French, Advance
5. D Lemos vs O Sagalchik  0-1372003Torneo Continental AmericanoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. D Lemos vs S Arenas ½-½882003Torneo Continental AmericanoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. C Jorge vs D Lemos  0-1452003Torneo Continental AmericanoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Lemos vs G Soppe  ½-½392003Torneo Continental AmericanoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. D Lemos vs Carlsen ½-½582003WYCC - B14E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. J Barrientos-Medina vs D Lemos  0-148200479th Argentine ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
11. D Lemos vs G Soppe  0-148200479th Argentine ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. D Lemos vs P Della Morte  ½-½30200479th Argentine ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
13. R Lucio Vidmar vs D Lemos  0-129200479th Argentine ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
14. C Lujan vs D Lemos  ½-½59200479th Argentine ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. D Lemos vs G Malbran ½-½682004Campeonato SuperiorA43 Old Benoni
16. L Perdomo vs D Lemos  1-077200479th Argentine ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
17. D Lemos vs P Leeuw  1-035200479th Argentine ChampionshipA90 Dutch
18. C Cranbourne vs D Lemos  0-156200479th Argentine ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
19. D Lemos vs P Michalik  ½-½262005Wch U16E36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. G Rohit vs D Lemos  1-0772005Wch U16C16 French, Winawer
21. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs D Lemos 1-0402005Wch U16A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. N Ronchetti vs D Lemos  1-0442005Wch U16C02 French, Advance
23. N Delgado Ramirez vs D Lemos  1-0382005American Continental ChampionshipC00 French Defense
24. D Lemos vs F Parrilli  1-0462005American Continental ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. D Lemos vs L Liascovich  ½-½332005American Continental ChampionshipD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 159  PGN Download
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  wordfunph: ey guys, Damian Lemos was listed in ICC with handle as "Blitz-King" as a GM but i could not find a confirmation citing him as a GM in FIDE. Could someone affirm the real story please? Thanks..
May-07-09  BIDMONFA: Damian Lemos

LEMOS, Damian

May-07-09  waustad: His FIDE card has him as both unrated and a Grandmaster. What gives? He's from Argentina. They have a chart for him and lots of games through 2009, but call him unrated.
May-07-09  myschkin: . . .

According to the Polish Wiki he became GM in 2009:

"Damián Lemos (ur. 2 kwietnia 1990 w Buenos Aires) – argentyński szachista, <arcymistrz> od 2009 roku."

You could ask him via:

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  wordfunph: <myschkin> thanks for the info..
Apr-14-10  Caissanist: <waustad> most Latin American players have been listed as unrated at one time or another in the past few years, and the problem always goes away after a few weeks or months. My guess is it's because their national federations aren't paying FIDE the money that it wants.
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  ketchuplover: He's mentioned at
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  cro777: GM Damian Lemos (2522, peak rating 2559 September 2009) was no stranger to success at an early age, achieving the FIDE Master title at 14 years old, International Master at 15, and Grandmaster at 18. He is a former Pan-American Junior Champion.

Recently, Everyman Chess published his book: "Opening Repertoire: The Fianchetto System - Weapons for White against the King's Indian and Grünfeld".

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  Penguincw: Just like to share a story I just came across about this player:

" Are you wondering why so many people get stuck at the 1500-1900 FIDE chess level without making any progress despite countless studying and practice?

You are not alone. Dozens of students around this skill hit a glass ceiling despite continued study of tactics and games, and more.

< We recently reached out to Argentine Grandmaster Damian Lemos, > whose ascent to becoming a Grandmaster is very different than your typical story:

< As a kid he showed incredible potential, > reaching 2000 FIDE level at only 10 years old while putting minimal effort into formal study beyond just practicing casual games.

Around this time he began to take chess more seriously and began studying tactics for hours-and-hours each week. Unfortunately by the time he was 12, he was actually rated lower for much of the year! What was he doing wrong? Was formal study actually hurting his game?

He began to read more books on tactics, memorize and study openings to a deeper level, scrutinize his own games, and play in more tournaments. By this point he was studying chess 25+ hours per week and it was basically his only extracurricular activity besides school at this point. This went on for nearly 2 years.

< Did he become a Grandmaster? Hardly. By early 2004 he had barely gained 100 points. > It would make him so angry to see his peers continue to seem to become better while studying less. Maybe he was one of those many children who showed promising results as a child 'chess prodigy' that never translated into the adult world.

By early 2005 he had had enough. He was not going to give up and knew by this point that the problem was in the way he was studying. We are sure many of you have heard of the 'Pareto Principle' (also known as the 80/20 rule) and < so he began to completely rework the way he studied for chess, > eliminating activities that had little gain and focusing on those that seemed to bring him the best return.

The results were shocking. The biggest mistake most club level players make is not shifting the WAY they study chess after they reach a certain level, and instead dedicate more time to studying the wrong way.

We think that when you hit this rating level, you need a massive paradigm shift in the way you think about improving your chess. Studying tactics and memorizing openings till your eyes bleed are no longer going to cut it. You need to learn the way Grandmasters think, which is completely different from the way club players think.

< The results in the system he built for himself were insane. > In early 2005 he didn't have a FIDE title. By 2006 he zoomed past the IM title and less than 30 months after that he became a 2500 GM.

He never shared this secret study system he put together that year (except for a few lucky students he privately tutored, of course). "

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  Octavia: he's playing in Gibraltar!
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  pazzed paun: <penguincw>
You copied and pasted a commercial advertisement That post should be banned from this forum
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  Penguincw: < pazzed paun: <penguincw> You copied and pasted a commercial advertisement That post should be banned from this forum >

What seems to be the problem? I don't see an ad here, and even if there is an ad, that post was not intended to be an ad. It highlighted a story I found about this guy (can't remember where; it was over a year ago), and it's a nice story. It tells of a chess player who put more and more hours into chess, but never seemed to get better. However, he figured out that instead of actually putting in more hours, he decided to make better use of those hours, changing the way he studied, and well, the results came.

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  louispaulsen88888888: ICC just emailed me “mastering the London System with GM Damian Lemos”. I just checked to see how often Mr. Lemos played the London System himself. Not surprisingly, the answer is zero.

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