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Sebastien Feller
Number of games in database: 371
Years covered: 2003 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2568 (2622 rapid, 2503 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2668

Overall record: +126 -86 =146 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (19) 
    D11 D10 D15 D17 D12
 King's Indian (19) 
    E92 E94 E81 E91 E77
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E15 E17 E12 E19 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    E00 D02 A41 A45 A50
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D44 D45 D47 D49 D46
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E21 E20 E32 E29 E33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B90 B32 B87 B42 B41
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B90 B96 B92 B93 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A45 D02 A41 E10 A40
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C65 C92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D31 D39 D35 D38 D37
 King's Indian (12) 
    E92 E94 E95 E97 E81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Feller vs S Williams, 2009 1-0
   A Timofeev vs S Feller, 2010 0-1
   S Feller vs R Hovhannisyan, 2007 1-0
   D Howell vs S Feller, 2010 0-1
   S Martinovic vs S Feller, 2005 1/2-1/2
   S Zhigalko vs S Feller, 2010 1/2-1/2
   S Feller vs H Daurelle, 2005 1-0
   S Feller vs T Gelashvili, 2010 1-0
   S Feller vs Grischuk, 2011 1/2-1/2
   Morovic Fernandez vs S Feller, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   7th International Chess Festival (2009)
   French Championship (2011)
   French Championship (2008)
   European Team Championship (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   Aeroflot Open (2010)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   World Cup (2011)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   French Team Championship (2015)

   🏆 French Team Championship
   S Feller vs G Battaglini (Jun-05-18) 1-0
   M Cornette vs S Feller (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Feller vs S Fedorchuk (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   Dorfman vs S Feller (Jun-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Feller vs P Bailet (Jun-01-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-11-1991, 29 years old) France

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IM in 2007, GM in 2007. ICC: GodSebFeller. French Junior champion 2007. European U16 vice champion 2007. Played as 1st reserve in the European Team Ch 2009 (Novi Sad, +4 =4 -1). French Blitz champion 2010. Winner of the Paris championship July 2010*. In July 2011 he was ranked as the fifth best junior in the world.

In October 2010, Sébastien Feller won the gold medal for best individual performance on board 5 at the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad. However, a disciplinary committee of the French chess federation determined that Feller had cheated during the Olympiad using cell phone text messages relayed to him by team captain Arnaud Hauchard. Feller received a 3-year ban followed by 2 years of community service with the federation or another association. The decision was appealed and pending the appeal, Feller participated in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) and placed =5th (7th on tiebreak), qualifying him for the World Cup (2011). The continuing appeal process enabled Feller to maintain his participation in this event, where he defeated Moldavian GM Viorel Iordachescu in the first round, but lost to Russian GM Alexander Grischuk in the 25 minutes rapid game tiebreaker of round 2, thereby exiting the event. Finally in July 2012, the FIDE Ethics Commission rejected Feller's objections and found him guilty of breaches of the code of ethics, banning him from playing in FIDE-rated events for 2 years and 9 months from 1 August 2012.** Feller also had to return his gold medal and prize money. His opponents could request to get back their lost Elo points. The results of the French team were not affected, though. Fide notified him on April 27, 2015 of prolonging the ban, in case he didn't return the gold medal and prize money. On May 6, 2015 Fide declared that Feller was from now on allowed to participate in Fide-rated events, since he had returned the gold medal and prize money.***

* ** *** André Schulz, Sebastien Fellers Sperre ist beendet, 6 May 2015,

Wikipedia article: Sebastien Feller

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 371  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Feller vs D Levacic  0-1532003National IE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
2. M Santo-Roman vs S Feller  1-0282003National IC11 French
3. D Houdart vs S Feller  0-1412003Junior OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
4. B Besson vs S Feller  1-0482003Junior OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
5. M Marie vs S Feller 1-0632003Junior OpenB07 Pirc
6. A Bellaiche vs S Feller  1-0282004TCh-FRA Nat1 GpBB07 Pirc
7. S Feller vs F Libiszewski  0-1192004TCh-FRA Nat1 GpBA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
8. S Feller vs D Levacic  0-1432004TCh-FRA Nat1 GpBB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. S Feller vs Spoelman  0-1272004WYb14A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-0352004WYb14E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
11. S Feller vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1402004FRA-chT U20a 0405A33 English, Symmetrical
12. S Feller vs D Anic  ½-½492005ch-FRA Top 16 GpBB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. Hebden vs S Feller  1-040200521st OpenA48 King's Indian
14. A Kovchan vs S Feller  1-056200521st OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. S Feller vs J Aagaard  1-037200521st OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. A Dunis vs S Feller  ½-½442005ch-FRA Top 16 GpBB41 Sicilian, Kan
17. A Y Rotstein vs S Feller  0-1742005French Team championship 'TOP 16'A04 Reti Opening
18. S Feller vs Hernandez Guerrero  0-1352005French Team championship 'TOP 16'A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. R Varoquier vs S Feller  0-1632005ch-FRA Top 16 Poule BasseC07 French, Tarrasch
20. S Feller vs N Coursaget  ½-½4220057th Festival IMD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. A Shalamberidze vs S Feller  1-04420057th Festival IMA26 English
22. S Feller vs H Daurelle  1-03420057th Festival IMD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. V Vepkhvishvili vs S Feller 1-02920057th Festival IMD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. S Feller vs J Mullon  0-12620057th Festival IMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. S Feller vs S Cossin  ½-½2720057th Festival IMB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Dom>--

Some might say that this Feller is rather appealing.

Aug-19-11  polarmis: <Domdaniel: So ('this') Feller gets to play in the French championships because he's appealing? Right.>

Something like that - it seems he won an appeal, or at least the court suspended the sentence pending another hearing: It's hard to follow French jurisprudence, especially when translated by Google :)

He's supposed to be playing in the World Cup as well.

Aug-20-11  JoergWalter: Don't hire Charlie Chan's grandson:

<THE DETECTIVE A chinese detective was hired by a husband to watch his wife, suspected of seeing another man. After a few days he sent this report: Most honorable sir: You leave house. He come house. I watch. He and she leave house. I follow. He and she go in hotel. I climb tree, look in window. He kiss she She kiss he. He strip he. She strip he He play with she. She play with he. I play with me. I fall out of tree. I do not see. . . NO FEE!>

Jul-30-12  tahdah: Suspensions to start Aug 01, 2012 for Mr. Sébastien FELLER, Mr. Arnaud HAUCHARD. FIDE Ethics Commission suspends Hauchard, Feller and Marzolo

Judgement rendered by the FIDE Ethics Commission in the case “French Team”, concerning a complaint submitted by the French Chess Federation against Mr. Sébastien FELLER, Mr. Arnaud HAUCHARD and Mr. Cyril MARZOLO, and a report submitted by the FIDE Executive Director, in reference to facts allegedly committed during the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia), for an alleged violation of par. 2.2.5 of the FIDE Code of Ethics.

The Ethics Commission rules that:

- all submitted objections and preliminary requests have to be dismissed;

- Mr. Sébastien FELLER, Mr. Arnaud HAUCHARD and Mr. Cyril MARZOLO are responsible for the violation of par. 2.2.5 of the FIDE Code of Ethics;

- Mr. Arnaud HAUCHARD has to be sanctioned with the exclusion from the participation in all FIDE tournaments, as a player or as a member of a national delegation, for a period of 3 (three) years, starting from the 1st of August 2012;

- Mr. Sébastien FELLER has to be sanctioned with the exclusion from the participation in all FIDE tournaments, as a player or as a member of a national delegation, for a period of 2 (two) years and 9 (nine) months, starting from the 1st of August 2012;

- Mr. Cyril MARZOLO has to be sanctioned with the exclusion from the participation in all FIDE tournaments, as a player or as a member of a national delegation, for a period of 1 (one) year and 6 (six) months, with a suspension of the sanction for the last nine months, under probation, in accordance with the decision of the CNOS (Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français); for what concerns the effects of the present decision, the validity of the already executed suspension since 27 May 2011 can be confirmed, but it has to be affirmed the competence of the FIDE EC regarding the evaluation of the period of probation, starting from 27 February 2012 till 27 November 2012, and the French Chess Federation has to be requested to send the FIDE Secretariat a report on the behavior of Mr. Cyril MARZOLO during the above mentioned period of nine months;

- FIDE Secretariat and FIDE Presidential Board have to be informed of the present decision for all possible consequences related to the results of the games played by Mr Sébastien FELLER during the 2010 Chess Olympiad, concerning ratings, rankings and prizes;

- a written motivation will follow and will be communicated to the parties by the FIDE Secretariat.

Jul-31-12  PhilFeeley: Details of the decision also on Chessbase:
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  TheFocus: His nickname is Jolly Good.
Aug-20-12  brankat: S.Feller got caught cheating in October of 2010. Full 3 years after he had won a GM title, and had had his most successful season, so far. One has to wonder whether there had been any cheating then, too.
Aug-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: I wonder also ... when did he start cheating ... someone (not me) who has the time and energy should research a few of his games to determine when he started cheating and how many of his games match chess engines ...

see also (the page for) Borislav Ivanov and Jens Kotainy.

Aug-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: Also - one (former) mayor in Italy was banned (for life?) for cheating and using a chess engine ... seems to be a lot of this going around nowadays.
Aug-16-13  LIFE Master AJ: He became an IM AND a GM in the same year (2007) ... also French Junior Champion the same year. (One wonders if he was already cheating back then.)

Bloody shame, too. He might be a good player, but now he has forever tarnished his name with this stupidity ...

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  perfidious: (Look Out For) The Cheater:

May-21-14  zanzibar: Well, he was qualified to play in FIDE events in the past, and presumably after serving his disciplinary period will be eligible to play again in the future...

So shouldn't FIDE keep his card active?

He card has disappeared, which can be confusing. Presumably the FIDE Flags were invented for these sort of purposes (and not just to record redundantly record "w" for "F" players).

Jun-01-14  LIFE Master AJ: Yes, it appears S. Feller has been deleted from the FIDE database.

I guess he will be returned when his time (on suspension) is up.

OR ... one wonders if this is permanent???

Jun-01-14  Jim Bartle: Or perhaps he doesn't want to come back. He'll probably be shunned by other players.
Jun-01-14  LIFE Master AJ: Possibly ... I am sure that, if he came back, that he would be dogged by this for the rest of his career.

I wonder what he is doing right now?

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  perfidious: Boning up with his silicon squeeze, I am sure.
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  Annie K.: Feller's suspension should be ending in a few days, this May 1st, I believe? Let's see if he'll be back...
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  MissScarlett: <Dear Mr. Feller

We refer to the decision made that you should hand back the prize money and the medal you received from the 2010 Chess Olympiad. This you have not done and at the Presidential Board held in Chengdu April 27th 2015, it was decided that should you not send the money and the medal back by the 7th of May 2015, that proceedings will be taken against you.

Meanwhile, your suspension will remain in place until a final decision has been made.

Best regards

Nigel Freeman
Executive Director>

He handed them back:

May-21-15  zanzibar: Could an editor please add his FIDE card?

Apr-07-16  dumbgai: Looks like he's playing actively again and maintaining his low-2600s rating, albeit mostly against weaker players.
May-04-16  waustad: He'll be playing in Germany very soon:
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  Richard Taylor: Why not allow cheating. I think that we can move to a system of chess which could be like having open book exams. Now points could be allocated for the most sophisticated interpretations of the 'lines given' on a device (supplied if, like myself a player doesn't possess a cell phone or whatever: but if a computer is used, extra time could be subtracted (not too drastically but enough to keep it competitive if the other player, possibly the 'stronger', opts not to use his or her computer at that point. The game and rating points etc could be decided both by the result and or by the accumulated points during the game (percentage advantage or disadvantage at any time and also extra points for interesting even if unsound ideas, and for great ideas (more points) but this to be offset if bad errors are made...The rating points gained by a player using a computer (depending on his or her rating) to be assessed by the intersection of the result and the average points during the game. But those who play without a computer or play less of the game with one, to receive compensating if not winning points. All these factors to be fed into a good computer and a report and analysis of the game to be made.

Also a submitted analysis and discussion of the game could be studied by chessologist professors and the situation adjusted....

Clearly with the increasing cunning of computers secreting themselves inside peoples's sleeves, inside delicate and unnameable body areas, and information flashing about at near light speed we have to give in and either return to classical chess with adjournments and or abandon the concept of wining and losing (a childish and cruel notion) and allow points....indeed, if someone can show great cunning and wit in outwitting or near outwitting (more points for a fraud discovered after the 'tournament' as this "confession" to be allowed, so that the so-called confession would prove the cleverness in concealment cunning use etc etc added to interpretative ability)...however an "honest" player (there are and never will be any) to be also given compensatory points adn so on....this my sound complex but it would get rid of the present elitist and cruel system of wins and losses per se and lead to a more intelligent and philosophically subtle as well as less cruel and egoistical, and amusing form of Chess

....some new name perhaps, N-Com-Chess might do as a working title....

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  Richard Taylor: Aside from the above insights. I see Sebastien Feller as a hero. A man after my own deepest anarchistic inclinations. Good on him! Long may he cheat!

Hopefully, the combined and long time actions of these will undermine the perfidy of FIDE and intiate an new form of 'Open Book Chess'. A new Era of chess.

Long live Feller!!

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  Check It Out: <Richard Taylor: I see Sebastien Feller as a hero. A man after my own deepest anarchistic inclinations. Good on him! Long may he cheat!>

I can't tell if this is tongue-in-cheek. If not, that's a despicable opinion.

Reposting <PhilFeeley>'s link to a Chessbase in-depth article about the incident:

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  Richard Taylor: Who cares?
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