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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:
 King's Indian (19) 
    E92 E94 E77 E81 E91
 Slav (19) 
    D10 D15 D11 D17 D12
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D44 D45 D47 D49 D46
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 E00 A41 E10 A50
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E21 E20 E32 E29 E33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B90 B51 B96 B32 B41
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B90 B96 B91 B94 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A45 D02 A41 E10 A40
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C65 C92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D31 D39 D30 D35 D38
 King's Indian (12) 
    E92 E94 E95 E60 E99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Timofeev vs S Feller, 2010 0-1
   S Feller vs S Williams, 2009 1-0
   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 Feller vs T Gelashvili, 2010 1-0
   Grischuk vs S Feller, 2011 1/2-1/2
   S Feller vs H Daurelle, 2005 1-0
   Morovic Fernandez vs S Feller, 2010 0-1
   S Feller vs Grischuk, 2011 1/2-1/2

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

   🏆 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

[what is this?]
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
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 371  PGN Download
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Feb-16-08  BIDMONFA: Sebastien Feller

FELLER, Sebastien

Oct-29-08  Xeroxx: For he's a jolly good Feller...
Oct-27-09  Valmy: Huge performance at European team championship.
Oct-27-09  Babar47: yes indeed. very strong right now. 5/6 and third highest rating so far.
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  Tabanus: GM Sebastien Feller, France, born 11 March 1991. Now rated 2611,

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.

Biographies: (in French) (in Polish)


Winner of the Paris championship July 2010:, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: 4th place in Biel Masters (Switzerland) 17-30 July 2010:

Sep-30-10  laskersteinitz: This guy is tearing it up at the Olympiad, giving France a pretty substantial number of clutch wins on board 4.
Oct-03-10  laskersteinitz: Board 5 gold medal at the Olympiad, with 6/9 and a 2708 rating performance against 2583 average opposition.
Jan-22-11  stanleys: Shocking news: The French Federation accuses the GMs Feller,Hauchard and IM Marzolo of cheating during the Olympiad!

Jan-22-11  laskersteinitz: The French chess federation must have really good cause for denouncing one of their best players. It's a real shame for Feller...but the chess community needs to do everything it can to make sure cheating doesn't happen in our sport.
Jan-23-11  Eastfrisian: That is not good for chess.
Jan-23-11  BobCrisp: For he's a jolly bad Feller...
Jan-24-11  Maatalkko:

Feller goes political and tries to summon Kirsan for help. I think none will believe him.

Jan-24-11  unsound: When we have no evidence right now beyond two contradictory statements, why would we have formed a definite opinion either way?
Jan-24-11  Akavall: It is up to the French chess federation to provide evidence against him.

It's also strange that those accusations come up so long after the Olympiad.

Jan-24-11  supertimchan: The French federation has no evidence against him.
Jan-24-11  Maatalkko: Well I am very much more inclined to trust the FCF than Feller, especially since his denial is such a puerile and obvious appeal to a politics-based "I was framed" defense. He may be 2600 at chess but he is about 1400 at lying. I have no intimate knowledge of the French Federation (does anyone?), but I cannot them making such an accusation without irrefutable proof. It goes well beyond a mere stunt - this would be libel.

And yes we do have evidence - his games and result. His 6/9 result was better than expected, and as <laskersteinitz> noticed at the time, he was achieving "clutch" wins for the team. Leo Battesti hinted ( that advice was given only in certain crucial positions. If the times per move are also recorded somewhere, the game can be studied and Feller would be hard-pressed to explain why, after a pause of X minutes, he was able to come up with Rybka's first choice every time. Feller seems to be a real grandmaster - unlike a joker like Umakant Sharma - he was doubtless able to play a real game and call up the comp at strategic moments. Very hard to catch or prove - looks the same as very accurate chess - but if his general computer agreement ratio is 75% and he was at 100% in the alleged key moments that's solid public evidence.

This is an interesting puzzle - look at the Olympiad games and try to spot it. I don't have time to do so right now, but if anyone else does I'm sure other inquiring minds want to know!

Jan-24-11  Raisin Death Ray: Sad to hear about the death of his father, Bob. :)
Jan-24-11  Shams: <But if his general computer agreement ratio is 75% and he was at 100% in the alleged key moments that's solid public evidence.>

If we had a large number of data points, and everyone were in agreement (before looking at any comp analysis) about which moments were in fact "key"-- then yes, that's evidence of some weight. But I doubt we have either.

I'd be surprised if the FCF is just acting on statistical evidence here. Somebody has given damning information about Feller to them is my guess.

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  alexmagnus: <Very hard to catch or prove - looks the same as very accurate chess - but if his general computer agreement ratio is 75% and he was at 100% in the alleged key moments that's solid public evidence.>

The ratio in question depends on the engine... Thing is, his TPR of 2708 was not something "out of this world", just 49 points above his rating at that point... But I hope they present their evidence.

Jan-24-11  Shams: <Raisin Death Ray> The worst part is when his father, "Old Feller", contracted Rabies and had to be shot.
Jan-24-11  Akavall: <Maatalkko><And yes we do have evidence - his games and result. His 6/9 result was better than expected, and as <laskersteinitz> noticed at the time, he was achieving "clutch" wins for the team.>

This is not very convincing evidence. In any event there are players who perform better than expected. You can't really suspect anyone of cheating on that alone, can you? Was Nakamura cheating in the first half of Tata Steel?

And for clutch wins, aren't many wins in a team competition clutch wins, since most matches are close?

I don't know whether Feller cheated or not, and I agree that even if he did, it would be hard to catch him. But so far FCF are making a cheating accusation without providing any supporting evidence. I am not a big fan that.

Jan-24-11  Shams: <In any event there are players who perform better than expected.>

Indeed, that fact is itself "expected".

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  TheFocus: Well, I don't know bout cheating, but those Frenchies are thieves!!

I invented an opening I called <TheFocus>'s One Step Defense. It is 1...e6 against 1. e4, because everyone else was playing 1...e5. But every chess magazine or book I open, I see <French Defense>. For crying out loud!

The French don't know anything about defense, unless defense can be described as <putting your hands up and surrendering every time the Huns came beating on the door>. Well, get this Frogs! America ain't coming to rescue you this time. Twice was enough.

Dirty stinking thieves! Give me back my opening innovation!

Anyone who would steal an opening from a man would eat frogs and snails!

Jan-24-11  gazzawhite: <supertimchan: The French federation has no evidence against him.>

How do you know?

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