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Yannick Pelletier
Number of games in database: 1,008
Years covered: 1991 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2581 (2643 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2624

Overall record: +262 -210 =467 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 69 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (54) 
    E97 E94 E91 E85 E77
 English (40) 
    A15 A17 A13 A16 A14
 Slav (39) 
    D18 D15 D10 D11 D17
 Queen's Indian (38) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D38 D37 D39 D31 D30
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D82 D94 D84 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B48 B47 B23 B90 B22
 French Defense (95) 
    C10 C03 C02 C18 C01
 French (48) 
    C10 C11 C00
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E32 E46 E56 E20 E47
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E16 E12 E14 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003 0-1
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2007 0-1
   Pelletier vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 1-0
   Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2015 0-1
   Rapport vs Pelletier, 2016 0-1
   Pelletier vs E Rodriguez Guerrero, 2006 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2005 1-0
   Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015 1-0
   Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zuerich op (2004)
   Swiss Championship (2012)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   Swiss Championship (2006)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Trophee Universitaire (2006)
   European Team Championship (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   European Championship (2005)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2011)

   Sadler vs Pelletier, 2003

   🏆 European Team Championship
   J Druska vs Pelletier (Nov-21-21) 0-1
   Pelletier vs A Donchenko (Nov-20-21) 1/2-1/2
   G Jones vs Pelletier (Nov-18-21) 1-0
   Pelletier vs L Pasko (Nov-16-21) 1/2-1/2
   Pelletier vs V Kazakouski (Nov-15-21) 0-1

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(born Sep-22-1976, 45 years old) Switzerland

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Yannick Pelletier was born in Biel, Switzerland. A GM since 2001, he is a six-time Swiss Champion (1995, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2017) and a regular on his country's Olympiad team. He also represents Switzerland annually at the strong Biel Chess Festival, where he has managed wins against Magnus Carlsen, Ruslan Ponomariov and Viktor Korchnoi, among others. His best-ever Elo rating, 2624, was achieved in January 2003.

In 2008 he was announced as a participant in FIDE's inaugural Grand Prix cycle, as the nominee of the hosting city of Montreux.

Wikipedia article: Yannick Pelletier

Last updated: 2017-09-21 11:18:13

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,008  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Arapovic vs Pelletier 1-0271991Biel MTO opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Pelletier vs J Daudzvardis  1-0331992Biel MTO OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
3. Pelletier vs Kulaots  0-1411992Wch U16E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
4. Pelletier vs Milov  0-1671993Biel MTO opD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. Pelletier vs S Neuschmied  ½-½431993Zuerich OpenE70 King's Indian
6. I Nemet vs Pelletier  1-0231993Zuerich OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. J Kolly vs Pelletier  0-1321993Zuerich OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Pelletier vs H Wirthensohn  ½-½461993Zuerich OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. M Georg vs Pelletier  0-1471993Zuerich OpenB33 Sicilian
10. Pelletier vs L Chiong Zacarias Romero  ½-½251993Zuerich OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Pelletier vs Pinter  0-1471994FRA-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
12. Pelletier vs Wahls  ½-½511994BielA15 English
13. Pelletier vs Brunner  ½-½311994BielD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. Pelletier vs Gavrikov  0-1541994BielE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. R Forster vs Pelletier  ½-½341994BielC00 French Defense
16. Vaganian vs Pelletier  1-0481994BielA06 Reti Opening
17. Pelletier vs P Cramling  1-0391994BielA57 Benko Gambit
18. C Landenbergue vs Pelletier  ½-½261994BielB54 Sicilian
19. J Gallagher vs Pelletier  0-1441994BielB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. A Hoffman vs Pelletier  1-0581994BielD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Pelletier vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½121994BielA04 Reti Opening
22. Y Masserey vs Pelletier  ½-½631994BielB56 Sicilian
23. Ftacnik vs Pelletier  1-0291995Neuchatel opD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Pelletier vs A Weigler  ½-½521995SUI-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
25. R Ruck vs Pelletier  ½-½27199516th Mitropa CupD71 Neo-Grunfeld
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Sep-22-06  BIDMONFA: Yannick Pelletier


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  suenteus po 147: Happy birthday, Pelletier! Maybe next Biel people won't be so quick to predict you as last place :)
Jul-30-07  saad: hi i am back
Jul-31-07  Timex: this guy just beat Carlsen!!
Aug-01-07  Fictivision: this guy just beat Bu!!
Aug-01-07  linux fan: Bu who?
Sep-22-07  Zaius: Knock knock.
Who's there?
Bu who?
You don't have to cry about it.
Sep-22-07  King mega: who is Bu?
Sep-22-07  pawnofdoom: "Bu" is probably Bu Xiangzhi , a player Pelletier beat in this game : Y Pelletier vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007
Jul-24-08  Marmot PFL: <KingG: By the looks of it, this guy is in for a hard time during the rest of Biel. He's seems to be a bit outclassed.>

Posted 2 years ago, and still true today.

Jul-28-08  Udit Narayan: He looks really handsome in this photo:
Jul-29-08  messachess: <AlexandraThess> Forget about him. Marry me. I can be hot. (Sit me out in the sun for a few hours and you'll see.) Oh yes, do you ever date older men? I am 24 (hack! Cough! Wheez!)--or there abouts.
Aug-01-08  dumbgai: Poor Yannick, a year after finishing only half a point behind first (and with chances to catch the leaders in the last round), he ran into a stone wall this year and only scored 1.5/10.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Pelletier.
Jul-09-14  PhilFeeley: Missing game:

Pelletier - Sutter
Swiss-chT, 06-09-2008

analyzed here:

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  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM Yannick Pelletier.

I thought he was the strongest Swiss player out there, but Vadim Milov (born in Russia, citizen of Switzerland) and Sebastian Bogner (born in Germany, citizen of Switzerland) have higher ratings, so let's just say, he's the Strongest Swiss born player. :)

Sep-22-15  Chess Is More: Biel is a nice city. Never been there, but the postcards I got from a cousin who moved there in the year 2000, it looked so nice. It looked so clean.
Oct-28-15  diagonal: Interview with Yannick Pelletier after winning against Nakamura in style at the ECC, Skopje 2015 (btw. Pelletier beat Naka already once at the Biel Chess Festival): (Homepage of the Swiss Chess Federation)

corresponding game with analysis:
Pelletier vs Nakamura, 2015

<Jan Gustafsson> commentating that game:

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  Jambow: This guy has a nice scalp collection.
Nov-17-15  FairyPromotion: I wonder how many sub-2700 players have defeated two 2800+ players. Pelletier is most probably the first player to do it within a calendaric year.
Nov-18-15  zluria: Congratulations on beating Carlsen! Great game :-) Usually MC wins these equal endgames, but this time you kept your cool under pressure and he was the one to crack. Way to go!
Nov-18-15  diagonal: Yannick Pelletier beat Naka & Magnus even as a sub-2600 ELO player (Pelletier has a career peak rating of 2624 ELO, achieved in January 2003).

Well, he always was and is a dangerous player against top people & prodigies, this is already his third win against Magnus Carlsen - but in the past, Pelletier couldn't beat up regularly his grandmaster colleagues of the approx. 2500 - 2700 ELO range (there are so many just a step from the very best), subsequently his own ELO number faced some stagnation over the years at approx. 2600; he got seldom an invitation to a closed Elite tournament (apart from Biel) and did sometimes rather bad in Open against 'weaker' players, reducing his rating & chances to face the 'strongest' ones, except in team events.

Congratulations and interview with Yannick Pelletier after defeating the reigning World Chess Champion Carlsen at the ETCC 2015:

Jan-18-16  Chess Is More: Pelletier is a good player. He is Swiss, as most of you here know.

A good player.

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: What is a pelletier? A man who makes pellets? NO! That would be stupid. I will tell you what a pelletier does.

A pelletier is a man who makes and trades in furs and skins (pelts).

That means almost any type of animal hide except human hide. Someone who trades in that kind of hide is called a monster.

Sep-19-17  Arconax: When asked about his favorite food, he answered: "pellets of swiss cheese, of course".
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