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Rene Letelier Martner
Rene Letelier (center) and Fidel Castro, Torneo de Cárdenas, 1968  
Number of games in database: 566
Years covered: 1936 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2151
Overall record: +167 -213 =186 (45.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-21-1915, died Jul-02-2006, 91 years old) Chile

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IM René Letelier Martner was born in San Bernardo, Chile. Award the International Master title in 1960, he was Chilean champion five-times (1957, 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1972). He played for Chile in the Chess Olympiads of 1939, 1950, 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1966. South American sub-champion at Sao Paulo 1937 [brasilbase-1].

Wikipedia article: René Letelier

Last updated: 2020-12-30 12:40:39

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 566  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Letelier vs L Piazzini  0-1391936Mar del PlataD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Letelier vs A Pons ½-½771936Mar del PlataD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. C Hounie Fleurquin vs Letelier  1-0401936Mar del PlataC17 French, Winawer, Advance
4. Letelier vs R Charlier 1-0311936Mar del PlataD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Castillo vs Letelier  ½-½441936Mar del PlataD85 Grunfeld
6. Letelier vs J Vinuesa  0-1621936Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
7. B H Villegas vs Letelier  0-1371936Mar del PlataA04 Reti Opening
8. Letelier vs J C Balparda  1-0421936Mar del PlataB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
9. I Pleci vs Letelier  1-0421936Mar del PlataA28 English
10. Letelier vs J Traian Iliesco  0-1351936Mar del PlataA52 Budapest Gambit
11. A Schwartzman vs Letelier  1-0251936Mar del PlataE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
12. Letelier vs J Bolbochan  1-0351936Mar del PlataD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. R Flores Alvarez vs Letelier 0-1311936Mar del PlataD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Letelier vs V Fenoglio  0-1421936Mar del PlataB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. C Guimard vs Letelier ½-½911936Mar del PlataE16 Queen's Indian
16. Letelier vs J Canepa  ½-½311938MontevideoE16 Queen's Indian
17. Alekhine vs Letelier 1-0251938MontevideoD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. Letelier vs E Rotunno  ½-½471938MontevideoB50 Sicilian
19. O Trompowsky vs Letelier  ½-½241938MontevideoD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Letelier vs L Engels  0-1211939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2A82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
21. L Roux Cabral vs Letelier 0-1221939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2D85 Grunfeld
22. A Gromer vs Letelier  1-0611939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2C07 French, Tarrasch
23. Letelier vs A Kiprov  1-0401939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-2D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. M Aleman Dovo vs Letelier  ½-½441939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. P Frydman vs Letelier  0-1381939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-AD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-15-04  ThePurplePimpernel: I've always ben curious about this fellow. I've only seen a few games of his, 1-1 with Fischer, and a loss to Smyslov. Does anyone know something about Letelier?
Feb-21-05  whithergoes: <ThePurplePimpernel> Well, Fischer used a position from his winning game with Letelier in his celebrated "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess."
Jul-04-06  Ferdyrojo: The Chilean IM René Letelier Martner passed away on Sunday, 2 July, 2006, in his home.
Jul-06-06  stanleys: Rest in peace Mr Letelier!
Jul-07-06  iron maiden: Sad to hear of his passing. In the 1950's and 60's he was a regular in the top chess circles of South America.

Here is one of his best games, a fine sacrificial effort against the great Argentine player Najdorf. Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954

Aug-23-06  Mibelz: René Letelier Martner died 2 July 2006 in Santiago de Chile.
Jan-07-08  Resignation Trap: For a biography, see: .
Sep-21-08  arifattar: The biography here needs updating.
Sep-21-09  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>



C.N. <3844. René Letelier>: scroll down; photo:

Sep-21-09  BIDMONFA: Rene Letelier Martner


Sep-21-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer could have drawn against Letelier but lost
Sep-21-12  RookFile: I'm happy he won a game against Fischer. Most people remember the game in which Fischer sacrificed his queen to checkmate him.
Nov-14-13  benjamincito: Rene letelier was one little play of chess
Never Won some important.
Feb-20-15  Eduardo Bermudez:

To celebrate the centenary of René Letelier: "Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always somebody better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse." - I.A. Horowitz

Apr-03-16  diagonal: <Never won something important> Letelier won the Gran Torneio Internacional Unesco in 1954, supposed to be the strongest / largest closed international chess tournament in Montevideo after WWII, organized as a special event during the campaign of the UNESCO Montevideo resolution in support of the Esperanto language:
(picture of all participants)

1. Letelier Martner (CHILE), 2./3. Najdorf (ARG), Bernstein (RUS / then FRA), 4. Toran Albero (ESP), 5=. Trompowsky (BRA), including also the Swedish champion in 1954, Bengt-Eric Horberg, Lorenzo Bauzá, champion of Uruguay in 1945, 1950, 1951, 1954 and 1955, and Ronald Cantero, national champion of Paraguay in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962 and 1965, all three finishing as joint 8th-10th out of 18 players, among them eight from the hosting nation Uruguay as it was common in those years (large fields of participants, some top competitors mixed with local fodder players, of course not comparable with the supertournaments of modern type - but nevertheless important for the development of chess).

René Letelier beat both GMs, Najdorf and Bernstein! Also at Unesco Montevideo, septuagenarian Ossip Bernstein showed a great game and victory over Miguel Najdorf: O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954

Aug-23-17  mifralu: Biography and more photos

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