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Pablo Zarnicki
Number of games in database: 244
Years covered: 1986 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2514 (2448 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +63 -36 =88 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 57 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B30 B51 B31 B83 B22
 French Defense (14) 
    C01 C05 C07 C03 C11
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C05 C03 C07 C09
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C26 C25
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B18 B10 B12
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C69 C75 C78 C63 C80
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (20) 
 English (16) 
    A15 A18 A13 A14 A17
 Sicilian (15) 
    B57 B22 B73 B56 B51
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E12 E15 E14
 King's Indian (9) 
    E81 E67 E90 E62 E73
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E32 E42 E20 E41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Zepeda vs P Zarnicki, 2001 0-1
   P Zarnicki vs G Milos, 1992 1-0
   P Zarnicki vs Larsen, 1992 1/2-1/2
   P Zarnicki vs M Rubin, 1990 1-0
   T Gelashvili vs P Zarnicki, 2003 0-1
   A Rodriguez Vila vs P Zarnicki, 1992 0-1
   Kasparov vs P Zarnicki, 1992 1/2-1/2
   J Rosito vs P Zarnicki, 1996 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires Najdorf (1992)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   P Zarnicki vs A Suleymanli (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   D Yuffa vs P Zarnicki (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   D Gukesh vs P Zarnicki (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   P Zarnicki vs A Riazantsev (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   P Zarnicki vs D Bocharov (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Nov-12-1972, 49 years old) Argentina

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In his native country, GM Pablo won the World U-20 Chess Championship at Buenos Aires in 1992 - the 1st time (of 5 total) that this has occurred in the World U-20 Championship. Three years later, GM Roman Slobodjan of Germany was next to win the World U-20 title at home for his country. Sub-champion of Argentina (1994 and 1999).

Wikipedia article: Pablo Zarnicki

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Zarnicki vs V Akopian  ½-½351986Wch U16C25 Vienna
2. L Bronstein vs P Zarnicki ½-½591988Buenos Aires BCA opC10 French
3. P Zarnicki vs Canuhe  1-0271988Buenos Aires BCA opC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Shirov vs P Zarnicki 1-0311988Wch U16E97 King's Indian
5. P Zarnicki vs J Rosito  1-0401989It Mar del Plata ARGC44 King's Pawn Game
6. P Zarnicki vs J Toledo  1-0291989Mar del PlataC26 Vienna
7. J Rosito vs P Zarnicki  0-1571990Tres Arroyos ARG jrC11 French
8. P Zarnicki vs J Szmetan  1-0341990Buenos Aires opB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. P Zarnicki vs M Rubin  1-0341990Buenos Aires FMDAC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Ignacio Ponseti Ferragut vs P Zarnicki  0-1251991Palma de Mallorca OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. P Zarnicki vs Jose Javier Clari Mascarell  1-0291991Ibercaja OpenC25 Vienna
12. P Zarnicki vs A Veingold  0-1461991Ibercaja OpenB53 Sicilian
13. Razuvaev vs P Zarnicki  1-0421991Palma de Mallorca OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. Jose Maria Forteza vs P Zarnicki  0-1661991Palma de Mallorca OpenC10 French
15. M Vilar Lopez vs P Zarnicki  ½-½411991Palma de Mallorca OpenC02 French, Advance
16. P Zarnicki vs V Agudo  1-0181991Ibercaja OpenC25 Vienna
17. P Zarnicki vs Jose Castro Luaces  1-0221991Palma de Mallorca OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
18. L J Fontana vs P Zarnicki  0-1331991Ibercaja OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. P Zarnicki vs Bellon Lopez  0-1571991Palma de Mallorca OpenB32 Sicilian
20. A Martinez vs P Zarnicki  0-1341991Palma de Mallorca OpenC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. P Zarnicki vs J Planas Gene  0-1321991Palma de Mallorca OpenC26 Vienna
22. P Zarnicki vs T Serra Olives  1-0281991Palma de Mallorca OpenC26 Vienna
23. P Zarnicki vs Z Franco Ocampos  0-1381991Ibercaja OpenB30 Sicilian
24. Conchita Jover Fuentes vs P Zarnicki  0-1491991Ibercaja OpenE92 King's Indian
25. MA Cantin vs P Zarnicki  ½-½431991Ibercaja OpenC02 French, Advance
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-01-04  ConLaMismaMano: I think Zarnicki was Junior World Champion in 1992.
Aug-09-04  nikolaas: <ConLaMismaMano> You're right.
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  cu8sfan: Where was the Junior World Championship of 92 held? Could it be that we have no games in this database or are these the Italian games?
Aug-09-04  nikolaas: <cu8sfan> Are there Italian games? This 'it' stands for 'international tournament'. This tournament was held in Buenos Aires and was the junior worlchampionship.
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  cu8sfan: Lol! I always wondered why Italy had so many tournaments... Thanks for clearing that up!
Aug-09-04  nikolaas: No problem.
Oct-08-04  ConLaMismaMano: GM Zarnicki is a very good blitz player at the ICC, i think he's over the 2800 barrier.
Oct-08-04  ConLaMismaMano: I'm not sure if it is the ICC or Playchess.
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  mahmoudkubba: Is the player still alive, the list said till 2003 only why is that??
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  mahmoudkubba: and i can see he likes sicilian alot??????
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  mahmoudkubba: also it is the same time that Ficher and Spassky played their second dest (I mean in 1992 what u r talking about being a junior)!!
Oct-08-04  ConLaMismaMano: He's still alive but not playing full time, his most recent tournament was in Brazil (Mauro Covas Masters which included players like Leitao, Milos, etc.) a month ago or so.
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  WTHarvey: GM Zarnicki is currently the #5 Argentinian player. He's only 32 and due for a second wind. Here are some puzzles from Pablo's games not shown here.

At this year's Dos Hermanas tournament played at the ICC, I had the “bad” luck of playing well in one of the ualifying stages, winning in an undisputed way. A few days after the tournament, and before the final, I was warned I could not play because I was under "suspicion" for having used extra help. Although the tournament rules were clear in stating that the organizers can eliminate anyone without giving any explanations (let alone proof) it doesn't stop them from being discriminatory. First and for most it should be said that the pace of the game under dispute (8+2) each player who won was automatically under suspicion by the general public. Also if a not so well known player surprisingly beat a GM they'd have a good chance of being disqualified and in fact that's what happened in several cases.

Like I said at the beginning, I though of the issue as calmly as possible, I am still at my job at the ICC because the decision was only for me to be barred from playing in said final. I can even understand, in some way that the methods that they use sometimes fail and they made a mistake. Then many ignorant people that supported the unjust disqualification got into a verbal attack towards me, but it was a great compensation to feel the support of the majority of the people who did not understand my disqualification.

It's certain that I will not return to play at Dos Hermanas, but I do enjoy participating in events like this one. Now a days, I play frequently on the Chessbase server where, as any other GM specialized in blitz, I win various tournaments in which I participated in, also hung out all my pieces in many others.

In fact, two ideal tournaments (good prizes) would have been perfect for me to "cheat" in, are the one by the ACP, in which I didn't make it to the final and the one from the Canary Islands, in which I qualified for and ended up in 29th position.

You are probably asking why I'm writing this now and not before. It turns out that in one of the servers I used to play in, up until few days ago, is the WCN (World Chess Network).

Minutes after beginning the Saturday Masters tournament, I was informed that I was being barred, for having used extra help. There, the time control of the game was 3 0, and in the games I had participated in, they had gone just as well as they had gone badly.

The person with whom I spoke, (Julie Trottier) treated me with contempt and only informed me that many titled players (who?) saw my games and came to an exact conclusion.>


Feb-26-05  azaris: [...]

<Maybe one of their "pieces of evidence" was if I was eliminated from Dos Hermanas, it must have been for some reason. In reality, that is the biggest problem of what occurred with said tournament, not losing the final, but the creation of suspicion around me that I don't deserve. It is good to clear up that many title holders are my rivals and prefer that I did not participate, maybe they were the ones consulted. If they tell me that their experts were Kasparov, Anand, and Kramnik then I would say fine, I better not play in any more on-line games because I'm that damn good, like Fritz. But, that's a big joke.

I am a person who has worked in different areas of my country. I write in our biggest, and most important newspaper. Never in my life have I needed artificial schemes to obtain what I have.


With the growth of in-line chess, the business has also grown and therefore everyday there are more and more servers on which to play, give lessons, etc. I would like to tell you, dearest colleagues and make it public at once, that many of these servers are good, and many not. Many masters have been swindled and in many cases, and the owners or managers of these sites, worship their own arrogance.

The same way we united to fight together in "real life" with the ACP, I propose that within our growing association, we create a commission of on-line chess, and maybe that way, those of us who are interested in participating will be more protected in front of those who have never touched a chess piece, who win money at our cost, and what is worse, damage our image without any form of evidence, based only on rumors, how and when they please.

I am at your disposal, and a warm greeting to those who love chess.

GM Pablo Zarnicki>

Feb-26-05  BradMajors: <Although the tournament rules were clear in stating that the organizers can eliminate anyone without giving any explanations (let alone proof)>

ICC is pathetic - if you are going to ruin a GM's reputation you have the moral and professional obligation to make it absolutely public exactly what proof you have of coming to such conclusion. This way the public can draw their own conclusions. I remember many GM's that have been disq'd from DoS for cheating, although I cant remember anyone denying the decision in public, except Zarnicki. I didn't know WCN still existed, remarkable what people pay for. :)

Feb-27-05  nomaster: It is interesting to note that Zarnicki beat Kasparov on an OTB blitz in 1992.
Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Pablo Zarnicki


Jul-25-08  ChessWhiz2: I Garry Kaspy was good too.
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  whiteshark: Biographies:


Aug-04-08  Augalv: Thanks <whiteshark>

Dec-12-08  Augalv: <nomaster: It is interesting to note that Zarnicki beat Kasparov on an OTB blitz in 1992.>

He also beat Leko in a four-game rapid minimatch played in Argentina in 1994. He won 2.5 to 1.5

But Leko wasn't a mature player yet.

Oct-11-10  nomaster: He has moved on into more lucrative enterprises such as poker events. Just earned 111.308 dollars:

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