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Markus Ragger
M Ragger 
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Number of games in database: 1,820
Years covered: 1998 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2679 (2644 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700

Overall record: +564 -213 =770 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 273 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (189) 
    B22 B90 B21 B48 B91
 French Defense (68) 
    C11 C15 C10 C03 C02
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B13 B10 B12 B11 B18
 King's Indian (40) 
    E94 E98 E91 E60 E71
 Slav (37) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    E10 D02 E00 A40 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (175) 
    C78 C69 C84 C65 C67
 Slav (85) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (71) 
    C84 C95 C92 C96 C97
 Grunfeld (67) 
    D85 D90 D70 D78 D80
 Sicilian (62) 
    B90 B92 B52 B51 B22
 Semi-Slav (56) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43 D49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Ragger vs Chabanon, 2018 1-0
   Polgar vs M Ragger, 2011 0-1
   M Ragger vs R S Jones, 2007 1-0
   M Ragger vs S Maze, 2016 1-0
   M Ragger vs J van Foreest, 2017 1-0
   A Volokitin vs M Ragger, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Kasimdzhanov vs M Ragger, 2008 1/2-1/2
   J Tomczak vs M Ragger, 2008 0-1
   M Ragger vs Nakamura, 2016 1/2-1/2
   I Popov vs M Ragger, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Casino Graz Open (2014)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   French Team Championship (2018)
   European Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2022)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   European Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2014)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Austrian Games by waustad

   🏆 Bundesliga
   R Markus vs M Ragger (Oct-22-22) 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs J Haug (Oct-06-22) 1-0
   O Kobo vs M Ragger (Oct-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   F van der Elburg vs M Ragger (Oct-03-22) 0-1
   M Ragger vs D Dardha (Aug-09-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-05-1988, 35 years old) Austria

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Ragger was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2008. He won the Austrian Chess Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has played the first board for Austria in the Chess Olympiads since 2008. In 2004, he was the European Under-16 Chess Champion and in 2011 he won with ZSK Maribor in the Slovenian league, and the Bosnian League with Bosna Sarajevo, while in the German Bundesliga his SG Solingen team finished third in the 2011/12 season.

He came =5th (6th on tiebreak) in the European Championship (2011), which qualified him for the World Cup (2011), where he faced Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev he drew the two classical games but lost one and drew one of the rapid game tiebreakers to exit the contest. He won the Vienna Open 2012 ahead of Kiril Georgiev. His strong 7.5/11 result in the European Championship (2013) qualified him for a place in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Russian GM Ivan Popov in the first round tiebreaker, to progress to the second round where he lost to Nikita Vitiugov. Won the Politiken Cup (2015) with 8/10 on tiebreak after a ten-way tie for first. In August 2015 in Vienna, he lost a match to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov by 2.5-3.5. He is also a FIDE Trainer (2015).

Ragger has two children together with Anna-Christina Kopinits and they live in Graz.

Wikipedia article: Markus Ragger; Markus Ragger's bio at his website;;;

Last updated: 2023-03-21 13:07:54

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,822  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Gupta vs M Ragger  1-0211998Wch U10D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Ragger vs G Erdene  1-0511998Wch U10B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. M Ragger vs Zsolt Ladanyi  1-0591998Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
4. T Krnan vs M Ragger  ½-½441998EU-ch U10C78 Ruy Lopez
5. Hrant Melkumian vs M Ragger  1-0601998EU-ch U10C27 Vienna Game
6. M Thiruchelvam vs M Ragger  1-0421998Wch U10C26 Vienna
7. H Li vs M Ragger  1-0391998Wch U10C53 Giuoco Piano
8. Aleksei Gornoi vs M Ragger  0-1211998EU-ch U10C57 Two Knights
9. Klemens Kranawetter vs M Ragger  ½-½51998AUT-ch U10C50 Giuoco Piano
10. M Ragger vs Muhtar Kakenov  0-1411998Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
11. M Ragger vs Karjakin  ½-½351998Wch U10B03 Alekhine's Defense
12. Christian Pirker vs M Ragger  ½-½261998AUT-ch U10A00 Uncommon Opening
13. M Ragger vs Dominik Wolfram  ½-½241998AUT-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
14. M Ragger vs Felix Ausserer  1-0611998AUT-ch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. M Ragger vs Johann Archan 1-0311998AUT-ch U10C41 Philidor Defense
16. M Ragger vs Jojua  1-0321998EU-ch U10C45 Scotch Game
17. M Ragger vs R Mamedov  ½-½471998EU-ch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. M Ragger vs M A Metzger  0-1681998EU-ch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. M Ragger vs K Comez  1-0661998EU-ch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. M Ragger vs L Horvath  ½-½551998EU-ch U10B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. P Brudnak vs M Ragger  ½-½161998EU-ch U10D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Ragger vs H Frade-Marques  ½-½281998Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
23. Martin Schweinberger vs M Ragger  0-1261998AUT-ch U10B01 Scandinavian
24. Helmut Michel vs M Ragger  0-1501998AUT-ch U10C47 Four Knights
25. G Jahnel vs M Ragger  1-0401999Jacques Lemans opD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Feb-05-16  waustad: Happy b'day! The results were good at Gibraltar, but the missed win in the penultimate round (if the comps are to be believed) took off a little of the luster. I sincerely hope he gets to 2700 soon. He's been so close several time.
Feb-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Markus Ragger.

Tough luck about Gibraltar.

Feb-13-16  waustad: Today's win over IM Manfred Freitag in the second round of the Graz Open required quite a bit of persistence, taking 100 moves to win with rook and knight versus rook and pawn. Games are available from chess-results.
Feb-14-16  waustad: Markus Ragger is tied for first with Li Chao, with 4/4 in Graz. Tomorrow we'll see a game between these players, the highest rated players in the tournament. Each of the above mentioned players has won a very long endgame and played some interesting chess. Ragger has played one Benko Gambit with black and also an English with a similar strategic queenside pawn sac.
Feb-15-16  waustad: After today's round in Graz, there is a 4 way tie at the top, with Tamas Banusz and Bartosz Socko joining them with 4.5/5. In today's game, a Sicilian Najdorf, Ragger was a pawn up in a rook and pawn endgame that eventually wasn't enough to win.
Feb-26-16  waustad: With today's team tie between Maria Saal and Hohenems, Ragger's team maintains a lead in the Austrian Bundesliga I. Hohenems will be in second place, tied with Jenbach in match points.
Mar-06-16  waustad: With a win today over Jon Ludwig Hammer in the Norway Elite League, he's getting close to 2700 yet again. 2700chess has him at 2697.8. Yet again the Najdorf was good to him.
Mar-30-16  waustad: The final week of the Austrian Bundesliga starts tomorrow. I suspect this very busy player will be there. One problem for a player who plays a lot of team events is that giving a half point "for the good of the team" is a common occurance. Taking a draw in a good position, or even worse, trying to force a win in a drawn position both cost elo often for players who play a lot of team events. Since these are a source of income, probably major, for players slightly below the elite few who get to the invitational RRs, it can make it hard to achieve the sort of rating that gets invitations. It's sort of a "Catch 22" situation. No, I'm not going to start writing Taglish and talking about goldfish ;)
Apr-02-16  waustad: MPÖ Maria Saal continued its dominance in the final weekend for the Austrian Bundesliga. Ragger's live rating is now 2699.6.
Apr-02-16  Phi: On Friday Ragger was above 2700 on the live list for the first time. Congratulations!
Apr-02-16  Mr. V: Yes!! Finally! And a well-deserved achievement.
May-29-16  diagonal: Interview with Austria's current number one player: (apparently you have to wait a second or two for loading and then to click on "Vollbild")
Aug-15-16  waustad: Starting tomorrow, he's the top rated player at the Vienna Open. Live games are available here:
Sep-06-16  FICSwoodpusher: Regarding the following game

K Solomon vs M Ragger, 2016

Could someone explain to me why white agreed to a draw when he could have gone for a win against the much higher rated opponent?

At the time this game was finishing off, South Africa had already secured the match by winning two of the other games and drawing 1 (so its not as if it would be a disaster if the South African lost this game due to attempting to go for the win).

Oct-03-16  Daodejing: Ragger has finally made it!

He is ranked 2700 on an official FIDE ranking list.


Oct-08-16  CountryGirl: Well done to Markus Ragger! I am impressed by his relentless rise since 2009. Ragger's games often have some really nice tactics in them. Very enjoyable.
Nov-07-16  waustad: Maria Saal has a tough matchup today against OR Padove. They are outrated by at least 100 elo on every board, in round 2 of the European Club Cup in Novi Sad.
Feb-05-17  waustad: Happy birthday for your first annual 29th!
Apr-09-17  waustad: Ragger's game today against Parligras in the Bundesliga will remind most of us of the Fischer - Byrne, "game of the century."
Apr-09-17  whiteshark: related: M Ragger vs M Parligras, 2017
Sep-30-17  waustad: I saw some pictures from his wedding with Anna-Christina Kopinits.
Feb-05-18  waustad: And now a trentegenarian!
Feb-15-19  waustad: Markus Ragger will be playing a match with Boris Gelfand, coinciding with the Graz Open. These will begin on Sunday and will be covered live via
Feb-22-19  waustad: Ragger leads the match with Gelfand having 2 wins and 3 draws so far. In the Graz Open, Viktor Gazik has won all of his first 7 games. The Slovakian IM is a junior who has blasted past the 2500 elo mark. He doesn’t yet have a page here.
May-29-20  wordfunph: "Every week thousands of chess games are played, enlarging the databases. We might suppose this will lead to the exhaustion of chess, and there is nothing new anymore. However, quite the contrary is the case. Chess is such a rich game that even in the most trodden paths new footsteps appear, leading to totally unexplored territory."

- GM Markus Ragger

Source: NIC Yearbook #129

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