Alejandro Ramírez (chess player)
Alejandro Tadeo Ramírez Álvarez (born in San José, Costa Rica, June 21, 1988) is a chess Grandmaster. At the age of 15, he became the first Centro-American to achieve the Grandmaster chess title awarded by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), and became, at that time, the second youngest chess grandmaster. Ramírez started playing chess at the age of four after watching the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer", and with the guidance of his father and mentor Jorge Ramírez, started to progress.. At the age of 13, Ramírez achieved a draw against Russian Grandmaster Alexander Morozevich during the 35th Chess Olympiad, held in the city of Bled in 2002. He graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with a Masters Degree in Arts & Technology / Design and Production of Videogames.
In 1998, at the age of nine, Ramírez obtained the title of FIDE Chess Master when winning the gold medal in the Pan-American Chess Championship Sub-10 held in Florianopolis.
Ramírez obtained the title of International Master at the age of 13 when winning 6½ points in the Sub-zonal Tournament held in Managua, Nicaragua in November 2001.
Ramírez obtained his first grandmaster norm at the age of 14 when gaining 7 points out of 9 at the Capablanca in Memoriam Tournament held in La Habana, Cuba in May 2003. The second norm was obtained at the age of 15 when tied for first place (together with GM Lenier Dominguez from Cuba) in the Zonal Tournament 2.3 held in Guayaquil, Ecuador in August 2003. In this tournament Alejandro also got the right to participate in the World Chess Championship 2004 becoming the only centro-American ever to participate in such a magnum event, which was held in Libya.
He obtained his third norm at the age of 15 gaining 7 points in the Los Inmortales Tournament at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in November 2003. His Chess Grandmaster title was ratified by FIDE during its January 2004's Assembly due to his completion of the three norms and meeting the 2500 Elo requirement. That way, he became the first and only Chess Grandmaster from the centro-American area.
Ramírez won first place in the Morelia Open 2008 and first place in the US Chess Open 2010 held in Irvine, California. He is a guest instructor at the Arizona Chess Camp. In January 2011 he stopped representing Costa Rica, and is now listed as a US Chess player. He is ranked number twenty four in the US according to the FIDE rating list.[clarification needed] In May 2013, he placed second in the U.S. Chess Championship behind Gata Kamsky. After scoring 6½/9 (along with Kamsky), he drew the first two playoff matches before losing an Armageddon match where he had 19 minutes and 45 seconds against Kamsky's 45 minutes.
- Alejandro Ramírez (chess player) player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Alejandro Ramirez rating card at FIDE
- Interview with 15-year old GM Alejandro Ramírez
Chess prodigies at Chessbase http://www.chessbase.com/newsprint.asp?newsid=2858