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Sébastien Feller

Full name Sebastien Feller
Country France
Born March 11, 1991
Thionville, France
Title International Grandmaster
Peak rating 2660 (May 2011)

Sebastien Feller (born 11 March 1991) is a French-born chess Grandmaster.


Sebastien Feller was born in Thionville, France on March 11, 1991.

Chess career

Feller achieved both his International Master and Grandmaster titles in 2007 at age 17. He won the French Junior Championship 2007 and was vice-champion of the European U16 Championships 2007. He played as the 1st reserve for France in the European Team Championships 2009 held in Novi Sad, Serbia scoring +4 =4 -1. He was also French Blitz Champion 2010 and winner of the Paris championship in July 2010. In 2010, he represented France in the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia but was found guilty of cheating by the French Chess Federation (FFE).

39th Chess Olympiad

In October 2010, Feller scored 6/9 (+5 =2 -2) during the 39th Chess Olympiad and won the Gold medal for best individual performance on board 5. However, the French Chess Federation accused Feller, along with French players GM Arnaud Hauchard and IM Cyril Marzolo, of cheating during the Olympiad. While Feller was in the playing hall, Marzolo was in France where he checked the best moves on the computer. Marzolo then allegedly sent the move in coded pairs of numbers by SMS to Hauchard. Once Hauchard had the suggested move, he would position himself in the hall behind one of the other players’ tables in a predefined coded system, where each table represented a move to play. The French Chess Federation claims, in all, 200 text messages were sent during the tournament. The scam was supposedly uncovered by Joanna Pomian, the federation's vice-president.

Feller has released a statement (in French) in defense of himself:

Official Statement of GM Sebastien Feller (translated)

Translation by Jean-Michel Blatrier

The French Chess Federation has taken disciplinary measures against the three players. These measures were later revoked by a French civil court due to technicalities. In July 2012 the FIDE Ethic Commission sanctioned all three players and ruled "Mr. Sébastien FELLER has to be sanctioned with the exclusion from the participation in all FIDE tournaments, as a player or as a member of a national delegation, for a period of 2 (two) years and 9 (nine) months, starting from the 1st of August 2012"

Notable games

- David Howell vs Sebastien Feller, Khanty Mansiysk 2010, 0-1
- Sebastien Feller - Robert Markus, Khanty Mansiysk 2010, 1-0
- Sebastien Feller - Tamaz Gelashvili, Khanty Mansiysk 2010, 1-0
- Ivan Morovic-Fernandez - Sebastien Feller, Aeroflot Open 2010, 0-1
- Artyom Timofeev - Sebastien Feller, Khanty Mansiysk 2010, 0-1
- Sebastien Feller - Andrei Volokitin, Aix-les-Bains 2011, 1-0


Feller's FIDE ranking has been suspended following the judgment of the FIDE Ethic Commission. In January 2012 he was listed the last time in the top 100 published by FIDE at position 95.

His handle on the Internet Chess Club is "GodSebFeller".