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A Giri 
Photograph 2011, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 882
Years covered: 2005 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2776 (2720 rapid, 2771 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2790
Overall record: +272 -105 =359 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      146 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B90 B81 B31 B30 B50
 Slav (43) 
    D11 D17 D12 D10 D15
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D70 D73 D78 D76
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    E10 E00 A40 A41 D02
 King's Indian (27) 
    E90 E92 E98 E94 E60
 Catalan (25) 
    E04 E06 E01
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B48 B40 B90 B27 B91
 Petrov (36) 
    C42 C43
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D90 D97 D70 D94
 King's Indian (29) 
    E92 E97 E60 E98 E61
 Slav (25) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D16
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs A Giri, 2011 0-1
   Nakamura vs A Giri, 2012 0-1
   Kamsky vs A Giri, 2013 0-1
   A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 1-0
   A Giri vs Morozevich, 2012 1-0
   W So vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs A Belezky, 2014 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   I Saric vs A Giri, 2015 0-1
   T Hillarp Persson vs A Giri, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (B Group) (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)

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   RPaterno1's favorite games ("Ramon's Lab") by RPaterno1
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(born Jun-28-1994, 20 years old) Russia (citizen of Netherlands)
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GM Giri started playing chess at age 7, and a few years later won the Russian U12 championship. He gained his first GM norm by winning the Intomart GfK Open in Hilversum in 2008, his second GM norm at Groningen Chess Festival (2009) and his third GM norm title when he came second at the Corus (Group C) (2009) tournament, thus becoming the youngest Grand Master at the time in the world at the age of 14 years 7 months and 2 days. Furthermore he gained the GM title without acquiring an IM title first.

Later that year, Giri placed clear first with 6/8 at the Dutch Championship (2009). He started off 2010 with a bang by winning the Corus (B Group) (2010) tournament, thereby earning an invitation to the A-division of the 2011 event, followed it up in May 2010 by winning the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2010) with 4.5/5 and a 2936 performance rating and in June 2010 by coming second to Jan Smeets in the Dutch Championship (2010). The Chess Olympiad (2010) was a successful event for Giri, winning the bronze medal by scoring 8/11 and producing a 2730 performance on board four for the Netherlands. He scored 3rd in the quadrangular Unive Tournament (2010) in October 2010. His debut in the Tata Steel (2011) super tournament was mildly auspicious, finishing in the middle of the table with 6.5/13 (+2 -2 =9) and a 2744 performance rating, defeating Magnus Carlsen and Wang Hao in their individual encounters. He came 3rd with 5/10 in his inaugural Dortmund (2011), and won the Dutch Championship (2011) with a round to spare. In late 2011, he came second behind Vladimir Kramnik at the 15th Unive (Crown Group) (2011) with 3/6. Giri finished 2011 as the lowest rated entrant in the category 20 Reggio Emilia (2011), and started 2012 by emerging as the outright winner of that tournament with 6/10 (+4 -2 =4, TPR 2822), a half point ahead of Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana. His recent gains were undone in his first tournament of 2012, when he placed equal last in the category 21 Tata Steel (2012) with 4.5/13 (+2 -6 =5; TPR 2648), although he won the Dutch Championship (2012) with a round to spare to restore him to the 2700 club. A strong =3rd at the Grandmaster tournament in the Biel Chess Festival (2012) considerably boosted his stocks, restoring him to his peak rating. He also represented the Netherlands on board 1 at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, scoring 4/7 at rating par.

Giri plays for SK Turm Emsdetten in the German Bundesliga, and is apparently the youngest player to have participated in this very powerful league. In the 2012 European national club championship season, Giri's performances in the Bundesliga, and in the Dutch and Russian team competitions maintained par with his rating. However, he had a disastrous outing at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 6.5/11 and shedding 27 points to push him below the 2700 rating level for the first time since breaching it. The FIDE Grand Prix London (2012) was the first in the six legs of the 2012-13 Grand Prix series; Giri participated as an AGON nominee but scored only 4/11, accumulating only 15 GP points that accrue to shared 10th and 11th place. Giri's second and third Grand Prix events, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) and the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013), did not produce the desired outcomes eliminating him from contention for the top 2 needed to qualify for the Candidates via the Grand Prix series. At the end of 2012, he played top board for the Hoogoven team at the World Cities Team Championship (2012), and lead the team to victory in the final, thereby claiming the Sheikh Zayed Cup. The beginning of 2013 saw him play at the category 20 Tata Steel (2013), where he placed =8th, scoring 6/13, followed by =4th with 7.5/10 at the Reykjavik Open (2013), half a point behind the three co-leaders.

He qualified to play in the World Cup (2013) as a ratings reservist. He defeated UAR GM A R Saleh Salem in the first round and Chinese GM Li Chao in the second round but was knocked-out in the second round by Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga of Peru.

Giri played a combined rapid/blitz match against Vassily Ivanchuk at the 26th Leon Masters 2013. Giri won the 45 minute (G45) 2-game match with 1 win and 1 draw, and then took out the 4-game G20 rapid match with 3 wins and 1 draw. However, he decisively lost the blitz (G5) portion of the match by 2.5-7.5 (+1 -6 =3). Giri was declared the winner of the match as the slower games were given greater weighting than the blitz games. In August 2013, he was the decisive winner of the Norges Rafisklag Blitz 2013, winning with 10.5/11, 2.5 points clear of 2nd placed Daniil Dubov. In October 2013, Giri played first reserve for SOCAR in the European Club Cup (2013), winning individual silver and team bronze. He played top board for the Netherlands in the European Team Championship (2013), his team placing 11th. He also played top board for the Netherlands in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), his team placing 6th in this event. He placed 2nd behind Levon Aronian with 6.5/11 in the category 20 Tata Steel (2014) event, and was the only player who was undefeated in the tournament. In August 2014, he represented the Netherlands on board 1 at the Chess Olympiad (2014), winning an individual bronze and leading his team to 12th in the event. Qualifying as the presidential nominee to the 2014-15 Grand Prix series portion of the 2016 World Championship cycle, Giri placed lone 9th at the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), winning 40 Grand Prix points.

He placed =2nd at the Qatar Masters (2014) in November 2014 and in the following month, he was =1st alongside Kramnik at the London Chess Classic (2014). He was 2nd at the London Classic rapid play event with 8.5/10 and =4th at the London Chess Classic 2014 Elite Player Blitz. He started 2015 with a strong =2nd at the Tata Steel (2015) with 8.5/13, half a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen, and behind Vachier-Lagrave on tiebreak to ultimately take 3rd position.

Giri assisted Viswanathan Anand in his World Championship title defence against Veselin Topalov in April 2010. He currently lives in Holland with his Nepalese father Sanjay Giri (a Research Scientist) and Russian mother, Olga Giri. Anish is a typical Hindu name used in parts of the countries of India and Nepal.

Giri's highest rating to date was 2797, which also coincided with his peakk ranking to date of world #5. He exited the Junior (U20) ranks on 1 January 2015, after being #1 Junior in the world continuously for 24 months from 1 January 2013 until the end of December 2014. He was also #1 Junior for the two months from 1 September 2011 until 31 October 2011, bringing the total period of his dominance of the Junior ranks to 26 months.

Giri's official website (English):; Giri's official website (Japanese):; live rating:

Wikipedia article: Anish Giri

Last updated 15 May 2015

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 883  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
2. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
3. A Giri vs V Churikov 0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. O Krivonosov vs A Giri  1-0117 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE92 King's Indian
5. A Giri vs D Efremova  1-071 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE90 King's Indian
6. V Plat vs A Giri  0-130 2005 EU-ch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. A Giri vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½63 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE15 Queen's Indian
8. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
10. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
11. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
12. F Ashiku vs A Giri  0-131 2005 EU-ch U12E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
14. V S Nikolaev vs A Giri  1-062 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. I Akimov vs A Giri  1-049 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE97 King's Indian
16. D Kosarev vs A Giri  0-139 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
17. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
19. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
20. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
21. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
22. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
25. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
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  perfidious: Mebbe thet there Giri kid <kin> play a little after all.
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  cro777: IM WGM Sopiko Guramishvili to be Mrs. Giri soon.

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  cro777: Giri to play at the 2nd Gashimov Memorial.

It will be again a super-tournament with Carlsen, Caruana, Topalov, Anand, Giri, So, Kramnik, Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov and Radjabov participating.

Feb-09-15  manorchy: @cro777

Based on the current rating of the invited players, it's quite possibly the strongest 10-man tournament ever assembled with an average ELO of almost 2791.

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  cro777: The third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 in Tbilisi has been officially inaugurated. The ceremony proceeded with drawing of lots. The players were collecting the gift bags, with starting numbers printed on the back of the shirts.

Giri was concerned about XL size of the t-shirt:

Round 1 starts on Sunday (February 15th) at 15:00 local time. Anish meets Svidler with the black pieces.

Giri's expected result is 6.38/11.

50% (5,5/11) –8.8 ELO

+1 (6.0) -3.8

+2 (6.5) +1.2

+3 (7.0) +6.2

+4 (7.5) +11.2

Giri needs +2 (6.5/11) to reach 2800 ELO. (After +1 in the Bundesliga, he achieved an ELO rating of 2798.6)

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Giri for entering the 2800 club! He beat Svidler today with black to gain 4.2 rating points and rise to 2802.8. He is the 9th player to ever achieve a live rating of 2800+.
Feb-21-15  Whitehat1963: Who's the youngest player ever to cross over 2800 Elo? I imagine it was Carlsen. How old was he? Giri has a chance to cross it again today.
Feb-21-15  achieve: <Whitehat>

What tournament/league is Giri playing in today?

Feb-21-15  Whitehat1963: <achieve>:
Feb-21-15  Whitehat1963: In fact, you can see it here:

Feb-21-15  achieve: <whitehat> Thank you, and my bad, to assume that the Grand Prix had for no apparent reason finished.

Back on board ;)

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  cro777: Regrettably, Giri's world chess championship hopes dented at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi. Failed to win promising positions. Anish: "That's what this GP has all been about for me."
Mar-14-15  ketchuplover: is currently #260 on
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  cro777: The second edition of Shamkir Chess, the memorial for GM Vugar Gashimov, will be opened on Thursday, April 16th (Opening ceremony and drawing of lots) and the first round will be played on Friday.

Anish Giri: "Heading for Shamkir today. Almost two months without a tournament felt way too long!"

Preview by Peter Doggers: "Giri, 20, is the youngest participant of the Gashimov Memorial. He made great progress in 2014, gaining 50 Elo points. Currently at the seventh spot in the world rankings, the big questions is whether he can make a next step in 2015. His year started well, with a shared second place in Wijk aan Zee with 8.5/13. At the Tbilisi Grand Prix the Dutch grandmaster came shared fourth, with 5.5/11. He scored two draws and a win in the Bundesliga and last Saturday he drew a game in the Dutch league."

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  cro777: Giri: "Now the easy part left, have to play some games of chess."

Apr-17-15  epistle: Go Giri!
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  cro777: In the first round Giri lost to Wesley So in a very unconventional opening for top chess. Anish moved a bishop 6 times and a knight 4 times in the first 13 moves! Wesley showed high class.
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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Lost the first game - So be it! Looking forward to recover in the upcoming rounds!"
Apr-17-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Lil Puke
Apr-25-15  arthuregor: Giri me parece um jogador extremamente superestimado. Nesse ano, já o vi sendo destroçado em dois torneios importantes.Só eu acho isso?
May-01-15  TheFocus: <As I had noticed many times before, the relations between Bishops g2/b7 and b2/g7 are always in favour of the Kingside Bishops. Wondering why it is has always been felt like that, I realized that it wasn't a mere feeling but an objective fact, as the Kingside Bishop is usually protected by the King after Castling, which is an important detail> - Anish Giri.
May-04-15  delftfan: This must give more satisfaction than winning tournaments...keep up serving people Anish, and you would never get disappointed..God will keep his hand on your head, if you help those, who are in desperate need....

My condolence to those, who lost their family in this devastating earthquake...stay strong Nepal!

May-10-15  TheFocus: <The KID is sort of back in fashion these days. For some reason, no one bothers to take it seriously and refute it once and for all> - Anish Giri
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  cro777: Giri: "Finished the Nepal charity simul with 9-1 (one loss, ouch!), now gotta fix myself for the Grand Prix."

The fourth and final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series will take place from 13 - 27th May in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Two participants of the Candidates Tournament 2016 will be defined in this tournament.

Round 1 starts on Thursday 14th May at 15:00 local time.

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  cro777: In Giri's Nepal fundraiser simul against 10 members over $5,000 of donations were collected (the members had to bid to earn their seats, thereby donating to Nepal).

It was his first online simul. In these simuls there is always the question what would be the right approach, whether one should go for something obscure or something theoretical. Having White in seven games, Giri chose fairly non-theoretical setups such as the King's Indian Attack or a reversed Philidor (in two games his first move was 1.d3!)

Today (May 13th) the final leg of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014/15 will start in the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia with the players meeting and opening ceremony.

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