A Giri 
Photograph 2011, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 750
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2745
Overall record: +245 -96 =298 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      111 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B81 B31 B90 B50 B78
 Slav (39) 
    D11 D17 D12 D10 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E10 E00 A40 A41 D02
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D78 D73 D76 D97
 King's Indian (25) 
    E90 E60 E98 E94 E92
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E15 E17 E19 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (64) 
    B90 B40 B48 B27 B91
 Petrov (35) 
    C42 C43
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D90 D70 D94 D97
 King's Indian (26) 
    E92 E97 E98 E60 E67
 Slav (25) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D16
 French Defense (18) 
    C05 C15 C18 C17 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs A Giri, 2011 0-1
   Nakamura vs A Giri, 2012 0-1
   W So vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 1-0
   Kamsky vs A Giri, 2013 0-1
   A Giri vs Morozevich, 2012 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   T Hillarp Persson vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs D Howell, 2010 1-0
   A Giri vs Naiditsch, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Open (2009)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Bundesliga (2010)
   Corus (B Group) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Anish Giri's best games by Bezlitosci
   ivilic's favorite games by ivilic
   RPaterno1's favorite games ("Ramon's Lab") by RPaterno1
   GIRI'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   Young Promising GMs by Portusboy

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(born Jun-28-1994) 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.

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.

As of 1 March 2014, Giri's rating is 2745, making him the top player in the Netherlands, the top Junior (U20) in the world, and number 18 player overall in the world. His FIDE rating in rapid is 2674, and in blitz 2755.

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

Wikipedia article: Anish Giri

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 750  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V S Nikolaev vs A Giri  1-062 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. I Akimov vs A Giri  1-049 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE97 King's Indian
3. D Kosarev vs A Giri  0-139 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
4. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
6. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
7. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
8. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
9. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
12. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
13. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
17. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
18. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
19. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
20. A Giri vs V Churikov  0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
21. O Krivonosov vs A Giri  1-0117 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE92 King's Indian
22. A Giri vs D Efremova  1-071 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE90 King's Indian
23. V Plat vs A Giri  0-130 2005 EU-ch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. A Giri vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½63 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE15 Queen's Indian
25. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-25-13  JoergWalter: happy to see that he passed on any coffee house comments
Aug-26-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Anish has one of the very best chess sites i've visited w/ a wonderfully natural, flowing, writing style that reflects his thoughts and feelings so clearly and evocatively; a pleasure to read.
Aug-28-13  Refused: I think I spotted a typo in the bio.

<Giri plays for SK Turm Emsdetten in the German Bundeslige>

It's Bundesliga with an A and not Bundeslige as it is spelt here.

Yes, it's nitpicking, but if some biographer feels bothered enough to fix it, feel free to do so.

Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Refused>

Thanks for pointing that out. Giri's bio will be receiving a makeover soon, as it's getting too long to just keep tacking on his achievements without the narrative starting to become disjointed.

If you have any other suggestions or amendments to bios, please feel free to drop a line to your local friendly writers at the Biographer Bistro.

Aug-30-13  delftfan: Giri's Japanese page is very nice and must be interesting for Japanese chess circle!

Keep it up!

Sep-21-13  delftfan: Giri's article about Spanish league:

Good luck in Paris!!!

Sep-21-13  John Abraham: Anish needs a new updated picture. I suggest this one:

Yes I know he is even younger in this picture than he is in his current one, but I can't resist those chubby cheeks.

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  perfidious: Neither could Sopiko, but that's another story for another day.
Oct-04-13  delftfan: Giri finished his GP series..not really successful, but hopefully a lot of lessons and things to learn...keep up working...age is in your side so far!

Best wishes!!!!

Oct-06-13  delftfan: I was waiting for this...and here it is...Giri on his last GP:

Nov-22-13  delftfan: Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen!
Nov-23-13  delftfan: Giri on WC:

For Dutch readers:

Dec-23-13  delftfan: Wish you Anish and all visitors of this page a very happy, successful and prosperous New Year 2014.

just have gone through Giri's article:

For Dutch readers:

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  cro777: A new start for Anish.

"It's now time to have some rest and meet the New Year 2014 full of determination and new energy!...

My chess year has yet again begun with Wijk aan Zee. Before the tournament I obviously had a specific training for the actual event, but in fact, since I was playing quite a lot the whole year before the event and a lot of things were left unused, I arrived to the 'Seaside Village' more than ready to meet 'The Big Guys'." (Anish Giri)

Before the tournament Anish had a small session with his new second and coach GM Vladimir Tukmakov.

Last year Anish finished his school.

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  cro777: Tata Steel Chess 2014

Round 4 was played in the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history. The participants of the Masters Group were brought to Amsterdam:

(Anish Giri with his girlfriend IM WGM Sopiko Guramishvili from Georgia and his second and coach GM Vladimir Tukmakov from Ukraine)

Tata Steel Chess 2014 is Giri's first event with his new second and coach Tukmakov. Anish said he reached a decent level three years ago, implying that he had stagnated since then and needed a new approach.

GM Vladimir Tukmakov (FIDE Senior Trainer) is a former Ukrainian champion who, after his active career, became an esteemed chess coach, twice leading the Ukrainian team to gold medals in the 2004 and 2010 Olympiads. He is also author of the book "Modern Chess Preparation".

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  cro777: Tata Steel Chess 2014

After 5 rounds Anish ties for second with Wesley So scoring 3.5/5 (two wins and three draws), half a point behind the leader Aronian.

Jan-18-14  Wavy: Anish is so far doing well in the Tata Steel tournament. He is tied with Wesley So just a half point behind Aronian. Anish and Wesley will be top 10 players in the near future.
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  lostemperor: Excellent performance from Anish Giri!!

Yesterday Giri gave a simultaneous display with Sergei Karjakin and Tiviakov in the big town hall of The Hague! Giri performed best with only one loss and one draw against 40, often strong, opponents. Karjakin had 5 draws I was the only one who managed to get a full point from Giri though my game was not seen live! <;)

Feb-06-14  delftfan: Giri on TATA 2014...congrats for 2nd place...

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  cro777: In the German Chess League (Schachbundesliga) Anish is playing for his chess club Emsdetten (7th and 8th round of the 2013/14 season):

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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Special thanks to Harikrishna, 1.e4 player who let me play the Dutch in my first game as a Dutchman! Draw."

Harikrishna - Giri
(Bundesliga, Round 7)

1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. Nbd2 Be7

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Feb-23-14  Chessman1504: Is Giri seen as a serious title contender in the near future?
Feb-24-14  delftfan: @<Chessman1504> Who knows! Giri might choose something else rather than chess, which is also possible considering his broad interests, capabilities and attitude towards life. Just my personal view, observing him from the near! I wish him success and joy whatever he will do. There are many other things in life to enjoy (but one needs to know of them at first and try)....
Feb-27-14  Bezlitosci: @<delftfan> You know what are Giri's next tourneys? From what I see on he's playing only in some leagues - Bundesliga or Dutch league. He won't make a living from chess if he isn't playing.
Mar-04-14  delftfan: @<Bezlitosci> I also could not find anything (in Giri's website.) Probably no tourneys in near future for him. I don't think he has to make living from chess now. But he has to think, and it is good idea to go to university and take chess as a hobby! My suggestion....
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