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A Giri 
Photograph 2011, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 807
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2776 (2674 rapid, 2757 blitz)
Overall record: +255 -97 =325 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      130 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B90 B81 B31 B50 B40
 Slav (41) 
    D11 D17 D12 D15 D10
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D70 D78 D73 D76
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E10 E00 A40 A41 D02
 King's Indian (26) 
    E90 E60 E98 E94 E92
 Catalan (22) 
    E04 E06
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B48 B40 B90 B27 B50
 Petrov (35) 
    C42 C43
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D85 D90 D70 D94 D97
 King's Indian (27) 
    E92 E97 E60 E98 E67
 Slav (25) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D16
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    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
   W So vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs F A Cuijpers, 2009 1-0
   A Giri vs Morozevich, 2012 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs A Belezky, 2014 1-0
   T Hillarp Persson vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs D Howell, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Corus (B Group) (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Anish Giri's best games by Bezlitosci
   ivilic's favorite games by ivilic
   GIRI'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   RPaterno1's favorite games ("Ramon's Lab") by RPaterno1
   toms best games by td14

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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.

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 November 2014, Giri's rating is 2776, making him the top player in the Netherlands, the top Junior (U20) in the world, and number 7 player overall in the world. His FIDE rating in rapid is 2674 (world #70), and in blitz 2757 (world #12).

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

Wikipedia article: Anish Giri

Last updated 4 Nov 2014

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 807  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
2. A Giri vs V Churikov 0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
3. A Giri vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½63 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE15 Queen's Indian
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. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
8. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
9. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
10. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
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. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
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. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
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. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
21. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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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Oct-05-14  bugabay: < 'Super Six'>

In terms of free passes by discrimanating organizers.....what else is new????

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  john barleycorn: <bugabay: .....what else is new????>

Nothing. Giri still ahead of So by 13 points.

Oct-06-14  bugabay: And more than 50 free passes.
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  john barleycorn: <bugabay: And more than 50 free passes.>

See what 13 points can do?

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  Absentee: Corus B 2010:

Anish Giri - 1st
Wesley So - 4th

Tata B 2011:

Wesley So - 4th

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  john barleycorn: <Absentee: Corus B 2010:

Anish Giri - 1st >

And where is his trophy? Or do they only give trophies to place 3 and lower? As consolation prize?

Oct-06-14  delftfan: Anish over de Spaanse liga en de European Club Cup:

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  cro777: cro777: Giri has busy schedule this month.

The <18th Unive Chess Tournament> will be held from 11 to 18 October in Hoogeveen, Netherlands. This year, the four players double round robin event will be replaced by two six games matches. Anish Giri is up against Alexei Shirov and Jan Timman against Baduur Jobava.

Next, the 2014/15 season of the <German Chess League (Schach Bundesliga)> starts on October 18th.

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  cro777: Wesley So was the winner of the last year's edition of the Unive Chess Tournament (ahead of Michael Adams). So also used to play in the French Team Championship (his team won the championship).
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  cro777: In the German Chess League, Giri plays on board 1 for the chess club Turm Emsdetten. He will have very strong opposition.
Oct-06-14  delftfan: Thanks Cro777 for your info!

English version of his article:

Oct-13-14  fisayo123: 2775.8 in the live ratings now and world number 7, just watch the invites roll.

Hopefully this convinces him to devote himself full-time professionally to the game. His talent is too immense.

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  notyetagm: Anish Giri

Wow, Giri is #7 in the world right now, passing Karjakin and Nakamura.

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  Garech: Giri is playing great chess against Shirov, it's a shame that don't have a page for the match!


Oct-16-14  bugabay: < fisayo123: 2775.8 in the live ratings now and world number 7, just watch the invites roll. >

Where have you been lately??? He has been receiving free passes all his life...nothing new if you ask me.

Grand Prix fide president nominee twice......and soooooo much more....

Oct-17-14  SugarDom: <bugabay: < fisayo123: 2775.8 in the live ratings now and world number 7, just watch the invites roll. >

Where have you been lately??? He has been receiving free passes all his life...nothing new if you ask me.

Grand Prix fide president nominee twice......and soooooo much more....>

No. I think he can give WS a run for his money. Giri is really talented and WS still has to avenge his two losses to this younger player.

Oct-18-14  Penguincw: Congratz to Giri for winning a 6 game match against Shirov 4 1/2-1 1/2. He won the first 2 games, and clinched the match in 5 games. However, he also won the last game, even though it wasn't necessary. Since he won it, he has gained enough rating points to rise to World #7 on the live ratings.
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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Won my Univé match against Shirov 4,5-1,5! Tomorrow travelling to Tashkent already!"

The second stage of the Grand Prix series 2014-2015 will start in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and will take place from the 20th October until 2nd of November with

Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Boris Gelfand, Dmitri Jakovenko, Dmitry Andreikin, Teimour Radjabov, Baadur Jobava and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Round 1 starts on Tuesday 21st October.

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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Very disappointing performance in the Tashkent Grand Prix with 5/11. Looking forward to catch some rest and comeback in what will follow!"
Nov-04-14  Whitehat1963: Average age of the current (live rating) top 10 is 29 years. Average age of the current top 20 is 30.45 years. Giri is the youngest among both. Looks like we'll probably be seeing a lot of him in elite tournaments for the next 15 years or so. Same goes for Carlsen, Caruana, Wesly So, Karjakin, Vachier-Lagrave, and Andreikin, too.

And it won't be very long before Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and Adams depart the scene for good.

Nov-12-14  anandrulez: Anish Giri ‏@anishgiri 4h4 hours ago
Those who ask why my name looks Indian, it makes some sense,since my father is from Nepal and grandmother from India.
Nov-18-14  delftfan: Giri on Dutch tv show....

Nov-18-14  delftfan: Here goes another interview

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  swordfish: <delftfan> Lol - love the interview and "game" in the bar, even though I don't understand Dutch. Giri seems quite a good sport, as well as a top GM.
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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Arrived in Qatar! 25 celsius. The Dutch winter jacket gets fired for next two weeks. Can't wait to start the Qatar_Masters."

Three days to Qatar Masters Open 2014. Giri and Kramnik are rating favorites.

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