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A Giri 
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Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 911
Years covered: 2005 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2773 (2720 rapid, 2771 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2790
Overall record: +281 -106 =369 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      155 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (58) 
    B90 B81 B31 B30 B50
 Slav (43) 
    D11 D17 D12 D10 D15
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D70 D73 D78 D76
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    E10 E00 A40 A41 D02
 King's Indian (29) 
    E90 E60 E92 E98 E94
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C84 C65 C78 C67 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (83) 
    B48 B90 B40 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 (24) 
    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 Group B (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   Corus Group C (2009)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   French Team Championships (2011)

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(born Jun-28-1994, 21 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 third 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. In June 2015, he performed steadily to remain undefeated and to place 4th in the category 22 Norway Chess (2015) event with 5.5/9 (+2 =7), inflicting the sole defeat suffered by the tournament leader, Veselin Topalov.

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 peak 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 26 June 2015

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 911  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
2. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
3. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
4. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
5. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
6. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
9. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
10. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
14. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
15. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
16. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
17. A Giri vs V Churikov 0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
18. O Krivonosov vs A Giri  1-0117 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE92 King's Indian
19. A Giri vs D Efremova  1-071 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE90 King's Indian
20. V Plat vs A Giri  0-130 2005 EU-ch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. A Giri vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½63 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE15 Queen's Indian
22. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
23. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
24. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
25. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
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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
May-10-15  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.

May-13-15  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.

May-29-15  cro777: A very strong French Team Championship (Top 12) starts tomorrow (May 30th), with nine 2700+ players including three participants of the recent FIDE Grand Prix (Giri, Jakovenko and Vachier-Lagrave).

Anish Giri:"At schiphol, ready for a flight to Montpellier- French League starting tomorrow!"

In the first round Giri's Chess club Bischwiller (with Anish, Naiditsch and Bacrot on top boards) meets C.E. Metz Fischer (Riazantsev, Postny).

Jun-02-15  cplyakap: Giri's highest is 2797,not 2790.
Jun-02-15  sonia91: <cplyakap> It's written "Highest rating achieved IN DATABASE"
Jun-02-15  sonia91: Sorry, I thought he never played a single game with a rating of 2797 (and consequently won't appear in this database with this rating), but now I checked and found out that he played FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) with that rating.
Jun-09-15  cro777: Anish Giri."Our team of Bischwiller won the French league with a round to spare! Played some sweet games, inspired to keep it up Norway Chess!"

Bischwiller is a commune in Alsace in northeastern France. The team from Bischwiller won the French Team Championship (Top 12) with a perfect score (winning all 11 matches).

Norway Chess 2015 is approaching. The event will begin on Monday (June 15th) with a blitz event and opening ceremony.

Giri will compete in all 3 events of the Grand Chess Tour (Norway Chess, Sinquefield Cup and Lodon Chess Classic).

Drawing of lots will be determined by a blitz tournament at Norway Chess 2015. Pairing numbers will be reversed at the Sinquefield Cup, and the London Chess Classic will draw lots randomly.

Players are competing for an overall prize fund of $300,000 in each event (1st prize $75,000).

Jun-16-15  cro777: Norway Chess 2015

Anish Giri: "Had fun in blitz, scored +2, got an extra white for the main tournament"

Anish was the first winner in round 1 of the main tournament. He defeated Alexander Grischuk and is now number 6 in the live chess ranking.

Jun-24-15  Forager: It is important to find out if GM Leko is secretly training Anish Giri in the dark art of drawing games with effortless ease.
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  whiteshark: Never a dull moment in Giri-land!
Jun-24-15  cro777: In the penultimate round, Giri defeated Topalov in an important game for the tournament.

Giri: "I believe it's not only about the players I play; it's about the period. When I'm low on confidence I cannot beat anyone, simply, whatsoever. If I'm playing well, I can beat a player like Veselin."

People are not born with certain levels of self-confidence, it can be acquired, and it can be lost. (Gudjon Bergmann)

Jun-28-15  CommaVid: Happy Birthday GM Giri!
Jun-28-15  ketchuplover: Is it pronounced Gear-e or Gur-e or GuyRye? tyia
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Anish Giri! No longer on the junior list, but still performing well. For example, recently at, Norway Chess (2015) he placed sole 4th with 5.5/9 (+2,-0,=7). Sure, he had the most amount of draws out of any players, but he was one of only 3 undefeated players (Anand and Nakamura). Even Topalov couldn't hold that honour, since Giri defeated him in the penultimate round, the winner's only loss in an otherwise dominating performance.
Jun-28-15  delftfan: Happy Birth Day dear Anish Giri.
Keep it up!
Jun-28-15  cro777: Anish Giri is turning 21 today. Happy birthday!

The wedding will be in Tbilisi on 18th July.

Jun-28-15  cro777: Anish Giri: "I just celebrated my birthday at an All-You-Can-Eat-Sushi restaurant."

If you're a sushi fan ...

Jun-28-15  epistle: Happy bday Anish! Keep it up especially during your honeymoon! Eat steak once in a while. You're too thin!
Jul-01-15  1850Patzer: "Basically, if he cannot beat me in this position, then he will never beat me."

- Giri on Carlsen's most recent draw with him

Jul-01-15  cro777: The game Carlsen - Giri at the Norway 2015 super-tournament was a great fight. Giri was lost at some point.

Position after 37...Rxb5

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Here, Carlsen played 38.Qe4?! and Giri managed to keep his plus-one score against him.

Carlsen could have won with a fascinating move 38.Bf7+!

38.Bf7+ Kxf7 and then 39.Qe4!

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  Check It Out: <ketchuplover: Is it pronounced Gear-e or Gur-e or GuyRye? tyia>

Listen to the pronunciation recording, it is at the top of Giri's bio on this page.

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