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A Giri 
Photograph 2011, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 850
Years covered: 2005 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2776 (2674 rapid, 2757 blitz)
Overall record: +268 -100 =336 (61.9%)*
   * 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 (41) 
    D11 D17 D12 D15 D10
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D85 D70 D78 D73 D76
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    E10 E00 A40 A41 D02
 King's Indian (28) 
    E90 E60 E92 E98 E94
 Catalan (24) 
    E04 E06 E01
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B48 B40 B90 B27 B50
 Petrov (35) 
    C42 C43
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D90 D97 D70 D94
 King's Indian (28) 
    E92 E97 E60 E98 E61
 Slav (25) 
    D12 D10 D17 D11 D16
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    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
   Nisipeanu vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   T Hillarp Persson vs A Giri, 2010 0-1
   A Giri vs A Belezky, 2014 1-0
   A Giri vs D Howell, 2010 1-0

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

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
   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.

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.

As of 1 January 2015, Giri's rating is 2784, making him the top player in the Netherlands and #7 player overall in the world. His FIDE rating in rapid is 2720 (world #31), and in blitz 2771 (world #13). 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 Jan 2014

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 850  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Plat vs A Giri  0-130 2005 EU-ch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
3. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
4. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
5. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
6. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
7. F Ashiku vs A Giri  0-131 2005 EU-ch U12E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
8. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
9. V S Nikolaev vs A Giri  1-062 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. I Akimov vs A Giri  1-049 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE97 King's Indian
11. D Kosarev vs A Giri  0-139 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
12. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
14. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
15. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
16. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
20. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
21. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
24. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
25. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-02-14  fisayo123: <plang> I agree. Giri's run was impressive no doubt, but comparing that to what Caruana did in St.Louis is silly. It was against the very best players in the world.
Dec-03-14  kardopov: Open tourneys carry a packload of surprises at any given moment. Those singuefield participants are not sure to produce an unblemish performance at the quatar open. They maybe decorated with above 2700 elos but they can be susceptible to a surprise loss to a lower rated player in an open.
Dec-03-14  SirRuthless: Well one could lose at any moment in a chess game. There is nothing more honorable about an open swiss vs a closed RR. They are just different beasts. In the end the rating is independent of particular match-ups. It is what it is.
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  chancho: Giri has a good result.
He just ran into a buzzsaw with kramnik.
Dec-04-14  delftfan: A nice last shot in Qatar!...incredible tournament...

Good luck in London, Anish....

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  chancho: Don't feel sad for Anish.

He got his payday, is relatively young, and has a shoulder to lean on:

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  cro777: <Anish Giri: Enjoying my few hours at home! Off to London soon....Arrived in London... chess action starting tomorrow! First the rapids, hope my 2670 will get an upgrade.>

The London Chess Classic takes place between December 6 and 14.

The Super Six (Caruana, Anand, Nakamura, Kramnik, Giri and Adams) will compete against junior players in the first round. Anish meets with the black pieces the 10-year old Alexander Jamieson from England.

This yearís London Chess Classic offers a unique opportunity for a few amateur players to experience what itís like to face a legend of the game in a one-to-one tournament game.

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  waustad: Due to his lower rating at Rapids he wasn't on a DGT board until round 5. Going 5/5 in the first day will help get that rating up.
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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Finally got to the live board in the 5th game ... finished second in the London rapid, beat some juicy opponents, lost to the winner Hikaru and won a bunch of rating."
Dec-08-14  schweigzwang: "Mission accomplished."
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  visayanbraindoctor: Giri has upped his game recently. He nearly won Qatar open, and was joint winner in London. His recent games show good opening preparation, fine middlegame tactics, good endgame technique, and a willingness to fight it out for the full point.

Looking forward to his participation in Tata steel come January. Especially his encounters with World Champion Carlsen, Caruana, MVL, Ding, and old rival GM So. The latter must be craving for revenge against Giri; moreover for him Tata-A would be an important introduction to the world of elite invitees-only GM tournaments.

GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2862 1
GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2829 2
GM Aronian, Levon ARM 2797 5
GM Giri, Anish NED 2768 10
GM So, Wesley USA 2762 12
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2758 13
GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2744 15
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2734 20
GM Jobava, Baadur GEO 2733 21
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2732 23
GM Ivanchuk, Vasil UKR 2715 34
GM Saric, Ivan CRO 2679 62
GM Hou, Yifan CHN 2673 71
GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2667 82

It's quite noticeable that there aren't any Russians in Tata-A. No Kramnik, Grischuk, Svidler, Karjakin, Nepo, Andreikin, Moro. Too bad.

But then again, I actually regard Giri as a Russian (notwithstanding his present citizenship and somewhat Asiatic looks), who happened to immigrate to the Netherlands. The first games in this, his page, above shows that all of his first competitive chess events and opponents were Russian. He learned his chess in Russia, and his games show the characteristic well prepped opening repertoire and fine technique that most graduates of the Soviet and Russian chess schools exhibit.

Dec-17-14  delftfan: Not bad year for Giri.

Wish you very happy and successful approaching year 2015!!!

God bless you!!!!!

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  cro777: January 2015 rating list published by FIDE. Personal record for Giri.

Hope for a wonderful New Year!!

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  cro777: Anish Giri: "Had great holidays and now looking very much forward to get back to 'work'! Tata Steel Chess tournament is motivating, as always, starting in a week!"

The 77th edition of Tata Steel Chess Tournament (14 players, 13 rounds, SRR) will be played from 9 - 25 January at 3 locations in the Netherlands - in its traditional location of Wijk aan Zee, but also in Rotterdam (15 January, Round 5) and Den Haag (21 January, Round 10). Anish Giri as seed number 4.

Round 1 starts on Saturday (January 10th) at 13:30 local time.

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  Penguincw: < He exited the Junior (U20) ranks on 1 January 2015... >

Wow. Hard to believe Giri is no longer a junior.

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  cro777: Tata Steel Masters 2015

Anish Giri: "Nice pairing, white tomorrow, let's go!"

Tomorrow (Saturday 10 January) at 13:30 in Round 1 Giri meets Carlsen with the white pieces.

"A worst possible start" Carlsen said. Also adding "Giri can be a coward" with a smile.

Jan-09-15  john barleycorn: 100 chessbucks that they will be playing a Berlin.
Jan-20-15  Conrad93: Has anyone seen this video?

Jobava: "Hey, if you continue ironic I'll say another few words to you and the press conference is over, so speak normally, ok?" (Giri keeps smiling) "Not smile like idiot! I'm not the guy you can ironic. (Giri stops smiling) <>Speak normal, you must respect your opponent.

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  cro777: After more than 7 hours (111 moves) in the 12th round ("Somehow, with my last strength, I managed to win") and his 4th victory in a row, with new rating record Anish moved to #5 in the live ratings!

(Sopiko and coach Tukmakov waited patiently until the marathon game was over).

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  cro777: Garry Kasparov: "Nice effort by Giri to win key game today vs So. Some compensation for not winning similar endgame vs Ivanchuk!"
Jan-25-15  sakredkow: <Has anyone seen this video?>

As far as I'm concerned they're both probably a couple of good guys (they play chess, right?). Should just let it go.

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  cro777: Anish Giri: " Finished the very exciting and very long Tata Steel Chess with +4, result good enough for the shared 2-5th. Feeling ready for some rest."
Jan-26-15  Whitehat1963: Giri and So already have higher ratings than Fischer ever had. I guess that means there's no such thing as rating inflation, and they're better than Fischer ever was.

Or, maybe not.

Jan-27-15  pinoy king: Weaker than So
Jan-29-15  delftfan: Congratulations Anish Giri for good performance and all the best for upcoming events.

New article from Giri:

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