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A Giri 
Photograph 2011, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Anish Giri
Number of games in database: 861
Years covered: 2005 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2790 (2720 rapid, 2771 blitz)
Overall record: +269 -101 =345 (61.7%)*
   * 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 (34) 
    D85 D70 D73 D78 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 (78) 
    B48 B40 B90 B27 B50
 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 (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)
   Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)

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.

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 February 2015, Giri's rating is 2797, making him the top player in the Netherlands and #5 player overall in the world. His FIDE rating in rapid is 2720 (world #30), 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 5 Feb 2014

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 861  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
2. F Ashiku vs A Giri  0-131 2005 EU-ch U12E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
4. V S Nikolaev vs A Giri  1-062 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
5. I Akimov vs A Giri  1-049 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE97 King's Indian
6. D Kosarev vs A Giri  0-139 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
7. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
9. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
10. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
11. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
12. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
15. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
16. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
20. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
21. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
22. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
23. A Giri vs V Churikov 0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
24. O Krivonosov vs A Giri  1-0117 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE92 King's Indian
25. A Giri vs D Efremova  1-071 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE90 King's Indian
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Premium Chessgames Member
  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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  cro777: <delftfan: New article from Giri>

In this article on his recent tournaments (Doha, London, Wijk) with some key games annotated, Anish updated his website.

This weekend he played for his chess club Emsdetten in the German Chess League (Schachbundesliga). His next tournament is FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi (Georgia) this month. It will feature 12 players

Giri: "+1 for me in Bundesliga and a decent result for our Emsdetten. Next is FIDE GP in Tbilisi, 14-28 February. Some rest and some work needed."

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  cro777: After +1 in the Bundesliga, achieving an Elo rating of 2798.6, Giri is now number 4 in the live chess ranking.
Feb-01-15  shintaro go: That's about to change with Naka's performance in Gibraltar and possibly Anand in GREINKE.
Feb-04-15  dumbgai: <pinoy king: Weaker than So>


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  perfidious: The top ten are nothing but a bunch of weakies.

See, Ah kin make stoopid posts to!!

Feb-04-15  schweigzwang: Don't make me lump you in with you-know-what.
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  perfidious: Tha what? Aint nevah heered o' them!
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  cro777: Live chess ranking after Gibraltar Masters (finished) and GRENKE (Round 3/7):

#4 Giri (2798.6)

#6 Anand (2794.8)

#7 Nakamura (2792.1)

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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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