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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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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?]
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Dutch Championship (2010)
   Corus (B Group) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga (2012)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (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
   Young Promising GMs by Portusboy

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ANISH GIRI
(born Jun-28-1994) Russia (citizen of Netherlands)
PRONUNCIATION:
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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): http://anishgiri.nl/; Giri's official website (Japanese): http://anishgiri.nl/html/jpn/news.h...; live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/

Wikipedia article: Anish Giri


 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 750  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
2. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
3. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
4. F Ashiku vs A Giri  0-131 2005 EU-ch U12E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
5. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
6. V S Nikolaev vs A Giri  1-062 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. I Akimov vs A Giri  1-049 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE97 King's Indian
8. D Kosarev vs A Giri  0-139 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
9. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. A Giri vs D Vorobiov  0-135 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB40 Sicilian
11. A Giri vs Z Strzemiecki  0-133 2005 EU-ch U12C10 French
12. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
14. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
17. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
18. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
22. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
23. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
24. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
25. A Giri vs V Churikov  0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 750  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-06-12  Jason Frost: <achieve> Reggio Emilia (2011)
Jan-06-12  achieve: Thank you, Jason Frost!
Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: A great talent, certainly, but also, just as importantly, Anish seems to have very strong work ethics. It shows in his amazing progress in these last couple of tears.

Although it is hard to predict how things will evolve (many factors, some of them unpredictable, play a role), there will be a very bright future for young Giri.

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <achieve: Wnich tournament is Giri excelling at?

Can someone provide a link? >

Reggio Emilia (2011)

Giri rounds 1-4: +0 -2 =2
Giri rounds 5-9: +4 -0 =1

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <brankat: A great talent, certainly, but also, just as importantly, Anish seems to have very strong work ethics. It shows in his amazing progress in these last couple of tears.>

So will we have a modern rivalry between the lazy Capablanca-like Carlsen and the industrious Alekhine-like Giri?

:-)

Jan-06-12  achieve: Thanks, <notyetagm> - I just now quickly played over the last three wins, and it was purely a joy to see his technique at work... It's so smooth and deft, sometimes brutal if needed.

As far as Giri not being inferior to Carlsen "talent-wise", I might hesitantly agree there, but Carlsen's fighting abilities and cool head OTB are imo superior to Giri's - <until now>... Hopefully Giri will be able to further develop on that over the next few years, also cutting out the short draws that are still popping up on occasion.

Jan-06-12  MORPHYEUS: <So will we have a modern rivalry between the lazy Capablanca-like Carlsen and the industrious Alekhine-like Giri?>

Well, Giri is still going to school, right?

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Garech: <achieve> :

Reggio Emilia (2011)

I will be watching him at Tata closely!

-Garech

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Garech: Congratulations to GM Anish Giri on winning Reggio Emilia! Good luck at Tata Steel - may your momentum carry you!

-Garech

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!!!!!!!
Jan-06-12  fisayo123: Congrats Anish!
Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: WHAT a finish..

Congrats !

Jan-06-12  AuN1: it'll be interesting to see how the participants from this event perform in just one week at wijk aan zee. if giri continues playing the way he closed out this tournament he'll definitely be in the top three. i'm very excited to see how he does against guys like topalov, karjakin, kamsky, and radjabov.
Jan-06-12  Pyke: Impressive!
Jan-06-12  Marvol: Congrats to my compatriot :). Great job by a soon-to-be great player! Top-ten surely must be his goal for 2012!

From his ratings compared to his age he seems similar in talent to Carlsen, I wonder how far he can take it. Somehow he seems to have been flying under the radar, with more attention given to So, LeQuang, and Caruana. Maybe now that will change.

(I was for instance piqued slightly by the comment on Chessbase 04 Jan that "the fans are ensured a race to the end between the two players [Nakamura and Morozevich]", this with Giri only 3 points behind. That showed little respect towards Giri, especially since Giri was playing Nakamura next round.)

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: To win a tournament like this at 17 is very impressive.
Jan-06-12  Ragh: Congratulation Anish for winning such a strong tournament!!

I wonder how the kid manages his full-time studies at college with not just playing professional level super-tournaments, but also winning them.

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Anish, congrats!!
Jan-06-12  fisayo123: Is he in college yet?
Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Congrats Anish Giri.
Jan-06-12  ooda: Great win and totally deserved but nobody could deny that he got incredibly lucky in the final round.

I think most people who have been following Anish at least since he won Corus B at the age of 15 aren't really surprised by this latest step in his development though.

Jan-06-12  kardopov: Gratz Giri.
Jan-06-12  Penguincw: Somebody better update his bio.
Jan-06-12  Ezzy: A big breakthrough for Anish!

Wow, starting with 1/4 and finishing like an express train to win the tournament.

Next - Tata Steels!

Jan-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <ooda>

It was an unusual ending to the tournament but for a winner to emerge, there must be losers. The fact that Giri was sufficiently skilled and cool to draw with Caruana, when his rivals managed to subsequently lose, has nothing to do with luck. They simply lost, and that's what happens in tournaments.

There's very little luck in these contests, and certainly none here.

Giri was the deserving winner.

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