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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: 2791 (2720 rapid, 2793 blitz)
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?]
   Dutch Championship (2011)
   Corus Group B (2010)
   Dutch Championship (2012)
   Corus Group C (2009)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division) (2012)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)

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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. D Dolbnya vs A Giri  ½-½34 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. A Penkov vs A Giri  0-145 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opA02 Bird's Opening
3. A Giri vs A Achang  1-037 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. A Giri vs Valentin Abramov  0-145 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. M Zacurdajev vs A Giri  1-021 2005 Chigorin MemA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
6. V Zamyshlyaev vs A Giri  1-070 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC15 French, Winawer
7. V Tchernyi vs A Giri  1-072 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB40 Sicilian
8. R Kiuttu vs A Giri 0-116 2005 EU-ch U12B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
9. A Giri vs D Dolbnya  ½-½40 2005 St Petersburg-Moscow mB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. A Giri vs A Butylkin  0-147 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. A Giri vs B Nikitinyh  1-035 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB15 Caro-Kann
12. V Domnin vs A Giri 0-128 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE70 King's Indian
13. A Giri vs V Toporov 1-041 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opC16 French, Winawer
14. E Grigorjev vs A Giri  1-048 2005 Chigorin mem 13thA10 English
15. A Giri vs V Churikov 0-137 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
16. O Krivonosov vs A Giri  1-0117 2005 Chigorin mem 13thE92 King's Indian
17. A Giri vs D Efremova  1-071 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opE90 King's Indian
18. V Plat vs A Giri  0-130 2005 EU-ch U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. A Giri vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½63 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE15 Queen's Indian
20. V Bagrunov vs A Giri 0-134 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
21. A Giri vs H Van Buitenen  1-033 2005 Chigorin mem 13thB50 Sicilian
22. Y Vunder vs A Giri  1-075 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opA20 English
23. A Giri vs Garriy Airapetov 0-133 2005 St Petersburg White Nights opB08 Pirc, Classical
24. F Ashiku vs A Giri  0-131 2005 EU-ch U12E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. A Giri vs A Malofeev  ½-½70 2005 St Petersburg Chigorin opB15 Caro-Kann
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Feb-24-12  bronkenstein: <...Giri met Kasparov?> sounds like another... no , no , it can´t be ... =)
Feb-24-12  delftfan: hehe ....seems it can be...i believe:)
Feb-24-12  Blunderdome: For those too lazy to download the Excel file, here are the 2700+ names playing in the European Individual Championships starting March 19th:

Mamedyarov, Caruana, Jakovenko, Vitiugov, Giri, Navara, Riazantsev, Malakhov, Vallejo-Pons, Bacrot, Jobava, Laznicka, Sutovsky, Naiditsch, Movsesian. More to be added?

Feb-25-12  cro777: This weekend (25th and 26th of February) the 10th and 11th round of the Schachbundesliga are taking place.

Giri is playing on board 1 for his chess club (Schachklub) Turm Emsdetten.

The 10th round starts today (26th of February) at 14:00 local time (UTC+2). Giri is playing against GM Markus Ragger (2655), the first board of SG Solingen.

All games are covered live (with computer analysis) here

Feb-25-12  cro777: The game Giri - Ragger is very sharp.
In the Semi Slav Meran Anish opted for a rare set-up (Morozevich's idea) and sacrificed a piece.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. e4 c5 11. d5 Qc7 12. Bc2 O-O-O 13. Ng5 Nb6 14. a4 h6

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<15. Nxf7> Giri sacrificed a piece. In the game Kozul - Predojevic at the Croatian Team Championship White retreated the knight 15.Nf3 (Kozul lost the game).

Feb-26-12  polarmis: An interview with one of Giri's first chess coaches in St. Petersburg, Russia:

Feb-26-12  delftfan: @polarmis


Feb-26-12  cro777: The game Giri - Ragger was a marathon running to 99, ending in a draw.

In Round 11 Giri met with black the Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk (2635) who played on board 1 for the chess club Remagen.

The players followed the game Zambrana - Matamoros Franco (Dos Hermanas 2006) with an exchange sacrifice and counter-sacrifice in the Two Knights Defense with 4.d3 (Modern Bishop's Opening).

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Re1 d6 7. a4 Kh8 8. c3 Ng8 9. d4 f5 10. dxe5 fxe4 11. Rxe4

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11...Rxf3 12. gxf3

Here Matamoros Franco played <12...Bf5> and the game continued by 13.Be3 Bxe4 14.fxe4 Nxe5 (Black won in 28 moves).

Giri opted for <12...Nxe5> and after 13.Rxe5 dxe5 the game soon ended in a draw.

14.Qxd8 Bxd8 15. Nd2 Nf6 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. fxe4 Bg4 18. Kg2 Bh4 19. f3 Bh5 20.Be3 Rd8 21. b4 h6 Draw

Mar-01-12  timhortons: Giri is playing on board 1 for his chess club (Schachklub) Turm Emsdetten.

<cro777> this is european team tournament right?

this boy is taking the right path to stardom!

Mar-01-12  cro777: <timhortons: Giri is playing on board 1 for his chess club (Schachklub) Turm Emsdetten. <cro777> this is european team tournament right?>

This is Chess Bundesliga (Schach-Bundesliga), the premier league of team chess in Germany. It is arguably the strongest and longest running league of its kind, attracting many top grandmasters from Europe and beyond.

Emsdetten is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In the last four rounds of Bundesliga Giri played on board 1 for the chess club Turm Emsdetten.

Vachier-Lagrave - Giri (Round 8)
Giri - Negi (Round 9)
Giri - Ragger (Round 10)
Fedorchuk -Giri (Round 11)

The games were very sharp although ended in a draw.

"In Round 8 of the Bundesliga I faced ‘the Frenchman with two names’. It was a good fight that ended in a draw. ...After my exciting battle with Vachier-Lagrave I had to play another dangerous young player - Parimarjan Negi. And again, it was fun! Parimarjan and I know each other very well, but within two moves we’d managed to step away from any preparation whatsoever". (Giri)

Mar-01-12  cro777: This month Giri will take part at the European Individual Chess Championship 2012 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) from March 19 until April 1. The Championship is a qualification event for the next World Cup (23 players will qualify).

This important European event (with 11 Rounds - Swiss System) will present a rather interesting field of participants.

Top players (2700+):

1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2747
2 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2736
3 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2729
4 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2726
5 GM Giri Anish NED 2714
6 GM Navara David CZE 2712
7 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2710
8 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705
9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2705
10 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2704
11 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2704
12 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2704
13 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2703
14 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2702
15 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2700

Mar-01-12  timhortons: thanks for the update <cro777>
Mar-01-12  delftfan: Please vote for Anish for Memorial Tal:

Mar-02-12  cro777: After the European Individual Chess Championship 2012 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) from March 19 until April 1, the numbers 1 and 2 on the current Juniors rating list, Caruana and Giri, will face each other again at the 20-year jubilee Sigeman Tournament, an 8-player round robin, which will take place May 9-16, 2012 in Malmö, Sweden.

Four international top players (Caruana, Leko, Giri and Li Chao) and four GMs from Sweden (Tikkanen, Hector, Berg and Grandelius) will participate.

Mar-17-12  cro777: This weekend (17th and 18th of March) the 12th and 13th round of the Schachbundesliga are taking place.

Giri is playing on board 1 for his chess club (Schachklub) Turm Emsdetten.

In round 12 Giri played with black against Poland's GM Lukasz Cyborowski (2543).

Cyborowski - Giri. Position after 46.c6

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46...e3 47. Kg1 e2 48. Re1 Rxd4 49.Rxe2 Rc4 50. Nd8 a3 51. Ra2 Rc3 52. Kf2 e5 53. Nf7+ Kg7 54. Nxe5 Kf6 55. Nf3 Rxc6 Draw

Mar-18-12  cro777: In round 13 the game Giri -Anand was a quick draw in 22 moves.

Anish is now ready to participate in the 13th European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Championship (11 rounds, Swiss system) is a qualification event for the next World Cup (23 players will qualify).

The tournament (Round 1) starts Tuesday, March 20 at 15:00 (local time).

Mar-18-12  cro777: Anish Giri was the only 2700+ player in the Emsdetten squad. Interestingly, Schachklub Turm Emsdetten played with five players from the Netherlands: Giri, Spoelman, Brandenburg, Janssen and Pruijssers.
Mar-19-12  cro777: Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th March) in Round 1 of the 13th European Individual Chess Championship Giri plays with white against GM Vlad-Cristian Jianu (2497), Romanian champion in 2006.
Mar-21-12  delftfan: terrible loss today!!!
Mar-22-12  cro777: Bad start for Giri at the European Championship. In round 3 he split the point with the Bosnian IM Dalibor Stojanovic (2471).

<deltfan> How would you comment?

Mar-22-12  hatsis: Giri is off form, he usually just breezes through 2500 players but this time, hmmm... -11 points elo in just a few games. I hope he gets his gravity balance in check.
Mar-23-12  delftfan: something seems to be going wrong with Giri. i can only think of the hectic time he might be having in the school (5th year of vwo?) or belated teen-age syndrome:)...
Mar-23-12  delftfan: what I like is the news in KNSB Anish has faded r4 news, Anish's already disappeared...D-attitude?
Mar-23-12  cro777: Giri drew two games against international masters, in Round 3 with white against Bosnia's Dalibor Stojanovic (2471) and in Round 4 against Georgia's Luka Paichadze (2491).

In Round 4 he plays with the white pieces against the German GM Frank Holzke (2508).

The playing hall with GM Holzke in blue

Mar-26-12  delftfan: 6 more rounds, Anish...try to play...

Best of luck!!!

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