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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Number of games in database: 850
Years covered: 1992 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2678 (2664 rapid, 2613 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707
Overall record: +283 -105 =424 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      38 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (166) 
    B90 B22 B33 B92 B87
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C67 C91 C69 C78 C65
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B92 B96
 French Defense (31) 
    C10 C07 C03 C05 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C91 C89 C92 C87 C88
 Petrov (22) 
    C42 C43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B81 B48 B40 B47 B22
 Caro-Kann (41) 
    B18 B12 B16 B14 B10
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    E10 A46 E00 A45 D02
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E32 E54 E21 E44 E47
 Queen's Indian (28) 
    E15 E12 E14 E16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A30 A31 A33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shirov vs Nisipeanu, 1999 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   C Sandipan vs Nisipeanu, 2004 0-1
   Kiril D Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2006 0-1
   Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk, 1999 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Radjabov, 2010 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs A Florean, 1995 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Oral, 2004 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs W So, 2015 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer
   Lessons from Nisipeanu by Minor Piece Activity
   Sicilian Defence English Attack 6...e5 7.Nde2 by Kwesi

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(born Aug-01-1976, 39 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Germany)
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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu was born in 1976 in Brasov, Romania. He won the Romanian Chess Championship in 1996 and earned the Grandmaster title the following year. He came to international prominence in 1999 by making the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) in Las Vegas (having qualified by coming =1st at the Krynica Zonal Tournament 1.4). A virtual unknown before the event, he eliminated leading players Alexey Shirov and Vassily Ivanchuk, among others, before finally losing to eventual champion Alexander Khalifman. He was seeded into the second round of the World Knockout Tournament in 2000 but lost to Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev. At the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, Nisipeanu fared better, defeating Ronald Dableo, Sergei Tiviakov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the early rounds before losing to Russia's Andrei Kharlov in the blitz tiebreak in round 4. At the World Chess Cup (2007), Nisipeanu beat Bassem Amin, Zhao Jun and Vassily Ivanchuk in the first three rounds before losing to Sergey Karjakin. At the World Cup (2009), he defeated compatriot GM Constantin Lupulescu before losing to Judit Polgar in the second round. He bowed out in the first round of the World Cup (2011) to 2004 FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

A score of 7.5/11 earned Nisipeanu qualification to play in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Spain's David Anton Guijarro in the first round, but he lost to Peter Svidler in the second round to be eliminated from Cup contention.

Nisipeanu was Romania's top-ranked player until he transferred to the German federation and has numerous international successes, including joint first at the Pune Super GM (2004) with then-FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, clear first in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005) and first in the Pardubice Open 2013. On the October 2005 rating list, Nisipeanu was rated 2707, making him fifteenth in the world, his highest position to date.

Wikipedia article: Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 850  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Tomescu vs Nisipeanu  0-164 1992 ROM-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. R Ignatescu vs Nisipeanu  ½-½29 1992 ROM-chTA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Nisipeanu vs M Chereches  1-038 1993 ROM-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Y Kruppa vs Nisipeanu  1-028 1994 EUCup GrB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. Nisipeanu vs Bagirov  1-034 1994 CuxhavenB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. G Schwartzman vs Nisipeanu  1-034 1994 ROM-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Nisipeanu vs Juergen Lisek  1-028 1995 BL2-N 9495B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. Nisipeanu vs D Tyomkin  0-125 1995 EU-ch U20B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
9. Nisipeanu vs A Florean 1-019 1995 RumaniaC13 French
10. Nisipeanu vs Kupreichik 1-025 1995 Bad Woerishofen 63/191B56 Sicilian
11. V Malakhov vs Nisipeanu  ½-½25 1995 EU-ch U20B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
12. Nisipeanu vs Ponomariov 1-069 1996 EU-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. Bacrot vs Nisipeanu 0-123 1996 It (a)A57 Benko Gambit
14. Y Shulman vs Nisipeanu  ½-½20 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
15. Kulaots vs Nisipeanu  0-124 1996 Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Nisipeanu vs L Vajda  1-030 1996 ROM-chE92 King's Indian
17. M Appleberry vs Nisipeanu  0-155 1996 Budapest FS06 GME47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
18. Sutovsky vs Nisipeanu  1-035 1996 COLB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Nisipeanu vs D Bogdan  1-018 1996 ROM-chA81 Dutch
20. Nisipeanu vs Suba  1-060 1997 Predeal opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Nisipeanu vs Hertneck  ½-½29 1997 Berliner Sommer 15thE92 King's Indian
22. Nisipeanu vs B Badea  ½-½15 1997 Predeal opB06 Robatsch
23. J Horvath vs Nisipeanu  ½-½14 1997 Predeal opA30 English, Symmetrical
24. V Buturin vs Nisipeanu  1-054 1998 MK Cafe CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Suetin vs Nisipeanu  1-031 1998 Cappelle opB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 850  PGN Download
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  virginmind: unfortunately on sept. 2011 fide list he's on a lowest level since 2003. this year definitelly not a good one for him.

come on nisi, we're sure you gonna surpass this bad period and prove to us all you can make it once again close to 2700!

Feb-16-12  zoren: Extremely entertaining creative player overshadowed by the more well known creative world class players the likes of Morozevich or Nakamura.

Of course there are more guys that are 2650+ in the same ilk such as Zvjaginsev, Krasenkow.

Nisipeanu vs S Volkov, 2003 is a fun game that starts off innocent and explodes into action.

Apr-13-12  allin: Kings Tournament 6th Edition - Medias, Romania - 23 June-4 July 2012 Elo average : 2765
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  Check It Out: <allin> or others: you wouldn't happen to know in which building or venue the Kings Tournament will take place? There is no information at the site. Thank you.
Jun-20-12  Cemoblanca: He looks like Joey Kelly [ AKA "The Kelly Family"! ;0)
Sep-12-12  allin: Strong Tournament in Bulgaria:Nisipeanu,Areshchenko,Jobava,Malakhov,C- heparinov,Atalik.
Good luck Nisi!!!
Sep-12-12  allin:
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  virginmind: he has finished equal second in this one. pretty good boost to his rating and confidence, hopefully.
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  virginmind: this year the king's tournament took place in bucharest, in november, and nisi placed fourth, after chucky, topalov and caruana. he did take his chances in most of the games but given the strength of the opposition he just managed 4 draws and 2 losses.
Aug-01-13  danbotea05: La multi ani , Dieter ! si sa te intorci acolo unde esti de fapt, sus , in elita ! Happy birthday for The Best Romanian Chessplayer !
Aug-18-13  Karpova: Winner of the 2013 Pardubice Open
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  whiteshark: Switched recently to the German Chess Federation, and is ELO-wise now their new no 2.

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  waustad: <whiteshark> beat me to the punch. Here is the chessbase article:
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  waustad: The transfer fee was 5000 euros: I see there that Ana Bellon Cramling has switched from Spanish to Swedish for her official Federation this year too.
Jun-02-14  Karpova: In the 7th and last round of the 8th Wunsiedel Chess Festival Meisterturnier 2014, Nisipeanu, fighting for 1st place, faced Pavel Cech. The Czech GM came 27 min late (30 min were allowed) and Nisipeanu went straight to the arbiter, asking if his opponent could get the full 90 min thinking time back*.

* <Regulations: Swiss System with 7 rounds, time control: Fischer time control (40 moves in 90 min + 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus a 30 seconds increment starting from move 1); time tolerance is 30 minutes.> http://www.wunsiedel-schachfestival...

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM (and former Super GM) Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu.

< (citizen of Germany) >

Wait, what? Would that explain why the annual <Bazna Kings Tournament> is gone (or maybe something else, like the Norway tournament).

Premium Chessgames Member
  virginmind: The annual Kings Tournament is not gone, it only changed venue (from Bazna to Bucharest, possibly due to a change in main sponsor) and timing (autumn instead of summer).

As of Nisi moving to represent Germany, what can I say - he's half German anyway (Dieter).

Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: He's listed as playing for Sparkasse Jenbach in the Austrian Bundesliga this year. This appears to be the first time he's played in this league.
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  waustad: His start this year for OSG Baden Baden in the German Bundesliga has been inauspicious to say the least. He's lost his first two games, against GM Mateusz Bartel and IM Arnd Lauber. The second game is quite an upset due to the 220 elo difference.
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  FSR: Sadly for groan-inducing pun purposes, the database lacks any game by this player that could be characterized as a "Nice [Giuoco] Piano."
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  perfidious: A clear shortcoming which this DB can ill afford.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Not to worry:

[Event "Benidorm op rap 2nd"]
[Site "Benidorm"]
[Date "2005.11.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nisipeanu, Liviu Dieter"]
[Black "Moreno Garcia, Alfonso"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C54"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2022"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2005.11.17"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. Nbd2 a6 7. c3 d6 8. Bb3 b5 9. h3 Bb6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Nf1 Ng6 12. Ng3 c6 13. d4 Bc7 14. Be3 d5 15. Bg5 Qd6 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. f4 Qd6 19. e5 Qc5+ 20. Kh1 Ne8 21. Bc2 g6 22. Nh5 Be6 23. f5 gxf5 24. Qd2 Kh8 25. b4 Qb6 26. Nf6 Bd8 27. Be3 Qc7 28. Bc5 Be7 29. Bxe7 Qxe7 30. Qh6 1-0

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  virginmind: He has beaten Wesley So in the first round of Dortmund 2015, taking revenge for a loss against him in Corus 2010.
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  MarkFinan: Can't believe this guy is my age, I thought he was much younger around Nakamura's age. Well he's certainly doing okay at Dortmund so good luck to him, although I'd advise him to lose the 1980's ponytail, lol.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu!

He's currently participating at the Politiken Cup. In R9 (today), he drew 2nd seed Markus Ragger on the top board. Entering the final round, he shares the lead (7.5/9) with 5 other players; the 6th seed has to face 3rd seed Jon Ludvig Hammer with black in the final round.

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