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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 942
Years covered: 1992 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2680 (2659 rapid, 2642 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707

Overall record: +311 -110 =483 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 38 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (169) 
    B90 B22 B33 B92 B87
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C67 C91 C69 C89 C78
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B92 B96
 French Defense (32) 
    C07 C10 C03 C05 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C91 C89 C92 C87 C88
 Petrov (22) 
    C42 C43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B48 B81 B40 B47 B83
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B12 B18 B16 B14 B19
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    E10 A46 E00 A45 D02
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E44
 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?]
   Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs A Florean, 1995 1-0
   Shirov vs Nisipeanu, 1999 0-1
   Kiril D Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2006 0-1
   Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   C Sandipan vs Nisipeanu, 2004 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk, 1999 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Radjabov, 2010 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Pelletier, 2010 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)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   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

   M Fedorovsky vs Nisipeanu (Mar-19-17) 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs L Mons (Mar-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   Nisipeanu vs M Richter (Dec-04-16) 1-0
   M Kraemer vs Nisipeanu (Dec-03-16) 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs Nisipeanu (Nov-20-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-01-1976, 40 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 38; games 1-25 of 942  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 D Tyomkin  0-125 1995 EU-ch U20B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
8. Nisipeanu vs A Florean 1-019 1995 RumaniaC13 French
9. V Malakhov vs Nisipeanu  ½-½25 1995 EU-ch U20B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
10. Nisipeanu vs Juergen Lisek  1-028 1995 BL2-N 9495B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. Nisipeanu vs Kupreichik 1-025 1995 Bad Woerishofen 63/191B56 Sicilian
12. Nisipeanu vs L Vajda  1-030 1996 ROM-chE92 King's Indian
13. Nisipeanu vs Ponomariov 1-069 1996 EU-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. Nisipeanu vs D Bogdan  1-018 1996 ROM-chA81 Dutch
15. M Appleberry vs Nisipeanu  0-155 1996 Budapest FS06 GME47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
16. Kulaots vs Nisipeanu  0-124 1996 Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Bacrot vs Nisipeanu 0-123 1996 It (a)A57 Benko Gambit
18. Sutovsky vs Nisipeanu 1-035 1996 COLB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Y Shulman vs Nisipeanu  ½-½20 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
20. Nisipeanu vs Suba  1-060 1997 Predeal opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Nisipeanu vs B Badea  ½-½15 1997 Predeal opB06 Robatsch
22. J Horvath vs Nisipeanu  ½-½14 1997 Predeal opA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Nisipeanu vs Hertneck  ½-½29 1997 Berliner Sommer 15thE92 King's Indian
24. Nisipeanu vs Ftacnik  ½-½16 1998 Ch City, Hamburg (Germany)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Aronian vs Nisipeanu 0-134 1998 Ciocaltea memA00 Uncommon Opening
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Jul-14-08  nolanryan: i don't know why, but this long-haired guy is one of my favorites, in my top 5 of current players for sure. I love his creative opening play. He also seems to be climbing the charts recently.
Mar-06-09  allin: The 10th European Individual Chess Championship starts today.Good luck Nisi
Mar-19-09  virginmind: very enterprising attacking chess in some of his games at the european championship. nisipeanu managed to qualify for the world cup, by beating kurnosov in the tie-breaks.
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  Eyal: <Michael Schwerteck / Beauty in Chess V: Planet Nisipeanu>

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  whiteshark: Great series of articles! Thanks for pointing out. :D
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  PhilFeeley: From that article I found that <> is missing this game. How is that possible??

Evgeny Bareev (2690) - Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu (2575) [E13]

Elista ol (Men)/Elista (3) 1998

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Bb7 6. Nd2 h6 7. Bh4 Bxc3 8. bxc3 d6 9. f3 Nbd7 10. e4 e5 11. Be2 Nf8 12. Bf2 Ne6 13. Qb3 O-O 14. g3 Nd7 15. Rb1 Kh8 16. Qc2 Qf6 17. d5 Nec5 18. Nf1 Qd8 19. Ne3 Nf6 20. g4 Ng8 21. Qd2 Bc8 22. Bd1 Bd7 23. h4 h5 24. Nf5 hxg4 25. Bxc5 dxc5 26. fxg4 g6 27. Ne3 Qf6 28. Qg2 Qf4 29. Kd2 Nf6 30. Rf1 Nxe4+ 31. Kd3 f5 32. Rxf4 exf4 33. Nf1 fxg4 34. Kxe4 f3 35. Qb2 Rae8+ 36. Kd3 Re1 37. Ng3 f2 38. Be2 Rg1 39. Nf1 Bf5+ 40. Kd2 g3 41. Bf3 Bxb1 42. Qxb1 Rxf3 43. Qxg6 g2 1/2-1/2

An interesting queen sac, but it looks like a perpetual at the end.

May-14-09  allin: Super-GM tournament in romania with:Teimour Radjabov,Vassily Ivanchuk,Alexei Shirov,Boris Gelfand,Gata Kamsky and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 14-25 june
May-14-09  returnoftheking: cool! Although it would be really special when it was a supertournament without Ivanchuk!
Jun-14-09  hedgeh0g: He looks like E-Type!
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  wordfunph: 1999 FIDE World Chess Championship: GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu received a cheque for $138,000 for reaching the semi-final but 51.Ra7! in game six could have added another $178,000 to his winnings.

(Source: BCM October 1999)

Oct-15-09  virginmind: next main events in which nisipeanu will participate: european team championship 2009, world cup 2009, corus 2010 (group b)
Nov-03-09  allin: Btw Nisipeanu will face Lupulescu in Khanty-Mansiysk first round.nisi and lupu are the only players from romania in world cup 2009.
Jan-15-10  virginmind: good luck in corus 2010, nisi!
Feb-24-10  virginmind: ok, i hope nisi won't lose heart for his rather disappointing performance in corus b 2010, and find resources to offer us some new thrilling victories. good luck!
Apr-16-10  allin:
May-09-10  virginmind: nisipeanu plays in bosna tournament and today he had an interesting win against bosiocic:

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[Event "40th Int'l Chess Tourney BOSNA 2010"]
[Site "Sarajevo/Bosnia&Herzegovina"]
[Date "2010.05.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"]
[Black "Bosiocic, Marin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A81"]
[Annotator "Robot 4"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nh6 5. h4 Nf7 6. h5 e6 7. Nc3 d5 8. g4 fxg4 9. hxg6 hxg6 10. Rxh8+ Bxh8 11. Nh2 c5 12. dxc5 g3 13. fxg3 Qc7 14. Qd3 Ne5 15. Qd2 Qxc5 16. Qh6 Nf7 17. Qxg6 Qg1+ 18. Nf1 Qxg2 19. Bg5 Kf8 20. O-O-O Nc6 21. Ne3 Qh3 22. Rf1 Nce5 23. Bh6+ Ke7 24. Ncxd5+ exd5 25. Rxf7+ Nxf7 26. Nxd5+ Kd7 27. Qxf7+ Kc6 28. Nb4+ Kb5 29. Qd5+ Ka4 30. b3+ 1-0

May-11-10  redwhitechess: Agree for above entertaining game by Nisipeanu. See for my comments. I think after 24..exd5?? Nisipeanu get the force mate in 12 or whatever line.
Jun-14-10  virginmind: congratulations for your first win in bazna, nisi! very nice game against radjabov.
Mar-18-11  allin: Kings Tournament Bazna 2011 with:Carlsen,Ivanchuk,Karjakin,Nakamura,Radjabov- ,Nisipeanu 11-22 June 2011.
Tournament category XXI - ELO average 2760.Good luck nisi!!!
Jun-12-11  virginmind: bazna 1: a draw against someone 117 elo points higher than you is never a bad result...good luck with black in the second round against nakamura, nisi!
Jun-13-11  virginmind: great job today against ivanchuk, nisi! bravo for the determination to squeeze that win out of almost a draw!
Jul-21-11  allin: Highest rating achieved in database: 2662??? On the October 2005 rating list, Nisipeanu was rated 2707, making him fifteenth in the world.
Sep-01-11  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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