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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 991
Years covered: 1992 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2681 (2643 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707

Overall record: +319 -113 =519 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 40 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B90 B33 B22 B30 B92
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C67 C69 C91 C65 C89
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B90 B92 B96
 French Defense (32) 
    C10 C07 C03 C05 C04
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E54 E42 E47 E53 E32
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C91 C89 C92 C84 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B48 B81 B47 B83 B40
 Caro-Kann (51) 
    B12 B18 B16 B13 B10
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    E10 A46 E00 D02 A45
 Queen's Indian (28) 
    E15 E12 E14 E16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (22) 
    A30 A31 A33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kiril D Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2006 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs A Florean, 1995 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   Shirov vs Nisipeanu, 1999 0-1
   C Sandipan vs Nisipeanu, 2004 0-1
   Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk, 1999 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs I Bukavshin, 2015 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Radjabov, 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?]
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer
   Lessons from Nisipeanu by Minor Piece Activity

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   D G Fridman vs Nisipeanu (May-01-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nisipeanu vs Fressinet (Apr-29-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nisipeanu vs S Kindermann (Mar-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   N Studer vs Nisipeanu (Mar-10-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nisipeanu vs V Laznicka (Feb-25-18) 1-0

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(born Aug-01-1976, 41 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 40; games 1-25 of 991  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Tomescu vs Nisipeanu  0-1641992ROM-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. R Ignatescu vs Nisipeanu  ½-½291992ROM-chTA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Nisipeanu vs M Chereches  1-0381993ROM-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Y Kruppa vs Nisipeanu  1-0281994EUCup GrB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. Nisipeanu vs Bagirov  1-0341994CuxhavenB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. G Schwartzman vs Nisipeanu  1-0341994ROM-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. V Malakhov vs Nisipeanu  ½-½251995EU-ch U20B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
8. Nisipeanu vs D Tyomkin  0-1251995EU-ch U20B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
9. Nisipeanu vs A Florean 1-0191995RumaniaC13 French
10. Nisipeanu vs Juergen Lisek  1-0281995BL2-N 9495B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. Nisipeanu vs Kupreichik 1-0251995Bad Woerishofen 63/191B56 Sicilian
12. M Appleberry vs Nisipeanu  0-1551996Budapest FS06 GME47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
13. Kulaots vs Nisipeanu  0-1241996Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Bacrot vs Nisipeanu 0-1231996It (a)A57 Benko Gambit
15. Nisipeanu vs L Vajda  1-0301996ROM-chE92 King's Indian
16. Sutovsky vs Nisipeanu 1-0351996COLB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. Nisipeanu vs D Bogdan  1-0181996ROM-chA81 Dutch
18. Nisipeanu vs Ponomariov 1-0691996EU-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Y Shulman vs Nisipeanu  ½-½201996Yerevan ol (Men)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
20. Nisipeanu vs M V Golubev ½-½311997Romanian Cht (Tusnad)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. Nisipeanu vs B Badea  ½-½151997Predeal opB06 Robatsch
22. J Horvath vs Nisipeanu  ½-½141997Predeal opA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Nisipeanu vs Suba  1-0601997Predeal opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. Nisipeanu vs Hertneck  ½-½291997Berliner Sommer 15thE92 King's Indian
25. Nisipeanu vs Ftacnik  ½-½161998Ch City, Hamburg (Germany)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
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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
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  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!
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  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)

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  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.
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  virginmind: good luck in corus 2010, nisi!
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  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:
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  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.
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  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!!!
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  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!
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  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.
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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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