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Peter Heine Nielsen
P H Nielsen 
Number of games in database: 838
Years covered: 1989 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2639 (2669 rapid, 2492 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700

Overall record: +260 -96 =339 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 143 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (50) 
    E62 E99 E60 E94 E67
 Slav (41) 
    D17 D10 D15 D11 D16
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    E00 E10 A40 A41
 Catalan (29) 
    E04 E06 E01 E05 E09
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D87 D86 D82 D72
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (73) 
    B90 B22 B50 B84 B91
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C67 C65 C80 C78 C64
 Semi-Slav (35) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 Petrov (29) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D37 D31 D39 D30
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E20 E46 E53 E54 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P H Nielsen vs Goldin, 2001 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Karjakin, 2005 1-0
   Steffen Pedersen vs P H Nielsen, 2003 0-1
   P H Nielsen vs Sadvakasov, 2002 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs L Valdes, 2015 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Z Izoria, 2008 1/2-1/2
   P H Nielsen vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs McShane, 2003 1-0
   Sutovsky vs P H Nielsen, 2002 0-1
   T Banusz vs P H Nielsen, 2015 1/2-1/2

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2002/03 (2002)
   Danish Championships (2003)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   12th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2004)
   World Cup (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   openings by yahooman

   L Thiede vs P H Nielsen (Apr-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   P H Nielsen vs T Sarbok (Apr-08-17) 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs J Maiwald (Feb-07-16) 1/2-1/2
   J Sprenger vs P H Nielsen (Feb-06-16) 1/2-1/2
   J van Foreest vs P H Nielsen (Oct-14-15) 1-0, blitz

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(born May-24-1973, 43 years old) Denmark

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Nielsen became a Grandmaster in 1994 and is Denmark's top player. By September 2005 his ELO rating was 2668, the highest rated GM from the Nordic countries. In 2007, he worked as a second to World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan Anand. Nielsen qualified for the World Cup (2011) as a nominee of the FIDE President, and won his first three rounds against Israeli GM Evgeny Postny, English GM Michael Adams and Romanian GM Mircea Parligras to face Vugar Gashimov in round four; he lost the first game to Gashimov but fought back to take the second and force the match to a tiebreaker, his fourth of the contest, however Gashimov prevailed in the second set of rapid-play (10+10) tiebreakers. In 2013 he joined Magnus Carlsen team to assist Carlsen, commencing with the World Championship Candidates (2013) in March, however, he did not assist Carlsen against Anand due to his previous association as Anand's second.

Co-author with Carsten Hansen of <The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon: Improve Your Results with New Ideas in This Dynamic Opening>.

He married Lithuanian GM Victoria Cmilyte in December 2013.

Wikipedia article: Peter Heine Nielsen

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 838  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P H Nielsen vs R Menzel ½-½26 1989 Lyngby opB33 Sicilian
2. P H Nielsen vs Van Wely  0-121 1989 LyngbyE97 King's Indian
3. P H Nielsen vs Chandler  0-129 1990 London (England)E15 Queen's Indian
4. P H Nielsen vs Kramnik  ½-½19 1990 Ch World (cadets) (under 18)A81 Dutch
5. P H Nielsen vs A Rodriguez Vila  ½-½30 1991 Guarapuava wch U18B01 Scandinavian
6. Hertneck vs P H Nielsen  0-145 1991 Bad LauterbergE91 King's Indian
7. S Smagin vs P H Nielsen  1-024 1991 Valby K41B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
8. Larsen vs P H Nielsen  1-040 1991 Valby K41E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. P H Nielsen vs Romanishin ½-½12 1991 Bad LauterbergC45 Scotch Game
10. P H Nielsen vs Razuvaev 0-138 1991 Valby K41B44 Sicilian
11. P H Nielsen vs Uhlmann  0-159 1991 Valby UDANO K41 08E92 King's Indian
12. Degraeve vs P H Nielsen  ½-½34 1991 Ch World (juniors)C55 Two Knights Defense
13. Sherzer vs P H Nielsen  0-135 1991 Ch World (juniors)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Larsen vs P H Nielsen 0-157 1991 DEN-chE97 King's Indian
15. Svidler vs P H Nielsen  0-139 1992 Gausdal UNOROB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. P H Nielsen vs Pavasovic  ½-½40 1992 Kecskemet3C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. Hebden vs P H Nielsen  ½-½61 1992 Gausdal UNORO Troll-MastersE15 Queen's Indian
18. V Milov vs P H Nielsen  1-045 1992 Wch U20E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. P H Nielsen vs Van Wely  1-035 1992 TastrupB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Romanishin vs P H Nielsen 1-032 1992 TaastrupA53 Old Indian
21. A A Gretarsson vs P H Nielsen 0-130 1992 Gausdal (Norway)C57 Two Knights
22. P H Nielsen vs Jansa  1-063 1992 GausdalB83 Sicilian
23. Shirov vs P H Nielsen  1-043 1992 It (open)E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
24. Shirov vs P H Nielsen  1-043 1992 OakhamE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
25. P H Nielsen vs Taimanov  1-051 1992 GausdalB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 838  PGN Download
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Sep-16-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Bloody amazing that the biggest Danish talent since Bent Larsen (and a second for Carlsen and Anand) is called Norwegian!

I shall have to ask him 22 Sept. 2011 at a lecture, here in Denmark, what he makes of these "Norwegian" accusations! :D

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  moronovich: Perhaps Magnus is a dane in a closet !?

Who knows ;)

And would we trade ? ...

Sep-16-11  rogge: No, we wouldn't ;)
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  moronovich: <rogge: No, we wouldn't ;)>

Øv ):

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  alexmagnus: <They sometimes reveals a lack precise knowledge.>

Nothing comparable with a <Moldavian> chess site which instead of the news of <GM Bologan reaching round 2 of the World Cup> wrote about <IM Bologan reaching round 2 of the Moldavia Cup>. It didn't bother the news agency that the "Moldavia Cup" was held in Russia and the opponent in round 1 was a Pole (both being mentioned in the news message, though the name of the Pole was written wrong). The message ended with a mysterious sentence "playing with black chesses (!), our sportsman will compete in round 2".

Oct-08-11  Albertan: Lubomir Kavalek:The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess :

This is a link to analysis of the game
Nielsen,Peter Heine - Volokitin,Andrei from the 27th ECC event:

May-24-12  Morten: Happy birthday, Peter.

Busy at the moment, I gather. Thumbs up!

May-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Happy birthday to the gentle, giant Dane!

I think it is safe to say Peter Heine is a tad busy, yes.

May-24-12  efvaatn: happy birthday
Oct-26-12  Troller: Peter is in the lead in a rather overlooked round robin in Barcelona:

Live games are available on the homepage as well.

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  Naniwazu: Peter has stopped working for Anand and is currently coaching Magnus Carlsen.
Apr-07-13  Albertan: Peter Heine Nielsen won't work for Magnus Carlsen: Vishwanathan Anand


Apr-17-13  Chessinfinite: Peter Heine Nielsen is one of the best trainer/ coach/ seconds any player in the World can have today. Anand knows this, and so does Carlsen. Absolutely the 'winning edge' in preparation imo to have him in the team.

I think Anand will be thankful to Peter Heine Neilsen for his great help in his preparatory work. Good luck to PHN on his next venture with Carlsen.

May-24-13  JPi: <The player of the day> for many Japanese players. We were please to met not only a strong GM but also a man of a great simplicity. Both frank and subtle. In the name of a lot Japanese chess players Happy Birthday Heine Peter!
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  Appaz: What a nice tribute, <JPi> and I can only testify to your kind words.

I guess this Danish giant was both "frank and subtle" except in his physical presence :)

May-25-13  JPi: Well <Appaz> to be frank but not as subtle as our friend; as matter of -little- fa(c)t, alas, I'm not in position to argue.
Mar-30-14  Jigsaw42: I hope it's the last time this Carlsen biased c--t comments on a major tournament. And seriously, what's up with his grammar?
Mar-30-14  NGambit: Enjoyed having PH do the commentary during the candidates. Hope to see him in many more important events. As he (probably) won't be helping Magnus in the November match, I hope the organizers invite him. Svidler and PH combo would be awesome!
Mar-30-14  RedShield: Yes, I wonder if Nielsen's noble gesture in refusing to work for Magnus against Vishy holds for the rematch. Principles are nice, but business is business.
Mar-30-14  waustad: From one thing he said to Anna Bertsova today, I suspect that he will work with Carlsen this time. I don't recall the exact wording, but I got the impression that enough time had passed that it was no longer an issue. He mentioned Peter Leko working for both Anand and Kramnik, among others.
Mar-30-14  Shams: <Jigsaw42> <I hope it's the last time this Carlsen biased c--t comments on a major tournament. And seriously, what's up with his grammar?>

I'm guessing his English is a million times better than your Danish.

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  Chess for life: I thought GM Nielsen and his wife did a fine job commenting. However, GM Nielsen used "to a certain extent" and "in some sense" way too often. He also often ended many sentences with "but...", without following up with anything. I wish he was more assertive and sure of himself in his comments.
Mar-30-14  waustad: From the point of view of someone whose second and third languages are dramatically worse than most European's second or third, I was very happy with the performance of both commentators. His interchanges with VC were interesting. Two GMs who know each other as well as one can seeing different things was elucidating.

As an aside, here and in post mortems there seem to be those who have no qualms about interrupting others and those who need a cattle prod to be convinced to speak. Carlsen is naturally of the Bjorn Borg, cattle prod variety so sometimes he doesn't really know how to act. He's expected to talk so he does, but probably would rather not.

Jun-15-14  mucher1: This guy reached 2700 and was a pretty active tournament player up until 2011/12, but nowadays seems to have retired from competitive chess (except for the occasional Bundesliga match). Perhaps it pays better to train #1 than to be #50-100, but still...
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to 1 of the best seconds in chess...GM Nielsen!
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