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Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko
Number of games in database: 572
Years covered: 2007 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2624 (2677 rapid, 2695 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +133 -63 =90 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 286 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (28) 
    A11 A10 A15 A13 A14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (27) 
    A21 A20 A25 A29 A28
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D38 D31 D37 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A40 A46 D02 A50 D04
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A37 A30 A36 A34 A38
 King's Indian (19) 
    E60 E84 E71 E97 E67
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (31) 
    B12 B10 B13 B11 B18
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B22 B31 B35 B92
 French Defense (27) 
    C01 C18 C07 C02 C10
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Reti System (23) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A45 D02 E00 E10 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Petrosyan vs I V Kovalenko, 2015 0-1
   Radjabov vs I V Kovalenko, 2015 0-1
   N Kalinin vs I V Kovalenko, 2013 0-1
   I V Kovalenko vs Fressinet, 2016 1-0
   I Saric vs I V Kovalenko, 2016 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs I V Kovalenko, 2012 0-1
   Aronian vs I V Kovalenko, 2015 0-1
   I V Kovalenko vs J S Christiansen, 2018 1-0
   I V Kovalenko vs Wen Yang, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Karjakin vs I V Kovalenko, 2015 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Baku Open (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Moscow Open (2013)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   GRENKE Chess Classic (Open) (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   I V Kovalenko vs E Dervishi (Oct-05-18) 0-1
   S Tologontegin vs I V Kovalenko (Oct-04-18) 0-1
   L Paichadze vs I V Kovalenko (Oct-03-18) 1-0
   I V Kovalenko vs H A Hussein Al-Ali (Oct-02-18) 1-0
   N Delgado Ramirez vs I V Kovalenko (Oct-01-18) 0-1

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(born Dec-29-1988, 29 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Latvia)
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International Master (2008); Grandmaster (2010). Latvian Champion (2013)

Grandmaster norms (1)

Kovalenko's application for the Grandmaster title was accompanied with five GM norms:

- the Alushta Summer Tournament in June 2009, in which he scored 9 from the first 11 rounds, half a point above the requirement for a norm;

- the Moscow Open (2010) in January-February 2010 in which he scored the requisite 5/9;

- the Bondarevsky Memorial Tournament in December 2010 in which he scored 6.5 from the first 9 rounds, a point above norm requirement.

Kovalenko's GM title would therefore have come into effect on 20 December 2010 (when he was aged 21 years 11 months 21 days) as his rating was already over 2500 at the time.

Nevertheless, the extra two GM norms submitted were in respect of:

- the Moscow Open 2011 E, where he scored 7.5/9, a point above requirement for a norm; and

- the Aeroflot Open (2011), where his scored of 5/9 was half a point above norm requirement.


<National> Won the Latvian Championship in 2013.

<World> Won the Baltic Zonal in 2014 qualifying for the World Cup (2015) where he was unexpectedly eliminated in the first round by Wen Yang.

Standard Tournaments

<2009> Kovalenko won Alushta Summer Tournament in June 2009 with 9.5/13, a point clear of equal second placed Suri Vaibhav and Alexander Kovchan, despite only scoring a draw in the last two rounds after gaining his first GM norm.

<2010> He won the Bondarevsky Memorial Tournament with 7.5/11 a point clear of Viacheslav Zakhartsov who was outright 2nd.

<2013> Won the 17th Voronezh Chess Festival in 2013 with 7/9.

<2015> Winner of Zalakaros Open 2015, the Iasi Open 2015, the Albena Open 2015 and the Najdorf Memorial 2015, the last mentioned with a powerful 8/9 performance that took his rating to over 2700 for the first time.

Team events (2)

<National representation> Kovalenko played board 2 for Latvia at the Chess Olympiad (2014).

<National Leagues> Played board 2 for the EGU-Perspektiva Lipetsk region team in the Russian Team Championships (2012). Played board 2 for the Law Academy Kharkiv team in the 2012 Ukrainian League, winning team and individual gold.

Sources and references

(1); (2) - results are incomplete as of July 2015 in respect of the Ukrainian League

Wikipedia article: Igor Kovalenko

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 572  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Nosenko vs I V Kovalenko  ½-½462007Ukrainian ChA80 Dutch
2. V Pecheritsa vs I V Kovalenko  0-1602009Chigorin Memorial OpenB01 Scandinavian
3. I V Kovalenko vs Zhou Weiqi 0-1202009Chigorin Memorial OpenC11 French
4. O Vastrukhin vs I V Kovalenko  0-1492009Chigorin Memorial OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. I V Kovalenko vs M Matlakov  0-1482009Chigorin Memorial OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. V Gorkavij vs I V Kovalenko  0-1502009Chigorin Memorial OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. I V Kovalenko vs E Vorobiov  ½-½472010Moscow OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. B Savchenko vs I V Kovalenko  ½-½892010Moscow OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. I V Kovalenko vs Yifan Hou 1-0252010Moscow OpenA56 Benoni Defense
10. E Najer vs I V Kovalenko 1-0542010Moscow OpenB01 Scandinavian
11. I V Kovalenko vs Ivan Popov  1-0612010Moscow OpenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Zontakh vs I V Kovalenko  ½-½282010Moscow OpenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. I V Kovalenko vs M M Kazhgaleyev  0-1412010Moscow OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. I V Kovalenko vs B Savchenko 1-0362011Aeroflot OpenA60 Benoni Defense
15. I V Kovalenko vs I Cheparinov  ½-½552011Aeroflot OpenD97 Grunfeld, Russian
16. R Mamedov vs I V Kovalenko 1-0602011Aeroflot OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. I Khairullin vs I V Kovalenko  1-0292011Aeroflot OpenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
18. I V Kovalenko vs R Felgaer  0-1372011Aeroflot OpenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. S Khader vs I V Kovalenko  0-1712011Aeroflot OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. I V Kovalenko vs S Mareco  1-0522011Aeroflot OpenE15 Queen's Indian
21. R Edouard vs I V Kovalenko 0-1672011Aeroflot OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. I V Kovalenko vs Motylev  ½-½562011Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. I Ushakova vs I V Kovalenko  0-1392011Polugaevsky MemorialD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
24. S Chekhov vs I V Kovalenko  ½-½542012Moscow Open AB01 Scandinavian
25. Morozevich vs I V Kovalenko 1-0722012Petrov Memorial RapidD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-11  biglo: There's a GM title application being considered for him at the 82nd FIDE Congress 2011, Krakow, 15-22 October 2011, POL
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  wordfunph: <biglo> finally approved by FIDE..

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  offramp: He is having a gritty time at the Dubai Chess Open (2015):

1. A Deshpande vs I Kovalenko 0-1 33
2. I Kovalenko vs A Pourramezanali - 87
3. M Petrosyan vs I Kovalenko 0-1 140
4. I Kovalenko vs A Fier 1-0 69
5. I Kovalenko vs N Grandelius - 58
6. D Solak vs I Kovalenko - 17

That's a whole lotta moves!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Igor Kovalenko for entering the Top 100 live ratings club. At 2650, he was only about 4 rating points behind the number needed, but suffered a huge first round white loss to Kantor (2402). However, he's gone on a 5.5/6 run and is now at 2653.7 and #97.
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  Penguincw: In Round 8 of the Zalakaros Open, Kovalenko beat leader Boruchovsky and in R9, drew 2nd seed Markus Ragger to secure the tournament with 7/9 (+6,-1,=2).

The 6th seed gained 5.3 rating points, which (in addition to his Polish League games) bumps him to 2657.2 and 85th in the world.

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  sonia91: Winner of Zalakaros Open 2015:

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  Penguincw: Kovalenko continues to climb! This time, entering as the 2nd seed, he wins clear first at the Iasi Open with 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3) starting out with 3 wins, then 3 draws and 3 more wins (4 black wins) to secure the tournament.

Rating wise, he gained 14.9 rating points. Including other factors (such as the previous month), he is now at 2674.3 and World #65, both career highs.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Igor Kovalenko for winning the Albena Open! As the 1st seed, it's only appropriate he finished in sole first, and he did, with 7/9 (+6,-1,=2). He had 2 3-game winning streaks, which I'm sure helped!
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  sonia91: Interview after the Najdorf Memorial:

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  sonia91: Congrats on winning the Keres Memorial!
Jan-16-16  fisayo123: Congratulations to him. I like his style of play.
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  Penguincw: Great performance by Kovalenko, as he finishes 2nd at the 2016 EICC, behind only Inarkiev. He finished in sole second with a score of 8.5/11 (+7,-1,=3).

In the last rating period, Kovalenko has gained 23.7 rating points, which is the 2nd most out of any players currently in the top 100 live ratings, trailing only Inarkiev.

And yes, Kovalenko is back in the top 100 live ratings!

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  Tabanus: Another great performance (2881) at the Oslo Chess Festival (which concluded yesterday): (pgn: bottom of page)

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  Sularus: happy birthday!
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  sonia91: Kovalenko won the 22nd Open International Bavarian Championship on tiebreak from Gabor Papp and Iranian talent Alireza Firouzja:
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