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Anton Smirnov
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 2011 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2496 (2371 rapid, 2468 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2519

Overall record: +37 -10 =19 (70.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B90 B41 B70 B80 B54
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C91 C95
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C91 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (6) 
    D12 D10 D11
 Sicilian (5) 
    B54 B21 B23 B22 B90
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 D00 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Polishchuk vs A Smirnov, 2014 0-1
   A Smirnov vs E Barbosa, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   George Trundle Masters (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

   A Smirnov vs K Zelesco (Jan-20-17) 1/2-1/2
   Patrick Gong vs A Smirnov (Jan-19-17) 0-1
   A Smirnov vs A F Ker (Jan-18-17) 1-0
   A Smirnov vs A Dale (Jan-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Illingworth vs A Smirnov (Jan-17-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-28-2001, 16 years old) Australia

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FM (2013); IM (2014).

Anton Smirnov was the world's youngest International Master when he gained his title on 9 August 2014, and the first player born in 2001 to win the title.

He is the son of IM Vladimir Smirnov who taught him to play at age 4. He gained his first IM norm at the age of 12 years and 2 months at the 2013 Sydney International Open, won his FM title at the Zonal 3.6 tournament in 2013 a few months later, won his second IM norm at the age of 12 years 8 months and 20 days at the 2013 Indonesian Open and his third IM norm at the Politiken Cup in July 2014, nearly a year later. He reached 2400 on 9 August 2014 to meet the final condition to win the IM title in round 7 of the Chess Olympiad (2014).


<Youth and Junior> Smirnov was Australian U8 champion at age 5, and had his first international outing when he competed in the World U8 Championship in Turkey in 2007, scoring 6.5 points, the highest score by a 6-year old in the event. He re-contested the World U8 Championship in Vietnam where he scored 6/11. He also participated in the 2009 edition of the World U8 Championship, coming =2nd, losing only to the winner Aryan Gholami. In the 2009 and 2010 Australian Young Masters held in Sydney, he recorded his first results against titled players, namely a draw against FM Gene Nakauchi, and a win against FM Junta Ikeda. In 2011, he came =4th in the Australasian Young Masters tournament scoring 5.5/9. Smirnov placed =2nd in the Australian Junior U18 Open, scoring 7.5/11. Following on from his excellent result at the 2014 Australian Championship (see below), Smirnov, still aged 12, won the Australian Junior U18 with a round to spare.

<State and National> The then ten-year old finished 2011 and started 2012 with his first attempt at the Australian Championship; seeded 25th in a field of 30, he scored 5.5/11 (+3 -3 =5), placing =12th. He scored 3.5/9 in the NSW Championship 2012, however the strength of the field meant that this performance was close to par for rating. He placed 3rd in the 2013 NSW State Championship. He played in the 2014-15 Australian Championship in January 2014; still 12 years old, he was co-leader going into the 11th and last round, but lost to the winner of the event, IM Max Illingworth, scoring 7/11 and placing =5th. He was second, again behind Illingworth, at the NSW State Championship with 7.5/9.

<World> He placed 5th with 6/9 in the Zonal 3.6 tournament in 2013, and won his FM title under the 50% rule. In 2015, he was =3rd at the Zonal 3.6 tournament.


Smirnov started playing FIDE rated tournaments in 2008. A regular participant at the annual Ford Memorial Open in Sydney, Smirnov first played in that tournament in 2008 aged 8, scoring 3/9 (+3 -6); he scored 6/9 in both 2009 and 2010 and broke through to win the event in 2011 with 8/9, the youngest person to do so and ahead of FM Gregory J Canfell, whom he defeated in their individual encounter, and 69 other players. His first taste of an “open” international tournament was the Sydney International Open 2009 where he scored 3.5/8 (+3 =1 -4). In the 2010 version of the tournament his result improved to 4.5/9 (+3 =3 -3). He came =2nd with 7/11 (+6 =2 -3) in February 2010 in the Norths Chess Club Candidates held in Sydney which qualified him for the Norths Club Championship in 2011 (see below).

Reasonably positive outcomes in the 2010 City of Sydney (4.5/7) and in the 2010 Doeberl Cup (Major) in Canberra, combined with his other 2010 efforts and his good results in the 2011 Australian Open, were followed by his first participation in 2011 Aeroflot C and the Moscow Open E, where his results, while modest, were sufficient to slightly increase his ELO rating. In the Norths Club Championship of 2011, he scored 6.5/11, sufficient to boost his ELO by over 30 points although it was partially offset by his relatively meager result in the 2011 NSW Open where his 3.5/7 lost 14 points. In August 2011, he came =3rd in the Parramatta Spring Cup with 5.5/9.

He placed outright 3rd in the Norths Club Championship 2012 behind Gregory J Canfell and Michael Morris. An excellent result followed in September 2012 when he came =1st alongside Michael Morris at the John Purdy Memorial Open 2012, scoring 8/9 and adding another 21 points to his rating. 11 year-old Smirnov wrapped up 2012 with a stunning win at the 2012 Australasian Masters, scoring 6/9 and adding 47 points to his rating. His 6/11 at the Australian Championship 2013 temporarily cost him some rating points and an Australian Junior ranking, and his position as the world's number 1 player U12, although his excellent 5.5/9 at the 2013 Doeberl Cup and the 6/9 at the 2013 Sydney International Open (where he won his first IM norm) added a phenomenal 89 rating points to his card to take him to clear 1st in the world U12s. In October 2013, he scored an excellent 6/11 at the Indonesian Open, winning an IM norm and adding another 31 rating points to his October rating, more than compensating for a poor U16 Olympiad performance in July where he lost 12 rating points. He finished 2013 with a solid 20-point enhancing 4.5/9 in the Australasian Masters GM norm tournament held in Melbourne, but narrowly missed an IM norm. He scored another rating enhancing result with 5.5/9 at the Easter Doeberl Cup but again missed an IM norm when he lost his last round game to Moulthun Ly. He competed in the Sydney International Tournament in late April 2014 scoring 6/9 in a relatively rating-neutral result. A poor result at the 2014 Alekhine Memorial was more than reversed at the Politiken Cup (2014) where he scored 7.5/10 and won his 3rd IM norm.

Following his excellent Olympiad result at Tromsø (see below) when he gained his IM title, Smirnov played in the category 2 George Trundle Masters round robin event, winning with 6.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of GM Darryl K Johansen. He also participated in the Australasian Masters GM Tournament in Melbourne in December, placing 4th with 5.5/9 behind the three GMs participating in the event. The start of 2015 saw a rare lapse in form when he only scored 6/11 at the Australian Open, shedding 22 rating points for Feb 2015. he was =1st at the NSW Open in June 2015 and was =3rd at the Oceania Zonal 3.6 behind the winner, Max Illingworth and runner up Brodie McClymont. In September 2015, he was equal first at the Malaysian Open and in December 2015 placed 5th at the 2015 Australasian Masters GM Norm Tournament.


Smirnov's inaugural participation in the Olympiad came when he played board 5 for Australia at the Chess Olympiad (2014) held in Tromsø in Norway. It was highly auspicious, enabling him to gather a swag of points sufficient to lift his rating to the requisite 2400 needed to secure his IM title, and to assist Australia to 31st place, 29 places ahead of their #60 seeding. He was also undefeated, scoring 7.5/9 (+6 =3), winning a fourth IM norm.


Smirnov placed outright second at the City of Sydney Rapid in February 2014, with 6/7. He improved his blitz rating in July 2014 with 6/11 at the 18th Voronezh International Chess Festival (Blitz), which included a win over GM Michail Brodsky and soon afterwards when he placed 2nd with 8/9 at the Blitz July 3 2014 in Moscow held on 19 July.


Smirnov's highest rating to date was 2465 in January 2016.


Smirnov was awarded the Arlauskas Medal (Australian junior player of the year) for 2012 by the Australian Chess Federation.

Last updated 1 January 2016

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Canfell vs A Smirnov  ½-½282011Australian OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. A Smirnov vs V Feldman  ½-½252011Australian OpenB54 Sicilian
3. M Ly vs A Smirnov  1-0372011Australian OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. A Smirnov vs L Henningsen 1-0232014Politiken CupB08 Pirc, Classical
5. G Collareta vs A Smirnov  0-1492014Politiken CupA20 English
6. A Smirnov vs Bu Xiangzhi  0-1422014Politiken CupC41 Philidor Defense
7. T Flindt Christensen vs A Smirnov  0-1302014Politiken CupA07 King's Indian Attack
8. A Smirnov vs H Seegers  1-0202014Politiken CupB01 Scandinavian
9. A Smirnov vs Gao Rui  ½-½862014Politiken CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Hector vs A Smirnov  1-0332014Politiken CupD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
11. N Skou vs A Smirnov  0-1252014Politiken CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Smirnov vs S Merkesvik 1-0602014Politiken CupB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
13. A S Rasmussen vs A Smirnov 0-1282014Politiken CupA15 English
14. A Mongiello vs A Smirnov  0-1402014Chess OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Smirnov vs Jorge Ernesto Giron  1-0282014Chess OlympiadA59 Benko Gambit
16. A Smirnov vs Mohammed Reza Ghadimi  1-0282014Chess OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. D Dvirnyy vs A Smirnov ½-½472014Chess OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. M Notha vs A Smirnov  0-1502014Chess OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. A Smirnov vs L C Torres Rosas  1-0332014Chess OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. H Santos vs A Smirnov  ½-½352014Chess OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
21. A Smirnov vs S Khamdamov  1-0542014Chess OlympiadE91 King's Indian
22. D Baramidze vs A Smirnov  ½-½312014Chess OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
23. K Polishchuk vs A Smirnov  0-1422014George Trundle MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
24. A Smirnov vs G Lane  ½-½232014George Trundle MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. D K Johansen vs A Smirnov  ½-½112014George Trundle MastersA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-08-12  brucejavier: This kid has a bright future. Hopefully one day he will be able to beat his dad.
Feb-08-12  AlphaMale: Ice, ice, baby.
Dec-29-12  piltdown man: He has a higher rating than Carlsen did at the same age. Could he be the next big thing? We wait with bated breath. And we Aussies will, of course, claim him as our own, even though he is Russian.
Jan-27-13  solskytz: Another kid! I like him immediately, as he has the same birthday as Artur Rubinstein - and as myself, of course.
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  twinlark: 12 year old Anton almost won the Australian championship this year. Phenomenal young player.
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  twinlark: Congratulations to Anton Smirnov for recovering so well from his disappointing result at the Chigorin Memorial to wind up on the leader board in the Politiken Cup 2014 and win his 3rd IM norm. He now needs only to reach 2400 to win his IM title.

A huge result and a great hitout for the Olympiad starting in a couple of days. He will be playing for Australia on board 5.

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  ketchuplover: Not too shabby!
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  twinlark: Congratulations to Anton Smirnov for becoming the world's youngest International Master!
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  Richard Taylor: He is playing here in New Zealand with his father at the George Trundle International tournament. I just learned he is the youngest IM.

Well, that augurs well for him in chess at least. See how he goes over here. The officials on the NZ Chess Site say that he will be one to watch...I might have a butchers at some of the games. It is sometimes interesting to see a chess match live even if one is not playing. It is at GM Murray Chandler's new chess centre.

Jan-02-15  Caissanist: <And we Aussies will, of course, claim him as our own, even though he is Russian.>

If he was born and has lived his whole life in Australia, wouldn't he be an Australian citizen?

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  TheFocus: Nice career ahead of this young man!?!

Happy birthday, Anton Smirnov.

Apr-15-16  BIDMONFA: Anton Smirnov


Sep-13-16  fisayo123: 8.5/10 at the Olympiad and a GM norm.
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  WannaBe: I'd drink to that to celebrate. Oh, wait, he's 15.
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