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Ilya Smirin
Number of games in database: 1,932
Years covered: 1983 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2671 (2637 rapid, 2576 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +671 -261 =749 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 251 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (362) 
    B90 B30 B31 B93 B58
 Ruy Lopez (191) 
    C90 C78 C65 C80 C67
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (94) 
    C90 C86 C92 C95 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (90) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91
 French Defense (90) 
    C07 C18 C05 C03 C10
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B12 B17 B18 B14 B13
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (316) 
    E97 E92 E94 E62 E60
 Sicilian (297) 
    B42 B43 B40 B22 B60
 Sicilian Kan (78) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Pirc (52) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D79 D76 D78 D97
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (40) 
    B60 B64 B63 B66 B62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Smirin vs Y Afek, 1992 1-0
   Kramnik vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Bareev vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Smirin vs Gelfand, 1987 1-0
   Smirin vs B Alterman, 1995 1-0
   Radjabov vs Smirin, 2001 0-1
   Smirin vs Gambit Tiger, 2002 1-0
   Smirin vs V Popov, 2010 1-0
   T Kotanjian vs Smirin, 2014 0-1
   Smirin vs A Givon, 2012 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel (Challengers) (2017)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   Rilton Cup (2013)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The KID by Zhbugnoimt
   Smirin's KID by wilfredo munoz
   Biel 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147
   1996 Canadian open by gauer
   B93 Sicilian: Najdorf / Amsterdam [White] by chess.master
   Intel Rapid Chess Grand Prix 1994 - Paris by amadeus
   How to play against the Bayonet Attack. by little fluffy
   1996 World open by gauer

   V Artemiev vs Smirin (Mar-01-17) 1-0
   Smirin vs R Jumabayev (Feb-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Inarkiev vs Smirin (Feb-27-17) 1-0
   Smirin vs A Gupta (Feb-26-17) 1-0
   D Khismatullin vs Smirin (Feb-25-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-21-1968, 49 years old) Belarus (federation/nationality Israel)

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Ilya Smirin was born in Belarus. His chess career began in the Soviet Union, but in 1992 he immigrated to Israel, and has since been one of the leading Israeli representatives at Olympiads and other international events. His tournament successes include equal first places at Sverdlovsk 1987, New York 1994, and three different Israeli championships.

A score of 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2014) qualified Smirin to play in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Romain Edouard in the first round but lost to Teimour Radjabov in the second round, thereby exiting the event.

Wikipedia article: Ilya Smirin

 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,932  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Smirin vs K Lerner  ½-½41 1983 NikolaevB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. N Rashkovsky vs Smirin  1-028 1983 NikolaevE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Oll vs Smirin 1-026 1983 NikolaevB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Smirin vs E Mochalov  1-038 1985 Sokolsky memB50 Sicilian
5. S Begun vs Smirin  0-155 1985 Sokolsky memA04 Reti Opening
6. A Ryskin vs Smirin  1-038 1985 Sokolsky memB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Smirin vs V Litvinov  ½-½44 1985 Sokolsky memC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
8. Ivanchuk vs Smirin 1-033 1985 URSB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
9. V Malaniuk vs Smirin  ½-½76 1985 Sokolsky memB58 Sicilian
10. Smirin vs P Korzubov  1-022 1985 Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
11. A Ivanov vs Smirin  1-034 1985 Sokolsky memB56 Sicilian
12. Smirin vs A Z Kapengut  1-023 1985 Sokolsky memB15 Caro-Kann
13. S Yuferov vs Smirin  ½-½51 1985 Sokolsky memE97 King's Indian
14. I Efimov vs Smirin  0-128 1985 Sokolsky memA43 Old Benoni
15. Smirin vs M Khassanov  ½-½46 1985 Sokolsky memB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Smirin vs M Shereshevsky 0-152 1985 Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
17. V Dydyshko vs Smirin  ½-½57 1985 Sokolsky memE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Smirin vs L Basin 0-128 1985 Sokolsky memB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. Smirin vs M Golubev  ½-½54 1985 Klaipeda jr SU-qualB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. S Smagin vs Smirin  1-076 1986 URS-ch otborB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Ivanchuk vs Smirin  ½-½41 1986 PinskE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Smirin vs A Sedrakian  1-031 1986 Minsk ttB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Smirin vs Ehlvest  0-167 1986 URS-ch otborC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. Smirin vs M Makarov 0-163 1986 Minsk ttC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. V N Kozlov vs Smirin  0-133 1986 URS-ch otborE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
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May-04-04  rags: <Everett> here is the link , great performance by Smirin
May-05-04  Everett: RAGS! I don't know how to upload a game to this database, but someone has to get that game against Gambit Tiger on. Humans aren't supposed to do that against computers.
Jul-12-04  Everett:

I emailed you the .pgn files of Smirin's games against a bevy of computers tonight. I grabbed them from the site rags listed above, and I hope you can use them. Some of the games are off the hook. I hope you can upload them. I know you're busy with the Adams-Kas match, but maybe you can find some time.


Jul-29-04  Everett: CHESSGAMES, you were great in getting back to me about receiving the Smirin vs. computer games. Are there any plans for uploading them?

Thanks for the great site.

Oct-13-05  crazyforever: thanxxxxxxxxxxxxx alot ya man
Feb-09-06  waddayaplay: 2700+ player, and no bio? Hmphh...
Jan-21-07  BIDMONFA: Ilya Smirin


Feb-22-07  geraldo8187: after the 2003 world open, this guy's uscf rating was 2816!!!
Aug-23-07  Karpova: Smirin won a strong Open in Greece:

He scored 7/9 and won ahead of six players with 6.5 points (Kiril Georgiev, Malakhatko and Svetushkin were among them). There were a lot of strong players like Rozentalis (6 points), Macieja (6 points), Kotronias (6 points), Chatalbashev (5 points), Graf (5 points) and our User: Yelena Dembo with 4.5 points against 2424 rating average

Aug-26-07  Karpova: Chessbase report on the Acropolis International tournament:
Jan-10-08  cbpatzer: The Israel International Chess Championship is going on in Maalot-Tarshikhha, a Jewish-Arab town in the north of Israel. It is a strong category 15 round robin with 10 GMs from Israel, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Germany. After three rounds GM Ilia Smirin (winner of Acropolis Open 2007) and GM Evgeny Postny are top of the table with 2,5/3.


Offical site seems to be

Aug-27-08  Karpova: Ilya Smirin won the 23rd Acropolis 2008 International Open Chess Tournament for the second consecutive year.

The tournament took place at the President Hotel (43 Kifissias Avenue, "Europa" Hall) in Athens, Greece, from August 9th to 17th 2008.

Smirin came in first with 7.0/9 only ahead of Romanian GM Mircea Parligras thanks to better Tie-Breaks (Smirin's oppoenents had an average rating of 2523, Parligras' ones of 2513).

Other notable results:

IM Nana Dagnidze from Georgia came in third with 6.5/9 and made a GM norm (while her own rating is 2458 her opponents' rating average was 2449).

IM Yelena Dembo reached 21st place with 5.5/9 (against rating average of 2374).


Dec-09-08  ellenliisbet: Why did Smirin not play the recent Olympiad?
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Smirin!
Jan-21-10  Alphastar: Happy birthday :-)
Jan-21-10  Everett: One of the modern Knights of the KID. When even Kasparov was giving up on the opening because of the Bayonet Attack, Smirin and Radjabov was gaining wins as black.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: wiki-bio:
Aug-16-14  Albertan: GM Smirin was recently interviewed by Da niel King. You can listen to the interview at
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Ilya Smirin the only perfect player remaining at Politiken Cup (2015), starting 6/6!

In R7, he'll face Hammer with black.

Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day Ilya Smirin.
Mar-07-16  notyetagm: Ilya Smirin

A new book by Smirin is coming out from Quality Chess, of course on the King's Indian Defense:

<I am also working on a book provisionally called (tongue in cheek) <<<King’s Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin>>>. This will be a how-to-play book that supplements Kotronias’ five book series perfectly, by maybe the most creative grandmaster alive. The material is fantastic. The book will need some editing, but it is simply a remarkable draft.>

Apr-26-16  Conrad93: <A new book by Smirin is coming out from Quality Chess, of course on the King's Indian Defense:

<I am also working on a book provisionally called (tongue in cheek) <<<King’s Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin>>>. This will be a how-to-play book that supplements Kotronias’ five book series perfectly, by maybe the most creative grandmaster alive. The material is fantastic. The book will need some editing, but it is simply a remarkable draft.>>

This should be interesting. Gallagher also wrote a very good book on the KID, and I've heard Vigorito's two volume series is the cream of the crop.

It will be interesting to see how the world expert on the KID compares to these two.

P.S. Dejan Bojokov's Modernized: The King's Indian is an extremely good introduction.

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  ketchuplover: Best wishes at the 2017 TataSteel event :)
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  diagonal: For the cg. bio: <Ilya Smirin won at Biel in 2002>, clear first ahead of shared seconds Tkachiev, Dreev, followed by Korchnoi, winner from 2001, Pelletier, and Vallejo Pons:

Game Collection: Biel 2002

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  diagonal: Ilya Smirin also <won the last edition of the famous New York Open series in 2000 outright>:

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