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Ilya Yulyevich Smirin
Number of games in database: 1,970
Years covered: 1983 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2591 (2626 rapid, 2582 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +687 -271 =761 (62.1%)*
   * 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 (361) 
    B90 B30 B31 B93 B83
 Ruy Lopez (195) 
    C90 C78 C65 C67 C80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C90 C86 C92 C95 C96
 French Defense (93) 
    C07 C18 C05 C10 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (89) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B12 B18 B17 B13 B14
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (329) 
    E97 E92 E94 E62 E60
 Sicilian (291) 
    B42 B43 B22 B40 B60
 Sicilian Kan (78) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Pirc (54) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D78 D79 D76 D82
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (40) 
    B60 B64 B63 B62 B66
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Smirin vs Y Afek, 1992 1-0
   Kramnik vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Smirin vs F Ribeiro, 1997 1-0
   Smirin vs Gelfand, 1987 1-0
   Bareev vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Smirin vs B V Alterman, 1995 1-0
   Radjabov vs Smirin, 2001 0-1
   Smirin vs Pelletier, 2002 1-0
   Smirin vs V S Popov, 2010 1-0
   Smirin vs Gambit Tiger, 2002 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Rilton Cup 2013/14 (2013)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The KID by Zhbugnoimt
   Smirin's KID by wilfredo munoz
   Smirin's KID by AdolfoAugusto
   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
   How to play against the Bayonet Attack. by little fluffy

   🏆 Netanya Masters
   Smirin vs Eljanov (Jul-02-19) 0-1
   M Rodshtein vs Smirin (Jul-01-19) 1/2-1/2
   Smirin vs Svidler (Jun-30-19) 1-0
   Gelfand vs Smirin (Jun-28-19) 1-0
   Smirin vs L Dominguez (Jun-27-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-21-1968, 51 years old) Belarus (federation/nationality Israel)

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GM Ilya Yulyevich 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

Last updated: 2018-03-13 18:17:48

 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,022  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smirin vs K Lerner  ½-½411983NikolaevB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Oll vs Smirin 1-0261983NikolaevB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. N Rashkovsky vs Smirin  1-0281983NikolaevE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. Smirin vs E Mochalov  1-0381985Sokolsky memB50 Sicilian
5. S Begun vs Smirin  0-1551985Sokolsky memA04 Reti Opening
6. A Ryskin vs Smirin  1-0381985Sokolsky memB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Smirin vs V Litvinov  ½-½441985Sokolsky memC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
8. V Malaniuk vs Smirin  ½-½761985Sokolsky memB58 Sicilian
9. Smirin vs P Korzubov  1-0221985Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
10. Alexander V Ivanov vs Smirin  1-0341985Sokolsky memB58 Sicilian
11. Smirin vs A Z Kapengut  1-0231985Sokolsky memB15 Caro-Kann
12. Ivanchuk vs Smirin 1-0331985URSB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. S Yuferov vs Smirin  ½-½511985Sokolsky memE97 King's Indian
14. I Efimov vs Smirin  0-1281985Sokolsky memA43 Old Benoni
15. Smirin vs M Khassanov  ½-½461985Sokolsky memB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Smirin vs M Shereshevsky 0-1521985Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
17. V Dydyshko vs Smirin  ½-½571985Sokolsky memE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Smirin vs L G Basin 0-1281985Sokolsky memB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. G G Sagalchik vs Smirin  0-1481985URS-ch U25A43 Old Benoni
20. Novik vs Smirin  ½-½251985URS-ch U25B22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Smirin vs Ulibin  0-1531985URS-ch U25C18 French, Winawer
22. Smirin vs A Nosenko  1-0371985URS-ch U25B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. Smirin vs M V Golubev  ½-½541985Klaipeda jr SU-qualB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Smirin vs A Sedrakian  1-0311986Minsk ttB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Smirin vs Gelfand  ½-½321986USSRB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-25-03  Dustin J.: Smirin's most recent exploit was winning at the Foxwoods Open, and during this beating the young American GM Hikaru Nakumura.
May-04-04  Everett: Smirin played a battery of games against various computers. Does anyone know where they are? I think the old Kasparovchess site sponsered the games, and Smirin did remarkably well, especially with the King's Indian as white and black.
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?
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  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.
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  whiteshark: wiki-bio:
Aug-16-14  Albertan: GM Smirin was recently interviewed by Da niel King. You can listen to the interview at
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  Penguincw: Ilya Smirin the only perfect player remaining at Politiken Cup (2015), starting 6/6!

In R7, he'll face Hammer with black.

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  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.

May-21-16  ketchuplover: Best wishes at the 2017 TataSteel event :)
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