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Alireza Firouzja
A Firouzja 
Number of games in database: 180
Years covered: 2015 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2561 (2367 rapid, 2629 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2572

Overall record: +60 -33 =51 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 36 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B41 B48 B30 B33
 French Defense (12) 
    C18 C11 C15 C07 C10
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C95 C92 C65 C72 C71
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B90 B94 B96 B98 B99
 Reti System (7) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C95 C92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B90 B51 B22 B44 B50
 King's Indian (20) 
    E92 E71 E73 E97 E84
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B91 B94 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D02 A45 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Firouzja vs M Bluebaum, 2017 1-0
   A Firouzja vs E Cordova, 2017 1-0
   A Firouzja vs P Tregubov, 2015 1-0
   P Dodeja vs A Firouzja, 2017 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   57th World Juniors (2018)
   Aeroflot Open (2017)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   43rd Chess Olympiad (2018)
   Sharjah Masters (2018)
   Aeroflot Open (2018)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Dubai Open (2017)

   🏆 Blitz World Championship
   A Firouzja vs V Nozdrachev (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   A Timofeev vs A Firouzja (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   A Firouzja vs A Zhigalko (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   Potkin vs A Firouzja (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   A Firouzja vs R Khusnutdinov (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jun-18-2003, 15 years old) Iran

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International Master (2016); Grandmaster (2018); Iranian Champion (2016); Asian Blitz Champion (2018)

In January, 2016, Alireza Firouzja won the Iranian national championship at age 12, with a score of 8-3. In May, 2016 he was the highest rated player in the world under 14. Along with Parham Maghsoodloo (who commandeered their top board) and Arash Tahbaz (8 out of 9 games played at their 4th seat), the 3 each scored 7.5 for Iran and a team win at the 2016 World youth chess Olympiad(1). He also picked up 2nd place on 2nd board at that event. Aryan Gholami picked up 4.5/7 points at 3rd seat and Anahita Zahedifar won one of her 2 games that she was scheduled to play on reserve board, but had to miss one other round. He scored eight points after 9 rounds at the 2017 WYCO(2) on Iran's 2nd board.

References / Sources

(1) (2016 World youth chess Olympiad), (2) (2017 World Youth Chess Olympiad).

Wikipedia article: Alireza Firouzja

Last updated: 2018-12-23 18:57:20

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 216  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Solodovnichenko vs A Firouzja  1-0512015Dubai Chess OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Sundararajan vs A Firouzja  ½-½1202015Dubai Chess OpenA16 English
3. A Firouzja vs I Abdelnabbi  1-0412015Dubai Chess OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
4. M Karthikeyan vs A Firouzja  1-0582015Dubai Chess OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. A Firouzja vs S Grover  0-1412015Dubai Chess OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Firouzja vs P Tregubov 1-0422015Qatar MastersA06 Reti Opening
7. D Swiercz vs A Firouzja 1-0502015Qatar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. A Firouzja vs R Svane  ½-½702015Qatar MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. A Firouzja vs D Harika  ½-½342015Qatar MastersA05 Reti Opening
10. B Esen vs A Firouzja  1-0402015Qatar MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
11. S Lorparizangeneh vs A Firouzja  0-1712015Qatar MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
12. A Firouzja vs S Bromberger  ½-½402015Qatar MastersA04 Reti Opening
13. M Al Sayed vs A Firouzja  1-0482015Qatar MastersD80 Grunfeld
14. A Firouzja vs N Das 1-0592015Qatar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Ghaem Maghami vs A Firouzja  0-1422016IRI-ch Men Final 2015E61 King's Indian
16. Lu Shanglei vs A Firouzja 1-0642016Aeroflot OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. A Firouzja vs Kulaots  ½-½902016Aeroflot OpenB41 Sicilian, Kan
18. B Lalith vs A Firouzja  1-0392016Aeroflot OpenE90 King's Indian
19. B Socko vs A Firouzja  ½-½892016Aeroflot OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. A Firouzja vs N Maiorov  ½-½632016Aeroflot OpenC48 Four Knights
21. A Firouzja vs C Aravindh  0-1602016Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
22. A Goryachkina vs A Firouzja  1-0532016Aeroflot OpenA48 King's Indian
23. A Firouzja vs Yiye Wang  1-0292016Aeroflot OpenC10 French
24. A Firouzja vs Dineth Nimnaka Naotunna 1-0662016Asian Nations CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. T Taalaibekov vs A Firouzja  0-1362016Asian Nations CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jan-29-16  ketchuplover: Youngest champion of any country ever !?!?!?
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  wordfunph: 2016 Iranian champion with 8/11 and 2590 tpr.
Jul-17-16  SueursFroides: ketchuplover, good question! I know that Isabelle Kientzler was female french champion at 12 years old during the 80's (not the same performance of course).
Mar-01-17  Gottschalk: A new Karjakin?
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  sonia91: <Gottschalk: A new Karjakin?> Karjakin qualified for GM title at 12 years and 7 months old. This boy at 13 earned his 2nd GM norm at Aeroflot Open (2017). Firouzja is of course a great talent: at Aeroflot he was seeded 91st and finished 9th (!) with a rating performance of 2746!!
Mar-01-17  fisayo123: Relative to his age (13) I think it's one of the most impressive tournament performances ever (at least that I remember). It's a very impressive way to get a GM norm.

His current live rating is above 2500. If he gets his 3rd GM norm in the next 3 months he will become one of only 8 players in chess history to become a grandmaster before his 14th birthday.

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  diagonal: <ketchuplover>, <SueursFroides>: Isabelle Kientzler was younger when winning her national title: Isabelle Kientzler-Guerlain

<Alireza Firouzja> (born June 18, 2003) from Iran apparently became the youngest *male* national chess champion of any country in history in January 2016 at age of <twelve years and 224 days>.

The 2015/16 Iranian Men's Final Chess Championship (1394 according to the Iranian (Persian) calendar) was organized in a closed, single round-robin tournament which took place in Tehran from January 20-28, 2016. Alireza Firouzja dominated that national championship in a field filled with young talents, but also veteran players such as top-seed Ehsan Ghaem Maghami.

<Isabelle Kientzler>, later Isabelle Kientzler-Guerlain (born February 25, 1972) from France won her (first and only) national female title on July 4, 1984 in a closed championship tournament at age of <twelve years and 130 days>.

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  diagonal: Youngest National Chess Champions - men

<Niaz Murshed> (*1966) won the championship of Bangladesh at the age of 12 years and 309 days (according to Bill Wall who knows such things). This record stood for a long-time!

In 1978, Murshed finished first in the national championship with two others, but ultimately placed third on a tie-breaker. He went on to win the next four national championships in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982. He became the national chess champion again after 30 years in 2012. Murshed is Bangladesh's first ever GM, and the first South Asian Grandmaster, having been awarded the title in 1987.

<Henrique Mecking> (*1952) in 1967 at age of 13 yrs 5mths, Brazil:, at that time a record, later surpassed / undercut by Niaz Murshed in 1979.

<Bobby Fischer> (*1943-2008) in 1957/8 at age of (near) 14, United States of America.

<Arturo Pomar> (*1931-2016) in 1946 at age of 15, Spain. Sometimes, Arturo Pomar is labelled as youngest national champion, winning the Championship of the Balearic Islands at the age of 11.

<Judit Polgar> (*1976) won the Men’s Hungarian Championship, played in Budapest in December 1991 (42th edition) at age of 15 and 5 months (unbeaten above joint 2nd-3rd Adorjan and Sax, ten players including her sister Zsuzsa Polgar and legendary Lajos Portisch), making her third and final GM norm.

In December 1991, Judit Polgar thus achieved the title of an International Grandmaster of Chess at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 28 days, at the time the youngest player ever to have done so, breaking the record previously held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer.

<Simen Agdestein> (*1967) became Norwegian national champion at age of 15+ in 1982. Agdestein and IM Bjorn Tiller shared first place in the Norwegian championship in the Summer. At the end of December 1982 they played a title match of four games. Agdestein won by 3-1 (+2=2).

<Magnus Carlsen> (*1990) became Norwegian national champion, too, at age of 15+ in 2006. The chess prodigy and his (former) teacher Simen Agdestein, tied for first at the Norwegian Championship in Summer 2006 in a 22-player 9-round Swiss tournament that was held in July 2006, in the city of Moss, just south of the capical of Oslo. To months later, Carlsen won the tie-break play-off to take the title.

<Wesley So> (*1993), Champion of the Philippines, winning the title in 2009 at age of 15yrs 6mths.

<Murray Chandler> (*1960), Co-Champion of New Zealand at age of 15 yrs and 8 mths. The NZL Championships in 1975/76 saw a triple tie for the title (without play-off), after Chandler lost in the final round to William Fairhurst (multiple Scottish Champion), thus allowing record title holder Ortvin Sarapu (born in Estonia, known in New Zealand as “Mr Chess”) and Lev Aptekar (ex-USSR), to catch up. First-timer in alphabetical order: Aptekar, Chandler, and Sarapu.

<Daniel Yanofsky> (*1925-2000) in 1941 at age of 16, Canada.

<Florin Gheorghiu> (*1944) in 1960 at age of 16, Romania.

<Wei Yi> (born 2 June 1999), in end of May 2015, Wei won his first Chinese Championship, breaking the previous national record of <Ding Liren> (born in October 1992, who had won the national title in May 2009 at age of 16 years and 7 months), becoming the youngest Chinese chess champion ever a few days before turning 16 years young.

<Akash G> (*1996, October) is India's youngest-ever national chess champion at 16 years and 14 days. In 2012, G. Akash, a student of computer science at Jawahar Higher Secondary School in Chennai won the National Premier Championship as untitled player.

<Murali Karthikeyan> (*1999, May) in 2015, <Viswanathan Anand> (*1969, December) in 1986, and <Dibyendu Barua> (*1966, October) in 1983 were all at age of 16 to 17.

Note: at the British Championship in Chester 1979, the 14-year-old Nigel Short tied for first place with John Nunn and Robert Bellin, earning his first IM norm, the title was won by Robert Bellin, subsequently Short cannot be counted then as National Champion even some sources do so.

Though some of the child prodigies («Wunderkinder») failed to fully fulfil their early promises (i.e. Niaz Murshed), or / and suffered severe illness (i.e. Pomar, Mecking), they remain strong players.

Other National Champion titles by the mentioned players have been omitted for reasons of consistency and clarity.

<Listing may be incomplete!>

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  diagonal: Youngest National Chess Champions - women

<Isabelle Kientzler>, later Isabelle Kientzler-Guerlain (born February 25, 1972) from France won her (first and only) national female title on July 4, 1984 at age of twelve years and 130 days.

<Hou Yifan> (*1994, February) won her first Chinese Women’s Chess Championship in Chongqing in June 2007 at age of 13 yrs and 4 mths, breaking WGM <Qin Kanying>'s (who was 14 when she won the title in 1988) record as the youngest Chineses champion. Hou scored 9/11 (+7 =4 -0, Elo TPR 2585).

<Humpy Koneru> (*1987, March) won the British Ladies’ Championship in August 2002 (BCF-ch 87th, a swiss system, won by Julian Hodgson as clear first, ahead of sole second Christopher Ward; Koneru as 21st best female player) at the age of 13 yrs 4 mths (breaking also a 61-year record held by the late Elaine Saunders Pritchard to become the youngest winner of the British Ladies title), and again in 2002, later also the female Indian Chess Championship.

In 2002, Koneru became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of grandmaster (not solely a Woman Grandmaster) at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár's previous mark by three months; this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008.

<Elaine Saunders Pritchard> (*1926, January, died in January 2012), child prodigy who won in Bournemouth in August 1939 the British women’s tournament at age of 13 yrs and 7 mths:

At the 1939 British Chess Federation Congress at Bournemouth, the proximity of war meant that the British Championship itself was not at stake. With the uncertainty of the time, and the absence of the players competing in the Buenos Aires Olympiad (Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, George Alan Thomas, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Harry Golombek and Baruch Harold Wood), the men’s championship was scrapped in favor of a more general Premier Tournament, won by Euwe.

<Nicola Tjaronda> (*1998) became Namibia’s youngest ever national chess champion since Independence at age of near 14 in 2012.

<Irina Krush> (*1983, December) won the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship in November 1998 at age of 15 minus one month to become the youngest U.S. Women's Champion ever.

<Jana Schneider> (*2002, April) won the German Chess Championship in April 2017 at 15 years, roughly at the same age as <Elisabeth Pähtz> (*1985) in 1999, and <Petra Feustel> (1958-2010), winning her first national Championship of East Germany in 1974.

<Alessia Santeramo> (*1998), girlfriend of Swiss GM Noel Studer, won the Italian Chess Championship in 2014 at age of 16.

<Listing may be incomplete>!!!

Especially, there are a lot of young female national champions; women competitions are much weaker on average. In a swiss system, the title is then awarded to the best placed women (no separate section).

Other National Champion titles by the mentioned players have been omitted for reasons of consistency and clarity.

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  diagonal: Oldest National Chess Champions - men & women

<Viktor Korchnoi> (1931-2016) in 2011 at age of 80 years and four months, Switzerland, current world record!

<Hans-Uwe Kock> (1938, FIDE Master) in 2017 at age of near 79, his first national title, Liechtenstein (only five rounds, 15 players, there was no GM participating).

<Viktor Korchnoi> (1931-2016) in 2009 at age of 78 years and four months, Switzerland, setting then a new world record.

<Edith Price> (1872-1956), Women's Vice World Chess Champion (1933), won the British Ladies’ Championship once more in 1948 at age of 76, setting then a new world record. She had previously won in 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1928.

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  diagonal: Longest period between the first and the last National champion title:

<51 years>, Viktor Korchnoi (from 1960 USSR-ch to 2011 SUI-ch).


Feb-10-18  fisayo123: Congratulations to the young maestro on his 3rd GM norm. He's an amazing talent.

I hope to see him in TATA Steel B next year.

Apr-08-18  alexapple: How to pronounce "Firouzja"?
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  wordfunph: watch out for this young Iranian GM, my crystal ball says he will reach top 10 in 2024.

i'll shave my head clean in 2024.

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  sonia91: He won the Asian blitz championship in the Philippines:
Dec-26-18  ketchuplover: Tied for World Rapid Championship after day 1
Dec-28-18  fisayo123: This 15 year old chess wonder finished 6th in the World Rapid Championships ahead of several World class players and an ex-World champion. Surely one of the greatest feats ever achieved by a player of that age, considering the level of opposition.

I tipped him for greatness 2 years ago and he's very much on the right track. Unfortunately, he didn't get the Tata Steel invite he richly deserved. Maybe another year.

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  OhioChessFan: A stunning achievement. I would like to see him compete in a strong classical tournament.
Dec-31-18  payan: I have reviewed all of his games. he didn't loose any mach less than 40 moves, it means he never do a blunder
Dec-31-18  Everett: Personally prefer the Rubinstein/Seirawan method, learning chess relatively late and becoming really good from there.

Youth is ideally spent playing in the sun and socializing!

Dec-31-18  john barleycorn: <Everett: ...

Youth is ideally spent playing in the sun and socializing!>

some youngsters even go to school and the lucky ones get an education (bonus for the brave).

Dec-31-18  Everett: <jb> true!!
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  SugarDom: This 15-years old is now higher rated in bullet in than Nakamura.
Jan-12-19  Caissanist: <Youth is ideally spent playing in the sun and socializing!>

I told my daughter that, and she sent me this meme: .

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  zanzibar: <caissanist> good for a chuckle!
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