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D Fridman 
Baden-Baden, 2013  
Daniel Fridman
Number of games in database: 874
Years covered: 1991 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2622 (2675 rapid, 2633 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2670
Overall record: +267 -91 =350 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      166 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (60) 
    D15 D11 D12 D10 D17
 King's Indian (53) 
    E60 E63 E62 E94 E67
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    D02 A46 E00 A40 E10
 English (38) 
    A13 A15 A10 A11 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E15 E17 E19 E14 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10 B19
 Petrov (53) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (53) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35
 Semi-Slav (48) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 French Defense (34) 
    C11 C07 C10 C02 C01
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 A41 D00 A46 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Fridman vs Kurajica, 2005 1-0
   D Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2010 1-0
   E Pileckis vs D Fridman, 2014 1/2-1/2
   D Fridman vs G Guseinov, 2012 1-0
   D Fridman vs Judit Polgar, 2007 1-0
   F Bindrich vs D Fridman, 2010 1/2-1/2
   J Barle vs D Fridman, 2010 0-1
   D Fridman vs Short, 1999 1/2-1/2
   D Fridman vs Ashley, 1998 1/2-1/2
   A David vs D Fridman, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   32nd World Open (2004)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Bad Wiessee (2003)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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(born Feb-15-1976, 40 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Germany)

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International Master (1994); Grandmaster (2001); Latvian Champion (1996); 3-time German Champion (2008, 2012 & 2014) .

GM Fridman was born in Riga, Latvia. He learned the rules of chess at the age of 4. He became an IM in 1994, Latvian Champion in 1996 and a GM in 2001. In 1999, Fridman moved to Germany. GM Fridman became German Chess Champion in 2008 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 25th on tiebreak and qualifying for the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu in the first round by 1.5-0.5; in the second round, he drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the classical games, but lost in the 25 minute rapid-game tiebreaker, and thereby exited the tournament. Fridman won the German Championship again in 2012 and in 2014, both times coming outright first with 7.5/9. He represented Germany on board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, scoring 7/10 and winning the bronze medal for board 4.

He's married to WGM Anna Zatonskih and they have a daughter (born in 2007).


Wikipedia article: Daniel Fridman

Last updated 22 May 2015

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 874  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs D Fridman  ½-½14 1991 Junior DMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. D Fridman vs Kulaots  1-052 1991 EU-ch U20A15 English
3. D Fridman vs Rublevsky  0-148 1991 Alma-AtaA04 Reti Opening
4. Svidler vs D Fridman  1-037 1992 ChWmU16 Duisburg C55 Two Knights Defense
5. D Fridman vs Svidler 0-141 1992 juniorsA14 English
6. E Petuchovskis vs D Fridman 0-19 1992 European Youth Chess ChB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. U Lauk vs D Fridman  ½-½28 1993 Vilnius ztB07 Pirc
8. D Fridman vs Oral  ½-½45 1994 Wch U18B01 Scandinavian
9. M Brodsky vs D Fridman  1-060 1995 Riga opB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Pavasovic vs D Fridman  0-140 1995 Wch U20B10 Caro-Kann
11. D Fridman vs Oral  ½-½65 1995 Wch U20A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. D Fridman vs Speelman  0-140 1996 OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
13. D Fridman vs F El Taher  1-032 1996 YerevanE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
14. D Fridman vs J Norri  ½-½46 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)A12 English with b3
15. R Barcenilla vs D Fridman  ½-½22 1996 YerevanA12 English with b3
16. D Fridman vs P Zarnicki  ½-½50 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. D Fridman vs H Odeev  1-040 1996 YerevanE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Sutovsky vs D Fridman  ½-½27 1996 COLC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
19. D Fridman vs V Nasybullin  ½-½43 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
20. P Marie vs D Fridman  0-133 1996 YerevanB07 Pirc
21. D Fridman vs O Renet  ½-½58 1996 YerevanA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. D Fridman vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½12 1997 EU-chT (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. D Fridman vs Yusupov  ½-½29 1997 Linares Anibal op 4thE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
24. V Grabliauskas vs D Fridman  ½-½34 1997 EU-chT (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Zvjaginsev vs D Fridman  ½-½20 1997 EU-chT (Men)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 874  PGN Download
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  PhilFeeley: Another one not here yet, possibly because it was played very recently:

Fridman (2650) - Strohhäker (2451) [B22]
DEM 2009/Saarbruecken (2.1) 2009

1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 g6 6. Na3 Bg4 7. Bc4 Qe4+ 8. Be3 cxd4 9. cxd4 O-O-O 10. Nb5 e5 11. Rc1 Kb8 12. O-O a6 13. Bd3 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Qh4 15. Rxc6 bxc6 16. Na7 Kxa7 17. Qa4 Kb8 18. Qxa6 Kc7 19. Rc1 Ne7 20. Be4 Kd7 21. Bxc6+ Nxc6 22. Qxc6+ Ke7 23. Qc7+ Ke8 24. Qxe5+ Qe7 25. Qxh8 f6 26. Qg8 1-0

Apr-17-09  Raisin Death Ray: <PhilFeeley> I guess Mr. Zatonskih did REAL good! :)
Jul-16-09  returnoftheking: 1 Daniel Fridman GM Germany 2665 7 0 5 9.5
2 Boris Gelfand GM Israel 2755 8 2 2 9.0
3 Judit Polgar GM Hungary 2687 7 3 2 8.0
4 Pavel Eljanov GM Ukraine 2716 6 4 2 7.0
5 Michael Roiz GM Israel 2658 3 3 6 6.0
6 Maxim Rodshtein GM Uganda 2623 4 4 4 6.0
7 Ilia Smirin GM Uganda 2650 4 5 3 5.5
8 Jan Nepomniachi GM Russia 2632 4 5 3 5.5
9 Emil Sutovsky GM Israel 2675 3 5 4 5.0
10 Evgeniy Najer GM Russia 2663 4 6 2 5.0
11 Alexander Beliavsky GM Slovenia 2662 3 7 2 4.0
12 Vitali Golod GM Israel 2599 3 7 2 4.0
13 Boris Avrukh GM Israel 2641 2 7 3 3.5

Fridman is a well known lightning player; several times he won the DUTCH lightning ch (2minutes p.p)and just now he won the blitz tournament shown above.

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  waustad: So do they live in Ohio or in Germany? Or maybe both.
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  WannaBe: <waustad> that is just fool the immigration officials. Sshhhhhhh...
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  whiteshark: As active tournament players they are most of the time elsewhere on the globe. Gibraltar-Open for example is a kind of 'family reunification', so to say.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days).
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  waustad: If he passes Georg Meier (they are very close), the top 2 Germans will both be from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: What's also interesting is that Arkadi Naiditsch is also from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: Reminds me of a player.
Mar-10-12  Eti fan: Daniel Fridman became German champion today winning the last game
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  whiteshark: yet again <Gluckwünsch, Champ! <:D>>
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  waustad: Congrats! Eventually they'll probably post these games.
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  Penguincw: Fridman wins the German Championship!

Even though Arkadi Naiditsch and Georg Meier didn't play.

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  whiteshark: not to mention Jan Gustafsson. The German Individual Chess Championship is a rather 'weak tournament' due to the "federal composition" of the starting field.

Out of 42 participants there were only 5 GM, 4 IM and a WGM this year.

The average ELO of the tournament participants was (only) 2342.

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  whiteshark: So here's the chessbase article about the 83rd German Individual Championship:
May-13-12  HeMateMe: The bio says Friedman was born in Latvia, moved to Germany later. Nice pun.
Jan-03-13  ketchuplover: good luck in baden-baden
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  whiteshark: <ketchuplover> Are you thin♔ about the "Grenke chess classics" in February?
Feb-10-13  Everett: "Learned chess at four," when you should have been outside climbing trees or inside tearing up the house.

I hope my son doesn't learn until he is seven, or maybe never, considering how much time I fruitlessly waste on the activity.

The above is said "tongue in cheek," yet with the requisite "truth" in every joke.

Either way, I think there is no shame, and a lot to be said of learning late like Rubinstein and Seirawan.

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  waustad: It isn't just when you "learned the game" but when you took it seriously. In my case I learned the moves at around 7 or 8 but never took it at all seriously until the Fischer vs Spassky match when I was 22. I was on a high school team that lost to the junior high team because some of them had looked at chess books and studied some and we older "players" just knew the moves. The only thing I remember from that era was trying to make the Nimzo-Larsen work because I remembered seeing a pattern where the king side was messed up because of the fianchettoed bishop. I didn't have any way to say that then, but it is the first strategic notion I recall having. That is the first analysis I recall doing and it was not in any depth at all. After reading some books at least I'd have had some vocabulary.
Aug-01-14  CountryGirl: I enjoy Daniel's games very much, but am concerned about his future competitiveness. Top tournament chess is very gruelling, and going by his photo Daniel is way overweight. Eat well, exercise daily, and then you'll find extra energy in the fifth hour, Daniel!
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  whiteshark: Some were reluctant to leave the buses - here husband and wife duo Daniel Fridman (Germany) and Anna Zatonskih (USA).
Nov-30-14  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the German Individual Championship 2014 - his third title overall. He scored 7.5/9.


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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Daniel Fridman.
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