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Arkadij Naiditsch
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Number of games in database: 1,465
Years covered: 1994 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2702 (2634 rapid, 2632 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737

Overall record: +474 -240 =407 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 344 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (255) 
    B90 B42 B30 B50 B44
 Ruy Lopez (144) 
    C67 C78 C69 C77 C89
 French Defense (71) 
    C10 C11 C07 C18 C05
 Caro-Kann (65) 
    B12 B13 B14 B17 B19
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B91 B96 B99 B94
 Sicilian Taimanov (31) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (131) 
    B90 B30 B32 B52 B22
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C67 C65 C88 C92 C69
 Nimzo Indian (71) 
    E32 E21 E20 E59 E36
 English (48) 
    A13 A15 A17 A18 A16
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B92 B93 B97 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A46 E10 E00 A45 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 1998 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Stellwagen, 2006 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 1-0
   Naiditsch vs G Sargissian, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs I Sokolov, 2012 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Adams, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Wijk aan Zee (2003)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Budesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch's Endspiel by kavalerov
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Dortmund 2006 by Trudodyr

   Yifan Hou vs Naiditsch (Apr-22-17) 1/2-1/2
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen (Apr-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   Aronian vs Naiditsch (Apr-20-17) 1-0
   Naiditsch vs G Meier (Apr-19-17) 1/2-1/2
   M Bluebaum vs Naiditsch (Apr-17-17) 0-1

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(born Oct-25-1985, 31 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Azerbaijan)
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Originally from Latvia, Arkadi Naiditsch settled in Germany, where he has become its top player and also its youngest-ever grandmaster in April 2001, at the age of just under 15 years and 6 months - a few days younger than the benchmark age at which Robert James Fischer gained his title. In 2002, he drew an eight-game match with former Candidates' finalist Jan Timman in Dortmund. His greatest tournament success thus far is his clear first at the Dortmund Sparkassen (2005), ahead of Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler, Etienne Bacrot, and Michael Adams, among others. He also placed =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Richard Rapport at the Tata Steel Group B (2013). Placed =1st with 7/9 at the International Neckar Open 2013. 4.5/9 for =3rd at Dortmund (2013). Naiditsch's team "Liburnija" from Rijeka won the Croatian League 2013. He represented Germany at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 7th place. In September he won the category 15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2014) with 5/7. He played with the Baden Baden team, which won the 2014-15 Bundesliga.

In May 2015, Naiditsch signed to play for Azerbaijan.

Naiditsch's highest standard rating to date is 2737 achieved in December 2013 when he was ranked #18 in the world, which was his highest ranking to date.

Wikipedia article: Arkadij Naiditsch; live rating:

Last updated: 2016-09-03 11:37:12

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,465  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Miton vs Naiditsch 0-139 1994 Wch U10A14 English
2. Naiditsch vs B Vermeulen 1-047 1994 Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
3. Naiditsch vs J Velichkov  ½-½49 1994 Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
4. Naiditsch vs M Perunovic  ½-½53 1994 Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. J Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½62 1995 EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½44 1997 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
7. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-125 1997 NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. V Beim vs Naiditsch  ½-½20 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA04 Reti Opening
9. Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov 0-152 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stB40 Sicilian
10. M Thuemmler vs Naiditsch  0-124 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Naiditsch vs N Bojkovic  0-139 1998 26. IDS IMB40 Sicilian
12. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-035 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048 1998 26. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
14. Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 26. IDS IMA15 English
15. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½27 1998 Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32 1998 26. IDS IMC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
17. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
18. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026 1998 26. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
19. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038 1998 26. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. Glek vs Naiditsch  ½-½12 1998 26. IDS IMB24 Sicilian, Closed
21. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Naiditsch vs A Dergatschova-Daus  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMB01 Scandinavian
23. Naiditsch vs Hertneck  0-133 1998 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 2ndC01 French, Exchange
24. Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang 1-023 1998 Budapest FS02 GMC14 French, Classical
25. Naiditsch vs Sherzer  1-075 1998 Budapest FS04 GMB40 Sicilian
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  cro777: GM Arkadij Naiditsch won two open tournaments in a row in Switzerland: the Zurich Open with 6.5/7 and the Chess Festival Basel, the tournament in Northwestern Switzerland (75 km from Zurich) with 5.5/7.

Another interesting news is that "Chess Evolution: Top GM Secrets" weakly newsletter (written by GMs Naiditsch, Balogh and Miton) is going to experience some changes. Starting next week, GM Alexander Khalifman is going to share his thoughts on opening theory.

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  cro777: A look at how Naiditsch pulled off a Swiss double - the traditional Christmas and New Year opens held in Zurich and Basel from the 26-30 December 2014 and 1-5 January 2015.

Feb-04-15  cplyakap: very good victory against carlsen!congratz arkadij!
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  Natalia Pogonina: Beating Carlsen two games in a row with both Black and White is no ordinary feat. Congrats, Arkadij! :)
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  whiteshark: He was found to be <Carlsen's Cryponite>.
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  Appaz: Win the opening, yes; win the middle game, yes; but then go on to also win the end game - this was what Naiditsch was able to do that not many can achieve.

Congratulations, great game!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Naiditsch for coming close to winning the GRENKE Chess Classic (2015). He finished with 4.5/7 (+2,-0,=5). He also beat Carlsen with white in their meeting, but Carlsen still finished with 4.5 as well. Tiebreaks says Carlsen should've taken the title due to more wins (3 vs. 2), but a tiebreaker was held.

First came 2 blitz games (10:2), with Carlsen winning the first game, and Naiditsch the second (both with white). Then came 2 faster games (5:2), with both games drawn (Carlsen took white in the first game). In the Armaggedon game (6:0 vs. 5:2), Naiditsch took black, but blundered and lost.

Still an amazing performance, as he gained 11.3 ratings points and 6 spots on the live ratings to rise to 2717.3 and #32, respectively. The blitz games didn't count, but those 4 games would've earned him 30 ratings points, up to 2646.4.

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  Appaz: Congratulations to Naiditsch!

He beat the World Champ in classical chess and tied him in the tournament. Then he held the World Champ of rapids to a tie. Then he held the World Camp of blitz to a tie, before finally giving in on the Armageddon.

I'm sure most people rooted for this underdog in the end.

It probably felt a little bad to lose that last game but that feeling will soon pass.

Something to be proud of, the whole chess world is impressed!

Feb-13-15  pinoy king: Arkadij "Carlsen destroyer and exposer" Naiditsch.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch free of charge:
Feb-21-15  Laskerschueler: Olaf "Naiditsch destroyer and exposer" Wegener :D
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  AylerKupp: <Natalia Pogonina> Just think, the <> World Team was able to defeat the player who has recently defeated Carlsen twice in a row, yet we were only able to draw against you. Either you are better than some may think or maybe the <> World Team (and our chess engines!) is getting better. Or maybe a little of both. ;-)
May-20-15  sonia91: It seems he will change federation, from Germany to Azerbaijan:

May-22-15  fgh: Here's the English version:

Jul-07-15  epistle: Ang sabi ng kagalang-galang, kapitapitagan, maginoo, makisig na Aleman:

<cro777: Interesting Arkadij Naiditsch's remarks in the latest issue of Chess Evolution weekly newsletter (CEWN Nr.175) about his game against Wesley in Dortmund: "I have to say that to play against Wesley is everything but pleasant. He bangs the clock, caughs non-stop and plays the moves instantly without writing the move of the opponent down. Well, a lot of young players behave very badly at the board these days and I am sure that the incident of Wesley So during the US Championship where he got a 0 for writing strange things on his scoresheet will not be the last time he breaks the ethic chess rules.">

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  Penguincw: I see Naditisch now plays for Azerbaijan.

He is currently #3 in that country (behind Radjabov and Mamedyarov), while Nisipeanu (who was formerly from Romania) is now #1 in Germany.

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  whiteshark: Interview after his switch:
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  whiteshark: Here's the translation by
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  Penguincw: Naiditsch wins the Zurich Open, which was a Swiss-style tournament, taking place on Swiss soil. He won with a score of 6/7, and joins the 2700 live ratings club, again.
Jun-22-16  Mr. V: Has Naiditsch ever progressed in the path to the World Championship? Not even sure how well he's done in the World Cup, despite his excellent performance in private tournaments.
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  alexmagnus: <Mr. V> IIRC his best World Cup result was reaching the third round. In 2009 I think.
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  Penguincw: Arkadij Naiditsch crushes the opposition at the Gideon Japhet Memorial, scoring 6.5/7 (+6,-0,=1), clinching first with a round to spare (and finishing 1.5 points ahead of the opposition).

He gains 15.2 rating points for his efforts.

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  diagonal: Happy birthday!

And good luck at the current (closed invitation) tournament at Barcelona:

Disclaimer: maybe Arkadij Naiditsch schould consider to up-date his official website (select english or german language) as of 2016:

<Born: Oct 25, 1985 (Age 28), Riga, Latvia, FIDE Title: Grandmaster, FIDE ID: 4650891, Federation: Germany


Arkadij Naiditsch is, for many years, Germany's undisputed Number One chess player>.

Oct-25-16  Mr. V: Naiditsch is one of the most dazzling recent players to never get close to competing for the WCC.
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  RookFile: 18th in the world is pretty good.
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