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Arkadij Naiditsch
Number of games in database: 1,291
Years covered: 1994 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2684 (2666 rapid, 2631 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737
Overall record: +418 -222 =378 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      273 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (230) 
    B90 B42 B30 B44 B91
 Ruy Lopez (137) 
    C67 C69 C78 C89 C77
 French Defense (64) 
    C10 C11 C18 C07 C05
 Sicilian Najdorf (61) 
    B90 B91 B96 B99 B94
 Caro-Kann (60) 
    B12 B13 B17 B14 B19
 Sicilian Kan (29) 
    B42 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (110) 
    B90 B52 B30 B50 B92
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C67 C65 C88 C78 C89
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E32 E21 E20 E59 E48
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B91
 English (44) 
    A13 A15 A18 A17 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A46 E10 A45 E00 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 Adams, 2013 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Radjabov vs Naiditsch, 2011 0-1
   Naiditsch vs I Sokolov, 2012 1-0

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

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

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(born Oct-25-1985, 30 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:

Latest update 22 May 2015

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,291  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. M Thuemmler vs Naiditsch  0-124 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. V Beim vs Naiditsch  ½-½20 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA04 Reti Opening
8. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½44 1997 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
9. Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov 0-152 1997 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stB40 Sicilian
10. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-125 1997 NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048 1998 26. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
12. Naiditsch vs Sherzer  1-075 1998 Budapest FS04 GMB40 Sicilian
13. Z Sturua vs Naiditsch  1-027 1998 2nd OIBMB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. Naiditsch vs N Bojkovic  0-139 1998 26. IDS IMB40 Sicilian
15. Naiditsch vs Hertneck  0-133 1998 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 2ndC01 French, Exchange
16. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32 1998 26. IDS IMC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
17. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Naiditsch vs Glek  ½-½62 1998 2nd OIBMB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 26. IDS IMA15 English
20. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026 1998 26. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
21. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-035 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038 1998 26. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
24. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½27 1998 Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
25. Naiditsch vs A Dergatschova-Daus  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMB01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,291  PGN Download
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  mistermac: Ad multos, GM Naiditsch.
Oct-27-14  Lighthorse: Happy Birthday and congratulations on your wedding, GM Naiditsch!
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  ChemMac: Happy birthday and more wedding congratulations! - and thank you for playing the "World Team". After our game is finished, a post-mortem will be fascinating, and I do hope you can participate.
Oct-28-14  stunningmove: Congratulations on your recent marriage!
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  RookFile: Thank you for the interesting game against the World Team!
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  lost in space: Thank you very much for the game. I would very much like to hear your comments and analyses. Thanks
Jan-01-15  DaringSpeculator: Happy New Year GM Naiditsch! And once again thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to play an interesting game against World Team!
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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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