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Arkadij Naiditsch
Number of games in database: 1,274
Years covered: 1994 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2684 (2666 rapid, 2631 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737
Overall record: +409 -219 =373 (59.5%)*
   * 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 (227) 
    B90 B42 B30 B44 B50
 Ruy Lopez (135) 
    C67 C69 C78 C89 C77
 French Defense (63) 
    C10 C18 C11 C07 C05
 Caro-Kann (59) 
    B12 B13 B17 B14 B19
 Sicilian Najdorf (59) 
    B90 B96 B91 B94 B99
 Sicilian Kan (29) 
    B42 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (110) 
    B90 B52 B30 B50 B92
 Ruy Lopez (85) 
    C67 C65 C88 C78 C89
 Nimzo Indian (66) 
    E32 E20 E21 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 Stellwagen, 2006 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 1998 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Radjabov vs Naiditsch, 2011 0-1
   Naiditsch vs I Sokolov, 2012 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Adams, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Wijk aan Zee (2003)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Corus Group B (2006)
   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, 29 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 51; games 1-25 of 1,274  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Naiditsch vs J Velichkov  ½-½49 1994 Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
2. Naiditsch vs M Perunovic  ½-½53 1994 Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. K Miton vs Naiditsch 0-139 1994 Wch U10A14 English
4. Naiditsch vs B Vermeulen 1-047 1994 Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
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. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½44 1997 Wch U12B53 Sicilian
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. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-125 1997 NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. Naiditsch vs Hertneck  0-133 1998 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 2ndC01 French, Exchange
12. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32 1998 26. IDS IMC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
13. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Naiditsch vs Glek  ½-½62 1998 2nd OIBMB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034 1998 26. IDS IMA15 English
16. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026 1998 26. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
17. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-035 1998 Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
19. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038 1998 26. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
20. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½27 1998 Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
21. Naiditsch vs A Dergatschova-Daus  1-035 1998 26. IDS IMB01 Scandinavian
22. Glek vs Naiditsch  ½-½12 1998 26. IDS IMB24 Sicilian, Closed
23. Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang 1-023 1998 Budapest FS02 GMC14 French, Classical
24. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048 1998 26. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
25. Naiditsch vs Sherzer  1-075 1998 Budapest FS04 GMB40 Sicilian
 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,274  PGN Download
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  lostemperor: <krhodes> I don't disagree Volokitin is stronger than Carlsen. He's also older. These were my 10 favorite picks of which only Bacrot is older than 20. If Volokitin why not Ponomariov also who is only a few years older? We can make it a list of 14 young people. I'd say Grischuk and Mamedyarov. Either Volokitin or Ponomariov (not both or we will have three players of Ukraine with Karjakin). Things can change in a year or two though. One more player to go. You tell me. How about.. Gaston Needleman?!
Jan-10-06  babakova: Naiditsch is actually older than Volokitin...
Jan-12-06  BIDMONFA: Arkadi Naiditsch


Jan-12-06  badmove: <lostemperor: How about.. Gaston Needleman?> Just buzz, buzz ...
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  notyetagm: Naiditsch has completely collapsed since giving away a whole point to Magnus with 32 ♗e3?? in Round 6.

+3 =2 -0 before 32 ♗e3??
+0 =0 -3 since 32 ♗e3??

From 4/5 to 0/3. Damn shame. He totally outplayed the "Wonderboy" but ended up with a 0 on the scoresheet because he missed a one-move threat.

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  notyetagm: Damn, Naiditsch lost again. Now he's 0/4 since playing 32 ♗e3?? against Magnus.
Jan-24-06  cuendillar: He'd better turn that trend tomorrow or he never will. White against Lahno is about as easy as it can get in this group.
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  notyetagm: What? Lahno is no easy point, according to Beliavsky!


Feb-12-06  AdrianP: Interview with Naiditsch here - first question I would have asked him is about his computer cheating.

Apr-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Arkadi Naiditsch has drawed his first game at the European championship, A Brkic vs Naiditsch, 2006, would be exiting to see him in action at Dortmund. Let's wait and see if he can pulls the same trick as last year.
Apr-06-06  babakova: <AdrianP> I thought he had already answered that. Everybody did it.
Apr-10-06  Bobak Zahmat: 3,5 out of 5 isn't bad at all for Naiditsch. (European Championship update)
Aug-15-06  you vs yourself: Latest Naiditsch's interview:

Among other things, he talks about the attack against Aronian and his relationship to Arianne.

Aug-22-06  percyblakeney: The interviewer in the above mentioned interview says that Naiditsch (as the strongest German player) was on the shortlist to be given the match against Anand instead of Radjabov. It was probably a good choice to keep letting the Ordix Open winner challenge Anand. Naiditsch didn't finish in the top 75 in Ordix Open, even or worse than dozens of 2200 players... Naiditsch did have a tough schedule in Mainz though.
Aug-27-06  Bobak Zahmat: Arkadi Naiditsch seems to be Smeets second during the Experience vs Rising Stars tournament in Amsterdam.
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  OneArmedScissor: Naiditsch>Carlsen
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  ahmadov: I had a chance to speak to Arkadi in Baku recently. This meeting destroyed all my impressions about him. I used to believe that this is a cold and careless guy, but I found him to be very friendly and communicable. I really liked him very much. He will probably be one of my favourite players in the future...
May-24-07  IMDONE4: In that picture Naiditsch looks like a member of the SS =/.
Jun-17-07  Open Defence: he looks pretty hot... good sign for chess... can't wait for a tournament that includes Grischuk, Naidistch and Moro...
Nov-08-07  hitman84: He must be busy playing Counter strike thesedays.
Mar-26-08  oiseaudefeu: ein Spieler, der früher oder später 2700 erreichen sollte. Ob er sich in der erweiterten Weltspitze etablieren kann, wird man noch sehen ...
Mar-26-08  percyblakeney: Naiditsch will fall below 2625 on the April list but is having a good tournament in Hungary at the moment. With two rounds to go he is sharing first with Almasi and Nisipeanu, and that would have been even better if he hadn't just lost with white in 27 moves (against Vallejo):

Mar-27-08  percyblakeney: It was too early to call it a good tournament, after another loss today, against Balogh, Naiditsch is down to 4th place of 6 with one round to go.
Jul-04-08  Abejorral: Congratulationst to Naiditsch on his great victorie against draw master Kramnik on the petroff !!!

Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2008

Amazing win !!

Jul-06-08  myschkin: Warum hast du dir denn eigentlich so ein Doppelkinn angehamstert? Klaro, haben alle von dir erwartet der neue deutsche Stern am Schachhimmel zu werden - ist doch Wurst! Also Glückwunsch fürs diesjährige Sparkassen. Und nun pack die Badehose aus und trainier dir den Kummer mal wieder ab <Arkadi>.
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