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Arkadij Naiditsch
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Number of games in database: 1,586
Years covered: 1994 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2701 (2584 rapid, 2581 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737

Overall record: +508 -252 =447 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 379 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (261) 
    B30 B90 B42 B91 B50
 Ruy Lopez (153) 
    C67 C69 C78 C77 C89
 French Defense (73) 
    C11 C10 C07 C18 C05
 Caro-Kann (70) 
    B12 B13 B18 B14 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B90 B91 B96 B99 B94
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    B42 B41 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (135) 
    B90 B30 B32 B52 B50
 Ruy Lopez (96) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E59
 English (49) 
    A13 A15 A18 A17 A16
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B91
 King's Indian (47) 
    E67 E73 E94 E60 E81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D G 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
   O Kurmann vs Naiditsch, 2014 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013 1-0
   Naiditsch vs G Sargissian, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Van Wely, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Wijk aan Zee (2003)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Ordix Open (2009)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch's Endspiel by kavalerov
   Wijk aan Zee Group B 2003 by Chessdreamer
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Dortmund 2006 by Trudodyr

   🏆 French Team Championship
   M B Oratovsky vs Naiditsch (Jun-05-18) 0-1
   Y Solodovnichenko vs Naiditsch (Jun-04-18) 0-1
   Naiditsch vs H Hamdouchi (Jun-03-18) 1-0
   Naiditsch vs A Meylan (Jun-02-18) 1-0
   A Sokolov vs Naiditsch (Jun-01-18) 1-0

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(born Oct-25-1985, 32 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. He is married to Yuliya Shvayger.

Wikipedia article: Arkadij Naiditsch; live rating:

Last updated: 2017-10-18 05:35:36

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,597  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Miton vs Naiditsch 0-1391994Wch U10A14 English
2. Naiditsch vs B Vermeulen 1-0471994Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
3. Naiditsch vs J Velichkov  ½-½491994Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
4. Naiditsch vs M Perunovic  ½-½531994Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. J Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½621995EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-1251997NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½441997Wch U12B53 Sicilian
8. M Thuemmler vs Naiditsch  0-1241997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stE81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. Beim vs Naiditsch  ½-½201997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA04 Reti Opening
10. Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1521997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Glek vs Naiditsch  ½-½12199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
12. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-0341998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. Naiditsch vs A Dergatschova-Daus  1-035199826. IDS IMB01 Scandinavian
14. Naiditsch vs Hertneck  0-1331998Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 2ndC01 French, Exchange
15. Naiditsch vs N Bojkovic  0-139199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
16. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-0351998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048199826. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
18. Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034199826. IDS IMA15 English
19. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½271998Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32199826. IDS IMC60 Ruy Lopez
21. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
22. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026199826. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
23. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang 1-0231998Budapest FS02 GMC14 French, Classical
25. Naiditsch vs Sherzer  1-0751998Budapest FS04 GMA07 King's Indian Attack
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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 ...
Jan-22-06  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.

Jan-24-06  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.
Jan-24-06  notyetagm: What? Lahno is no easy point, according to Beliavsky!


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  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.

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  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 =/.
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  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 ...
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  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):

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  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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