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Ernesto Inarkiev
E Inarkiev 
Number of games in database: 1,178
Years covered: 2000 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2683 (2767 rapid, 2614 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732

Overall record: +319 -185 =381 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 293 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B48 B30 B33 B46
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (38) 
    C84 C92 C91 C96 C95
 King's Indian (36) 
    E60 E92 E62 E70 E67
 French Defense (36) 
    C11 C18 C19 C10 C16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C78 C84 C92 C69 C77
 King's Indian (81) 
    E97 E63 E60 E92 E81
 Sicilian (78) 
    B51 B31 B32 B90 B47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C84 C92 C91 C95 C93
 Slav (44) 
    D11 D12 D10 D17 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Inarkiev vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2008 1-0
   Nakamura vs E Inarkiev, 2003 0-1
   Bacrot vs E Inarkiev, 2008 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs Leitao, 2013 1-0
   G Palchun vs E Inarkiev, 2015 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs Svidler, 2016 1-0
   C Aghamaliyev vs E Inarkiev, 2011 0-1
   M Palac vs E Inarkiev, 2014 0-1
   S Chekhov vs E Inarkiev, 2015 0-1
   N Larter vs E Inarkiev, 2008 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Open (2014)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (2006)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2011)
   XXIV European Club Cup (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)

   🏆 FIDE Grand Prix Mallorca
   Gelfand vs E Inarkiev (Nov-22-17) 0-1
   Eljanov vs E Inarkiev (Nov-20-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Inarkiev vs Ding Liren (Nov-19-17) 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs Harikrishna (Nov-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   Aronian vs E Inarkiev (Nov-17-17) 1-0

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(born Dec-09-1985, 31 years old) Kyrgyzstan (federation/nationality Russia)
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International Master (2000); Grandmaster (2002); European U16 Champion (2001); Russian Junior Champion (2002); Champion of Kalmykia (2004); European Champion (2016)


Ernesto Inarkiev was born in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Named for Ernesto Ché Guevara, Inarkiev moved to Kalmykia in the Russian Federation in 2000, the same year he earned the IM title.


<Youth> He won the U-16 European Youth Championship in 2001.

<Junior (U20)> In 2002, he captured the Russian U-20 championship and became Kalmykia's first Grandmaster. He won the Championship of Kalmykia in 2004.

<National> In 2006, Inarkiev won the preliminary 59th Russian Championship (2006), and went on to finish third in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2006). He won the 66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013) on tiebreak ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi, thereby qualifying for for the Russian Superfinals (2013), where he placed in the middle of the field.

<Continental> He was =5th (14th on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him for the World Cup 2011. He placed =2nd (5th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup 2013. He won the European Individual Championship (2016) outright with 9/11, qualifying for the World Cup 2017.

<World> In 2008 the city of Elista nominated him as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix cycle. In the World Cup (2011) he defeated Spanish GM Ivan Salgado Lopez in the first round, but lost in the second round rapid-game tiebreaker to Ukrainian GM Alexander Moiseenko. At the World Cup (2013), he was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by Brazilian GM Rafael Duailibe Leitao. He qualified as the President's Nominee for the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Yuniesky Quesada Perez in the first round but lost to Ding Liren in the second round to be eliminated from the Cup.


He qualified for the Tal Memorial Blitz (2014) (where he finished 10th out of 12) via his results in the Russian Higher League Championship 2014 and placed outright 3rd at the category 18 14th Karpov International (2013). Other top results include winning the Baku Open (2014), the powerful Moscow Open (2015) and the Russian Team Rapid Championship (2015).

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Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Ernesto Inarkiev

Latest update 24 May 2016

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,179  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Geenen vs E Inarkiev  0-150200034th OlympiadB32 Sicilian
2. E Inarkiev vs Z Runic  1-066200034th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
3. Ni Hua vs E Inarkiev  ½-½104200034th OlympiadB30 Sicilian
4. E Inarkiev vs D Barua  ½-½32200034th OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. E Inarkiev vs M Apicella  0-148200034th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
6. E Inarkiev vs A V Kharitonov  1-0612001RUS-ch U16C53 Giuoco Piano
7. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-1452001RUS-ch U20E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. I Ibragimov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½30200154th ch-RUSA15 English
9. E Inarkiev vs S Volkov  ½-½46200154th ch-RUSD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Dvoirys vs E Inarkiev  1-040200154th ch-RUSB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
11. K Aseev vs E Inarkiev  1-081200154th ch-RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. E Inarkiev vs A Feoktistov  ½-½55200154th ch-RUSD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. E Inarkiev vs A Karpatchev 1-035200154th ch-RUSD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. M Makarov vs E Inarkiev  ½-½14200154th ch-RUSB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. E Inarkiev vs Potkin  ½-½39200154th ch-RUSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Sveshnikov vs E Inarkiev ½-½122200154th ch-RUSB06 Robatsch
17. A Ustinov vs E Inarkiev  0-1392001White NightsB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. E Inarkiev vs B Grachev  ½-½452001White NightsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. D Shchukin vs E Inarkiev 0-1292001White NightsE92 King's Indian
20. E Inarkiev vs A Shariyazdanov ½-½102001White NightsE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. E Inarkiev vs V Yemelin  ½-½212001White NightsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½442001White NightsA15 English
23. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-1412001White NightsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. A Kochyev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½592001White NightsB06 Robatsch
25. E Inarkiev vs A Sidorov  0-1542001White NightsE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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  twinlark: <Korifej>

He was named after Che Guevara.

Jan-29-12  plimko: Inarkiev is the top seeded player in Moscow Open (from 28 january to 5 february)

In the first round a little surprise, Chigaev-Inarkiev 1/2, but a very good job from the teenager Maksim (born in 1996):

[Event "Festival Moscow Open 2012"]
[Site "Moscow/Russia"]
[Date "2012.01.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Chigaev, Maksim"]
[Black "Inarkiev, Ernesto"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "2397"]
[BlackElo "2689"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 Ngf6 5. Nc3 cxd4 6. Qxd4 e5 7. Qd3 h6 8. Be3 Be7 9. Nh4 g6 10. Nf3 a6 11. Bc4 b5 12. Bd5 Rb8 13. Ba7 b4 14. Bxb8 bxc3 15. Ba7 cxb2 16. Rb1 Nxd5 17. Qxd5 Qc7 18. Be3 Bb7 19. Qd3 f5 20. Rxb2 Bxe4 21. Qb3 f4 22. Bd2 Qc6 23. O-O Bd5 24. c4 Be6 25. Bxf4 exf4 26. Re1 Bxc4 27. Qc3 Rh7 28. Rc2 d5 29. Nd4 Qc7 30. Ne6 Qd6 31. Rb2 Bf6 32. Qc2 Ne5 33. Rxe5 Qxe5 34. Qxg6+ Rf7 35. Qg8+ Ke7 36. Rb7+ Kxe6 37. Qc8+ Kd6 38. Rb6+ Ke7 39. Rb7+ Kd6 40. Rb6+ Ke7 41. Rb7+ 1/2-1/2

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Feb-14-12  Refused: <walker: Initially I was sorry for the guy. Who wants to be named after a murderer?>

Freedom fighter. He was named after a freedom fighter. But thanks for dropping in.

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  twinlark: Good result at the European Championships.
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  Penguincw: Happy 28th birthday to GM Ernesto Inarkiev.
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Ernesto Inarkiev for winning the Baku Open (2014) on tiebreaks, ahead of Constantin Lupulescu. His TPR was slightly better (2528 vs. 2512). Both finished with 7/9. It wasn't easy, as Inarkiev, the 2nd seed had to beat 3rd seed Alexander Areshchenko with black in the final round to secure it.

Inarkiev gained a solid 9 rating points in the tournament, which should help him in his quest back to the 2700 club.

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ernesto Ianarkiev for remaining the last player at the Moscow Open (2015) tournament to remain at a perfect score (4/4). The average rating of his opponents were about 2432 vs. his 2675, so he had it easy. He gained 8.2 rating points.

Unfortunately, he has black against Korobov (2687) tomorrow, so his perfect record will probably be ruined.

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  Penguincw: And congrats to Inarkiev (my apologizes for the above typo) for winning the Moscow Open (2015) tournament. He went a perfect 5/5 before Mamedov held him to a draw. However, he bounced right back with a win against top seed Nepomniactchi, followed by drawing Petrosian. Entering the last round, he could've simply drew with Lysyj to clinch a share of first place, but he beat him to finish a full point (8/9) ahead of 2nd seed Vallejo Pons, 4th seed Korobov (who he beat with black) and Petrosian and Artemiev. 12 players finished a half point behind them, including Nepo.

His undefeated +7 score (9 rounds) against 2570 opposition was a 2921 TPR and helped him gain 23.5 rating points. On the live ratings, that's enough to rise him to 2698.5, which will be rounded to 2699 (assuming he doesn't play in this month again). He also gained 18 spots and is now world #47.

Feb-15-15  sonia91: An interesting interview:

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ernesto Inarkiev for winning the Russian Team Rapid Championship (2015) with a score of 8.5/9.
Aug-14-15  sonia91: Inarkiev is the last FIDE president's World Cup nominee:
Aug-14-15  fisayo123: Pretty random nominee. Seems to get quite a lot of favors. I remember him being invited to the Petrosian memorial.
Aug-14-15  sonia91: I agree with you, there are higher rated players who didn't manage to get into the World Cup (eg. Li Chao, Howell...), but as to Petrosian memorial he qualified via Russian Championship Higher League (
May-20-16  Troller: Currently Inarkiev is jumping to #33 live spot in the world following outstanding results in Russian Team Championship (2016)/Ernesto Inarkiev and the ongoing European Individual Championship (2016)/Ernesto Inarkiev. +33.9 pts elo!
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  Appaz: Another win in the 9th round puts him at an astonishing +44 Elo in just three weeks!
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  Chessgames Bookie: Will Inarkiev take clear first at the European Individual Championship (2016)? Place your bets:

EICC rd 10: Inarkiev Special

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  Penguincw: Damn, there goes another one! Inarkiev beats Kovalenko in a tight game, as it was pretty much even 'til Kovalenko slipped around the 5th hour of play.

Inarkiev now at 2730, ranked 27th on the live ratings! He gets white vs. Goganov tomorrow, heading into the penultimate round, up a full point on 2 opponents. A win clinches at least shared first.

May-23-16  sonia91: Congratulations to Ernesto on becoming European Champion!
May-23-16  Pulo y Gata: Viva La Revolucion!
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  Penguincw: Ernesto Inarkiev does it! He wins the EICC with a score of 9/11 (+7,-0,=4), half a point ahead of Kovalenko.

He also gained 25.9 points, in addition to 16.8 from the Russian Premier League, has him at a career high 2728.7. Generally, the top 23 from the EICC qualify for the next World Cup, so I imagine he just qualified for the 2017 World Cup, so congrats.

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  cro777: Ernesto does it with a little help from his supporters:

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  cro777: "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." (George Bernard Shaw)

The hotel which hosted Inarkiev celebrates his victory with a special cake!

Jul-10-16  sonia91: He will play a match with Boris Gelfand in Magas, Ingushetia, Russia on July 12-22:

Jan-21-17  sonia91: He will play in the FIDE Grand Prix:
Jan-22-17  Mr. V: The FIDE Grand Prix and its constantly-changing timeline seem to be remarkably unnoticed by the online chess community.
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