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Ernesto Inarkiev
E Inarkiev 
Number of games in database: 1,412
Years covered: 2000 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2684 (2637 rapid, 2674 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2732

Overall record: +362 -202 =470 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 378 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (153) 
    B90 B48 B30 B46 B33
 Ruy Lopez (110) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (51) 
    B90 B92 B93
 King's Indian (45) 
    E60 E92 E62 E67 E70
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B12 B18 B17 B15 B13
 French Defense (42) 
    C11 C18 C10 C19 C16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C78 C92 C84 C77 C69
 Sicilian (95) 
    B47 B51 B32 B90 B31
 King's Indian (82) 
    E97 E63 E60 E92 E62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (57) 
    C92 C84 C95 C91 C93
 Slav (46) 
    D11 D12 D10 D17 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Inarkiev vs M 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
   C Aghamaliyev vs E Inarkiev, 2011 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs Svidler, 2016 1-0
   N Larter vs E Inarkiev, 2008 0-1
   Navara vs E Inarkiev, 2016 0-1
   G Thornton vs E Inarkiev, 2015 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Open (2014)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   Sharjah Masters (2019)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   European Club Cup (2004)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   41st World Junior Championship (2002)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2017)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championship (2010)

   🏆 Grand Swiss IoM
   E Inarkiev vs Akobian (Oct-18-19) 1-0
   D Vocaturo vs E Inarkiev (Oct-17-19) 1/2-1/2
   E Inarkiev vs L de La Fuente (Oct-16-19) 1-0
   A Boruchovsky vs E Inarkiev (Oct-14-19) 1/2-1/2
   Lu Shanglei vs E Inarkiev (Oct-13-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-09-1985, 33 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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Last updated: 2017-12-29 08:44:42

 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,412  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 R 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 A 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 A Sidorov  0-1542001White NightsE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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  saffuna: <At this point Inarkiev stopped the clocks and <<<claimed victory>>> on the basis that Carlsen made an illegal move.>

Carlsen had no legal move! Any move which didn't capture the king was illegal, and taking the king is also illegal.

Jan-03-18  nok: That's ignorance of the rules, but Carlsen didn't know them either. Neither did the arbiter, and if someone must be blamed, it's him.
Jan-03-18  zanzibar: <<saff> Carlsen had no legal move!>

That's not the opinion of the chief arbiter, nor of the appeals committee.

I have to agree with them, for otherwise blitz players who make (the we can all agree original) illegal moves would be rewarded.

I think an easy fix to this particular situation would be for FIDE to allow the "standard" blitz practice of capturing enemy kings.

That would fix such a situation lickety-split.

(Carlsen knew the rules well enough to know he didn't make an illegal move, and if anyone should be awarded a win, it should have been him)

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  chancho: Poor Inarkiev and his ignorance.

His King is checked via 27.Rxb7+ and forgets that he's supposed to move his King, but checks Carlsen's King instead.

Almost anyone could have made that same innocent mistake.

Jan-03-18  nok: <His King is checked via 27.Rxb7+ and forgets that he's supposed to move his King, but checks Carlsen's King instead.> The source of the confusion is that Rxb7 is itself an intermediate move.

<Carlsen knew the rules well enough to know he didn't make an illegal move, and if anyone should be awarded a win, it should have been him> Carlsen signed the scoresheet with 0-1 afaik.

<I think an easy fix to this particular situation would be for FIDE to allow the "standard" blitz practice of capturing enemy kings.> Indeed, the rules would simplify if the goal was just capturing the king.

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  chancho: Carlsen signed the scoresheet because he was hoodwinked, but he sure caught on fast.

Gotta give him credit for that.

Jan-03-18  nok: Had it happened to, say, Truong Son, would the decision have been reversed? Food for thought.
Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: <nok>

No; you just have no arguments to support your case.

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  chancho: I don't believe for a minute that Inarkiev made his move accidentally. He checked Carlsen by 27...Ne3+ and then called the arbiter over to say that Carlsen made an illegal move by 28.Kd3.

How would he know that Carlsen made the illegal move, if it was Inarkiev's illegal move which prompted Carlsen's reaction?

And then claiming a win, how brazen is that.

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: Well, <nok> has a point: Carlsen signed the scoresheet.

Then Carlsen complained to the head arbiter and the score was reversed. Inarkiev's protest about that decision was rejected.

It only says something about how lame the arbitrage is. True dat.

Jan-03-18  Petrosianic: <And then claiming a win, how brazen is that.>

Depends what the rules in force were. Donald Byrne once claimed a time forfeit against Reshevsky in a position where BOTH flags were down, on the grounds that the rules said only the player on the move could claim a forfeit. They ruled the game a draw, but technically speaking, it probably should have gone to Byrne.

Jan-03-18  Granny O Doul: The problem with capturing kings is that one can always do it, and if there is no recording, who is to say where my capturing piece came from? Just make sure you don't wind up with two bishops on the same color.
Jan-03-18  nok: It's the same with queens really, and we do capture them.
Jan-03-18  zanzibar: RE: Signing the scoresheet.

It means nothing as concerns approbation. This is similar to signing a traffic citation - there is no implicit acknowledgement of guilt involved.

In both cases, it just establishing a standing and identification - establishing your right to appeal/contest the finding.

All players should be aware of this. If not, here's the rules from the FIDE handbook:


At the conclusion of the game both players shall sign both scoresheets, indicating the result of the game. Even if incorrect, this result shall stand, unless the arbiter decides otherwise. >

And also:


Unless the rules of the competition specify otherwise, a player may appeal against any decision of the arbiter, even if the player has signed the scoresheet (see Article 8.7).>

I'm unaware of any explicit changes to the rules for this competition.


Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: <zanzibar> Thanks for pointing that out. My comment was premature.
Jan-03-18  zanzibar: <Granny O Doul: The problem with capturing kings is that one can always do it, and if there is no recording, who is to say where my capturing piece came from? >

Interesting thought, although it appears to me that without a recording who can say exactly when the illegal position arose, or who, if anybody, made the illegal move, or even when.

(Of course spectators have been known to be responsible for illegal positions on a board, as anybody who plays chess with a 3-year old in the vicinity can attest)

I still like the idea of capturing the king - why bother summoning an arbiter? Just take the king and be done with it!


Jan-03-18  zanzibar: RE: Invakiev

Tisdall (who I respect quite a bit, if only for his wonderful little book) has some harsh words via twitter...

<Jonathan Tisdall‏ @GMjtis

Losing all respect for Inarkiev. How on earth can you expect to win like that? #RiyadhChess>

Since we're in forum land, we can also cite some of the gossipy comments which followed, suggesting Inarkiev might have a "history":


<Eivind Salen @EivindSalen 29 Dec 2017

Against the world champion - everyone will know, lots of people will scrutinize your past = bad for your reputation. Strange.>

Jonathan Tisdall @GMjtis 29 Dec 2017

Not if he is a serial offender. Scrutiny will determine that I expect. Rumors already flying about his history.

<Eivind Salen 29 Dec 2017

Yes, I heard Christensen on NRK. I will also check the Russian chess cites.>


Jonathan Tisdall @GMjtis 29 Dec 2017

It certainly appears deliberate from the circumstantial evidence.


Jan-03-18  zanzibar: <Johan-Sebastian Christansen, Norway's second player in the World Cup, believes that Iniarkev tried to cheat on victory.

- Could it have been on purpose?

- Yes, I think so. I talked to others as mentioned that he (Inarkiev, journ.anm) has done this earlier, said Christiansen who won his first party.>

(Google translated from original no)

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: I'd like to forgive him; it must be a real drag to be named after Turd Guevara.
Jan-03-18  zanzibar: Well, some fans must remain...

(Lack of) timing is key!


Jan-03-18  nok: <At the conclusion of the game both players shall sign both scoresheets, indicating the result of the game. Even if incorrect, this result shall stand, unless the arbiter decides otherwise.>

What's unclear is whether the arbiter can restart the game ten minutes after the signing.

Jan-03-18  zanzibar: <nok> Ah, that's a good point, as upon signing the scoresheet a player may elect to leave the playing hall.

The exact time and place of a continuation might need to be negotiated.

Jan-06-18  markz: Shame on you
Jan-11-18  ajile: IMO the game is instantly over and won for Carlsen after 27...Ne3+?? since this is an illegal move.

Nothing after this matters since the game was on video and the illegal move can be 100% documented. It's like a NHL or NFL challenge on a big play. The crowd can yell and cheer all they want but the review after the play decides the issue.

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  sonia91: He won 3rd Sharjah Masters (2019) with 7/9 on tiebreak from 6 (!) other players, among them Wang Hao and Alireza Forouzja.
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