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E Inarkiev 
Ernesto Inarkiev
Number of games in database: 965
Years covered: 2000 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2660 (2742 rapid, 2626 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707
Overall record: +272 -160 =318 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      215 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (121) 
    B90 B48 B30 B33 B43
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C67 C65 C84 C78 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B92
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C18 C19 C16 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C84 C92 C91 C97 C95
 Sicilian Taimanov (30) 
    B48 B46 B49 B45 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (81) 
    E97 E63 E92 E60 E99
 Ruy Lopez (78) 
    C78 C92 C84 C91 C69
 Sicilian (71) 
    B51 B32 B31 B90 B47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C92 C84 C91 C95 C89
 Slav (42) 
    D12 D11 D10 D17 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 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
   E Inarkiev vs Leitao, 2013 1-0
   Bacrot vs E Inarkiev, 2008 0-1
   M Palac vs E Inarkiev, 2014 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs P Kantarji, 2015 1-0
   A Goganov vs E Inarkiev, 2013 1/2-1/2
   E Najer vs E Inarkiev, 2013 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015 1-0
   S Chekhov vs E Inarkiev, 2015 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   Baku Open (2014)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (2006)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2011)
   Euro Club Cup (2008)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championships (2010)

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(born Dec-09-1985, 29 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)


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.

<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).

Sources and References

Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Ernesto Inarkiev

Latest update 15 August 2015

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 965  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Inarkiev vs M Apicella  0-148 2000 34th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
2. E Inarkiev vs D Barua  ½-½32 2000 34th OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Ni Hua vs E Inarkiev  ½-½104 2000 34th OlympiadB30 Sicilian
4. E Inarkiev vs Z Runic  1-066 2000 34th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
5. M Geenen vs E Inarkiev  0-150 2000 34th OlympiadB32 Sicilian
6. V Iakymov vs E Inarkiev  0-140 2001 EYCC B16B06 Robatsch
7. D Frolyanov vs E Inarkiev  0-143 2001 Chigorin mem openB06 Robatsch
8. A Kochyev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½59 2001 White NightsB06 Robatsch
9. E Inarkiev vs A Feoktistov  ½-½55 2001 54th ch-RUSD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. E Inarkiev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½49 2001 EYCC B16D85 Grunfeld
11. E Egorov vs E Inarkiev  0-149 2001 Chigorin mem openB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. D Shchukin vs E Inarkiev 0-129 2001 White NightsE92 King's Indian
13. E Inarkiev vs D Palo  0-141 2001 EYCC B16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. E Inarkiev vs I Arakelov  1-041 2001 Chigorin mem openD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-141 2001 White NightsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
16. K Aseev vs E Inarkiev  1-081 2001 54th ch-RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. E Inarkiev vs G Antal  1-042 2001 EYCC B16D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. E Inarkiev vs O Biriukov  1-030 2001 Chigorin mem openB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. E Inarkiev vs B Grachev  ½-½45 2001 White NightsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. E Inarkiev vs A Tudor  1-027 2001 EYCC B16B30 Sicilian
21. E Inarkiev vs Potkin  ½-½39 2001 54th ch-RUSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-145 2001 RUS-ch U20E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. A Vaulin vs E Inarkiev  1-031 2001 Chigorin mem openE60 King's Indian Defense
24. E Inarkiev vs A V Kharitonov  1-061 2001 RUS-ch U16C53 Giuoco Piano
25. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½44 2001 White NightsA15 English
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 965  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-05-08  Billy Vaughan: Eek! He won't at this pace: +0 -3 =0 at Russian Superfinals so far. Hope he picks it up with some wins!
Dec-09-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Ernesto!
Dec-09-08  timhortons: happy birthday ernesto!
Dec-26-08  walker: Initially I was sorry for the guy. Who wants to be named after a murderer? I know an older man nameed after Adolf Hitler and his life was a nightmare because of his parents idiotic choice. But now I see that our Ernesto has a small portret of the murderer Ernesto Gevara. Such a pitty.
Dec-26-08  walker: On his right hand*
Jan-11-09  WhiteRook48: I didn't know he was named after a murderer.
Aug-16-09  Etienne: Walker, weren't those fighting against Che Guevara also murderers following your logic?
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  GrahamClayton: Inarkiev does not like to leave the board during his games, as he thinks he will loose his concentration. During the 2009 European Individual championships, the hot conditions led to Inarkiev refeshing himself by placing drops of water from a wine glass onto his forehead, rather than going to the bathroom.
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  Tabanus: He placed 4th (or shared 1st) yesterday in Moscow Open (2010):

Jun-25-11  siamesedream:

WOW! ;)


Jun-27-11  SimonWebbsTiger: absolutely priceless photo and comment on Chessbase
Oct-19-11  Korifej: Ernesto is strange name for Russian;')
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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 (
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