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E Inarkiev 
Ernesto Inarkiev
Number of games in database: 853
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2688 (2653 rapid, 2648 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707
Overall record: +247 -147 =291 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      168 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (109) 
    B90 B48 B30 B33 B67
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C65 C67 C84 C78 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (36) 
    B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C92 C91 C97 C95
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C18 C19 C16 C12
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B12 B17 B18 B15 B11
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (81) 
    E97 E63 E92 E60 E62
 Sicilian (65) 
    B51 B31 B90 B32 B47
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C78 C92 C84 C77 C69
 Slav (39) 
    D11 D12 D10 D17 D16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (33) 
    C92 C84 C91 C89 C99
 Robatsch (19) 
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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
   A Goganov vs E Inarkiev, 2013 1/2-1/2
   E Inarkiev vs Leitao, 2013 1-0
   E Inarkiev vs A Baryshpolets, 2014 1-0
   E Inarkiev vs V Gashimov, 2008 1/2-1/2
   E Inarkiev vs A Galkin, 2007 1-0
   E Najer vs E Inarkiev, 2013 0-1
   E Inarkiev vs Shirov, 2009 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Open (2014)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (2006)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   61st Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2011)
   Euro Club Cup (2008)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championships (2010)

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(born Dec-09-1985, 29 years old) Kyrgyzstan (citizen of Russia)
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Ernesto Inarkiev was born in Osh, Kyrgyzstan in 1985. Named for Ernesto Ché Guevara, Inarkiev moved to Kalmykia in 2000, the same year he earned the IM title. He won the U-16 European Youth Championship in 2001, and the following year he captured the Russian U-20 championship and became Kalmykia's first Grandmaster. He won the Championship of Kalmykia in 2004.

In 2006, Inarkiev won the preliminary 59th Russian Championship (2006), and went on to finish third in the Superfinal (see Russian Championship Superfinal (2006)) In 2008 the city of Elista nominated him as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix cycle. He was =5th (14th on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him for the World Cup (2011) where 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. The following year, he came =2nd (5th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by Brazilian GM Rafael Duailibe Leitao. He won the 66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013) on tiebreak ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi, thereby qualifying for next year's Tal Memorial and for the upcoming Russian Superfinal (2013). Placed outright 3rd at the category 18 14th Karpov International (2013).

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 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 853  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Inarkiev vs Z Runic  1-066 2000 34th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
2. M Geenen vs E Inarkiev  0-150 2000 34th OlympiadB32 Sicilian
3. E Inarkiev vs M Apicella  0-148 2000 34th OlympiadE70 King's Indian
4. E Inarkiev vs D Barua  ½-½32 2000 34th OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ni Hua vs E Inarkiev  ½-½104 2000 34th OlympiadB30 Sicilian
6. D Frolyanov vs E Inarkiev  0-143 2001 Chigorin mem openB06 Robatsch
7. A Kochyev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½59 2001 White NightsB06 Robatsch
8. E Inarkiev vs A Feoktistov  ½-½55 2001 54th ch-RUSD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. E Inarkiev vs Mamedyarov  ½-½49 2001 EYCC B16D85 Grunfeld
10. E Egorov vs E Inarkiev  0-149 2001 Chigorin mem openB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. D Shchukin vs E Inarkiev 0-129 2001 White NightsE92 King's Indian
12. E Inarkiev vs D Palo  0-141 2001 EYCC B16B12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. E Inarkiev vs I Arakelov  1-041 2001 Chigorin mem openD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-141 2001 White NightsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. K Aseev vs E Inarkiev  1-081 2001 54th ch-RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. E Inarkiev vs G Antal  1-042 2001 EYCC B16D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. E Inarkiev vs O Biriukov  1-030 2001 Chigorin mem openB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. E Inarkiev vs B Grachev  ½-½45 2001 White NightsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. E Inarkiev vs A Tudor  1-027 2001 EYCC B16B30 Sicilian
20. E Inarkiev vs Potkin  ½-½39 2001 54th ch-RUSD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. E Inarkiev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-145 2001 RUS-ch U20E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. A Vaulin vs E Inarkiev  1-031 2001 Chigorin mem openE60 King's Indian Defense
23. A Timofeev vs E Inarkiev  ½-½44 2001 White NightsA15 English
24. Dvoirys vs E Inarkiev  1-040 2001 54th ch-RUSB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
25. T Nyback vs E Inarkiev  0-160 2001 EYCC B16A04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 853  PGN Download
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Dec-27-06  DutchDunce: He's been a busy bee this quarter. 34 games played, and his rating shot up 40 points, from 2629 to 2669. I remember him most for the sly grin he had on his face in a photo on Kosteniuk's site, when he knew he was going to win against her.
Mar-16-07  argishti: Looks like a very solid player, i am impressed.
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  waustad: He seems to like to teeter on the brink if the dozen or so games I looked at are indicative. Lots of decisive games with lots of sharp tactics.
Apr-24-08  timhortons: first time i heard of his name and im impressed of his win over mamedyarov in bakugrandprix, in an interview with fide he said english is the langguage in chess world and he speak english well
Apr-24-08  timhortons: hey! the arm band..look at the arm ban, its che guevarra, long live che!!!
Apr-24-08  Resignation Trap: <timhortons> There aren't very many Russians named "Ernesto", but that was Che's first name, and Inarkiev was named for him.
Jul-15-08  jon01: Inarkiev always plays his games sharply and unpredictably. I hope he reaches 2700 and will become more popular player.
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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