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E Ghaem Maghami 
Photography copyright © 2007 Arash Akbarinia.  
Ehsan Ghaem Maghami
Number of games in database: 784
Years covered: 2000 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2550 (2565 rapid, 2594 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2633
Overall record: +178 -100 =280 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      226 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (61) 
    B22 B50 B30 B51 B31
 English (39) 
    A13 A10 A16 A18 A15
 English, 1 c4 e5 (37) 
    A28 A20 A25 A22 A27
 English, 1 c4 c5 (27) 
    A33 A30 A34 A37 A35
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B10 B13 B14 B12 B18
 King's Indian (20) 
    E60 E94 E97 E92 E61
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (128) 
    B90 B92 B43 B22 B42
 Nimzo Indian (58) 
    E32 E21 E20 E56 E36
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B93 B96 B98
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    E10 A46 A45 E00 D02
 Sicilian Kan (23) 
    B43 B42 B41
 English (21) 
    A17 A15 A13 A14 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bakhmatov vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2005 0-1
   M Al Dahbali vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2002 0-1
   E Ghaem Maghami vs R Bancod, 2004 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Carlsen, 2015 1/2-1/2
   E Ghaem Maghami vs B Roselli Mailhe, 2008 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Karpov, 2009 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs P Skatchkov, 2013 1-0
   E Ghaem Maghami vs Chekhov, 2000 1-0
   Karpov vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2009 0-1
   M Richter vs E Ghaem Maghami, 2015 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Open (2008)
   16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Dubai Open (2010)
   Baku Open (2013)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

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(born Aug-11-1982, 33 years old) Iran

[what is this?]
GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami won twelve Iranian Chess Championships (the last one in 2015). (1) On the 8th and 9th of February 2011, Maghami broke Israeli GM Alik Gershon 's 4 month old world record for the largest simul ever played by an individual by playing against 604 players, the result being +580 =16 -8 for a winning percentage 97.35%. (2) In July 2012, he won the Tehran Open Chess Championship with 8.5/9 and the Ramezan Open also held in Tehran (7.5/9). =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the 2015 World Open. 2nd behind Pouria Darini at the 4th Sardaran Open 2015 (in July). (3)

He's married to WIM Shayesteh Ghader Pour. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Law and in 2015 he completed his education in sports education from the University of Tehran. (4)

(1) Wikipedia article: Iranian Chess Championship and; (2); (3); (4)

Wikipedia article: Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 785  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Rogers vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-150 2000 34th OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E Ghaem Maghami vs Chekhov 1-014 2000 Pripis memA04 Reti Opening
3. Akobian vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½33 2000 Memorial F.PripisA57 Benko Gambit
4. C Lutz vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-066 2000 FIDE World ChB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. E Ghaem Maghami vs G Milos  0-126 2000 34th OlympiadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. E Ghaem Maghami vs Navara  ½-½20 2000 Wch U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. L Bruzon Batista vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-031 2000 World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. E Ghaem Maghami vs V Malakhov  1-040 2000 Wch U20B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
9. E Ghaem Maghami vs C Lutz  ½-½82 2000 FIDE World ChB50 Sicilian
10. C Bauer vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½40 2000 34th OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. N Mitkov vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½65 2000 34th OlympiadB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. E Ghaem Maghami vs C Lutz  ½-½21 2000 FIDE World ChB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. E Vladimirov vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-068 2000 Penta Media GMA04 Reti Opening
14. H Kallio vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-146 2000 World-ch juniorsA57 Benko Gambit
15. E Ghaem Maghami vs Hector  ½-½59 2000 34th OlympiadA13 English
16. E Ghaem Maghami vs Aronian  ½-½17 2000 Wch U20B10 Caro-Kann
17. C Lutz vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½22 2000 FIDE World ChB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. M Panchanathan vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½37 2001 Asian U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. E Ghaem Maghami vs Svidler  ½-½40 2001 World TeamsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. E Ghaem Maghami vs R Rezaei  1-048 2001 Iran leagueE60 King's Indian Defense
21. M Ghorbani vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½37 2001 ch-IRIE10 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A H Wohl vs E Ghaem Maghami  0-130 2001 Asian ChampionshipsA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. E Ghaem Maghami vs J Al-Huwar  1-023 2001 Zone 3.1aA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. E Ghaem Maghami vs Kosteniuk  0-122 2001 Master OpenD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. E Ghaem Maghami vs H Odeev  1-047 2001 Asian ChampionshipsA15 English
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 785  PGN Download
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Oct-04-04  arifattar: I would like to believe that this very separation which exists right from Indonesia to Morocco is in fact at the heart of all that ails the Islamic world. Any attempts at reconciling, like the ones in Algeria and Afghanistan, have been brutally suppressed.
Jan-04-05  Orbitkind: Am I right that Maghami along with Naiditsch were both disqualified from an internet tournament for cheating? [I.e. using a computer]
Apr-24-05  Hesam7: <orbitkind> You are right.

Feb-12-06  jcgnal: i think maghami is awsome , but he shouldnt play for iran , he should move to some better countries where they can give him more
Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

GHAEM, Ehsan

Mar-11-08  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the <Sixteenth International Fajr Men's Chess Tournament> wizh 9.5/11. He received a prize of US $3,500. Armenian IM Avetik Grigoryan came in second with 9.0/11. Kasparov came in 11th with 8.0/11.

The women event saw four players with 7.0/9: WIM Nino Batsiashvili, WIM Sopiko Tereladze, WIM Lilit Galojan and WIM Siranush Andriasian.

Mar-30-08  Karpova: He became Iranian Chess Champion in 2008 with 12.0/13! The Championship took place from 14th to 27th March 2008 and the time control was 90 min + 30 seconds per move. There was no prize fund and so he was the only GM participating (there were also 1 IM and 4 FMs).

Jan-24-09  Augalv: Karpov - Ghaem Maghami match in Tehran

Apr-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Iran. Iran so far away.

Couldn't get away!

Apr-14-09  myschkin: . . .

Iran emerges as a chess nation (2007)


Oct-30-09  oyeboli: hello Ghaem. . . congratulations on winning the PGMA and Pichay Cups. . . hope to see you again here in the Philippines. . .
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  Tabanus: Tournaments in Philippines 2009: (1st in Subic Open) (3rd in PGMA Cup (2nd in Pichay Cup)

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  Tabanus: He won today the strong Parsvnath International Open Tournament (New Dehli, India):, congratulations!

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  Wild Bill: [Event "8th Parsvnath Open"]
[Site "New Delhi"]
[EventDate "2010.01.14"]
[Date "2010.01.20"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Dzhumaev, Marat"]
[Black "Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 h5 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.Be2 b5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 Nb6 15.Bxb6 Qxb6 16.Qd3 Nd7 17.f4 exf4 18.Nd4 Bf6 19.Qe4 Be5 20.g3 Nf6 21.Qf5 Qc7 22.gxf4 g6 23.Qd3 Bxf4 24.Rhf1 Be5 25.Nc6 Nd7 26.Qf3 O-O 27.Bd3 Rce8 28.Rg1 Bg7 29.Qg2 Ne5 30.Be4 Nc4 31.Rd3 Qb6 32.Bxg6 fxg6 33.Qxg6 Rf7 34.Nd4 Ne5 35.Qe4 Ree7 36.Rdg3 Ng4 37.Ne6 Qf2 38.a3 Qf6 39.c3 Qe5 40.Qg6 Qxd5 41.Ng5 Qf5 0-1

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  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Maghami! hope you play again in Philippine tourneys..
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  wordfunph: congrats GM Maghami!

new world record for 604-board simul by Iranian GM Maghami..

Sep-10-11  Cemoblanca: "I walked about 55 kilometers and was awake for 25 hours. Now I have to think about setting a sleeping record." - (after setting a World Record by playing 614 games simultaneously) - Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami


Feb-08-12  timhortons:

Organizers of an international chess tournament in Corsica said on Tuesday they had expelled Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami for refusing to take on an Israeli player.

Mar-18-12  shivasuri4: Playing in the 12th round of the Bundesliga 2011-12, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Hamburger SK beat German GM Daniel Fridman of SV Mulheim Nord in a 51 move game.It was a complex game with exposed kings. Both missed many winning chances, with Fridman making the last critical error at move 40(Qb7, instead of the equal Qe6).
May-19-14  capafischer1: He is a great grandmaster and very good friends with Gelfand. Because of politics he can not play against Israeli players when he plays for Iran. By the way his last fide rating is 2580. He also beat Daniel Friedman in bundesliga a while back and he is jewish but not from Israel. Either way I know this guy personally and he loves all chessplayers.
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  Penguincw: Happy 32nd birthday to GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami. So far, at the Chess Olympiad (2014), he's 3/6 (+2,-2,=2). Good luck to him and his team as they face Ireland. On board 1, he has white against GM Alexander Baburin.
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  offramp: I've been thinking about that simultaneous world record, set in Tehran in 2011.

I live in London, the centre of the world, and if I was asked to find 600 chess players I could probably do it. I could teach some myself.

But most of those players would be incredibly weak, barely above beginner-level. I'd expect them to lose in about a dozen moves.

In Tehran it may be different. It may be possible in that focus of chess history to find 600 strong chess players who are all available for the same time-window. Or perhaps 95% of the 600 were total and utter patzers who were only barely aware of the right way to move the pieces.... I don't know, I'm just a caveman!!

Jan-06-16  Bruce Graham: GM makes news by not playing:
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  greed and death: <Bruce Graham> Isn't the reason Iranian players do that because if they play an Israeli, their government will punish them?
Jan-06-16  Bruce Graham: <greed and death> Quite possibly you are correct. Which raises a question- what about a Saudi player? Or one of their close allies?
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