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Zviad Izoria
Z Izoria 
Number of games in database: 384
Years covered: 1997 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2609 (2570 rapid, 2633 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2660

Overall record: +128 -52 =169 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 35 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17
 King's Indian (19) 
    E94 E67 E62 E69 E66
 English (19) 
    A17 A16 A15 A13 A18
 Slav (18) 
    D11 D12 D15 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37 D30 D38 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 A40 E00 A41 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B19 B12 B14 B18 B10
 Sicilian (30) 
    B51 B67 B56 B20 B23
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E20 E32 E39 E53 E51
 French Defense (17) 
    C11 C07 C08 C10 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    E00 A41 A46 A40 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D38 D31 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Izoria vs T Luciani, 2005 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Z Izoria, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs F Roisman, 2001 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs Z Izoria, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs F Volkmann, 2003 1-0
   Z Izoria vs A Timofeev, 2001 1-0
   Craig Hilby vs Z Izoria, 2017 1/2-1/2
   M Panchanathan vs Z Izoria, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs Tiviakov, 2005 1/2-1/2
   P Blehm vs Z Izoria, 2000 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Aeroflot Open (2006)
   National Open (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   World Junior Championships (2003)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   7th European Individual Championship (2006)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Olympiad (2008)
   34th World Open (2006)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)

   Z Izoria vs V Durarbayli (Mar-08-17) 1-0, rapid
   Robson vs Z Izoria (Mar-08-17) 1-0, rapid
   C Holt vs Z Izoria (Mar-01-17) 0-1, rapid
   Z Izoria vs C Toolin (Mar-01-17) 1-0, rapid
   A Shimanov vs Z Izoria (Feb-26-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-06-1984, 33 years old) Georgia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Izoria's chess career began during his teenage years and resulted in him winning several youth titles, including the 2000 World Under-16 Championship and consecutive European Junior Championships in 2001 and 2002. He gained his grandmaster title in 2002. His greatest success to date is his victory in the HB Global Chess Challenge (2005), scoring 7.5/9 and in May 2010 he won the Texas State Championship with 6/7.

On the FIDE world ranking list of January 2006, Izoria was rated a career-high 2652, placing him joint 52nd.

Wikipedia article: Zviad Izoria

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 384  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Sargissian vs Z Izoria  1-048 1997 Wch U14C07 French, Tarrasch
2. Z Izoria vs V Vepkhvishvili  1-036 1997 Chess Palace CupC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. A Korotylev vs Z Izoria 1-029 1998 Moscow-ch opE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
4. Z Izoria vs E Alekseev  ½-½70 1998 Moscow Kasparov CupE73 King's Indian
5. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-069 1999 GEO team selectE15 Queen's Indian
6. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½44 1999 GEO team selectA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. Z Izoria vs P Mach  1-066 1999 EU-ch U16E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½100 2000 GEO-ch 60thA50 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Z Izoria vs Kholmov  1-029 2000 Moscow Kasparov CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Jobava vs Z Izoria 1-044 2000 GEO-ch U18E15 Queen's Indian
11. Z Izoria vs D Shengelia  1-026 2000 GEO-ch U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-066 2000 GEO-ch 60thE15 Queen's Indian
13. Z Izoria vs Radjabov  ½-½76 2000 EU-ch U20A13 English
14. Z Izoria vs Jobava  ½-½75 2000 Wch U20E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
15. Z Izoria vs Zhang Pengxiang  1-040 2000 World JuniorA65 Benoni, 6.e4
16. P Blehm vs Z Izoria  0-151 2000 World JuniorB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Z Izoria vs A Gershon  ½-½28 2000 World JuniorE15 Queen's Indian
18. T Gelashvili vs Z Izoria  ½-½62 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60B23 Sicilian, Closed
19. Jobava vs Z Izoria  ½-½49 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Z Izoria vs G Sargissian  0-150 2001 Tbilisi Nona 60A84 Dutch
21. Z Izoria vs Jobava  0-159 2001 GEO olympiad selectE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-040 2001 GEO olympiad selectB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. Z Izoria vs Fedorov  ½-½99 2001 2nd European ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. P H Nielsen vs Z Izoria  ½-½56 2001 2nd European ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
25. Z Izoria vs A Galkin  ½-½16 2001 2nd European ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 384  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-26-05  Montreal1666: Does anyone know why Izoria didn't get
to play in rounds 2 and 5 and was awarded full points?
May-26-05  yoozum: <Mr. Sifter>, in most cases, it's a lot more than 100 points. Nigel frequently flirts with 3000, and we have people like Vugar Gashimov, a sub-2600 GM, who are above 3100 on a regular basis. These are but a few of the examples.
May-26-05  lopium: Well, I don't want to critic chess servers at all. I only see right now that the best human player on FICS is 2350 exactly, the 10th is 2200 exactly. That is in blitz. In standard, the best human is about 2380 and the 10th best human is 2141. Computers are a lot much stronger than humans in this server. As I said, even the GM's who are playing there are less strong. But it's normal, they don't play as they play in tournaments, they just play for fun, so it's normal they aren't that good on FICS. Computers always play like they do, and It show us that. If you have beated a 2100 on FICS in blitz and he didn't play well, it's very possible, but it is only one case in only one or few games.... Anyway maybe it was a temporally rating too, which is not stable at all. Last thing : chess players on FICS will play less good than in tournaments, so If a chess server give them a rating superior that they FIDE rating, It's not like the elo system at all. In this way, FICS is close to the FIDE rating I think, or even much strict.
May-26-05  dac1990: <Montreal1666> Izoria drew the second and won the fifth, both over the board. Where do all of these "facts" come from about Izoria's performance?
May-26-05  Montreal1666: <dac1990: <Montreal1666> Izoria drew the second and won the fifth, both over the board. Where do all of these "facts" come from about Izoria's performance? >

Well when you download the games from
the HP Global site (and here as well)
there are no games for rounds 2 and 5
for Izoria. Where is your source?

May-27-05  Resignation Trap: <Montreal1666> To find out what who-did-to-whom go to , then hit "STANDINGS", and then hit "Open".

According to the crosstable, Izoria drew with player #109 (Victor Plotkin) in round two. And in round five, Izoria defeated player #2 (Ilya Smirin).

May-27-05  Montreal1666: <Resignation Trap:>

Thanks. I take your word for it.

I was really interested to see those games. Do you were one might find them.

May-27-05  Resignation Trap: <Montreal1666> Why Soitny! Try, then bring about the position after White's 12th move (or an opening position from any game, for that matter) and a whole list will appear with all known transpositions. But pay attention as to whom played those games, as there are many examples of two weak players entering the line. For example, if you find a game that looks good, but was played in, let's say, the Scottish girls Under-12 championship of 1998, please excercise caution!

There are lots of blunders by children, adults and computers alike.

Another example: you are looking up analysis on 1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5, anyone with even a minimal of experience can plainly see that 3...Nd4? loses a Knight to the simple 4. c3. Yet has dozens of examples of games beginning with those very moves.

May-27-05  Montreal1666: <Resignation Trap:> Thanks I am familiar with that websites
Oct-23-05  Maroczy: What is Izoria's ethnicity?
Oct-23-05  Resignation Trap: <Maroczy> Izoria is from Georgia.
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: what's with his hat?
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: yeah it's like the first gm i have seen that has a hat on
Sep-23-06  positionalbrilliancy: I like the hat. But not with that brown shirt...
Dec-20-06  BIDMONFA: Zviad Izoria


Nov-25-07  talisman: what was the problem with izoria's visa, keeping him out of the world cup?
Nov-25-07  dx9293: Since he can't play in Khanty-Mansyk, he's playing in the National Chess Congress in Philadelphia, USA! He has 3.4/4, in second place. Tournament is 6 rounds, rounds 5 and 6 today.
Apr-22-09  notyetagm: Anyone know GM Izoria's <ICC handle>?


Apr-22-09  Prugno: <notyet> Not 100% sure, but I think I remember watching Izoria playing blitz on ICC as "Pikaso" a few years ago. Don't know if his handle has changed since then, unfortunately.
Apr-22-09  notyetagm: <Prugno: <notyet> Not 100% sure, but I think I remember watching Izoria playing blitz on ICC as <<<"Pikaso">>> a few years ago. Don't know if his handle has changed since then, unfortunately.>

Yes, that is it, <Pikaso>.


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  GrahamClayton: Izoria recently won the 65th Texas State Championship:

Jan-06-11  theodor: great staff, Zviad, you'll persevere!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <May-22-05 Joshka: Wow, congradulations!.....this guy just pocketed the 50 grand at the HB Challenge...didn't even have to go to tie-breaks!.> a diamond-studded Polanti watch worth $7k!

Feb-15-16  WTHarvey: I posted 8 puzzles from chess games of US GM Zviad Izoria @ What wins?
Feb-15-16  ndg2: A serious hat.
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