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Z Izoria 
Zviad Izoria
Number of games in database: 356
Years covered: 1997 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2566 (2562 rapid, 2544 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2660
Overall record: +119 -50 =164 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      23 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (19) 
    E94 E62 E69 E67 E60
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 English (17) 
    A15 A17 A16 A13 A18
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D12 D15 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D30 D37 D39 D38
 Sicilian (9) 
    B96 B36 B30 B67 B39
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B19 B18 B14 B12 B10
 Sicilian (27) 
    B67 B56 B51 B20 B63
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E20 E32 E39 E47 E54
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C07 C10 C08 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    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 Volkmann, 2003 1-0
   M Panchanathan vs Z Izoria, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Mamedyarov vs Z Izoria, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Z Izoria vs V Chuchelov, 2005 1-0
   D Maghalashvili vs Z Izoria, 2002 0-1
   M Palac vs Z Izoria, 2005 0-1
   A Cherniack vs Z Izoria, 2007 0-1
   Z Izoria vs Z Sturua, 2006 1-0

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

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(born Jan-06-1984, 31 years old) Georgia (citizen of 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 15; games 1-25 of 356  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 P Mach  1-066 1999 EU-ch U16E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½44 1999 GEO team selectA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. Jobava vs Z Izoria 1-044 2000 GEO-ch U18E15 Queen's Indian
9. Z Izoria vs Radjabov  ½-½76 2000 EU-ch U20A13 English
10. Jobava vs Z Izoria  1-066 2000 GEO-ch 60thE15 Queen's Indian
11. Z Izoria vs D Shengelia  1-026 2000 GEO-ch U20D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Z Izoria vs A Gershon  ½-½28 2000 World JuniorE15 Queen's Indian
13. Z Izoria vs T Gelashvili  ½-½100 2000 GEO-ch 60thA50 Queen's Pawn Game
14. P Blehm vs Z Izoria  0-151 2000 World JuniorB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Z Izoria vs Jobava  ½-½75 2000 Wch U20E65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
16. Z Izoria vs Kholmov  1-029 2000 Moscow Kasparov CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Z Izoria vs Zhang Pengxiang  1-040 2000 World JuniorA65 Benoni, 6.e4
18. Z Izoria vs N Zhukova  1-061 2001 openA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Z Izoria vs Naiditsch  ½-½19 2001 WYB18A17 English
20. Aronian vs Z Izoria 1-026 2001 WJunB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Z Izoria vs R Kempinski  1-074 2001 2nd European ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
22. Z Izoria vs G Pataki  1-048 2001 EYCC B18B10 Caro-Kann
23. Degraeve vs Z Izoria  ½-½75 2001 2nd European ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. D Popovic vs Z Izoria  ½-½16 2001 WYB18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. M Gagunashvili vs Z Izoria  ½-½64 2001 WYB18B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 356  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-25-05  MoonlitKnight: <lopium> Are you sure? Because I just played a 2120 on FICS and he didn't play very good blitz at all.
May-25-05  MrSifter: <lopium> How are GM's being 2100 on FICS anywhere close to "real ratings". The best humans are in the 2700's pushing 2800 FIDE. is the closest to FIDE ratings. Most GM's are only around 100 or so points higher than their Fide rating, although a lot of untitled players have ratings in the 2600-2700.

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


Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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>.


Premium Chessgames Member
  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!

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