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Nikita Vitiugov
Number of games in database: 877
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2725 (2677 rapid, 2717 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2747
Overall record: +217 -82 =358 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      220 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (61) 
    D10 D17 D12 D15 D11
 Nimzo Indian (54) 
    E21 E32 E55 E34 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A45 E00 D02 A50 A40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D31 D37 D35 D38 D30
 King's Indian (34) 
    E81 E73 E97 E94 E90
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E12 E17 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B40 B47 B48 B42 B46
 French Defense (61) 
    C11 C07 C18 C03 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 E10 A46 D02 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D38 D31 D30 D39 D37
 Slav (36) 
    D12 D10 D17 D16 D11
 Sicilian Taimanov (35) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Vitiugov vs Ding Liren, 2012 1-0
   N Vitiugov vs M Ragger, 2013 1-0
   A Timofeev vs N Vitiugov, 2007 0-1
   B Esen vs N Vitiugov, 2010 0-1
   N Vitiugov vs Morozevich, 2012 1-0
   N Vitiugov vs T Haimovich, 2016 1-0
   M Vachier-Lagrave vs N Vitiugov, 2013 0-1
   R Rapport vs N Vitiugov, 2014 1/2-1/2
   N Vitiugov vs Short, 2013 1-0
   N Vitiugov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   62nd Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   World Cup (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2008)

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(born Feb-04-1987, 29 years old) Russia
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Born in St Petersburg, Vitiugov became a Grandmaster in 2006 and is one of Russia's rising young stars. He came second in the World Youth Championships in 2006 in Herceg Novi and was a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Championship (2010) in Bursa, winning individual gold for second reserve, scoring 5.5/6 for a TPR of 2940. He also won individual gold playing reserve for the Russian team in the World Chess Team Championship (2011), scoring 4/6 (TPR 2729).

He was U18 European Vice-Champion (2005), U18 Russian Champion (2005), U20 Russian Vice-Champion (2006, 2007), came in at 11th in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), was =4th in the Russian Superfinals (2007), won the Russian Championship Higher League (2007) on tiebreak, was fourth in the Russian Superfinals (2008), placed third in Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) behind Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler, was knocked out of the first round of the World Chess Cup (2007) but made it to round 4 of the World Cup (2009), before losing to Sergey Karjakin. He also played board 3 for Russia 2 in the Chess Olympiad (2010) scoring 6/9 without losing a game, and scored 5.5/11 coming in 5th at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010). He came second on count back to Le Quang Liem at the Aeroflot Open (2011), when he scored 6.5/9 (+5 -1 =3), and was =5th (10th on tiebreak) with 8/11, a half point from the lead, in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), a result that qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011) where he beat compatriot Alexei Bezgodov and Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov in rounds one and two before losing in a minor upset in the third round to Vladimir Potkin. A poor result (3/10) in the Reggio Emilia (2011) reduced his rating by 17 in the bimonthly rating period to 1 March 2012. Mediocre results in the 2011-12 Bundesliga and in the Russian Team Championships (2012) were only partially offset by his solid 7.5/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), which earned him a place in the World Cup (2013). However, he regained form to place =1st (3rd on tiebreak) in the Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2012) to qualify for the Russian Superfinals (2012), in which he scored 4/9 to finish a point off the lead in a low scoring event. His good form continued into 2013 when he placed =1st at Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) with 8/10, and then won the Tradewise Gibraltar (Tiebreaks) (2013) to win first prize.

In October 2012, Vitiugov helped his team Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation to a silver medal in the 28th European Club Cup (2012). In April 2013, playing board 2 he helped his St Petersburg team to a gold medal at the Russian Team Championships (2013). In August 2013, his first round result in the World Cup 2013 was a 2-0 win over young Canadian GM Conrad Holt, which enabled him to progress to the second round where he defeated Austrian #1, GM Markus Ragger. He lost to compatriot Alexander Morozevich in the third round. In October 2013, he won silver playing board 3 for St Petersburg in the European Club Cup (2013).

Vitiugov qualified by rating to participate in the World Cup (2015) where he won his first round game against Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan but lost his second round game against Le Quang Liem to bow out of the Cup contest.

Vitiugov entered the top 100 in October 2008.

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 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 877  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Zorko vs N Vitiugov  0-131 2001 EYCC B14B83 Sicilian
2. N Vitiugov vs Balashov  ½-½22 2001 Chigorin mem openC77 Ruy Lopez
3. M Luch vs N Vitiugov  ½-½27 2001 EYCC B14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
4. N Vitiugov vs A Rychagov  0-148 2001 Chigorin mem openA80 Dutch
5. N Vitiugov vs S Stajner 1-021 2001 EYCC B14D85 Grunfeld
6. E Vorobiov vs N Vitiugov  ½-½24 2001 Chigorin mem openB83 Sicilian
7. N Vitiugov vs E Lo Curto  1-040 2001 EYCC B14E97 King's Indian
8. A Korotylev vs N Vitiugov  ½-½27 2001 Chigorin mem openD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
9. V Aanestad vs N Vitiugov  0-128 2001 EYCC B14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. N Vitiugov vs J Razuvajeva  1-041 2001 Chigorin mem openD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. V Papin vs N Vitiugov  1-041 2001 EYCC B14B83 Sicilian
12. N Vitiugov vs Potkin  1-045 2001 Chigorin mem openD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. B Dribinsky vs N Vitiugov  ½-½64 2001 Chigorin mem openD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. N Vitiugov vs R Wojtaszek  0-134 2001 EYCC B14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. N Pushkov vs N Vitiugov  0-141 2001 Chigorin mem openD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. S Zavgorodniy vs N Vitiugov  ½-½49 2001 EYCC B14B40 Sicilian
17. P Kostenko vs N Vitiugov  1-042 2001 Chigorin mem openB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
18. N Vitiugov vs A Kornev  ½-½71 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. N Vitiugov vs B Savchenko  ½-½33 2003 RUS Spartakiad U18A40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P Kotsur vs N Vitiugov  ½-½51 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300A13 English
21. A Lyubimtsev vs N Vitiugov 0-142 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300B40 Sicilian
22. N Vitiugov vs P Sinkevich  1-048 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300C77 Ruy Lopez
23. N Vitiugov vs E Mukhametov  1-022 2003 St Petersburg - MoscowD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Zontakh vs N Vitiugov  1-026 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. E Mukhametov vs N Vitiugov  ½-½62 2003 St Petersburg - MoscowB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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Jun-16-11  plimko: What a game!

[Event "64th Russian Championships Men - Higher "]
[Site "Taganrog/Russia"]
[Date "2011.06.16"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Vitiugov, Nikita"]
[Black "Chadaev, Nikolai"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D44"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e4 Bb4 7. Bg5 Qa5 8. Bd2 c5 9. Bxc4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 O-O 11. Qe2 Nbd7 12. O-O Ne5 13. Ba2 Rd8 14. Nc2 Nc6 15. Nxb4 Qxb4 16. Nd5 Qxb2 17. Rfb1 Qe5 18. Bc3 Qg5 19. Nxf6+ gxf6 20. Rb3 e5 21. Bb2 Bg4 22. Qf1 Kh8 23. Rxb7 Rab8 24. f4 exf4 25. Qb5 Qxb5 26. Bxf6+ Kg8 27. axb5 Nb4 28. Bxf7+ Kf8 29. Rbxa7 Rd7 30. Bc4 Rc8 31. Ra8 1-0

Oct-22-11  Karpova: His performance (and forfeits in the last two rounds) of the Governor's Cup (2011) explained:

<Sadly one player left before the end, and that was Vitiugov. He had started the tournament ill, and possibly hoping to shake it off over the course of the two week event, persisted, but instead his health deteriorated, and after the ninth round was forced to drop out.>


Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: He's playing in Reggio Emilia, but his name is transliterated differently, with a 'j' instead of 'i'.
Dec-27-11  King Death: <waustad> That's something that you'll often see in Europe especially in German speaking countries. Who knows why in Italy though?
Dec-27-11  AlphaMale: So in Germany's he known as Njkjta Vjtjugov?
Dec-27-11  HolyKnight: With 10 games in this data base with the French Tarrasch Defense he is 9 draws and 1 win. Now many of his opponents were lower rated then him. But I still found that very interesting.
Jan-02-12  Whitehat1963: Perhaps he's not quite ready for primetime. Perhaps he never will be.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Reggio killed the Vitiugov star...
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: In his mind, and in his car.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: He can't rewind, he's gone too far.

O, A, Hikaru, O

Reggio killed the Vitiugov star
Reggio killed the Vitiugov star

Jan-17-12  LIFE Master AJ: WHAT???!?!?!? No picture of this player?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Vitiugov! He won a couple of games at Reggio Emilia (2011).

N Vitiugov vs Morozevich, 2012

N Vitiugov vs Ivanchuk, 2012

Jul-02-12  blade2012: In the first round of the Russia-China Match, Nikita crushes Ding Liren:

[Event "RUS - CHN Summit 8th Classic"]
[Site "Saint-Petersburg"]
[Date "2012.07.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Vitiugov, Nikita"]
[Black "Ding, Liren"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2703"]
[BlackElo "2680"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 b6 8. d5 e6 9. Nf4 exd5 10. Nfxd5 Nc6 11. Qd2 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Be6 13. Bd3 Bxd5 14. cxd5 Nd4 15. O-O b5 16. Kh1 Qd7 17. Rae1 b4 18. f4 h5 19. f5 Be5 20. Bxd4 Bxd4 21. e5 Bxe5 22. Rxe5 dxe5 23. f6 Kh7 24. Rf5 1-0

Feb-03-13  Whitehat1963: Time to lengthen and update his bio.
Apr-09-13  fisayo123: Nikita has been playing well recently. Good luck in the Alekhine memorial.
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  chancho: Little Nikita:

Jun-29-13  falso contacto: currently playing at the russian higher league, with not much success.
Aug-19-13  fisayo123: Great effort in the World Cup. Very unlucky to lose to Morozevich. You have a new fan :)
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Nikita Vitiugov.
Apr-05-14  Conrad93: Love his book The French Reloaded.

It's a nice refresher on most of the major French lines.

Apr-05-14  N0B0DY: Shared wisdomŪ
Jul-20-15  sonia91: Exactly one year ago it was played a human chess game on St Petersburg's Palace Square (90 years after another famous human chess game, with soldiers: to celebrate the international chess day. Nikita Vitiugov took the white pieces against Valerij Popov: (brief TV report) (brief video)

Jul-20-15  sonia91: Correct link to the video:
Jul-21-15  sonia91: On July 21st 2006 (exactly 9 years ago) he won the "Blue Sevan" tournament, which is none other than the second edition of the now called "Lake Sevan", with 6,5/9:

Final standing:

<1. IM Vitiugov /Russia / 6,5

2. IM Pashikian /Armenia/ 6
3. Melkumyan /Armenia/ 5,5
4. IM Babujian /Armenia/ 5
5. IM Andriasian /Armenia/ 4,5
6. GM Janjgava /Georgia/ 4,5
7. GM Kotanjian /Armenia/ 4,5
8. Harutjunyan /Armenia/ 4
9. IM Mallahi /Iran/ 3
10. GM Kekelidze /Georgia/ 1,5>


I think this victory should be added to his bio, because in this tournament he earned his 3rd GM norm:

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Nikita Vitiugov.
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