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I Nepomniachtchi 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Number of games in database: 1,084
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2703 (2812 rapid, 2846 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +243 -118 =352 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      371 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (178) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B22
 French Defense (44) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C01
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B12 B11 B10 B18 B14
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C65 C77 C67 C78 C72
 Scotch Game (40) 
 French (32) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (140) 
    B90 B51 B92 B52 B97
 Grunfeld (117) 
    D85 D86 D80 D70 D76
 Sicilian Najdorf (90) 
    B90 B92 B97 B91 B96
 French Defense (65) 
    C03 C12 C11 C18 C05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (36) 
    A34 A30 A35 A31 A37
 French (27) 
    C12 C11 C00 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 0-1
   I Nepomniachtchi vs S Sjugirov, 2015 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs D Howell, 2015 1-0
   Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   I Nepomniachtchi vs I Salgado Lopez, 2008 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Y Zherebukh, 2012 1/2-1/2
   E Romanov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   Corus Group C (2007)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (2013)
   66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   World Cup (2015)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nepomniatchi ! by returnoftheking
   McCutcheon by zr1100
   Chess Evolution Sept 2011 by jakaiden

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(born Jul-14-1990, 25 years old) Russia
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Ian Nepomniachtchi, born July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, started playing chess at the tender age of 4. A former Russian junior champion, European U10 champion in 2000, European U12 champion in 2001 and 2002, World U12 champion in 2002, IM in 2004, and runner-up in the 2007 World U-18 championship, he has been coached during the past few years by one of Russia’s most reputable chess coaches, Sergey Janovsky. He lists Mikhail Tal as his favorite chess player.


In 2006 Nepomniachtchi took part in his first Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), scoring a respectable 5/11. In June 2007 his Grandmaster title was confirmed by FIDE and he won the World Youth Stars (2007) on tiebreak. He won the Aeroflot Open (2008), in the process earning an invite to the Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2008) in Germany, where he placed equal second with 4/7, half a point behind Peter Leko. He won the European Individual Championships (2010) with 9.0/11. His result as runner-up to Vassily Ivanchuk at the Capablanca Memorial (2010) took him across the 2700 threshold for the first time. In September 2010, he took another giant leap by winning Russian Championships outright with 7/10 and a 2788 performance rating, ahead of dozens of other Russian GMs, following this up a few weeks later by scoring 6.5/9 and a 2821 performance on the top board of the Russia 2 team at the Chess Olympiad (2010) thereby winning a bronze medal. He rounded off 2010 with a tiebreak win over Sergey Karjakin at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010).

He started 2011 with 6/13 in the Tata Steel (2011) and 7/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him to play in the World Cup (2011); in that contest he defeated Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez and compatriot Alexander Riazantsev in the first two rounds, before losing to US GM Gata Kamsky in the rapid game (25+10) tiebreaker in the third round after he had leveled the score in the classical games mini-match. In November 2011, he performed creditably at the Tal Memorial (2011) placing =3rd (5th on count back) scoring 5/9 (+1 =8 -0 and a TPR of 2820), including a win against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. In May 2012, he came =2nd at the Capablanca Memorial (2012) and in July 2012, he was a member of the victorious Russian team that prevailed in the Russia - China (2012) Match. He played and lost the Andreikin - Nepomniachtchi Match (2012) by 3.5-2.5 (-1 =5). In early 2013, he placed =2nd with 7/9 in the Moscow Open (2013), while in May, he placed =1st (8th on tiebreaker) in the European Individual Championships (2013), the result qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2013), where he lost to young Chinese GM Wei Yi in the first round. He was runner-up (on tiebreak behind Ernesto Inarkiev) in the 66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013), and thereby qualified for the Russian Superfinals (2013), where he came =1st alongside Peter Svidler, but placed 2nd after a blitz tiebreaker which Svidler won by 1.5-0.5. He won individual bronze playing board 5 for Russia at the Chess Olympiad (2014).

In 2015 he won the Aeroflot Open (2015) with 7/9 on tiebreak (more wins with black) ahead of Daniil Dubov.

He qualified for the World Cup (2015) via the European Individual Championship (2015) and defeated Zhao Jun and Laurent Fressinet in the first two rounds before bowing out of the event after a prolonged third round struggle with Hikaru Nakamura, where the tiebreakers went down to the wire with Nakamura winning the Armaggedon blitz tiebreaker after the previous three sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers had been drawn.


Nepomniachtchi is also an excellent rapid player, taking out first in the Ordix Open (2008), beating Pavel Eljanov on tiebreak, and in 2009, he was second to Levon Aronian at the Chess Classic Mainz (rapid) (2009). He also placed outright 2nd at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013) with 11/15 and =2nd (4th on tiebreak) with 20/30 points at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013). He made the final of the powerful ACP Cup, a rapid (25+10) knockout format tournament held in Riga from 13-15 September 2013, but lost in the Armageddon tiebreaker to compatriot Alexander Grischuk. In 2015, he was equal second at the World Rapid Championship (2015) alongside Leinier Dominguez Perez and Teimour Radjabov with 10.5/15, a point behind the winner Magnus Carlsen.


Nepomniachtchi is also now one of Carlsen's seconds.

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Wikipedia article: Ian Nepomniachtchi

Latest update 13 October 2015

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,084  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Mihailovs vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-147 2001 EYCC B12D85 Grunfeld
2. M Leon Hoyos vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½44 2001 WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
3. I Nepomniachtchi vs M Bobula  1-038 2001 EYCC B12C10 French
4. I Nepomniachtchi vs S Azaladze  1-055 2001 WYB12B06 Robatsch
5. Z Andriasian vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½55 2001 WYB12C12 French, McCutcheon
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Krivoborodov  1-071 2001 EYCC B12B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Bachmann  ½-½26 2001 WYB12B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. Ali Kavakdere vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-160 2001 EYCC B12C05 French, Tarrasch
9. S Ismail vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-130 2001 WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
10. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Hrzica ½-½38 2001 WYB12B10 Caro-Kann
11. M Rodshtein vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-172 2001 EYCC B12A57 Benko Gambit
12. D Andreikin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-040 2001 WYB12B40 Sicilian
13. D Howell vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-032 2001 EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
14. L Wu vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-139 2001 WYB12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. I Nepomniachtchi vs T Banusz  1-055 2001 EYCC B12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Bonnet  1-037 2001 WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin  ½-½30 2001 EYCC B12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Diamant  0-157 2001 WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. G Nigalidze vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½58 2001 EYCC B12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. J Dourerassou vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-129 2001 WYB12B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. M Panarin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-059 2002 ch-RUS Boys U20C02 French, Advance
22. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½35 2002 World Championships U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
23. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Kaskevich  1-056 2002 3rd Stage Russian CupB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 1-041 2002 EU-ch U12B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 1-053 2003 WYCC - B14B22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,084  PGN Download
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  acirce: Thanks for the video, that is somewhat clarifying.

Now I'm finally going to bed, it's getting awfully early over here :)

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  paulalbert: Gentlemen I've been enjoying reading this discussion I've stirred up. I would agree it should be Grishchuk for English transliteration in the standard distinction between "sh" and "shch" for Cyrillic letters to Latin alphabet in English. My wife is German, so I am constantly berated when my German is not pronounced exactly right, so I try to listen carefully to sounds and try to get them right if I can, but very difficult if not a native speaker. One final comment about Russian chess names: For me in English Chigorin is correct; in German Tschigorin is correct; but Tchigorin which I see frequently seems a misguided mixture. You need the Ts in German to convey the sound ( otherwise you have ch in German which is similar to the Cyrillic X ) but just "ch" in English as in the word "cheek" seems sufficient for me in English.
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  Penguincw: Nepo held to a draw today by Yaroslav Zherebukh.

I Nepomniachtchi vs Y Zherebukh, 2012

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  SamAtoms1980: Carlsen was definitely lucky that this guy, who has proven to be his pimp, chose to play in the Russian Championship rather than the Tal Memorial.
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  waustad: Happy 22nd to Nepo!
Jul-14-12  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Jul-14-12  Six66timesGenius: Happy birth day!
Dec-01-12  Karpova: How to pronounce his name: <Malcolm had a valiant go at it but passed the microphone to Vlad Kramnik for a definitive Russian pronunciation. “I can do it better,” said Vlad. I can’t render the Kramnik pronunciation in print but it was something like ‘Nepomniashee’, with a very slight accentuation of the ‘om’ syllable, with the voice falling away on the subsequent syllables.>


Mar-27-13  ProjectF: He can beat anybody, but his rating is too low..
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  notyetagm: FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013)

Egags! Nepo has <9/10> after beating Le Quang Liem in Round 10, giving him a 2-point lead(!) with 5 rounds to go.

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  Abdel Irada: Happy Bastille ... er, birthday.

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  Abdel Irada: I think our phonetic problem is functionally incurable: One cannot perfectly romanize Russian because it contains sounds that cannot be accurately represented in the Latin alphabet.

Therefore, *any* spelling we may choose when transliterating words containing those sounds can never be more than an approximation, which in turn means there is no objectively "right" way to represent them here.

Jul-14-13  Sem: That's true. YouTube features a series of correct pronunciation of chess masters' names, done by AnnieK (Hungarian, I believe). She mailed me that Russian for instance knows the 'soft L', as pronounced e.g. in 'Ba-ga-l(j)u-bov'. Difficult for western tongues.
Jul-14-13  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Nepomniachtchi!
Jul-25-13  Sem: Ti-ma-SHEN-ke. Fyoder Ba-ga-ter-TSHUK. Al-YEG Ra-ma-NYI-shin. Ra-SHIED Nye-zhmet-DI-nov. Vas-SI-ly Smy-SLOV. Pyotr Du-BIY-nyin.Vya-tche-SLAV Ra-GOO-sin.

'Euwe' is a shibbolet; only Dutch and Flemish know to to pronounce this (heh heh).

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <paulalbert>: Tchigorin, like Tchaikovsky and Alekhine, is a French transcription, which I suspect Nepomniachtchi is also using.
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  Penguincw: Happy 24th birthday to Super GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Jul-18-14  Mr. V: I hope he can finish strong in the ACP Golden Classic (2014)

Maybe I'm assuming too much, but it seems to me like he's had some rough months recently; perhaps in a bit of a slump.

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  Penguincw: Congratz to Ian Nepomniachtchi for winning the Yaroslav the Wise Tournament of Champions (or simply Yaroslav Mudryj). He finished with a final of 7.5/10 (+6,-1,=3).

With the win, he gains about 29.6 rating points to fly to 2800.6 and World #8.

Round by round results:

Round 1: Nepomniachtchi vs. Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Round 2: Motylev vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1

Round 3: Nepomniachtchi vs. Potkin 1-0

Round 4: Nepomniachtchi vs. Moiseenko 1/2-1/2

Round 5: Tomashevsky vs. Nepomniachtchi 1-0

Round 6: Jakovenko vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1

Round 7: Nepomniachtchi vs. Motylev 1-0

Round 8: Potkin vs. Nepomniachtchi 1/2-1/2

Round 9: Nepomniachtchi vs. Tomashevsky 1-0

Round 10: Moiseenko vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1 (check out the knight sac)

Final standings:

1. Nepomniachtchi 7.5
2. Jakovenko 6.5
3. Tomashevsky 5.5
4. Potkin 3.5
4. Motylev 3.5
4. Moiseenko 3.5

Site (in Russian):

Live Rapid Ratings:

Sep-25-14  Everett: Looking forward to seeing Nepo play in more games.
Nov-30-14  aliasniamor: Good start at the russian superfinal, especially a good win against Karjakin in the second round ! I hope he can keep the pace.
Jan-09-15  Hand Of King: I really like Nepomniachtchi style. For sure one of the best blitz players in history.
Mar-08-15  Everett: I think Nepo may have missed qualifying for the World Cup
Apr-04-15  Everett: Congrats for Nepo, winning Aeroflot
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ian Nepomniachtchi for winning the Aeroflot Open (2015). He entered the tournament as the 2nd seed, and finished 1st on tiebreaks ahead of Dubov on black games (5-4). Nepo also drew their H2H game with black. Overall, he finished with 7/9, (+5,-0,=4).

Since he won Aeroflot, that means he'll be heading to Dormtund (I heard he has a plus record against Kramnik).

Though not as important, but still notable to me, he gained 12.4 rating points. This has allowed him to climb from 2714 to 2728 (and also #33 to #29).

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