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Ian Nepomniachtchi
I Nepomniachtchi 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,493
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2757 (2770 rapid, 2846 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2767

Overall record: +293 -139 =433 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 628 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (218) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B43
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C65 C77 C78 C67 C70
 Scotch Game (57) 
 French Defense (54) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C01
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B12 B11 B10 B13 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B90 B94 B92 B96 B95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (203) 
    B90 B51 B92 B91 B52
 Grunfeld (149) 
    D85 D80 D86 D70 D90
 Sicilian Najdorf (128) 
    B90 B92 B91 B97 B96
 French Defense (67) 
    C03 C12 C11 C02 C18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (50) 
    A34 A30 A35 A33 A32
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A45 D02 A41 A40 A50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Li Chao, 2017 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs B Savchenko, 2015 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs P Potapov, 2015 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 0-1
   Leko vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 0-1
   Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 0-1
   I Nepomniachtchi vs D Howell, 2015 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   E Romanov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   7th Hainan Danzhou (2016)
   Corus Group C (2007)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   World Cup (2015)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nepo: Destroyer of Worlds! by Zhbugnoimt
   Nepomniatchi ! by returnoftheking
   French McCutcheon C12 by geordieray, Fredthebear by fredthebear
   McCutcheon by zr1100
   Chess Evolution Sept 2011 by jakaiden

   🏆 Dortmund
   J K Duda vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jul-21-18)
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik (Jul-20-18) 1-0
   R Wojtaszek vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jul-18-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Nisipeanu (Jul-17-18) 1-0
   V Kovalev vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jul-15-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-14-1990, 28 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

Last updated: 2017-12-05 10:12:53

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,494  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ali Kavakdere vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1602001EYCC B12C05 French, Tarrasch
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs M Bobula  1-0382001EYCC B12C10 French
3. G Nigalidze vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½582001EYCC B12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. I Nepomniachtchi vs T Banusz  1-0552001EYCC B12B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. M Rodshtein vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1722001EYCC B12A57 Benko Gambit
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Krivoborodov 1-0712001EYCC B12B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. J Mihailovs vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1472001EYCC B12D85 Grunfeld
8. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin  ½-½302001EYCC B12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. D Howell vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0322001EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
10. S Ismail vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1302001WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
11. I Nepomniachtchi vs S Azaladze  1-0552001WYB12B06 Robatsch
12. J Dourerassou vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1292001WYB12B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Bonnet  1-0372001WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. D Andreikin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-0402001WYB12B40 Sicilian
15. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Bachmann  ½-½262001WYB12B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. M Leon Hoyos vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½442001WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
17. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Diamant  0-1572001WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Wu vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1392001WYB12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Hrzica ½-½382001WYB12B10 Caro-Kann
20. Z Andriasian vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½552001WYB12C12 French, McCutcheon
21. M Panarin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-0592002ch-RUS Boys U20C02 French, Advance
22. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Kaskevich  1-05620023rd Stage Russian CupB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 1-0412002EU-ch U12B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½352002World Championship U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½452003Wch U14C03 French, Tarrasch
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  Penguincw: Ian Nepomniachtchi wins the 7th Hainan Danzhou (2016) with a score of 6/9, winning by 1 point.
Jul-17-16  fisayo123: Congratulations to Yan on his recent successes! Glad to see a great player who plays really exciting chess do well. I've noticed in classical chess he has actually started to think deeply on his moves instead of playing so quickly, essentialy treating it like a rapid game. It sure helps.
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  diagonal: The Palmarčs of Nepo is beginning to take shape, a brief selection: Russian and European Chess Champion: Winner of the <European Chess Championship 2010> at Rijeka as clear first. Later that same year, ’Nepo’ won also the <Russian Championship 2010> at Moscow after a playoff against Sergey Karjakin.

Record <thrice winner of the Aeroflot Open>. He won 2008 outright and 2015 the Aeroflot Open on tie-break in classical chess, plus in the 2013 edition (rapid and blitz, no classical chess) the blitz event as clear first.

After a phase of consolidation, including (shared) second places at Dortmund and twice at Havana, Capablanca Memorial, plus further successes in open and rapid tournaments, Ian Nepomniachtchi took within three months the reputated international invitational tournaments at <Danzhou (Hainan) 2016> and the <Tal Memorial 2016> (ahead of Giri, Aronian, Anand, Kramnik, etc.), both as clear first.

He's a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the <2013 World Team Chess Championship in Antalya> and at the <2015 European Team Chess Championship in Reykjavík>.

Well, the names of the next Wijk aan Zee (Tata Steel) tournament in January 2017 will be soon announced on October 28th, 2016: Ian is now a MUST (so far, he played moderately once in the B and once in the A section), ..would be nice to see him together with Volokitin and Carlsen, this Norwegian wonderboy really has a lousy score form earlier days against some people :)

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  diagonal: Yes! Nepo got an invitation for the next Tata Steel at Wijk aan Zee, in January 2017:

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  MissScarlett: < Among chess aficionados the tournament in Wijk aan Zee is known as ‘The Wimbledon of Chess’.>

No, really, it isn't.

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  diagonal: Why not, ..what is the argument?

How would you announce the traditional Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee? Every event needs a Narrative.

So many invitation series recently collapsed :(

Wijk aan Zee really has tradition, and a fantastic present line-up. It's definitely a Chess Festival for hundreds of players.

> Wijk aan Zee offers the sole all-play-all international tournament in classical chess to invite more than ten players today!

> Wijk aan Zee, and the Capablanca Memorial (Havana, Varadero et al.) are today the only two all-play-all international (super)tournaments in classical chess still to establish a strong B-group as it was a longtime tradition in chess:

Wijk aan Zee, TATA Steel B: Challengers (14 players); Capablanca Memorial B: Premier (10 players, the elite tournament has 6 players at the moment).

> Wijk aan Zee seems to be the only tournament (existing more than let's say twenty years) with a complete database, including all games and information about every player who has participated at Beverwijk and Wijk aan Zee in the past eight decades (!) since 1938 on its website:

And don't forget the pea soup :) served for all players as the first course of the concluding banquet, as a memory of the hunger winters during World War II.

<The Wimbledon of Chess> is a strong Narrative, I think, Wijk aan Zee deserves it.

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  MissScarlett: Do you work in advertising?

I'm not saying it couldn't or even shouldn't be called it; I'm saying it hasn't, it isn't, and, most probably, it won't.

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  diagonal: <MS> If one has no argument, it's always a weapon of last resort to come with general claims such as "do you work in advertising?" You did not give any reason why Wiik aan Zee hasn't / isn't / and won't be (sic!) the Wimbledon of chess.

Must be a personal matter of taste, but your bashing and poor prognosis without any argument just makes you look like frustrated.

Having no business connection to Tata Steel whatsoever, I love chess and I'm grateful that Beverwijk / Wijk aan Zee still and again is a very flourishing tournament series: <The Wimbledon of Chess>, a closer look is given above.

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  perfidious: <diagonal> While in agreement with <Divine Miss S> that, so far as I know, that fine event at Wijk aan Zee has never been styled 'the Wimbledon of chess', his gratuitous slagging is regrettable.

I share your enthusiasm for chess and welcome your thoughts on this or other pages.

Keep up the good work!!

Oct-31-16  kappertjes: I don't like the Wimbledon comparison mainly because I don't care for tennis and would rate Wijk higher than Wimbledon.

<with a complete database, including all games and information about every player who has participated at Beverwijk and Wijk aan Zee in the past eight decades>

Fun stuff. So we learn that Kasparov and Spassky both have wijk-winrates of 73%. Both are clearly behind the legendary Arnold van der Hoek at 78%. Thing is the site calls it win% as well as score, which does not seem to me to be the same thing.

Dec-17-16  fisayo123: So after his Tal Memorial win, will he get a spot in the Grand Chess Tour?

It won't surprise me if he doesn't since many things in the "chess world" aren't exactly based on merit.

Dec-17-16  gopi11: He should be included in the GCT next year, he's the second hottest player of 2016, next only to his Olympiad tormentor...
Dec-28-16  gopi11: It's unfortunate that Nepo's play fizzled out in the last 2 rounds of the World Rapids Championship after a sizzling start, but I still believe he earned the right to be chosen at the next GCT...
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  cro777: Nepo got a spot in the Grand Chess Tour 2017!

The 2017 Grand Chess Tour wildcard selections have been finalised and the following three players have been offered wildcards for the 2017 Grand Chess Tour:

1 Ian Nepomniachtchi

2 Sergey Karjakin

3 Viswanathan Anand

"GM Ian Nepomniachtchi earns his place due to his consistency across all time formats which sees him placed 5th on the URS (Universal Rating List) as at 1 January 2017. This earned him selection as the highest ranked player on the URS not already picked."

Jan-04-17  gopi11: Good for Yan!
Jan-04-17  fisayo123: I wonder what Anand did to "earn" his place, other than the fact he's Anand.
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  cro777: GCT Announcement: "The final wildcard has been awarded to former World Champion Viswanathan Anand who is ranked 10th on the URS rating list as at 1 January 2017. He also tied for 4th place in the 2016 GCT tour despite only competing in three of the four events in 2016."
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  Eyal: The three last players of the nine series regulars announced qualified by this newfangled URS (universal rating system) of theirs - It goes 1.Carlsen (already qualified by classical rating) 2.Kramnik (already qualified by classical rating) 3.Nakamura (already qualified as 2nd in the 2016 series) 4.Caruana (already qualified as 3rd in the 2016 series) 5.Nepomniachtchi (1st to qualify by URS) 6.Karjakin (2nd to qualify by URS) 7.So (already qualified as winner of the 2016 series) 8.MVL (already qualified by classical rating). So one more qualifying spot by URS remains, and Anand got it despite being #10 and Grischuk being #9 - I suppose Grischuk turned down the invitation?! (Aronian, #11 in this list, is 1st replacement).
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  Eyal: Compared to last year's series the new faces are Karjakin & Nepomniachtchi, Carlsen is back as a regular participant rather than a wild card, whereas Aronian, Giri & Topalov are out.
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  SugarDom: Go Nepo! Deliver that 4th round knock-out!
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  wordfunph: That's not a sure thing against Joshua Ruiz
Sep-04-17  ketchuplover: 9 move draw. shame on thee and or thou!
Mar-29-18  Nazmul Lincoln: Great player
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  WTHarvey: Here are 35 puzzles from his games: Find the winning moves.
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  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Thanks, Ian, for many attacking games/ideas/energy over these last years. Keep the hammer down, and sending appreciation for what you bring to the royal game!
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