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Ian Nepomniachtchi
I Nepomniachtchi 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,495
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2757 (2770 rapid, 2846 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2767

Overall record: +295 -139 =434 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 627 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (218) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B43
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C65 C78 C77 C67 C72
 Scotch Game (57) 
    C45
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C10 C00 C18 C01
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B12 B11 B10 B13 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (204) 
    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 A32 A33
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A45 D02 A41 A40 A50
Repertoire Explorer

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
   I Nepomniachtchi vs D Howell, 2015 1-0
   Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   E Romanov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2007 0-1

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

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

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Dortmund
   I Nepomniachtchi vs G Meier (Jul-22-18) 1-0
   J K Duda vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jul-21-18) 1/2-1/2
   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

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IAN NEPOMNIACHTCHI
(born Jul-14-1990, 28 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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European U10 Champion (2000), European U12 Champion (2001 & 2002), World U12 Champion (2002), Russian U18 Champion (2004), Russian Champion (2010), European Champion (2010); IM (2004), GM (2007).

Preamble

Ian Alexandrovich Nepomniachtchi (Ян Алекса́ндрович Непо́мнящий), born July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, started playing chess at the tender age of 4. 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.

Title norms

<International Master> Nepomniachtchi's first IM norm came from his 6/9 result at the Aeroflot Open B event in February 2003. His second IM norm came with his result at the tournament in Bled, Slovenia in July 2003. His third IM norm resulted from his requisite 4/9 result at the 3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004) on 26 February 2004. He thereby became an International Master at the age of 13 years 7 months and 12 days.

<Grandmaster> He won his first GM norm with his 10/13 at the Corus Group C (2007). His second came from his result at the European Individual Championship (2007) in April 2007. His third GM norm resulted from his his excellent 7/11 result at the World Youth Stars (2007) which had its last round on 27 May 2007. As his rating was all ready well above 2500, he became a grandmaster at the age of 16 years 9 months and 17 days.

Championships

<Age> Nepomniachtchi started his career with some spectacular successes in age championships, winning the European U10 Championship in 2000 and the European U12 Championship in 2001 and 2002. He capped his age championship results with a win on tiebreak over Magnus Carlsen at the World U12 Championship in 2002. He competed in the 2003 Russian U18 Championship and finished near the leader board scoring 7/10, and possibly another half or full point as it was an eleven round contest. (1) He was equal third in the European U14 Championship (2) and outright third at the World U14 Championship in October 2003, with 8.5/11, half a point behind the winner on countback Sergei Zhigalko and co-leader in the event Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. While still aged thirteen, he won the Russian U18 Championship of 2004 with 9/11, a full point ahead of the field, the runners up on 8/11 having been Artem Iljin, Sergei Yudin and Mikhail Ekdyshman. Soon after his fifteenth birthday, Nepomniachtchi was equal second behind Aleksandr Lenderman and alongside Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the World U16 Championship that was staged in Belfort in July 2005.

He was runner-up in the 2007 World U-18 championship.

<Junior> He first competed in the Russian Junior (U20) Championship in 2002, aged 12, scoring 4/9 against a field whose average rating was over 2400. He tried again in 2004, scoring par for rating, but otherwise without troubling the leader board. He was runner up in the Russian Junior Championship 2009 behind Andreikin.

<National> In 2004, he participated in his first attempt at the Russian Championship, scoring between 3 and 4 out of 9 at the 57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004). In 2006, after qualifying via the 59th Russian Championship (2006), Nepomniachtchi took part in his first Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), scoring a respectable 5/11. In September 2010, he took another giant leap by winning the Russian Higher League Championships. He rounded off 2010 with a tiebreak win over Sergey Karjakin at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010). 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.

In November 2008, Nepomniachtchi contested the annual Russia Cup, a knockout contest featuring two game matches between participants, the winner progressing to the next round and the loser dropping out of the event. He defeated Evgeny Romanov , Evgeny Najer and Vadim Zvjaginsev in the preliminary rounds, but lost to Nikita Vitiugov in the semi-final. In 2009, he reached the final of this event after defeating Romanov, Aleksandr Shimanov , Denis Khismatullin and Sanan Sjugirov in the preliminary rounds, before losing to Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev in the rapid tiebreaker after drawing the result in the two classical game match.

<Continental> Nepomniachtchi first contested a continental championship when he was sixteen at the European Individual Championship (2007) where he scored 6.5/11 and his second GM norm. He returned to that event at the European Individual Championship (2008), this time scoring 6/11. He won the European Individual Championship (2010) with 9.0/11. He scored 7/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), which qualified him to play in the World Cup (2011). In May 2013, he placed =1st (8th on tiebreaker) in the European Individual Championship (2013), the result qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2013). He scored sufficient at the European Individual Championship (2015) to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

<World> In the World Cup of 2011, 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 levelled the score in the classical games mini-match. In the World Cup 2013, he lost to young Chinese GM Wei Yi in the first round. At the World Cup (2015), he 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 Armageddon blitz tiebreaker after the previous three sets of rapid and blitz tiebreakers had been drawn. After qualifying via his rating to play in the World Cup (2017), Nepomniachtchi defeated Mladen Palac and Baskaran Adhiban in the first couple of rounds before bowing out of the contest after losing to Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava in the third round.

Nepomniachtchi was one of the organiser's nominees to participate in the 2017 Grand Prix series. In the first event, the FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017), he scored 5/9, half a point from the three-way joint lead, and placing 4th-8th to rack up 70 Grand Prix points. However, his chances to qualify for the Candidates via a top result in the GP series took a fatal blow when he scored only 3.5/9 at the FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2017) to add only 7 Grand Prix points to his tally. An excellent result at the FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) where he was equal second on 5.5/9 earned him 125 GP points, however this was insufficient to move him back into the overall leaders' circle, placing ninth out of 24 participants.

Classical

<2003-2006> Nepomniachtchi had his first serious open tournament success in January 2003 when he blitzed the field in the 17th Petrosian Memorial tournament, finishing outright first with 8/9, a point clear of the field, the joint runners up being Anton Sitnikov and Viktor Kuznetsov. The following month, a well compiled 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open B Division added over 20 points to his rating and his first IM norm to his name. Starting on his thirteenth birthday, Nepomniachtchi played in the 24th Chess Festival in Bled, Slovenia and placed equal fourth, a point behind the outright winner Matej Sebenik, and winning his second IM norm in so doing. A few weeks later, young “Nepo” continued his outstanding early success by winning the first Vanya Somov Memorial tournament staged in Kirishi in Russia, with 9/11, a full point ahead of joint runners up Dmitry Andreikin and Ildar Khairullin. He was outright first with 7/9 at the 9th Pyotr Izmailov Memorial Open played in Tomsk in June 2005, and followed up with second in the same event in 2006 behind Pavel Smirnov. In May 2006, he was outright second behind Ivan Popov (the 4th Vanya Somov Memorial) at the 4th Young Stars of the World (2006) played in Kirishi, Russia. In November 2006, Nepomniachtchi was second in the category 8 RGSU Moscow behind Nikolay Konovalov.

<2007-2014> The sixteen year old’s year in 2007 started with second place after scoring 10/13 at the Corus Group C (2007) in January, half a point behind the winner Michal Vladimirovich Krasenkow - this also resulted in his first GM norm. In May 2007, he won the World Youth Stars (2007) (the 5th Vanya Somov Memorial) on tiebreak, and also provided him with his third GM norm. 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. His result as runner-up to Vassily Ivanchuk at the Capablanca Memorial (2010) took him across the 2700 threshold for the first time. He started 2011 with 6/13 in the Tata Steel (2011) and 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). In early 2013, he placed =2nd with 7/9 in the Moscow Open (2013).

<2015 to the present> In 2015 he won Aeroflot Open (2015) with 7/9 on tiebreak (more wins with black) ahead of Daniil Dubov, again qualifying for Dortmund (2015) but without much luck (3/7) on that occasion. In July 2016, Nepomniachtchi won the powerful (category 20) 7th Hainan Danzhou (2016) with 6/9, a clear point ahead of the joint runners up Wang Yue and Pentala Harikrishna . Two months later in September 2016, Nepomiachtchi again struck gold by winning the category 21 Tal Memorial (2016) with 6/9, half a point ahead of Anish Giri. He finished classical chess in 2017 with equal first alongside Caruana, both scoring 6/9, at the London Chess Classic (2017). Fabiano Caruana won the London Chess Classic (Tiebreaks) (2017) to take out first prize. He was equal second at the 19th Karpov Poikovsky (2018) with 6/9, half a point behind the winner Dmitry Jakovenko. In July 2018, he had an excellent win at Dortmund (2018), scoring 5/7, a full point clear of the field.

Team

<Club events> Nepomniachtchi has played in the Russian Premier League every year since and starting in 2006. During this time he has won a team gold (in 2017 playing board four for Siberia Novosibirsk), three team silvers (in 2009, 2014 and 2016), and two team bronzes (in 2006 and 2007). He has also won individual gold twice, in 2014 and 2016, and individual silver twice, in 2007 and 2010. He has also played in the European Club Cup (ECC) since 2006 excepting 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2016. His ECC medal tally is two team golds, two individual silver medals and an individual bronze medal. In 2017 he played with the Globus club.

<National team> He played for Russia at the European Team Championship (2011) as a reserve, in the European Team Championship (2015) on board four winning team gold and individual bronze and in the European Team Championship (2017) winning team silver. He also played for the Russian team in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) winning individual gold for board three, the FIDE World Team Championship (2013) winning team and individual gold on board four and in the World Team Chess Championship (2017) winning team silver and individual gold on board two. In 2004, he played for Russia in its unsuccessful match against China. In July 2012, he was a member of the victorious Russian team that prevailed in the Russia - China (2012) match.

<Olympiads> In 2010, he scored 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 won individual bronze playing board 5 for Russia at the Chess Olympiad (2014).

Match

He played and lost the Andreikin - Nepomniachtchi Match (2012) by 3.5-2.5 (-1 =5).

Rapid/blitz

Nepomniachtchi is an excellent and lethal 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 was equal second at the Rector Cup Rapid (2012) with 8.5/11, half a point behind Andreikin. In 2013, he played at Aeroflot when it staged the event as a rapid and blitz affair. During the final of the rapid knockout phase, he eliminated Anatoly Karpov and Peter Svidler to reach the semi final, where he lost to the eventual winner of this segment of the event, Sergey Karjakin. He won the Aeroflot blitz segment with 15.5/18, a point ahead Peter Svidler.

He placed outright second at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013) with 11/15 and equal second (fourth 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 September 2014, he won the double round robin Yaroslav the Wise 2014 Tournament of Champions with 7.5/10, a point clear of runner up Dmitry Jakovenko. The SportAccord World Mind Games took place in Beijing from 11 to 17 December 2014, featuring rapid, blitz and Basque (two games played simultaneously with black and white) chess events. Nepomniachtchi won the final Basque System rapid where players play two games against each other at the same time. (3)

In 2015, he won the Aeroflot blitz, a point and a half clear of the field, and 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. He was equal fourth at the World Blitz Championship (2015) with 14.5/21, a point behind the winner Alexander Grischuk. In September 2015, Nepomniachtchi won the Moscow Blitz Championship with 14/19, half a point clear of Andreikin. In December 2015, the ACP Masters was held; it was a rapid tournament staged in Ashdod, Israel. There were two preliminary group stages, from one of which Nepomniachtchi qualified to play in the semi-final where he played and lost to the ultimate winner of the event, Vassily Ivanchuk. In March 2016, Nepomniachtchi placed second in the Cup of the REGION Group of Companies Blitz, finishing outright second with 14.5/18, a point behind the winner Ding Liren and a point and a half ahead of a squad of third place getters. Three months later he was equal first at the Eurasian Blitz Chess Cup of the President of Kazakhstan alongside Farrukh Amonatov with 16/22 - a below standard rating performance for Nepomniachtchi - he was rated 2846 at the time. Nepomiachtchi saw out an auspicious 2016 by participating in the World Rapid Championship (2016) where he placed equal fourth with 10/15, a point behind the three joint leaders, Carlsen, Ivanchuk and Grischuk. A couple of days later, he scored a modest 13/21 to place equal seventh in the World Blitz Championship (2016).

At the end of 2017, Nepomniachtchi came close to winning the World Rapid when he scored 10.5/15 in the World Rapid Championship (2017), alongside Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Fedoseev, who scored the same. However, Nepomniachtchi was third on tiebreak and it was left to the other two to fight out the final result. In March 2018, he won the Cup of the REGION Group of Companies 2018 Blitz outright with the stunning score 15/18 (+12 =6), adding 53 rapid rating points to his resume. He was outright third at the Tal Memorial 2018 Blitz staged a few days later.

Other

Nepomniachtchi was one of Carlsen's seconds for the latter's defence of his world title.

Rating and Ranking

Nepomniachtchi entered the Junior Top 20 in January 2007 when he was rated 2587 and remained in the top 20 until November 2010 after which he exited the Junior (U20) ranks. His peak ranking as a Junior was #3, and his rating was 2720, again in November 2010. He first entered the world top 100 in April 2008, weighing in at #86 and a rating of 2634. He re-entered the top 100 in January 2010 and has remained in the top 100 since that time. His peak ranking to date was world #11 in January 2017, when he also reached his peak rating to date of 2767. His peak rapid rating to date was 2821 in November 2015. His peak blitz rating to date was in July 2014 when it rose to 2880.

Sources

Most of the information in this bio was derived from Nepomniachtchi’s FIDE player card. Other sources are referenced below.

(1) http://ratings.fide.com/tournament_... – other corroborating sources for the result in this event don’t seem to appear in English language sources; (2) http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic... (3) http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...

References

<Live rating>: http://chess.liverating.org/

<Everipedia article>: https://everipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Nep...

<Wikipedia article: Ian Nepomniachtchi

<Twitter account>: https://twitter.com/lachesisq?lang=en

<Website>: http://www.nepomniachtchi.com/

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Last updated: 2018-07-25 15:45:06

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,495  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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Jul-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Oct-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: The Palmarès 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 :)

Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Yes! Nepo got an invitation for the next Tata Steel at Wijk aan Zee, in January 2017:

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/news/...

Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: < Among chess aficionados the tournament in Wijk aan Zee is known as ‘The Wimbledon of Chess’.>

No, really, it isn't.

Oct-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/history

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.

Oct-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Oct-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Oct-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...
Jan-04-17
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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."

http://grandchesstour.org/press-rel...

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.
Jan-04-17
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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."
Jan-04-17
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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 - http://universalrating.com/ratings..... 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).
Jan-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Sep-03-17  SugarDom: Go Nepo! Deliver that 4th round knock-out!
Sep-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Jul-14-18  WTHarvey: Here are 35 puzzles from his games: http://wtharvey.com/nepo.html Find the winning moves.
Jul-14-18  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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