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Ian Nepomniachtchi
I Nepomniachtchi 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 1,478
Years covered: 2001 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2751 (2770 rapid, 2846 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2767

Overall record: +292 -139 =430 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 617 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (217) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B43
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C65 C77 C78 C67 C91
 Scotch Game (57) 
 Caro-Kann (53) 
    B12 B11 B10 B13 B18
 French Defense (53) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C01
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B90 B94 B92 B96 B95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (200) 
    B90 B51 B92 B91 B52
 Grunfeld (149) 
    D85 D80 D70 D86 D90
 Sicilian Najdorf (128) 
    B90 B92 B91 B97 B96
 French Defense (67) 
    C03 C12 C11 C18 C02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (50) 
    A34 A30 A33 A32 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    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
   I Nepomniachtchi vs D Howell, 2015 1-0
   Leko vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 0-1
   E Romanov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2007 0-1

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

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

   🏆 19th Karpov Poikovsky
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Jakovenko (Jun-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Artemiev vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Kovalev vs I Nepomniachtchi (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Bologan (Jun-02-18) 1-0
   V Fedoseev vs I Nepomniachtchi (May-31-18) 1-0

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(born Jul-14-1990, 27 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.

Live rating;

Wikipedia article: Ian Nepomniachtchi

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

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,478  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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Dec-11-10  falso contacto: impressive win today in the russian championship.
Dec-11-10  AuN1: with guys like svidler, grischuk, karjakin, malakhov, jakovenko, and nepomniachtchi, it is virtually a super gm tournament.
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  Ezzy: Congrats, Ian Nepomniachtchi is the new Russian champion 2010. He tied for first with Karjakin and they played a tiebreak playoff. Both tiebreak games were a draw and so it went to armageddon. Nepomniachtchi drew with black, and becomes Russian champion for the first time.
Dec-22-10  thathwamasi: Congrats to Nepo on his win. Fantastic effort. Cant wait for Corus
Dec-22-10  AlChess: Well done on your win.One to watch for the future!!!
Dec-23-10  ketchuplover: Congrats Mr.N :)
Dec-23-10  falso contacto: Big win in Russian Championship. Congratulations.
Dec-26-10  Dredge Rivers: The Champion of Russia!

BTW, who is this guy?

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  percyblakeney: 15th on the January list.
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  HeMateMe: When the national Spelling Bee comes around they should have those kids spell chess players names.

That oughta separate the posers from the real word geeks.

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  WannaBe: As a follow up, the constestants will be asked to pronounce 'Euwe'...
Jan-18-11  Kazzak: On ICC, Svidler pronounced his name "nepomnish(i)" with a very soft i at the end. He should know, they met at the Russian Championship.

Good player, with a chameleon style, adapts to any opponent.

Jan-18-11  Kazzak: I Nepomniachtchi vs Svidler, 2010
Jan-19-11  bartonlaos: With a lot of potential, he's certainly the dark horse of Tata Steel. It's hard to make predictions for young players, as their steep rating-slopes will suddenly match their playing strength - when they adjust, or else recede into the abyss. This frequently happen around 2650 to 2700. But at 2733, Nepomniachtchi's slope has not yet matched his true playing strength. Very few players share this high-quality of ascent:

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  Karpova: That's Nepo: Losing with White to Smeets and then beating Carlsen with Black the next round.
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  crazybird: <First it’s worth returning to the past. In junior competitions Magnus and Ian played each other and competed in tournaments on numerous occasions, and back then the advantage was on the side of the Russian. After that the Norwegian dramatically improved, got into the jet stream and rose to the very top of the chess world. Now Carlsen is stronger overall, despite the recent successes of Nepomniachtchi, but in a one-on-one encounter rating, reputation and even the experience of participating in elite tournaments count for little. The bitterness of past defeats isn’t forgotten. Childhood experiences are the most vivid. Therefore, from a psychological point of view, Ian might be a very inconvenient opponent for Magnus. I don’t think that Nepomniachtchi fears Carlsen at all, in contrast to the majority of other chess players. Beating your former “client” out of habit – what could be simpler? Of course, the “client” has changed a little, but his first name and surname have remained the same… >

Shipov, almost prophetic, at the start of this game.

Jan-26-11  bronkenstein: Today against Carlsen , he made ˝Number one˝ (which is number three on live BTW ) suffer throughout the whole game , from the very opening (with black ) to the precise execution in the end .

MC is far from his best shape , and he pushed for the win bit too hard , but neverthless excellent game by Ian B)

Jan-26-11  fisayo123: Ian actually had the upper hand in their meetings when they where both 11 years old.
Jan-27-11  Troller: Congrats on a fine and well-deserved win yesterday!

Add a little more stability and it seems Nepom is a potential WC candidate in the future. Anyway, as Moro isn't playing much nowadays, Nepom is a welcome addition to top-level tournaments.

Jan-27-11  Kazzak: Notes on spelling.

Yes, you can spend time learning to write the chtch, but why should you?

The fact that the French perversely write Ivanchuk's name Ivantchouk doesn't have you imitating that, does it?

And Chucky told FIDE to stuff it and "write my name right."

So FIDE should stuff it again, and drop the French style transliteration of Nepomnyashi's name, and let him decide how it should be spelled. With a little luck, he won't have to suffer the indignity of being called Nepo.

Jan-27-11  Kazzak: Or are you one of those who wishes that Grichtchouk would do better at Tata?

Nepomnishi (Svidler, Yermo's pronounciation)

But let him decide, and we will follow.

Jan-28-11  BobCrisp: How does a Russian get the name <Ian>?
Jan-28-11  hms123: <BobCrisp> From his parents? :-)
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  alexmagnus: Well it's not pronounced like english "Ian" but like Polish "Jan". The female form, Jana, is quite popular in Russian. The more popular male counterpart is Ivan though.
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  JohnBoy: Is this dude any relation to the IM Mikhail I Nepomnishay? This ain't exactly a common surname.
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