World U18 Champion (2012). Born in Tarnowskie Góry, Dariusz learned chess at 3, was an FM by 2004, an IM in 2008, and a GM in 2009 at the age of 14 years 7 months and 29 days.
<Youth> Polish U10 champion 2002; European U9 champion 2003; 3rd in the U10 European Boys championship; Polish U12 champion 2005 and 2006; Polish U14 champion 2007; European Union U14 champion 2007; and in November 2012, he won the 2012 World U18 Championship
<Junior (U20)> 2nd at the 17th European Youth Championship 2007; 3rd in the 2008 World Youth Championship U14; and 3rd in the World Junior Championship (2010). He won the World Junior Championships (2011) on count back from Robert Hovhannisyan, both scoring 10.5/13. As World Junior Champion of 2011, he qualified to play in the World Cup 2013.
<World> He defeated Russian GM Vadim Zvjaginsev in the first round of the World Cup (2013) but was eliminated from the Cup by Russian GM Alexander Grischuk in the second round.
His best results were 2nd in the Zabranska Jesien 2004; 1st in the Polonia Club Tournament; 1st at the Zabrzanskie Lato 2006; 1st in the City of Sydney Championship in 2007; =4th in the 2007 Crakovia Open; 2nd in the Marianske Lazne 2008 - GM (A1) tournament; 6.5/11 in the 9th European Individual Championships 2008; =2nd at the 44th Rubinstein Memorial. He was =3rd in the World Junior Championship (2010) and won the Cultural Village Tournament 2010 with 7/10, thereby gaining an invitation to the Tata Steel (Group C) (2011) event at Wijk aan Zee (formerly Corus), where he came =4th with 7.5/13. He scored 6.5/9, one point off the lead in the powerful 2010 Chigorin Memorial in St Petersburg defeating GM Dmitry Bocharov and losing only to GM Denis Khismatullin. In 2011, he has come =4th in the Polish Championship, scored 6/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), and come =1st alongside compatriot Tomasz Markowski in the Miguel Najdorf International Chess Festival in Warsaw. He also scored 7/10 in the International Open in Barcelona held in August 2011 and 6/9 at the International Bavarian Open in October.
The beginning of 2012 was slow for Swiercz, scoring only 3/9 at the Moscow Open D and shedding 18 rating points, but he has made up lost ground in the 2011-12 Czech Extraliga, in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) where he scored 6/11, the IV International Grandmasters' Tournament the Lublin Union Memorial (3/5), and at the Golden Sands (2012) (6.5/9). He represented Poland on board 4, scoring 7/10 (TPR 2705) and placing 5th overall on that board. He scored 6.5/9 at the Chigorin Memorial (2012), adding a few points to his ratings card but then lost a few points with a slightly under-strength 6.5/10 result at Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). He placed =2nd in the Biel Open (Masters division) in July 2014, a point behind the winner, Baskaran Adhiban. He was =4th at the 13th World University Chess Championship held in August 2014 in Poland.
<Olympiad> Swiercz played board four for Poland at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, placing 5th overall for his board, and helping his team to 13th place.
<Other national representation> He played top board for Poland in the European U18 Team Championship, winning team silver. He also represented Poland on board two in the European Team Championship (2013), scoring 5.5/9 for a near 2700 performance.
<National Leagues> Swiercz played with KSz Polonia Wrocław from 2009 to 2014 in the Polish Ekstraliga, winning one team gold, 3 team bronzes, 1 individual gold and 3 individual bronzes to date. He also played in the Czech Extraliga from 2011 to 2015, playing for TJ Tatran Litovel from 2011-2014, helping his team to bronze medals in 2010-11 and 2012-13. In 2014-15 he switched to the AD Mahrla Prague club, playing board three, although neither he nor his team were on the leader board on that occasion.
In the 2013 season, he played top board for the Rueil Malmaison team in the French Top 12 League where he scored 7.5/11, picking up enough rating points to have him knocking on the door of the world's top 100 (July 2013). A month later, he scored 7/12 in the 2013 season of the Turkish League, and thereby won enough rating points to enter the top 100 (at #99) for the first time.
He played with SK Turm Emsdetten in the 2013-14 Bundesliga, his team placing 7th out of 16. He also played for SK Turm Emsdetten in the 2014-15 Bundesliga.
Rating and ranking
Swiercz's highest rating was 2654 in August and September 2013, during which time he was rated as world #99. This is the first time Swiercz has been in the top 100.
Sources and references
Photo>: http://www.bidmonfa.com/swiercz_dar...; ICC: daro94; Wikipedia article: Dariusz %C5%9Awiercz
Last updated 30 May 2015