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I Nyzhnyk 
Photo courtesy of Alina l'Ami.  
Illya Nyzhnyk
Number of games in database: 397
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2628 (2607 rapid, 2652 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637
Overall record: +164 -52 =139 (65.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      42 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B54 B32 B76 B55 B40
 King's Indian (24) 
    E61 E60 E63 E94 E92
 Slav (20) 
    D11 D18 D15 D16 D10
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E17 E12
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D76 D85 D91 D79
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D43 D46 D47 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B90 B30 B22 B32 B94
 King's Indian (36) 
    E62 E92 E97 E90 E77
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B94 B93 B92 B99
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A46 A45 D02 D00 E00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (13) 
    D27 D23 D26 D20
 French Defense (10) 
    C11 C07 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nyzhnyk vs S Siebrecht, 2011 1-0
   I Nyzhnyk vs D Baider, 2006 1-0
   A Pashikian vs I Nyzhnyk, 2009 0-1
   G Gislason vs I Nyzhnyk, 2010 0-1
   J Ulko vs I Nyzhnyk, 2013 0-1
   I Nyzhnyk vs D Vocaturo, 2012 1-0
   I Nyzhnyk vs A Giri, 2012 1-0
   I Nyzhnyk vs D Reinderman, 2009 1/2-1/2
   I Nyzhnyk vs Tiviakov, 2011 1-0
   I Nyzhnyk vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Groningen Chess Festival (2009)
   Tata Steel (Group C) (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2012)
   Moscow Open (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011)

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ILLYA NYZHNYK
(born Sep-27-1996) Ukraine
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
FM (2007); IM (2009); Grandmaster (2010).

Early Years

A chess prodigy, Nyzhnyk was born in Vinnytsya and started playing chess at age 4. At the age of ten, the Ukrainian prodigy shot to world wide prominence by winning Group B of the 2007 Moscow Open, scoring 8.5/9 points with a 2633 performance in a field of 324 players, including two International Masters and numerous other titled players.

Championships

<Youth – national and continental> He has had a series of excellent results in the Ukrainian youth championships the most notable being first place in the U10 Championships in 2005 and 2006, in the U12 Championship in 2006, and in the U16 Championship in 2008. In September 2007, and still 10 years of age, he scored 8.5/9 to win the U12 European Championship held in Sibenik, Croatia. A year later in September 2008 year, he won the U16 European Championship held in Herceg Novi in Montenegro. In 2010, he came 2nd in the Ukraine U18 Championship.

<Youth – world> In July 2005, at the age of 8, Nyzhnyk competed in the World U12 championship in Belfort, France, scoring 7.0/11, and coming in 17th in a field of 125. He re-entered the same event in 2006 and 2007, scoring 2nd place on each occasion. In October 2006, shortly after his tenth birthday, he was =2nd with Jorge Cori and Nijat Abasov (both now GMs) behind Robert Aghasaryan in the U12 World Championship in Batumi, Georgia. In November 2007, he scored 9.5/11 enabling him to become runner up (on count back) behind US player Daniel Naroditsky in the World U12 Championship held in Antalya, Turkey. In 2010 he came =3rd in the World U16 in Turkey.

<Junior> One of Nyzhnyk’s exceptional early achievements was first place in the Ukrainian U20 Championships in April 2010 when he was still 13 years old. In 2010 also scored 8.5/13 at the World Junior Championship (2010) to come =7th-15th

Continental

At the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), Nyzhnyk scored an excellent 7/11 (+4 =6 -1; TPR 2687) to finish 43rd, 68 places above his seeding and breaking through 2600 in the ratings.

Standard Tournaments

Nyzhnyk was a tournament veteran from an early age. Notable results included a 2330 performance (coming 11th in a field of 17) in a category 3 tournament in Lugansk, Ukraine, while still only 9 years old and sixth place in the Independence Cup tournament in Kiev in August 2008 (performance rating of 2471) in a field of 70 players. In April 2008 Nyzhnyk won the 6th Nabokov Memorial in Kiev with 8.5/11, scoring a GM norm. In December 2009, Nyzhnyk scored a sensational first place ahead of Jan Werle and Dimitri Reinderman at the Groningen Chess Festival (2009), scoring 7.5/9, his second GM norm, and a 2741 performance rating for the tourney.

In 2010, he came 3rd in the Staufer Open, =4th in the Nord-West-Cup (half point behind the joint leaders), 3rd in the 8th Vladimir Nabokov Memorial GM Tournament, =2nd (4th on countback) in the HSG Open behind Friso Nijboer, and came 1st on count back with 7/9 at the Podillia tournament in Khmelnitsky in Ukraine. In December 2010, he scored his 3rd GM norm at Groningen A (where he came =1st) with a round to spare, making him the youngest Grandmaster in the world at 14 years 3 months and 2 days. Richard Rapport was previously the youngest GM.

Nyzhnyk started 2011 by coming a solid second behind Daniele Vocaturo at the Tata Steel (Group C) (2011) (formerly Corus C) tournament, scoring 8.5/13 (+6 -2 =5) with a 2615 performance rating. He followed this up with =1st at the Reykjavik Open (2011) held in March 2011, scoring 7/9 with a TPR of 2688, and with a score of 5.5/9 at the International Tournament in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in May 2011 against a field that included 7 GMs (+2 -2 =3). In October 2011, he came =4th, half a point behind the three co-leaders, with 6.5/9 in the 15th Unive Open (2011) and also scored 6.5/9 at the 15th Bavarian International Open. 2012 started with a strong performance at Tata Steel (Group B) (2012), where he scored 7.5/13, adding a handy 17 points in the bimonthly rating period to 1 March 2012. Nyzhnyk closed out 2012 scoring 7.5/9 to win a share of 1st place in the 16th Bavarian International Open, and to boost him to the top of the U18 division in the New Year (2013) lists.

A subsequent moderate performance (5.5/9) in the Moscow Open (2013) and poor performances in the Ukrainian Championship (2013) and the European Individual Championships (2013) have cost him top spot in the U18 division. He scored 5.5/9 at the 2014 UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open underwritten by Turner Construction.

Team Events

Nyzhnyk had his first serious experience in the top league playing for the Vinnytsia region on board 2 behind Sergey Fedorchuk in the 3rd all-Ukrainian Games held in Eupatoria in 2007. He played reserve for the PVK-Kievchess Kyiv club in its gold medal-winning seasons of 2008 and 2009. Since then, his season in the 2012 Turkish League was highly successful, when he scored 10/13, a result which elevated his ranking to top of the U16 age group, while his excellent result in the Romanian Team Championships in September helped him maintain his hold of the top spot in the U16s for the rest of 2012. In the 2013-14 season, he played board 2 behind Jan Timman in the gold medal winning SG Köln Porz team in the Bundesliga West.

Rapid and Blitz

An occasional participant in the faster forms of the game, Nyzhnyk's best results were winning the Ukrainian U18 blitz championship in 2010 and winning the Ukrainian U20 rapid championship in the same year. In April 2014 he won the Memorial Anatoliy Olkhovskiy outright with 20/24.

Ratings and Rankings

<Standard> With a rating of 2627 in FIDE's May 2014 rating list, Nyzhnyk is the #2 player in the world in the U18 division;

<Rapid> 2607; and

<Blitz> 2652.

Other

Nyzhnyk has enrolled at Webster University and will join Susan Polgar's SPICE program later in 2014. (1)

References

(1) http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com.au/... and Illya Nyzhnyk

Wikipedia article: Illya Nyzhnyk; Personal web site: http://www.dril-chess.com/; The following link contains a photo of him at 14 years 3 months: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...;


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 397  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Berbatov vs I Nyzhnyk 1-022 2005 EU-ch U10B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. I Nyzhnyk vs Yinglun Teng  1-061 2005 Wch U12A22 English
3. I Nyzhnyk vs K Nikologorskiy  0-127 2005 EU-ch U10B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
4. O Mihok vs I Nyzhnyk  1-052 2005 Wch U12C45 Scotch Game
5. I Nyzhnyk vs V Zatonskih  ½-½31 2005 UKR-ch sfA84 Dutch
6. I Nyzhnyk vs G Popilski  0-141 2005 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
7. A Prihodko vs I Nyzhnyk  1-038 2005 UKR-ch sfA06 Reti Opening
8. A Chernyavsky vs I Nyzhnyk 0-174 2005 EU-ch U10A27 English, Three Knights System
9. I Nyzhnyk vs J Hapuarachchi  1-028 2005 Wch U12C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
10. I Nyzhnyk vs K Tomsia  1-039 2005 EU-ch U10D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. M Alvarez Navarro vs I Nyzhnyk 0-134 2005 Wch U12B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. Negi vs I Nyzhnyk ½-½40 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12C11 French
13. I Nyzhnyk vs M Atabayev  1-033 2005 Wch U12A16 English
14. N Bodnar vs I Nyzhnyk  ½-½14 2005 UKR-ch sfD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G Benidze vs I Nyzhnyk  ½-½43 2005 EU-ch U10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. I Nyzhnyk vs J Baranov  ½-½75 2005 UKR-ch sfB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. I Nyzhnyk vs K Meneses Gonzalez  1-028 2005 EU-ch U10A53 Old Indian
18. P Lichman vs I Nyzhnyk  1-075 2005 UKR-ch sfE20 Nimzo-Indian
19. I Nyzhnyk vs W So 0-133 2005 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
20. D Hiti vs I Nyzhnyk  0-139 2005 EU-ch U10E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. I Nyzhnyk vs M Vasiliev  0-164 2005 UKR-ch sfD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. I Nyzhnyk vs C Emiroglu 1-032 2005 EU-ch U10C22 Center Game
23. E Kilimnik vs I Nyzhnyk  0-144 2005 UKR-ch sfE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. I Nyzhnyk vs V A V Rajesh  ½-½52 2005 Wch U12C00 French Defense
25. G Dilanian vs I Nyzhnyk  0-154 2005 Wch U12E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 397  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-07-14
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  ketchuplover: Abducted by Kirsan and the space aliens!
Jan-07-14
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  KKDEREK: lol!
serious..He disappeared..dang!
Jan-15-14
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  Kazzak: Either gone underground to train like mad - or he's discovered girls.

Few updates after 2011:
http://www.dril-chess.com

Mar-09-14
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  waustad: He's playing in Dallas now: http://www.utdallas.edu/chess/chess...
Mar-09-14
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  waustad: <Is the piece that looks like a toilet the King, or the Queen?>Perhaps the throne?
Mar-10-14
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  KKDEREK: <waustad> Great news. Finally. So far +1 in 3 games
Mar-10-14
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  KKDEREK: So Illya is totally winning against Kayden Troff. Can go to +3 and take the lead of the tournament.
Mar-10-14
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  waustad: Perhaps he'll become another collegiate player in the US.
Mar-10-14
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  KKDEREK: Sure hope so, he is very young almost a 2650 player already..I dont know where he lives nowadays, but sure his country is in really bad shape. Maybe Susan bring him in to his program? ;o)
Mar-10-14  Eti fan: Nyzhnyk seems to be winning the derby of the youngsters https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream...
Mar-11-14
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  KKDEREK: Ouch, Illya got crushed already in the opening by Akobian
Mar-11-14
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  Susan Polgar: He is scheduled to begin his study at Webster University this summer, and to start training with his future SPICE teammates.
Mar-11-14
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  KKDEREK: Thanks mrs. Susan, thats great news, this kid is a great talent (top 3 of his generation IMHO)..I felt he was missing out in the radar. Best wishes and good luck!
Mar-11-14
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  waustad: I've been thinking of going to the US champs this year. The Cardinals are in town for part of it and young Illya may be another person around town then. I have pals to go to baseball events with, but for chess I'm probably on my own.
Mar-12-14
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  waustad: Welcome to the US. I'm sure it will be a culture shock. Coming to a new country always is, from what I've seen personally and heard from others, but there is a lot of good stuff here. Good luck avoiding the stuff that isn't so good. Like everywhere.
Mar-12-14
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  KKDEREK: US is amazing, he will have a high quality life and environment with Susan at the college...Full of immigrants, is not like he lives in the jungle right now, right? Besides he will have lots of colleagues supporting him.
Apr-03-14  joeyj: Big move for the Ukrainian phenom Illya Nyzhnyk to Webster University

http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/201...

Apr-03-14  Nonnus: How is his name pronounced?
Apr-03-14  evlozare: welcome to webster and spice. ilya. i sincerely hope you enjoy your stay with them. study and improve your chess as well as your personal academic development. enjoy your life.
Apr-03-14
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  john barleycorn: And don't do any "Wesley's". Congratulations for a huge opportunity.
Apr-22-14
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  ketchuplover: welcome to the land bridge between mexico and canada
Apr-22-14
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  TheFocus: Pat, Illya would like to buy a vowel or two.
Apr-22-14
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  john barleycorn: <TheFocus: Pat, Illya would like to buy a vowel or two.>

You are such a mean old man :-).
Why not give 2 "u"'s right away?

Apr-22-14
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  TheFocus: Lol! Nyuknyuk?
Apr-22-14
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  OhioChessFan: IO2U's
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