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Arkadij Naiditsch
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Number of games in database: 1,624
Years covered: 1994 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2698 (2584 rapid, 2581 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2737

Overall record: +528 -257 =460 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 379 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (264) 
    B30 B90 B42 B91 B50
 Ruy Lopez (159) 
    C67 C78 C69 C77 C89
 French Defense (77) 
    C11 C10 C07 C18 C05
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B12 B13 B18 B14 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B91 B96 B99 B94
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    B42 B41 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (138) 
    B90 B30 B32 B52 B50
 Ruy Lopez (97) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C69
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E59
 King's Indian (53) 
    E67 E73 E62 E94 E90
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B91
 English (49) 
    A13 A15 A18 A17 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D G Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 1998 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Stellwagen, 2006 1-0
   O Kurmann vs Naiditsch, 2014 0-1
   Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013 1-0
   Naiditsch vs R Tischbierek, 2001 1-0
   Naiditsch vs Van Wely, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Corus (2003)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Naiditsch's Endspiel by kavalerov
   Wijk aan Zee Group B 2003 by Chessdreamer
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Dortmund 2006 by Trudodyr

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   S Vega Gutierrez vs Naiditsch (Jan-22-19) 0-1
   Naiditsch vs R Wojtaszek (Oct-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Wojtaszek vs Naiditsch (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   Naiditsch vs R Wojtaszek (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   R Wojtaszek vs Naiditsch (Oct-28-18) 1-0

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(born Oct-25-1985, 33 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Azerbaijan)
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Originally from Latvia, Arkadi Naiditsch settled in Germany, where he has become its top player and also its youngest-ever grandmaster in April 2001, at the age of just under 15 years and 6 months - a few days younger than the benchmark age at which Robert James Fischer gained his title. In 2002, he drew an eight-game match with former Candidates' finalist Jan Timman in Dortmund. His greatest tournament success thus far is his clear first at the Dortmund Sparkassen (2005), ahead of Veselin Topalov, Peter Leko, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler, Etienne Bacrot, and Michael Adams, among others. He also placed =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Richard Rapport at the Tata Steel Group B (2013). Placed =1st with 7/9 at the International Neckar Open 2013. 4.5/9 for =3rd at Dortmund (2013). Naiditsch's team "Liburnija" from Rijeka won the Croatian League 2013. He represented Germany at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 7th place. In September he won the category 15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2014) with 5/7. He played with the Baden Baden team, which won the 2014-15 Bundesliga.

In May 2015, Naiditsch signed to play for Azerbaijan.

Naiditsch's highest standard rating to date is 2737 achieved in December 2013 when he was ranked #18 in the world, which was his highest ranking to date. He is married to Yuliya Shvayger.

Wikipedia article: Arkadij Naiditsch; live rating:

Last updated: 2017-10-18 05:35:36

 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,625  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Naiditsch vs B Vermeulen 1-0471994Wch U10B01 Scandinavian
2. Naiditsch vs J Velichkov  ½-½491994Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
3. Naiditsch vs M Perunovic  ½-½531994Wch U10B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. K Miton vs Naiditsch 0-1391994Wch U10A14 English
5. J Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½621995EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. O Sarana-Hungeling vs Naiditsch  0-1251997NRW-Cup Masters opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. Naiditsch vs Navara  ½-½441997Wch U12B53 Sicilian
8. M Thuemmler vs Naiditsch  0-1241997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stE81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. Beim vs Naiditsch  ½-½201997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA04 Reti Opening
10. Naiditsch vs Kasimdzhanov 0-1521997Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 1stA07 King's Indian Attack
11. A Czebe vs Naiditsch  1-0341998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Naiditsch vs B Trabert 1-038199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
13. Naiditsch vs Hertneck  0-1331998Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 2ndC01 French, Exchange
14. V Hodjko vs Naiditsch  1-0351998Budapest FS02 GMB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Glek vs Naiditsch  ½-½12199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Naiditsch vs A Dergatschova-Daus  1-035199826. IDS IMB01 Scandinavian
17. H Himmel vs Naiditsch ½-½271998Ruhrgebiet VL1 9899B42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Naiditsch vs N Bojkovic  0-139199826. IDS IMA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Petrosian vs Naiditsch  1-048199826. IDS IME75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
20. Mikhalchishin vs Naiditsch  1-034199826. IDS IMA15 English
21. Naiditsch vs T Straeter  ½-½32199826. IDS IMC60 Ruy Lopez
22. Naiditsch vs R Mainka  1-035199826. IDS IMC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
23. J Belic vs Naiditsch 1-026199826. IDS IMC12 French, McCutcheon
24. Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang 1-0231998Budapest FS02 GMC14 French, Classical
25. Naiditsch vs Sherzer  1-0751998Budapest FS04 GMA07 King's Indian Attack
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  cro777: A look at how Naiditsch pulled off a Swiss double - the traditional Christmas and New Year opens held in Zurich and Basel from the 26-30 December 2014 and 1-5 January 2015.

Feb-04-15  cplyakap: very good victory against carlsen!congratz arkadij!
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  Natalia Pogonina: Beating Carlsen two games in a row with both Black and White is no ordinary feat. Congrats, Arkadij! :)
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  whiteshark: He was found to be <Carlsen's Cryponite>.
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  Appaz: Win the opening, yes; win the middle game, yes; but then go on to also win the end game - this was what Naiditsch was able to do that not many can achieve.

Congratulations, great game!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Naiditsch for coming close to winning the GRENKE Chess Classic (2015). He finished with 4.5/7 (+2,-0,=5). He also beat Carlsen with white in their meeting, but Carlsen still finished with 4.5 as well. Tiebreaks says Carlsen should've taken the title due to more wins (3 vs. 2), but a tiebreaker was held.

First came 2 blitz games (10:2), with Carlsen winning the first game, and Naiditsch the second (both with white). Then came 2 faster games (5:2), with both games drawn (Carlsen took white in the first game). In the Armaggedon game (6:0 vs. 5:2), Naiditsch took black, but blundered and lost.

Still an amazing performance, as he gained 11.3 ratings points and 6 spots on the live ratings to rise to 2717.3 and #32, respectively. The blitz games didn't count, but those 4 games would've earned him 30 ratings points, up to 2646.4.

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  Appaz: Congratulations to Naiditsch!

He beat the World Champ in classical chess and tied him in the tournament. Then he held the World Champ of rapids to a tie. Then he held the World Camp of blitz to a tie, before finally giving in on the Armageddon.

I'm sure most people rooted for this underdog in the end.

It probably felt a little bad to lose that last game but that feeling will soon pass.

Something to be proud of, the whole chess world is impressed!

Feb-13-15  pinoy king: Arkadij "Carlsen destroyer and exposer" Naiditsch.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch free of charge:
Feb-21-15  Laskerschueler: Olaf "Naiditsch destroyer and exposer" Wegener :D
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  AylerKupp: <Natalia Pogonina> Just think, the <> World Team was able to defeat the player who has recently defeated Carlsen twice in a row, yet we were only able to draw against you. Either you are better than some may think or maybe the <> World Team (and our chess engines!) is getting better. Or maybe a little of both. ;-)
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  sonia91: It seems he will change federation, from Germany to Azerbaijan:

May-22-15  fgh: Here's the English version:

Jul-07-15  epistle: Ang sabi ng kagalang-galang, kapitapitagan, maginoo, makisig na Aleman:

<cro777: Interesting Arkadij Naiditsch's remarks in the latest issue of Chess Evolution weekly newsletter (CEWN Nr.175) about his game against Wesley in Dortmund: "I have to say that to play against Wesley is everything but pleasant. He bangs the clock, caughs non-stop and plays the moves instantly without writing the move of the opponent down. Well, a lot of young players behave very badly at the board these days and I am sure that the incident of Wesley So during the US Championship where he got a 0 for writing strange things on his scoresheet will not be the last time he breaks the ethic chess rules.">

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  Penguincw: I see Naditisch now plays for Azerbaijan.

He is currently #3 in that country (behind Radjabov and Mamedyarov), while Nisipeanu (who was formerly from Romania) is now #1 in Germany.

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  whiteshark: Interview after his switch:
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  whiteshark: Here's the translation by
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  Penguincw: Naiditsch wins the Zurich Open, which was a Swiss-style tournament, taking place on Swiss soil. He won with a score of 6/7, and joins the 2700 live ratings club, again.
Jun-22-16  Mr. V: Has Naiditsch ever progressed in the path to the World Championship? Not even sure how well he's done in the World Cup, despite his excellent performance in private tournaments.
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  alexmagnus: <Mr. V> IIRC his best World Cup result was reaching the third round. In 2009 I think.
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  Penguincw: Arkadij Naiditsch crushes the opposition at the Gideon Japhet Memorial, scoring 6.5/7 (+6,-0,=1), clinching first with a round to spare (and finishing 1.5 points ahead of the opposition).

He gains 15.2 rating points for his efforts.

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  diagonal: Happy birthday!

And good luck at the current (closed invitation) tournament at Barcelona:

Disclaimer: maybe Arkadij Naiditsch schould consider to up-date his official website (select english or german language) as of 2016:

<Born: Oct 25, 1985 (Age 28), Riga, Latvia, FIDE Title: Grandmaster, FIDE ID: 4650891, Federation: Germany


Arkadij Naiditsch is, for many years, Germany's undisputed Number One chess player>.

Oct-25-16  Mr. V: Naiditsch is one of the most dazzling recent players to never get close to competing for the WCC.
Jan-13-17  RookFile: 18th in the world is pretty good.
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  Penguincw: According to Peter Heine Nielsen‏ via. Twitter:

< "Naiditch becomes the first to win European team championship with two different countries, and not actually being born in neither!" >


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