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I Nepomniachtchi 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Number of games in database: 1,152
Years covered: 2001 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2749 (2812 rapid, 2830 blitz)
Overall record: +262 -122 =369 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      399 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (184) 
    B90 B33 B48 B30 B32
 Scotch Game (46) 
    C45
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C65 C77 C67 C78 C72
 French Defense (45) 
    C11 C00 C10 C01 C18
 Caro-Kann (44) 
    B12 B11 B10 B18 B14
 French (32) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (148) 
    B90 B51 B92 B52 B97
 Grunfeld (123) 
    D85 D80 D86 D70 D97
 Sicilian Najdorf (96) 
    B90 B92 B97 B91 B96
 French Defense (65) 
    C03 C12 C11 C18 C02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (43) 
    A34 A30 A35 A32 A31
 French (27) 
    C12 C11 C00 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs P Potapov, 2015 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 0-1
   I Nepomniachtchi vs D Howell, 2015 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs S Sjugirov, 2015 1-0
   Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 0-1
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik, 2016 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs I Salgado Lopez, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Aeroflot Open (2008)
   Russian Superfinals (2013)
   Aeroflot Open (2015)
   ACP Cup (2013)
   Corus Group C (2007)
   66th Russian Championship Higher League (2013)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   World Cup (2015)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

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

RECENT GAMES:
   Gelfand vs I Nepomniachtchi (Oct-06-16) 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand (Oct-05-16) 1/2-1/2
   Li Chao vs I Nepomniachtchi (Oct-04-16) 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov (Oct-02-16) 1-0
   A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi (Oct-01-16) 1/2-1/2

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IAN NEPOMNIACHTCHI
(born Jul-14-1990, 26 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
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.

Classical

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.

Rapid/blitz

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.

Other

Nepomniachtchi is also now one of Carlsen's seconds.

Live rating; http://chess.liverating.org/

Wikipedia article: Ian Nepomniachtchi

Latest update 13 October 2015


 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,152  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ali Kavakdere vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-160 2001 EYCC B12C05 French, Tarrasch
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs M Bobula  1-038 2001 EYCC B12C10 French
3. G Nigalidze vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½58 2001 EYCC B12D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. I Nepomniachtchi vs T Banusz  1-055 2001 EYCC B12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. M Rodshtein vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-172 2001 EYCC B12A57 Benko Gambit
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Krivoborodov  1-071 2001 EYCC B12B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. J Mihailovs vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-147 2001 EYCC B12D85 Grunfeld
8. I Nepomniachtchi vs D Andreikin  ½-½30 2001 EYCC B12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. D Howell vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-032 2001 EYCC B12B40 Sicilian
10. S Ismail vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-130 2001 WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
11. I Nepomniachtchi vs S Azaladze  1-055 2001 WYB12B06 Robatsch
12. J Dourerassou vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-129 2001 WYB12B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. I Nepomniachtchi vs E Bonnet  1-037 2001 WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. D Andreikin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-040 2001 WYB12B40 Sicilian
15. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Bachmann  ½-½26 2001 WYB12B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. M Leon Hoyos vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½44 2001 WYB12C05 French, Tarrasch
17. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Diamant  0-157 2001 WYB12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Wu vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-139 2001 WYB12A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Hrzica ½-½38 2001 WYB12B10 Caro-Kann
20. Z Andriasian vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½55 2001 WYB12C12 French, McCutcheon
21. M Panarin vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-059 2002 ch-RUS Boys U20C02 French, Advance
22. I Nepomniachtchi vs R Kaskevich  1-056 2002 3rd Stage Russian CupB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 1-041 2002 EU-ch U12B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½35 2002 World Championships U12A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½45 2003 Wch U14C03 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,152  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-14-13  Sem: That's true. YouTube features a series of correct pronunciation of chess masters' names, done by AnnieK (Hungarian, I believe). She mailed me that Russian for instance knows the 'soft L', as pronounced e.g. in 'Ba-ga-l(j)u-bov'. Difficult for western tongues.
Jul-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Nepomniachtchi!
Jul-25-13  Sem: Ti-ma-SHEN-ke. Fyoder Ba-ga-ter-TSHUK. Al-YEG Ra-ma-NYI-shin. Ra-SHIED Nye-zhmet-DI-nov. Vas-SI-ly Smy-SLOV. Pyotr Du-BIY-nyin.Vya-tche-SLAV Ra-GOO-sin.

'Euwe' is a shibbolet; only Dutch and Flemish know to to pronounce this (heh heh).

Dec-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: <paulalbert>: Tchigorin, like Tchaikovsky and Alekhine, is a French transcription, which I suspect Nepomniachtchi is also using.
Jul-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 24th birthday to Super GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Jul-18-14  Mr. V: I hope he can finish strong in the ACP Golden Classic (2014)

Maybe I'm assuming too much, but it seems to me like he's had some rough months recently; perhaps in a bit of a slump.

Aug-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congratz to Ian Nepomniachtchi for winning the Yaroslav the Wise Tournament of Champions (or simply Yaroslav Mudryj). He finished with a final of 7.5/10 (+6,-1,=3).

With the win, he gains about 29.6 rating points to fly to 2800.6 and World #8.

Round by round results:

Round 1: Nepomniachtchi vs. Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Round 2: Motylev vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1

Round 3: Nepomniachtchi vs. Potkin 1-0

Round 4: Nepomniachtchi vs. Moiseenko 1/2-1/2

Round 5: Tomashevsky vs. Nepomniachtchi 1-0

Round 6: Jakovenko vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1

Round 7: Nepomniachtchi vs. Motylev 1-0

Round 8: Potkin vs. Nepomniachtchi 1/2-1/2

Round 9: Nepomniachtchi vs. Tomashevsky 1-0

Round 10: Moiseenko vs. Nepomniachtchi 0-1 (check out the knight sac)

Final standings:

1. Nepomniachtchi 7.5
2. Jakovenko 6.5
3. Tomashevsky 5.5
4. Potkin 3.5
4. Motylev 3.5
4. Moiseenko 3.5

Site (in Russian): http://online.ruchess.ru/

Live Rapid Ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/rapid

Sep-25-14  Everett: Looking forward to seeing Nepo play in more games.
Nov-30-14  aliasniamor: Good start at the russian superfinal, especially a good win against Karjakin in the second round ! I hope he can keep the pace.
Jan-09-15  Hand Of King: I really like Nepomniachtchi style. For sure one of the best blitz players in history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqQ...
Mar-08-15  Everett: I think Nepo may have missed qualifying for the World Cup
Apr-04-15  Everett: Congrats for Nepo, winning Aeroflot
Apr-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Ian Nepomniachtchi for winning the Aeroflot Open (2015). He entered the tournament as the 2nd seed, and finished 1st on tiebreaks ahead of Dubov on black games (5-4). Nepo also drew their H2H game with black. Overall, he finished with 7/9, (+5,-0,=4).

Since he won Aeroflot, that means he'll be heading to Dormtund (I heard he has a plus record against Kramnik).

Though not as important, but still notable to me, he gained 12.4 rating points. This has allowed him to climb from 2714 to 2728 (and also #33 to #29).

Jun-16-16  sonia91: Top scoring player at the Russia-China Match (2016) with 3.5/5 (+2=3-0)
Jul-14-16  sonia91: Happy birthday to Ian!
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 Palmarčs 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.

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