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Radoslaw Wojtaszek
R Wojtaszek 
Warsaw, 2013. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Number of games in database: 1,048
Years covered: 1996 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2745 (2715 rapid, 2718 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2750

Overall record: +279 -96 =390 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 283 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (64) 
    D12 D15 D10 D11 D17
 King's Indian (55) 
    E60 E62 E94 E97 E92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D31 D37 D38 D35 D36
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D97 D85 D72 D83 D70
 Queen's Indian (37) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Nimzo Indian (35) 
    E21 E53 E20 E32 E38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (184) 
    B90 B92 B51 B22 B94
 Sicilian Najdorf (109) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B96
 Nimzo Indian (51) 
    E53 E21 E32 E47 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    E10 A45 A46 D02 E00
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B12 B17 B10 B14 B16
 English (33) 
    A15 A13 A18 A14 A10
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shirov vs R Wojtaszek, 2006 0-1
   R Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2015 1-0
   M Kanarek vs R Wojtaszek, 2016 0-1
   R Wojtaszek vs Harikrishna, 2014 1-0
   R Wojtaszek vs E Sharapov, 2001 1-0
   M van Delft vs R Wojtaszek, 2014 0-1
   Topalov vs R Wojtaszek, 2013 0-1
   A Volokitin vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 0-1
   R Wojtaszek vs Caruana, 2015 1-0
   Sutovsky vs R Wojtaszek, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   Gyorgy Marx Memorial IX (2011)
   Polish Men's Championship (2016)
   Polish Championship (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   French Team Championship (2014)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wojtaszek by slomarko

   Adams vs R Wojtaszek (Apr-30-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Wojtaszek vs Mamedyarov (Apr-29-17) 1-0
   Harikrishna vs R Wojtaszek (Apr-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Wojtaszek vs Radjabov (Apr-27-17) 1/2-1/2
   Eljanov vs R Wojtaszek (Apr-25-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-13-1987, 30 years old) Poland

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Polish U14 Champion (2001); Polish Junior (U20) Champion (2004 & 2005); Polish Champion (2005, 2014 and 2016).

Born in Elbląg, Poland. He was one of the seconds for Viswanathan Anand during both the 2008 and 2010 World Championship matches, and is Poland's top player.


<Youth> In 2001, Wojtaszek won the Polish U14 championship. In 2002, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak) with Zbigniew Pakleza in the Polish Boys U16 championship in Bartkowa. In 2003, he came equal first (2nd on countback) to Grzegorz Gajewski at the Polish U18 championship, and finished the year with second behind Mateusz Bartel in the U18 European Championship. In 2004, he won the Polish U20 championship with 8/11, 1.5 points clear of the field, and <then> won the Polish U18 championship with 9.5/11, a point clear of the field.

Wojtaszek came =3rd with 7/10 in the 2001 World U14 championship. He was runner up to Levan Pantsulaia in the World U16 championship in 2002, In 2003, he came =4th with 8/11 at the World U16 Championship in Greece. In 2004, he was 5th in the European U18 championship before winning the 2004 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship In 2005, he was =1st (second on countback) with Ildar Khairullin at the U18 world championship at Belfort.

<Junior> Late in 2002, he was equal first (2nd on tiebreak) with Krzysztof Jakubowski in the Polish U20 championship. In 2004, he won the Polish U20 championship with 8/11, 1.5 points clear of the field and a year later in 2005 he again won the Polish U20 championship. He scored 7.5/13 in the World Junior Championship 2002 and placed 4th in the World Junior Championship 2004 in Cochin, India.

<National> In 2005, he won the powerful Polish Chess Championship in 2005 with 9.5/13, ahead of Bartosz Socko. In 2006, 2009 and 2010, he was second in the Polish Championship. In 2007, he came 4th in the Polish championship. In the 2011 Polish Championship he scored 6/9 to come equal second with Pawel Jaracz behind Mateusz Bartel. He won the Polish Championship 2014.

<Continental> He competed strongly in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005) scoring 8/13. He turned in a 2812 performance at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011) to score 8.5/11 and to place =1st, 2nd on count back, thereby qualifying for the World Cup 2011. He scored 7/10 in the European Individual Championships (2013). In March 2014, he scored 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2014), thereby qualifying for the World Cup in 2015.

<World> At the World Cup (2011), he defeated Armenian GM Arman Pashikian in the first round, but lost to Georgian GM Baadur Jobava in the second round. He qualified for the World Cup (2013) because of his rating, and but in a major shock of the first round, he lost to Brazilian GM Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier and was eliminated from the Cup. At the World Cup (2015), he overcame Babu M R Lalith in the first round to progress to the second where he defeated Vladislav Artemiev. His third round win was against Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, earning him a place in the Round of Sixteen (round 4) where he played Anish Giri and, unfortunately for him, lost that match to exit the tournament.

Classical Tournaments:

Wojtaszek’s first serious result in International chess came at the 38th Akiba Rubinstein Open in July 2001, when he scored 7/10, one point behind the joint leaders, although he did well to score 5.5/9 at the Jantar Baltyku Open. Shortly afterwards he took first place with 8/11 at the Prerov 2001 IM tournament in the Czech Republic. In 2002, he finished the year with a strong showing at the Cracovia Open, scoring 6/9, a point behind the joint leaders. In 2004, he came 4th in the Friendship Grandmaster Tournament in the Czech Republic, =3rd in the XIII International Chess Festival Open (B) in Poznan and won the Cracovia Open with 7.5/9. In 2006, he came =1st with Peter Heine Nielsen at the International Open at Kalamaria-Thessaloniki in Greece and =1st with Borki Predojevic and Koneru Humpy at the Young Masters match tournament in Switzerland. In 2008, he was =1st at the Rilton Cup in Sweden, and won the Cracovia Open 2008 with 7.5/9. In 2009 Wojtaszek was again =1st in the Rilton Cup, =1st at the 66 Final Indywidualnych Mistrzostw Polski Mezczyzn in Poland, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin behind Boris Grachev and won the Najdorf Memorial (2009) in Warsaw with 6/9. He also won the Mazovian Chess Festival -Open A in Poland, with 6/9.

In 2010, Wojtaszek was =1st-5th with at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, won the 5th International Tournament of Polonia Wrocław and won the 4th San Juan International tournament in Pamplona with 6.5/9 on tiebreak from Laurent Fressinet. 2011 saw a modest start by the top-seeded Wojtaskek in the Tata Steel Group B (2011), where he came 8th with 6.5/13. He won the Gyorgy Marx Memorial IX (2011) convincingly with 8/10 and a TPR of 2892. In 2012, he placed =3rd in the category 18 13th Karpov International (2012) behind Dmitry Jakovenko and Ruslan Ponomariov and finished off 2012 with a score of 7.5/11, placing =3rd at the Kolkata Open (2012) and a relatively poor 4.5/10 at the 1st International GM Round Robin Chess Tournament held in New Delhi in late December. His poor form continued at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) where his 7/10 lost 10 rating points. He finished 2013 in first place with 6/7 at the Zurich Open in December 2013.

Wojtaszek started 2014 with a win at the Basel Masters tournament in Zurich, followed by =6th with 7/13 at the Tata Steel Group B (2014). In April 2014 he participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the second tier of a tournament commemorating the late Azeri grandmaster. He scored 4.5/9 and placed 5th. In July he placed 2nd at the Biel (2014).

2015 started with Wojtaszek's participation in the Tata Steel (2015) super-tournament. Although he finished in the lower half of the field with 5.5/13 (+2 -4 =7), his two wins were against the world #1 and #2 players respectively, namely Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. In July he placed 2nd to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with 6/10 in the category 19 Biel (2015) tournament.

Team events

<Olympiad> At the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, Wojtaszek scored 9/11 as first reserve, with a rating performance of 2756. At the Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, he scored 7/10 on board 3. Playing top board for Poland in the 39th Chess Olympiad (2010), "Radek" scored 6/9 with a 2769 performance rating. At the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul, he won the silver medal for top board with 7.5/10 and a TPR of 2844. He played top board at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring a par-for-rating 5/9.

<European Club Cup> Playing board 2 for the Czech team G-Team Nový Bor, Wojtaszek scored a powerful 5/6 (TPR 2876) to help his team to victory in the European Club Cup (2013), thereby winning both team and individual gold (and returning him to the 2700 club). In European Club Cup (2014), he played top board for the same team, and won individual and team silver.

<National leagues> Wojtaszek played board 3 for SK Schwäbisch Hall in the 2014-15 Bundesliga, his team placing 4th in the 16 team event. He has participated in the Czech Extraliga every year since 2005, apart from 2010. Since he joined the 1. Novoborský ŠK team, he has helped it to win the Extraliga every year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive. In the 2015 Russian Premier League, he played top board for Universitet Belorechensk, winning team and individual silver. In the French Top 12 league of 2015, he played board two for the Mulhouse Philidor club which placed sixth.


Wojtaszek was the European rapid chess champion in December 2008. In February 2013, he scored 10.5/14 to place =1st alongside Vladimir Malakhov at the GM Vladimir Petrov Memorial A tournament and in March 2013, placed 3rd at the 3rd Ferdynanda Dziedzica International Memorial Tournament played in Trzcianka in Poland. He wound up 2014 with a strong showing at the European Blitz Championship, scoring 9/11, a half point from the shared lead.

Rating and ranking:

Wojtaszek entered the world top 100 in July 2006, and has remained in that group continuously since July 2007. He crossed the 2700 rating level in September 2010, jumping from a rating of 2663 to 2711 in the process. His highest rating to date is 2749 on 1 June 2015, when he was ranked #16 in the world. His highest ranking to date was #14 in December 2014 and January 2015 when he was ranked 2744.

Sources and references

Live rating:; Wikipedia article: Rados%C5%82aw Wojtaszek

Last updated 22 September 2015

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,049  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs R Wojtaszek ½-½22 1996 EU-ch U10A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. R Wojtaszek vs Lahno  1-051 2000 Artek ol U16A84 Dutch
3. R Wojtaszek vs O Gritsak  ½-½32 2001 Rubinstein OpenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
4. R Wojtaszek vs V Sergeev  1-054 2001 Rubinstein OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. V Shishkin vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½23 2001 Rubinstein OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
6. R Wojtaszek vs E Sharapov 1-028 2001 Rubinstein OpenA57 Benko Gambit
7. L Cyborowski vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½28 2001 Rubinstein OpenA21 English
8. R Wojtaszek vs Miroshnichenko  1-054 2001 Rubinstein OpenE61 King's Indian
9. V Malaniuk vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½55 2001 Rubinstein OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. R Wojtaszek vs O Boyum Fossum  1-019 2001 EYCC B14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. E Tanrikulu vs R Wojtaszek  0-130 2001 EYCC B14B50 Sicilian
12. R Wojtaszek vs D Maghalashvili 1-043 2001 EYCC B14B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. N Vitiugov vs R Wojtaszek  0-134 2001 EYCC B14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. R Wojtaszek vs B Predojevic  0-144 2001 EYCC B14A57 Benko Gambit
15. D Baramidze vs R Wojtaszek  1-033 2001 EYCC B14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. R Mamedov vs R Wojtaszek  1-041 2001 EYCC B14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. R Wojtaszek vs E Romanov  0-139 2001 EYCC B14D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. R Wojtaszek vs G Camus de Solliers  1-024 2001 WYB14E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. A Esenov vs R Wojtaszek  0-139 2001 WYB14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. R Wojtaszek vs M Bosiocic  1-043 2001 WYB14A56 Benoni Defense
21. Nakamura vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½24 2001 WYB14A45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. R Wojtaszek vs S Zavgorodniy  1-038 2001 WYB14E15 Queen's Indian
23. A Brkic vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½57 2001 WYB14E10 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Wojtaszek vs L Gonda  ½-½36 2001 WYB14D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. R Mamedov vs R Wojtaszek  0-140 2001 WYB14B58 Sicilian
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Dec-13-12  shivasuri4: Wojtaszek had an ordinary tournament, looking at the overall picture, as he finished 4th (shared 3-10) with 7.5/11. Among his 5 draws the were 3 against the top 3 finishers, and he also lost to Deep Sengupta. Curiously, the only top 10 seed he faced in the tournament was the 7th seed. This tournament cost him 10.8 points, but he can recover them when he plays in New Delhi after a week's break.
Dec-15-12  shivasuri4: *there were
Dec-11-13  Chessinfinite: GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek is an awesome player, very strong positional sense and overall strategic concepts, as per some GMs.

Wish him all the best in upcoming events, and thanks for helping Anand for his title defence all these years.

Best regards to GM 'Radek' Wojtaszek from Chennai.

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  Domdaniel: Wojtaszek seems to have risen without trace. I was aware of strong Polish players such as Bartel and Socko, but Wojtaszek seems to have powered past them and established himself in the 2700+ zone.
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  PhilFeeley: Nice game, not here yet (but soon). Wojtaszek's been on a roll lately, and here he shows excellent endgame technique.

[Event "Schachfestival Basel 2014"]
[Site "Basel"]
[Date "2014.01.05"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"]
[Black "Rodshtein, Maxim"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E60"]
[WhiteElo "2711"]
[BlackElo "2682"]
[Annotator "Robot 8"]
[PlyCount "137"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[EventCountry "SUI"]
[TimeControl "40/6000+30:1800+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c5 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Bg2 cxd4 7. Nxd4 Qc7 8. b3 d5 9. Ndb5 Qa5 10. Bd2 dxc4 11. bxc4 Qd8 12. O-O a6 13. Na3 Bf5 14. Nc2 Nc6 15. Ne3 Qd4 16. Nxf5 gxf5 17. Rc1 Rad8 18. Nd5 Ne4 19. Be3 Qxd1 20. Rfxd1 e6? <This move was probably caused by an oversight, missing White's next move> 21. f3! exd5 22. fxe4 dxe4 <Black is up a pawn but it is more like a paycheck held in hand before giving it all up to bills.> 23. Bh3 <And the Bishop comes to collect.> Bd4 24. Kf2 Rfe8 25. Bxf5 Re5 26. g4 <The endgame is very favorable for White, with clear targets, a bishop over the knight, and better king position. The Polish GM demonstrates excellent technique in converting.> Ra5 27. Bxd4 Rxd4 28. Rxd4 Nxd4 29. Bxe4 Rxa2 30. Ke3 Ne6 31. Bxb7 Ra3+ 32. Kd2 Nc5 33. Rb1 Kg7 34. Bd5 Rh3 35. Rb8 Kf6 36. Rc8 Nb3+ 37. Ke1 a5 38. c5 a4 39. c6 Rc3 40. Ra8 Ke5 41. Bxf7 Rc1+ 42. Kf2 Rxc6 43. Be8 Rf6+ 44. Ke3 Rh6 45. Bxa4 Rxh2 46. Re8+ Kf6 47. Bxb3 Rh3+ 48. Kf4 Rxb3 49. e4 Rb1 50. e5+ Kg7 51. Re7+ Kg6 52. Re6+ Kg7 53. Kg5 Rb7 54. Rd6 Ra7 55. Kf5 Rf7+ 56. Ke4 Rf1 57. Rd7+ Kg6 58. e6 Ra1 59. Ke5 Ra6 60. Rd8 Ra5+ 61. Kd6 Ra6+ 62. Ke7 Ra7+ 63. Kf8 Kf6 64. Re8 Rg7 65. Ra8 Rb7 66. e7 Rxe7 67. g5+ Kxg5 68. Kxe7 h5 69. Ke6 1-0

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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek!
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  ketchuplover: Early birthday wishes and success at Wijk-aan-Zee wishes :)
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Wojtaszek for beating Carlsen today: R Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2015.

Early birthday present?

Anyway, good luck tomorrow with black against Aronian.

P.S. Happy early 28th birthday. :)

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  Domdaniel: Whaat? We don't have a photo of Poland's top player?
Jan-12-15  Chessinfinite: Congrats to Wojtaszek on bringing down the WC today !
Jan-14-15  kia0708: Suggestion to webmaster.

Maybe Wojtaszek's win against Magnus Carlsen few days ago, should be added to his "Notable Games". What do you think ?

After all not many GMs defeated this genius of chess, and the reigning World Champion.

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  Caissanist: A player's "Notable Games" list is created automatically, based on how many collections include a particular win or draw by that player. Since your comment it's been included in two collections and that was apparently enough to pop it onto his notable games list.
Jan-15-15  Whitehat1963: Three draws with black. Two chances with white. Wins against Carlsen and Caruana. Not a bad tournament so far is the obvious conclusion!
Jan-15-15  Chessinfinite: GM Wojtszek is now both Caruana killer and a Carlsen killer.. Congrats to Wojtasek on his fantastic wins.
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  Penguincw: Nice performance by Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the Tata Steel (2015) tournament. At first glance, -2 and -9.7 rating points seems bad, but he did beat the #1 and #2 players in the world.
Jan-26-15  GoldenBird: Congratulations Wojtaszek, on your recent wins against the world #1 and #2. I hope to see you in the 2016 candidates tournament.
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  zanzibar: Submitted this photo for <CG>:

Hopefully, it gets used.

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  Penguincw: Say, is this picture new? I just saw it, and I think it looks great. :)
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  zanzibar: The url indicates it's from Warsaw 2013. There's also a 2014 photo on wiki as well:

I think I picked the other one because it has a clear shot of his face.

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  Penguincw: Sorry, I meant "is this picture new, as in just posted up on <cg> recently"?
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Ah, yes, <CG> just added it, I believe.
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday young man
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Wojtaszek!
Jan-13-16  greed and death: Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin i powodzienia z Gibraltar! :)
Apr-22-17  epistle: I-draw mo yan ha bata? Ibibili kita ng Rado watch pag naitabla mo.
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