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Eric Hansen
Number of games in database: 533
Years covered: 2006 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2606 (2579 rapid, 2568 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2629

Overall record: +128 -63 =102 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 240 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B51 B30 B42 B48 B31
 Ruy Lopez (58) 
    C65 C67 C95 C93 C63
 French Defense (27) 
    C11 C12 C18 C10 C05
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B12 B10 B11 B17
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C95 C93 C99 C92 C97
 French (18) 
    C11 C12 C10 C13 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (54) 
    D85 D74 D78 D94 D90
 Sicilian (45) 
    B43 B42 B41 B40 B51
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C65 C67 C78 C84 C96
 English (18) 
    A15 A16 A14 A13
 French Defense (17) 
    C01 C05 C16 C07 C15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Hansen vs J Xiong, 2017 1-0
   E Hansen vs L Zepeda, 2015 1-0
   E Hansen vs B Sambuev, 2011 1/2-1/2
   E Hansen vs R Bates, 2014 1-0
   R O Perez Garcia vs E Hansen, 2013 0-1
   E Hansen vs A Zhigalko, 2016 1-0
   E Hansen vs S Khademalsharieh, 2015 1-0
   E Hansen vs P Heuser, 2015 1-0
   H Melkumyan vs E Hansen, 2015 1/2-1/2
   J Beltran Medina vs E Hansen, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   8th Edmonton International (2013)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   National Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   E Hansen vs B Adhiban (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   E Hansen vs Gelfand (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Kamsky vs E Hansen (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   E Postny vs E Hansen (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   E Hansen vs Karjakin (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz

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(born May-24-1992, 28 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality Canada)

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Grandmaster Hansen won the 2012 Canadian open with 7/9 and tied for share of 5th-10th with 9/13 at the World Junior Championship (2012) in Greece that same year. He tied for 1st-2nd in the 2008 Alberta Closed (1) and the 2011 Canadian Closed (losing to Bator Sambuev in a 2 game rapid tie-break at the latter event). His second place in the latter tournament (which was also the Zonal 2.2 championship) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2011), where he lost to Azeri super-GM Vugar Gashimov in the 1st round. Coached by Miodrag Perunovic, he made the list of top 100 juniors in the the world (at 73rd place) and top 8 Canadians in August of 2012. Before the 2015 Canadian youth chess championship started in Windsor, he, Aman Hambleton, Lefong Hua, and Romain Edouard provided lessons at a summer chess camp (2, 10) for juniors between June 29th and July 3rd.

He became the highest rated Canadian player on the FIDE lists in May of 2013. Born in the United States, he has dual USA and Canadian citizenship and studied at the University of Texas (3). He scored 8/9 in the 2012 Panama open and at the Reykjavik Open (2014) (finishing (11) with 8/10), his tie for 2nd-5th saw his FIDE rating approach a new high of around 2600. He tied with fellow Canadian Hambleton for share of 3rd-7th in the Chess Festival Ortisei with 6/9 (behind Sergey Volkov and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu who finished with 7/9) (6) and they drew each other in the final 9th round of the 2013 Canadian open. Eric and Aman visited Valencia after his August World Cup (2013) visit so that they could play in a few European club league tournaments. Eric lost to Vladimir Malakhov in the first round of the World Cup, exiting the event. He finished with 6.5/9 at the 2015 Canadian zonal (12) and finished ahead of fellow Canadian coach Nikolay Noritsyn with 7/11 at the Durban 2014 open in South Africa (8).


His Chess Olympiad (2012) debut on board 4 saw him score 6 wins and 3 draws after sitting out for only 1 of 11 rounds (2). His score of 7/10, together with an earlier Grandmaster norm registered in Europe in the summer of 2012, confirmed his grandmaster title (4). He participated on the Canadian team of the Chess Olympiad (2014) (+3-2=4 on 2nd board) and the Chess Olympiad (2016) (+8-0=2 on 4th board).

He was a member of the Guildford 1 team that won the 4NCL in the 2013-14 season.

He joined Fabiano Caruana, Alexandre Lesiege, Michael Kleinman, Aman Hambleton, Lefong Hua, Elias Oussedik and Robin van Kampen on the Montreal Chessbrahs(14) team in 2016.

Videos: Nigel Short and Eric can be seen playing an ending in the 2013 Canadian open at and again meeting here (2016 Chess Olympiad); Ivan Sokolov also met him here: and ; ; ; and

References / Sources

(1) (Chess in Alberta),

(2) (Canadian Chess Federation),

(3) (U of Texas),

(4) (team chess archives),



(7) ,



(10) (Quebec chess federation),

(11) (sports article),



(14) (Montreal's Chessbrahs team joined the PRO Chess league in 2016).

Wikipedia article: Eric Hansen (chess player)

Last updated: 2016-12-30 02:56:15

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 533  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Hansen vs Ehlvest  0-1192006National OpenB07 Pirc
2. E Hansen vs D Bennett  0-135200634th World OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. D A Yeager vs E Hansen  ½-½41200634th World OpenE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
4. E Hansen vs S Vijayalakshmi  0-170200634th World OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
5. P Yeh vs E Hansen  1-075200634th World OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
6. S Thavandiran vs E Hansen 1-0172006Cdn Youth Championship U14C11 French
7. E Hansen vs J Estrada Nieto ½-½332006Canadian OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
8. E Hansen vs R Livshits  0-1372006Canadian ClosedB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Khachiyan vs E Hansen  1-0362007American OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. T Mirabile vs E Hansen  1-0462007Foxwoods OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
11. E Hansen vs J Michielsen  1-0362007Canadian OpenC11 French
12. E Hansen vs M Bluvshtein  0-1322007Canadian OpenB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
13. E Hansen vs Rychagov  0-1212007Canadian OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. G Derraugh vs E Hansen ½-½612007Canadian OpenC01 French, Exchange
15. E Hansen vs A Reprintsev  ½-½482007Canadian OpenB01 Scandinavian
16. N Noritsyn vs E Hansen  1-0462007Canadian OpenA16 English
17. L Soerensen vs E Hansen  0-1212007Battle at the BorderA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. G Swathi vs E Hansen  1-0532008World OpenC16 French, Winawer
19. R Adamson vs E Hansen 0-1492008World OpenC16 French, Winawer
20. E Hansen vs J Kleiman  ½-½432008World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
21. E Hansen vs N Mohota  1-0422008World OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
22. D Ippolito vs E Hansen  ½-½312008World OpenA57 Benko Gambit
23. M R Venkatesh vs E Hansen  ½-½412008World OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
24. E Hansen vs Khachiyan  0-1372008World OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. E Hansen vs A Almeida 1-0302008World OpenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
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Jul-11-13  twinlark: <gauer> Thanks. There are some interesting match ups.
Jul-11-13  gauer: Simen Agdestein, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Torbjorn Ringdal Hansen and Leif Erlend Johannessen appear to be the organizer's nominees and Judit Polgar is the President's nominee.
Jul-12-13  twinlark: <gauer> <Judit Polgar is the President's nominee.>

Yes. Also, the other President's nominees are Hou Yifan, Wei Yi, J. Duda, Vachier-Lagrave and Navara.

Jul-15-13  gauer: <twinlark> thanks for adding those other presidential nominees - wasn't sure that more than 1 were appointed at the time. Also, the 2011 Canadian zonal should've be amended as May, not August. Discussion at World Cup (2013) is up now, where further discussion is more appropriate than at Eric's corner.
Jul-22-13  Orlack: Congratulations to GM Eric Hansen!!! He finished joint first with GM Nigel Short at the 2013 Canadian Open on 7.5/9, ahead of GM Ivan Sokolov and GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista among others! (Short was declared the champion on tiebreak).
Feb-08-14  dumbgai: Hansen had a very good tournament in Gibraltar, scoring 7/10 with no losses for a 2679 TPR. He beat Agdestein and held draws against Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Rapport, Harikrishna, and Edouard. Well done!
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  hansj: 8/10 at Rejkjavik and great wins against GM Berkes, GM Djurhuus, and GM Naiditsch, the last two as Black! Congratulations Eric on breaking 2600!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Eric Hansen for his performance at the Reykjavik Open (2015)! Hansen entered as the 16th seed at 2566, but finished 8th overall (in the middle of a 11-way tie for 3rd). He scored 7.5/10.

He started off with 2 wins, but then followed up with 2 draws. However, he then won 3 games in a row to climb right back in there. He then had to face top seed Mamedyarov, and drew him. Then he had to face 3rd seed Eljanov with black, and held him to a draw (Hansen was better throughout most of the game too!). Then a draw against Naroditsky in the last round secured his strong performance.

Like mentioned before, he was rated 2566, but had a TPR of 2665. He also gained a solid 13.8 rating points, as he continues his quest to 2600.

Go Canada!

May-01-15  mahaprabhu krishna: more games to be played by eric.

he is e-rich-hansome at chess.

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  Penguincw: Happy 23rd birthday to Canadian GM, Eric Hansen!

He's currently participating at the American Continental Championship, and was doing awesome up to R8, where he was in a 3-way tie for 1st with 6.5/8, but then lost to Jorge Cori. Now in the last round, he has black against Granda Zuniga.

I'll give more details later.

Go Canada!

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  Penguincw: And congrats to Eric Hansen for his performance there. He started off 2/2 (like 17 others) before conceding a draw, then another win, 2 more draws, then 2 more wins. Entering R9, he was in a 3-way tie for 1st, and faced Jorge Cori with black, and lost. He rebounded with a win, but then lost to 1st seed Granda Zuniga with black to finish with 7.5/11 (11th place, 12th on tiebreaks).

He was rated 2580, and had a TPR of 2573, but gained 2.8 points, so his performance was what was expected of him. He was the 11th seed.

Aug-21-16  PhilFeeley: The Baku Olympiad site lists him on the Canadian team, but I thought he quit chess. Will he be playing there or not?
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  MissScarlett: <Eric Hansen
15 August at 11:44

The Chess Olympiad (our version of the Olympics) starts September 2. I'll be going offline for a couple of weeks as I have my first training camp in 16 months (!!). Commentating, coaching, and streaming is nice but it's really time for me to return to professional chess. All the info about the Olympiad is below.>

Aug-21-16  PhilFeeley: Hey MissScarlett! I'm so glad to hear he's returning. Now I really expect a good result for Canada in September.
Sep-14-16  Aleking: Kudos to Eric Hansen for such a fine performance in the olympiad !
May-03-17  Gallicrow: Eric Hansen suffers "Stalemate Rage":
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  ketchuplover: Everybody plays the fool :)
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  hansj: Great commentary at Tata Steel 2018 by Eric, getting Magnus, Vishy, Vlad the Impaler, and Anish to do indepth commentary on key games.
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  MissScarlett: Separated at birth, chess brah, Eric Hansen: and Liverpool star, Roberto Firmino:
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  ketchuplover: good luck at batumi young man
Sep-18-18  PhilFeeley: I still can't find out why Bareev is not on the Olympiad team this year. Did he go back to Russia?
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  Count Wedgemore: <PhilFeeley: I still can't find out why Bareev is not on the Olympiad team this year. Did he go back to Russia?>

Bareev seems to have all but quit competitive chess, and he is no longer listed as 'active' on the FIDE rating list. The last time he played in a FIDE-rated tournament was in October 2016, almost two years ago:

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  MissScarlett: Tired and emotional, Eric Hansen is sorry:

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  MissScarlett: Don't make Eric angry, you wouldn't like him when he's angry:
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  MissScarlett: Nobody beats Eric Hansen 10 times in a row:

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