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Nils Grandelius
N Grandelius 
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Number of games in database: 1,334
Years covered: 2006 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2651 (2632 rapid, 2651 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2681
Overall record: +408 -189 =473 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 264 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (117) 
    B90 B40 B48 B51 B30
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C78 C65 C67 C91 C92
 English (48) 
    A15 A14 A13 A11 A16
 Reti System (42) 
    A06 A04 A05
 French Defense (39) 
    C02 C18 C11 C07 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A45 D02 E10 A40 D00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (181) 
    B90 B51 B52 B43 B80
 Grunfeld (79) 
    D85 D78 D70 D80 D76
 Sicilian Najdorf (57) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    D02 E10 A45 D00 E00
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C67 C84 C78 C97 C65
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D38 D37 D39 D31 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Grandelius vs A Ipatov, 2013 1-0
   So vs N Grandelius, 2019 0-1
   I Ivanisevic vs N Grandelius, 2012 0-1
   A Smith vs N Grandelius, 2014 0-1
   N Grandelius vs C Ciobanu, 2015 1-0
   N Grandelius vs Duda, 2020 1/2-1/2
   So vs N Grandelius, 2011 0-1
   N Grandelius vs P Large, 2023 1-0
   N Grandelius vs A Pourramezanali, 2010 1-0
   N Grandelius vs M Boel, 2022 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2019)
   Swedish Championship (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 FIDE World Cup
   A Erigaisi vs N Grandelius (Aug-13-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Grandelius vs A Erigaisi (Aug-12-23) 0-1
   J Santos Latasa vs N Grandelius (Aug-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Grandelius vs J Santos Latasa (Aug-09-23) 1-0
   N Grandelius vs B Amin (Aug-07-23) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jun-03-1993, 30 years old) Sweden

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FM in 2007, IM in 2008 and GM in 2010. He placed =1st at the category 15 Sigeman & Co (2013) tournament in 2013 and outright 1st at the 2nd Grand Europe Open 2013 held in the Golden Sands resort in Bulgaria, scoring 7.5/9. He won the Reykjavik Open (2023), again scoring 7.5/9.

Wikipedia article: Nils Grandelius

Last updated: 2023-04-07 23:11:54

 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,334  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Grandelius vs H S Gretarsson  0-1572006Nordic School-ch U20B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. N Grandelius vs D van Dooren  ½-½392006Pardubice Open-AC78 Ruy Lopez
3. B Furman vs N Grandelius  ½-½202006Pardubice Open-AD80 Grunfeld
4. E Karnaukhova vs N Grandelius  1-0322006Pardubice Open-AD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
5. N Grandelius vs Malinin  ½-½382006Pardubice Open-AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. N Grandelius vs C Berczes 0-1572006Rilton CupB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. N Grandelius vs B Leer-Salvesen  ½-½212006Rilton CupC18 French, Winawer
8. R Barhudarian vs N Grandelius  1-0392006Rilton CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. N Grandelius vs J Akesson  ½-½732007Rilton CupC18 French, Winawer
10. V Nithander vs N Grandelius  1-0342007Rilton CupC67 Ruy Lopez
11. N Grandelius vs E Weinzettl  ½-½382007Marianske Lazne IMC03 French, Tarrasch
12. N Grandelius vs P Sochorova  ½-½642007Marianske Lazne IMB01 Scandinavian
13. J Bernasek vs N Grandelius  1-0372007Olomouc Valoz Cup GM-AD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. N Grandelius vs E Vorobiov  0-1382007Olomouc Valoz Cup GM-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. J Zawadzka vs N Grandelius  ½-½552007Olomouc Valoz Cup GM-AB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. E Can vs N Grandelius  ½-½202007Olomouc Valoz Cup GM-AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. B Magnusson vs N Grandelius  0-1422008Reykjavik OpenE15 Queen's Indian
18. N Grandelius vs D Bojkov  1-0442008Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. H Wang vs N Grandelius  ½-½232008Reykjavik OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. N Grandelius vs S Kristjansson 0-1402008Reykjavik OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. N Grandelius vs E Hermansson  ½-½262008Reykjavik OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. T Sachdev vs N Grandelius  1-0412008Reykjavik OpenD85 Grunfeld
23. N Grandelius vs S Thorgeirsson  1-0262008Reykjavik OpenA43 Old Benoni
24. P Vavrak vs N Grandelius  ½-½122008Reykjavik OpenD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
25. B Lindberg vs N Grandelius  ½-½452008Schack-SMC67 Ruy Lopez
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Apr-06-16  morfishine: Who cares about hair? Certainly not his defeated opponents
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  offramp: Essentially Grandelius is promoting slavery and endorsing Belgian rape and murder and mutilation in the Congo. He laughs at native heads on poles and batters the walls of the great city of Zimbabwe. Culture for him grows from the barrel of a rifle. Native art and crafts are to be either stolen or destroyed.

That's the Grandelius method.

Apr-06-16  Karposian: From <offramp>'s link:

<"Cultural appropriation is about the power dynamic. When people with power and privilege decide to 'validate' customs and traditions that oppressed people have long been marginalized for by saying 'This is the hot new thing,' then we have serious problems. Or when they refuse to credit the people who innovated those styles or traditions, but claim them as original ideas, then we get into appropriation," she said. "Showing love for something awesome and doing so with respect to the culture is appreciation and I don't see problems with that, for the most part. I do think white people have to be mindful of their privilege, though, and think twice before hopping on the newest 'trend,' especially if it clearly borrows from disenfranchised people.">

God help us all.

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It's okay, everyone! Panic over!

"King Leopold" Grandelius has submitted to popular opinion and removed his culturally insensitive and totally inappropriate locks.

Here is a picture of him from late March 2016.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <"King Leopold" Grandelius has submitted to popular opinion and removed his culturally insensitive and totally inappropriate locks.>


Apr-09-16  morfishine: <offramp> With this gesture, GM Grandelius is a lock for player of the year
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Can we get a new picture of him?

One that reflects his newfound appreciation of the struggles of the races and peoples that he until recently so despised?

Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Who cares about hair?> I dread the subject.

His parents should have named him Matt.

Comb through his best games as you brush up on chess.

Apr-26-17  waustad: He is in a 6way tie for first going into the penultimate round in Reykjavik.
Jan-26-18  posoo: IF U DO NOT LISSEN, how wil u LEARN?

When da people say ur being INSENSATIVE at least do NOT MAKE A JOKE OF IT.

oh but i forgot how comfotuble all da NIBBLE NOBBERS are.

Oh man it is a wonder i have survived dis long.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < posoo: IF U DO NOT LISSEN, how wil u LEARN? When da people say ur being INSENSATIVE at least do NOT MAKE A JOKE OF IT.

oh but i forgot how comfotuble all da NIBBLE NOBBERS are.

Oh man it is a wonder i have survived dis long.>

What's your position on a Harvard man adopting the speech patterns of Stepin Fetchit?

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Why are so many photos from older ChessBase articles inaccessible?

Trying to view them individually results in:

Jan-27-18  zanzibar: Perhaps the url contains a hint?


Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Keep your nose ooot, <Captain Obvious>.
Jan-27-18  zanzibar: <Missy> you're wanted on the Bistro...
Jan-29-18  posoo: KOPODus, u r MISUNDERSTANDING da words dat i use! dis is NOT a DIALECT it is my INSANNITY!

I have nothing to do with Stupula FOTCHIT.

Jan-29-18  zanzibar: Captain Obvious references are abundantly obvious themselves:

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As for the denied photographs - I've seen this plenty, most particularly with British content (say on the BBC webpages) - where copyright laws require the content to select localities.

I'm sure this is the same story - everybody's IP number gives away their location, and so the server can selectively serve out the photographs.

One solution would be to tunnel. The other would be to get sensible copyright laws.

Funny that <Missy> champions the newspaper restrictions, but similar restrictions on photos cause her to squawk.

Obvious double standard?


Jun-03-18  MelanieLubbeFan: Happy birthday,Nils!
Jun-03-18  diagonal: Happy birthday to your 25th anniversary!

Nils Grandelius is born June 3, 1993 in Lund. He became an International Master in 2008 and a Grandmaster in 2010.

In 2008, Grandelius took clear first place in the Olomouc Open in Czech Republic; thanks to this result, he also achieved his first GM norm. In the following year's edition, he placed equal first, placing second on tiebreak, and gained the second GM norm. He achieved the GM title by earning the third and final norm in the 40th Bosna International Tournament (Open) in Sarajevo, being also the first among juniors.

He won the bronze medal at the 2010 World U-18 Championship, and won the 2011 European U-18 Championship.

In 2012, he placed equal third (fourth on tie-break) in the World Junior Championship in Athens.

Grandelius made a sensation by winning the traditional Abu Dhabi Open 2015. A victory that shows his potential: He took the 22nd Abu Dhabi Masters, edging out on tie-break Martyn Kravtsiv, Baadur Jobava, Alexander Areshchenko and Richard Rapport.

The same year, Nils Grandelius won the Swedish Chess Championship 2015 by defeating Emanuel Berg in a playoff match (they both had tied for first place at 6.5/9).

Grandelius has been playing for the Swedish national team at the Chess Olympiads since 2010 and at the European Team Chess Championships since 2011 in most editions.

Grandelius placed =1st together with young Rapport and chess-veteran Short in a three way-tie at the Sigeman & Co. tournament already in 2013, and was co-winner again in 2017 together with Baadur Jobava from Georgia, and last month in May 2018 together with Santosh Gujrathi Vidit from India.

After the 2018 Malmö TePe Sigeman tournament, Grandelius achieves now his personal peak Elo and <the highest nominal Elo rating of any Swedish chess player since FIDE introduced Elo lists officially>, but he is still ranked outside the Top Fifty.

Note, Ulf Andersson, with a lower nominal peak Elo rating than Grandelius, was peak ranked as clear no. 4 of the world in 1983, then with a rating of Elo 2640; he much later made his nominal peak rating of Elo 2641 in the year 2000, then ranked as no. 40-something.

Stahlberg was historically peak-ranked no. 3 in chessmetrics.

Stahlberg, Stoltz, and Lundin were called "The Three Swedish Musketeers". They established their names as world players at the Chess Olympiad in Folkstone 1933 and Warsaw 1935 where Sweden took the Bronze and the Silver medal respectively!

These Three Musketeers were prominent on international circuit from the 1930 to the early 1960s, certainly the best players, the Swedish Federation had to offer then, until the world met... Ulf Andersson :)

Time wille tell, how Grandelius can evolve. All the best to him.

Jan-27-19  Pulo y Gata: Thank You!
Jan-27-19  wordfunph: So (2765) - Grandelius (2682)


clap! clap! clap!

Jan-27-19  torrefan: The game should be included in his notable games. Great accomplishment beating a 2700 player with the black pieces.
Jun-14-20  Hercdon: First?! On 2020 Juneteenth day anyway
Jan-17-21  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: Can we get a new picture of him? >

Apparently not.

In any event, he is playing in Wijk & Zee this year. Oops, I meant the "Ta Da Steel" tournament.

Feb-19-22  Albertan: English versus Sweden Challenge Match:

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