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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
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Number of games in database: 1,080
Years covered: 1992 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2655 (2653 rapid, 2637 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707

Overall record: +331 -122 =575 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 52 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (185) 
    B90 B33 B30 B22 B92
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C67 C91 C65 C78 C69
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B92 B96
 French Defense (34) 
    C10 C07 C03 C05 C04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (28) 
    C91 C89 C92 C87 C84
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B12 B13 B18 B10 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B48 B81 B83 B47 B40
 Caro-Kann (56) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B16
 Nimzo Indian (50) 
    E32 E54 E21 E44 E42
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    E10 A46 E00 D02 A45
 Queen's Indian (29) 
    E15 E12 E14 E16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A30 A31 A33 A36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nisipeanu vs A C Florean, 1995 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   K Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2006 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs D Reinderman, 2010 1-0
   Shirov vs Nisipeanu, 1999 0-1
   Topalov vs Nisipeanu, 2007 0-1
   S Chanda vs Nisipeanu, 2004 0-1
   Nisipeanu vs Radjabov, 2010 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk, 1999 1-0
   Jobava vs Nisipeanu, 2012 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2005)
   Aosta op 12th (2004)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   European Championship (2019)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2010)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)
   European Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2000 Corus (Group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2000 by Tabanus
   Lessons from Nisipeanu by Minor Piece Activity

   🏆 European Team Championship
   Nisipeanu vs Adams (Nov-02-19) 1/2-1/2
   Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu (Nov-01-19) 1/2-1/2
   Nisipeanu vs Vitiugov (Oct-31-19) 1-0
   Nisipeanu vs Mamedyarov (Oct-30-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Giri vs Nisipeanu (Oct-28-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-01-1976, 44 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Germany)
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Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu was born in 1976 in Brasov, Romania. He won the Romanian Chess Championship in 1996 and earned the Grandmaster title the following year. He came to international prominence in 1999 by making the semifinals of the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) in Las Vegas (having qualified by coming =1st at the Krynica Zonal Tournament 1.4). A virtual unknown before the event, he eliminated leading players Alexey Shirov and Vassily Ivanchuk, among others, before finally losing to eventual champion Alexander Khalifman. He was seeded into the second round of the World Knockout Tournament in 2000 but lost to Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev. At the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) in Tripoli, Nisipeanu fared better, defeating Ronald Dableo, Sergei Tiviakov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the early rounds before losing to Russia's Andrei Kharlov in the blitz tiebreak in round 4. At the World Chess Cup (2007), Nisipeanu beat Bassem Amin, Zhao Jun and Vassily Ivanchuk in the first three rounds before losing to Sergey Karjakin. At the World Cup (2009), he defeated compatriot GM Constantin Lupulescu before losing to Judit Polgar in the second round. He bowed out in the first round of the World Cup (2011) to 2004 FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

A score of 7.5/11 earned Nisipeanu qualification to play in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Spain's David Anton Guijarro in the first round, but he lost to Peter Svidler in the second round to be eliminated from Cup contention.

Nisipeanu was Romania's top-ranked player until he transferred to the German federation and has numerous international successes, including joint first at the Pune Super GM (2004) with then-FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, clear first in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005) and first in the Pardubice Open 2013. On the October 2005 rating list, Nisipeanu was rated 2707, making him fifteenth in the world, his highest position to date.

Wikipedia article: Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,080  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Ignatescu vs Nisipeanu  ½-½291992ROM-chTA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. V Tomescu vs Nisipeanu  0-1641992ROM-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. Nisipeanu vs M C Chereches  1-0381993ROM-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. G Schwartzman vs Nisipeanu  1-0341994ROM-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Nisipeanu vs Bagirov  1-0341994Cuxhaven opB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. Y Kruppa vs Nisipeanu  1-0281994EUCup GrB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. Nisipeanu vs Juergen Lisek  1-0281995BL2-N 9495B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
8. V Malakhov vs Nisipeanu  ½-½251995EU-ch U20B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
9. Nisipeanu vs Tyomkin  0-1251995EU-ch U20B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
10. Nisipeanu vs A C Florean 1-0191995RumaniaC13 French
11. Nisipeanu vs Kupreichik 1-0251995Bad Woerishofen op 11thB56 Sicilian
12. M Appleberry vs Nisipeanu  0-1551996Budapest FS06 GME47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
13. Nisipeanu vs L Vajda  1-0301996ROM-chE92 King's Indian
14. Sutovsky vs Nisipeanu 1-0351996COLB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. Nisipeanu vs D Bogdan  1-0181996ROM-chA81 Dutch
16. Bacrot vs Nisipeanu 0-1231996Balatonbereny GMA57 Benko Gambit
17. Nisipeanu vs Ponomariov 1-0691996EU-ch U20B12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Nisipeanu vs G Franzoni  ½-½471996Yerevan OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. Shulman vs Nisipeanu  ½-½201996Yerevan OlympiadE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
20. Kulaots vs Nisipeanu  0-1241996Wch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Nisipeanu vs B Badea  ½-½151997Predeal opB06 Robatsch
22. Nisipeanu vs Golubev ½-½311997Romanian Cht (Tusnad)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. J Horvath vs Nisipeanu  ½-½141997Predeal opA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Nisipeanu vs Suba  1-0601997Predeal opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. Nisipeanu vs Hertneck  ½-½291997Berliner Sommer 15thE92 King's Indian
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Jun-20-12  Cemoblanca: He looks like Joey Kelly [ AKA "The Kelly Family"! ;0)
Sep-12-12  allin: Strong Tournament in Bulgaria:Nisipeanu,Areshchenko,Jobava,Malakhov,C- heparinov,Atalik.
Good luck Nisi!!!
Sep-12-12  allin:
Sep-19-12  virginmind: he has finished equal second in this one. pretty good boost to his rating and confidence, hopefully.
Nov-22-12  virginmind: this year the king's tournament took place in bucharest, in november, and nisi placed fourth, after chucky, topalov and caruana. he did take his chances in most of the games but given the strength of the opposition he just managed 4 draws and 2 losses.
Aug-01-13  danbotea05: La multi ani , Dieter ! si sa te intorci acolo unde esti de fapt, sus , in elita ! Happy birthday for The Best Romanian Chessplayer !
Aug-18-13  Karpova: Winner of the 2013 Pardubice Open
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  whiteshark: Switched recently to the German Chess Federation, and is ELO-wise now their new no 2.

Apr-05-14  waustad: <whiteshark> beat me to the punch. Here is the chessbase article:
Apr-05-14  waustad: The transfer fee was 5000 euros: I see there that Ana Bellon Cramling has switched from Spanish to Swedish for her official Federation this year too.
Jun-02-14  Karpova: In the 7th and last round of the 8th Wunsiedel Chess Festival Meisterturnier 2014, Nisipeanu, fighting for 1st place, faced Pavel Cech. The Czech GM came 27 min late (30 min were allowed) and Nisipeanu went straight to the arbiter, asking if his opponent could get the full 90 min thinking time back*.

* <Regulations: Swiss System with 7 rounds, time control: Fischer time control (40 moves in 90 min + 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus a 30 seconds increment starting from move 1); time tolerance is 30 minutes.> http://www.wunsiedel-schachfestival...

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  Penguincw: Happy 38th birthday to GM (and former Super GM) Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu.

< (citizen of Germany) >

Wait, what? Would that explain why the annual <Bazna Kings Tournament> is gone (or maybe something else, like the Norway tournament).

Aug-27-14  virginmind: The annual Kings Tournament is not gone, it only changed venue (from Bazna to Bucharest, possibly due to a change in main sponsor) and timing (autumn instead of summer).

As of Nisi moving to represent Germany, what can I say - he's half German anyway (Dieter).

Sep-21-14  waustad: He's listed as playing for Sparkasse Jenbach in the Austrian Bundesliga this year. This appears to be the first time he's played in this league.
Oct-19-14  waustad: His start this year for OSG Baden Baden in the German Bundesliga has been inauspicious to say the least. He's lost his first two games, against GM Mateusz Bartel and IM Arnd Lauber. The second game is quite an upset due to the 220 elo difference.
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Sadly for groan-inducing pun purposes, the database lacks any game by this player that could be characterized as a "Nice [Giuoco] Piano."
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  perfidious: A clear shortcoming which this DB can ill afford.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Not to worry:

[Event "Benidorm op rap 2nd"]
[Site "Benidorm"]
[Date "2005.11.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nisipeanu, Liviu Dieter"]
[Black "Moreno Garcia, Alfonso"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C54"]
[WhiteElo "2707"]
[BlackElo "2022"]
[PlyCount "59"]
[EventDate "2005.11.17"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. Nbd2 a6 7. c3 d6 8. Bb3 b5 9. h3 Bb6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. Nf1 Ng6 12. Ng3 c6 13. d4 Bc7 14. Be3 d5 15. Bg5 Qd6 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. f4 Qd6 19. e5 Qc5+ 20. Kh1 Ne8 21. Bc2 g6 22. Nh5 Be6 23. f5 gxf5 24. Qd2 Kh8 25. b4 Qb6 26. Nf6 Bd8 27. Be3 Qc7 28. Bc5 Be7 29. Bxe7 Qxe7 30. Qh6 1-0

Jun-28-15  virginmind: He has beaten Wesley So in the first round of Dortmund 2015, taking revenge for a loss against him in Corus 2010.
Jul-02-15  MarkFinan: Can't believe this guy is my age, I thought he was much younger around Nakamura's age. Well he's certainly doing okay at Dortmund so good luck to him, although I'd advise him to lose the 1980's ponytail, lol.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu!

He's currently participating at the Politiken Cup. In R9 (today), he drew 2nd seed Markus Ragger on the top board. Entering the final round, he shares the lead (7.5/9) with 5 other players; the 6th seed has to face 3rd seed Jon Ludvig Hammer with black in the final round.

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  Penguincw: Top seed Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu wins the Ortisei Open with a score of 7/9 (+5,-0,=4) edging out Jan Werle on tiebreaks, 48.5-45.0. He also had to face the next top 5 seeds, so no easy path to victory.

Aug-09-16  virginmind: Undefeated in Dortmund 2016 against the likes of Kramnik, Vachier Lagrave, Caruana etc. Rating 2687 on august Elo list.
Jul-01-17  mprodrigues: He just won the german championship outright. Well done!
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  MissScarlett: Looks like he's been stocking up on the old peanut butter.
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