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Daniel Naroditsky
D Naroditsky 
Photo copyright © 2008, courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 380
Years covered: 2007 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2621 (2637 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2647

Overall record: +110 -43 =124 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 103 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B32 B47 B90 B45 B41
 King's Indian Attack (24) 
    A07 A08
 French Defense (18) 
    C05 C07 C03 C18 C04
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C65 C67 C77 C97 C78
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A45 D02 D00 A40 E00
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (42) 
    E94 E91 E90 E73 E61
 Sicilian (27) 
    B90 B22 B23 B98 B60
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C78 C77 C96 C99 C91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D38 D39 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A45 E00 E10
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B98 B94 B92 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Naroditsky vs G Oparin, 2014 1-0
   D Naroditsky vs K Priyadharshan, 2017 1-0
   K W Troff vs D Naroditsky, 2011 0-1
   S Sevian vs D Naroditsky, 2015 1/2-1/2
   G Kjartansson vs D Naroditsky, 2015 0-1
   D Naroditsky vs K W Troff, 2014 1-0
   D Naroditsky vs D Rogers, 2011 1-0
   S Peric vs D Naroditsky, 2011 0-1
   D Naroditsky vs Shabalov, 2017 1/2-1/2
   Akobian vs D Naroditsky, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   U.S. Junior Championship (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   London Chess Classic Open (2014)
   112th US Open (2011)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2007 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer

   🏆 St Louis Winter A
   R Jumabayev vs D Naroditsky (Nov-18-19) 0-1
   D Naroditsky vs A Sarana (Nov-17-19) 0-1
   D Naroditsky vs S P Sethuraman (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   H Gabuzyan vs D Naroditsky (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   D Naroditsky vs S Sevian (Nov-14-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-09-1995, 24 years old) United States of America

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FM (2007); IM (2011); GM (2013).

Daniel Naroditsky is from California and in 2007 he won the world under-12 championship ahead of Illya Nyzhnyk, and picked up his FM title as a result.

He won his first IM norm when he won the First Saturday GM tournament in July 2010. His 2nd IM norm came at the Groningen 2010 Open, while he won his 3rd IM norm at the Berkeley International (2011), thereby securing his IM title. (1) He is also the winner of the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship. (2) =3rd (4th on tiebreak) at the Riga Technical University Open (2014) held in August 2014. (3) In July 2015, he came =2nd behind Baskaran Adhiban (4th on tiebreak behind Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga and Jorge Cori) with 8/11, half a point from the lead, in the powerful Benasque Open. (6)

In 2010 he published his first book, Mastering Positional Chess.

(5) Wikipedia article: Daniel Naroditsky

Last updated: 2017-04-03 18:56:57

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 380  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Aslan vs D Naroditsky 0-1242007Wch U12 B24 Sicilian, Closed
2. D Naroditsky vs C Heung 1-0322007Wch U12 A07 King's Indian Attack
3. M Isgandarov vs D Naroditsky 0-1412007Wch U12 B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. D Naroditsky vs W Altarboush  1-0592007Wch U12 A04 Reti Opening
5. D Naroditsky vs I Nyzhnyk  ½-½312007Wch U12 A07 King's Indian Attack
6. Chao Han vs D Naroditsky  0-1322007Wch U12 B06 Robatsch
7. U Bajarani vs D Naroditsky  1-0482007Wch U12 B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. D Naroditsky vs P Idani  1-0302007Wch U12 A07 King's Indian Attack
9. D Naroditsky vs G Nakauchi  1-0412007Wch U12 A07 King's Indian Attack
10. I Bukavshin vs D Naroditsky 0-1242007Wch U12 B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. N Mohota vs D Naroditsky  ½-½262008World OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. R Hess vs D Naroditsky ½-½532008World OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. Z Bayaraa vs D Naroditsky  ½-½202008United States Chess LeagueE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. D Naroditsky vs Angelo Young  0-1422008United States Chess LeagueB07 Pirc
15. E O Rodriguez vs D Naroditsky  0-1412008United States Chess LeagueE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. D Naroditsky vs E Wilson  1-0282008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
17. I Krasik vs D Naroditsky  ½-½452008United States Chess LeagueE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
18. D Naroditsky vs L Martinez  ½-½602008United States Chess LeagueA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A May vs D Naroditsky  0-1512008US Chess LeagueB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. D Naroditsky vs Quang Khai Tran  ½-½542008Open 14-wyccA07 King's Indian Attack
21. P Chen vs D Naroditsky  ½-½542008Open 14-wyccB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. D Naroditsky vs A Calugar  1-0812008Open 14-wyccA07 King's Indian Attack
23. D Naroditsky vs E Ronka  1-0222008Open 14-wyccD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Z Mammadov vs D Naroditsky  0-1742008Open 14-wyccB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. D Naroditsky vs R R Ankit  ½-½412008Open 14-wyccD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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May-06-13  PhilFeeley: None of the games that Philadelphia Open are here. Any idea why? They're at, although when I tried I couldn't view them. Probably a connection problem.
Jun-25-13  SimonWebbsTiger: US Closed Junior Champion 2013.

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  ketchuplover: Welcome to GMville Daniel :)
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  WannaBe: Saw him yesterday, my, has he grown since that photo was taken...
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  WannaBe: Oh, yeah biographers, he is now GM. =)
Jan-05-14  JimNorCal: <WannaBe>, the game we saw yesterday in Santa Clara (Naroditsky vs de Guzman) was drawn!

I'm astonished. I thought for sure that Daniel would win.

Hopefully you can offer to to update the current photo? Or did you only take photos of the pretty lady players? :)

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  OhioChessFan: The picture looks like he's about to play the King on the first move. Maybe an Accelerated Wannabe Gambit?
Aug-12-14  zanzibar: Wikipedia has an updated photo available.

In a way it would be nice to have a collection of photographs fallowing young players like this over the years.

Maybe with disk space becoming so cheap... you know, click an image and get cycle through a series of photos.

Mar-15-15  tim butler: His picture looks like he is 12 yrs old. He is 19. Please change it.
Dec-21-15  epistle: Let's see your second win today GM Naro.
Dec-21-15  epistle: C'mon Daniel, let him regurgitate all the barbecues he had eaten.
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  Richard Taylor: I read part of his book. It's good except the first part only has 3 or 4 problems (positional with tactics sometimes) based on the chapter. [I failed them all!] But otherwise it is very good, I had it from a local library, so had to return it.

He wrote it partly as he was deficient, he felt, in some of the areas he was discussing. A good idea.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Daniel Naroditsky.
Dec-30-16  parisattack: No games from 2016? Perhaps he folded the chess tent? When they are very young and their ratings are moving steadily up it is probably disconcerting when 'the wall' makes its appearance.

I enjoyed his book, Mastering Positional Chess. Some excellent insights as well as entertaining.

Apr-03-17  zanzibar: Any more recent photos of him available?

He's 21 years old now.

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  technical draw: <zanzibar> That's him at 21. Chess stunts your growth.
Apr-05-17  zanzibar: Mentally or physically?
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<In 2 days, GM Daniel Naroditsky will play a bullet match against the AlphaZero (Computer) engine Leela! More info to come... >

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  offramp: Daniel will be playing 2 hours of Bullet chess against Leela.


Three years ago I saw this game, Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008. That was a 3-minute game, no increment, where Nakamura beat Rybka in 271 moves, by using pre-moves (whereby one plays one's next move while the opponent is thinking on his reply to your previous move.

If Daniel can do that frequently and thereby reduce Leela's thinking time to as little as possible, he might do very well.

Bullet games are 1min per game with no imcrement. They are normally of comically low-quality, but these games will be worth looking at.

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  offramp: I have now see the full schedule for the 2 hours and my hopes for a Daniel Naroditsky win have gone SOUTH immediately.

This is the schedule:

Time controls:

Phase 1: 2 games at 10+1
Phase 2: 4 games at 3+1
Phase 3: 8 games at 1+0
Phase 4 (as time allows): Daniel can challenge Leela at any time control, faster or slower.>

I expect that Daniel will be 6-0 down after phase 2 and may be downhearted. He will then lose phases 3 & 4.

The Result will be 14-0 to Leela.

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  offramp: Daniel has lost the 1st game. Leela was playing without c+d pawns. 10 minute game.
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  offramp: I watched the full two hours. It was very enlightening, with Daniel and his friend Jordy keeping up a constant commentary in a soft undercurrent of sound.

Leela began by giving 2 pawns (c+d) as both black and white. Later this became a knight. There were 18 games in all, which can be seen at (Watch out, there are two non-Leela games there atm.)

12 wins, one loss and 5 draws.

I thought this was Daniel's best game. Black is giving knight odds:

[Event "Casual Standard game"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.12.23"]
[Round "?"]
[White "DrDragonitsky"]
[Black "LeelaChess"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2500"]
[BlackElo "2733"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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"] [PlyCount "126"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]

1. d4 h6 2. e4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Bf5 6. Ng3 Bh7 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 e6 9. O-O Nd7 10. Re1 Qc7 11. c4 O-O-O 12. b4 Bxb4 13. Bd2 Bxd2 14. Nxd2 Kb8 15. Rab1 e5 16. Nb3 Rhe8 17. Qc3 g6 18. Red1 exd4 19. Nxd4 Ka8 20. Nf3 Nc5 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Re1 a6 23. h3 f5 24. Qf6 Qd6 25. Qxd6 Rxd6 26. h4 h5 27. Ne2 b5 28. cxb5 cxb5 29. Nf4 b4 30. Ne5 a5 31. Nexg6 a4 32. Ne5 a3 33. Rb1 b3 34. axb3 a2 35. Ra1 Rd2 36. Nxh5 Nxb3.

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37. Rxa2+ Rxa2 38. Ng7

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38...f4 39. h5 Nd2 40. h6
Ne4 41. h7 Ra1+ 42. Kh2.

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42...Nxf2 43. h8=Q+ Kb7.

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44. g4 Rh1+ 45. Kg2 Rxh8 46. Kxf2
Rg8 47. Ne6.

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47...Rxg4!! 48. Nxg4 Ka7.

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49. Ne5 Kb8 50. Nf3 Ka7 51. Ke2 Kb8 52. Kd3 Kc8
53. Kd4 Kd7 54. Kd5 Ke7 55. Ke5 Kd7 56. Nc5+ Kc6 57. Ne4 Kb5 58. Kd5 Ka4 59. Kc4 Ka5 60. Kc5 Ka4 61. Nd4 f3 62. Nxf3 Kb3 63. Nc3 Kxc3 1/2-1/2

Was that 2Ns v P ending a win? I can't find my Troitzky Line.

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  offramp: I looked it up, the f-pawn was always too advanced to lose to the 2♘s.

Here is the Line. Ignore the kings.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of one of the games: (last one I think)
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