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Pouya Idani
P Idani 
Number of games in database: 646
Years covered: 2006 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2588 (2460 rapid, 2588 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +268 -110 =254 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B90 B42 B53 B48 B31
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C65 C67 C78 C91 C84
 French Defense (34) 
    C02 C05 C07 C10 C11
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B12 B13 B10 B15 B11
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C05 C07 C03 C04
 English (16) 
    A15 A14 A13 A18 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (117) 
    B90 B94 B22 B92 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B90 B94 B92 B99 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A45 A46 E10 D02 D05
 Modern Benoni (18) 
    A70 A56 A62 A67 A64
 Reti System (18) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E52 E21 E34 E43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Idani vs Z Cibickova, 2012 1-0
   Yi Xu vs P Idani, 2017 0-1
   P Idani vs H Gabuzyan, 2017 1/2-1/2
   M Ratkovic vs P Idani, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Longtou Cup (2019)
   Chigorin Memorial (2018)
   World Youth Championship (2012)
   Nakhchivan Open (2015)
   World Cup (2021)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Kvika Reykjavik Open (2022)
   Sharjah Masters (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   P Idani vs B Daneshvar (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Ganguly vs P Idani (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   R Mamedov vs P Idani (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   P Idani vs K Sychev (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   L Zverev vs P Idani (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz

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(born Sep-22-1995, 27 years old) Iran

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FIDE Master (2010); International Master (2011); Grandmaster (2014); Iranian U18 Champion (2011); World U18 Champion (2013) .

Master Norms

<International Master Norms> Pouya gathered his three IM norms from the World U18 Championship (2010), the World Chess Tour GM Tournament in Moscow in 2010 and the 4th Karen Asrian Memorial in 2011. (1)

<Grandmaster Norms> Pouya's GM norms were awarded for his results at the Kazar Open in 2012, the World U18 Championship in 2013 and the Tromso Olympiad (2014) at Tromsø. (2)


<Youth> Pouya competed in numerous youth events, the most successful being 2nd place at the 7th Dubai Juniors Chess Championship in 2008, 2nd in the 4th World Schools Chess U13 Championships 2008 in Singapore, 2nd place at the Iranian U14 Championship in 2009, =5th at the World U14 Championship 2009, 2nd at the Iranian U18 Championship in Tehran in 2009, winning the Iranian U18 championship in 2011, =3rd at the World U18 Championship in 2012 and winning the World U18 Championship in 2013.

<National> He was 3rd in the Iranian Championship of 2011.

<Continental> He played in the Asian Continental Championship 2014, scoring 4.5/9, and in the Asian Continental Championship of 2015, when he scored 5/9.

<World> Pouya won the Zonal 3.1 Championship that was staged in Oman with 8/9 ahead of Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, and thereby earned the right to compete in the World Cup (2015) there he met and lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the first round to bow out of the tournament. He qualified again for the World Cup (2021) where, ranked 85th, he defeated Ziaur Rahman 2-0 in the first round, David Anton Guijarro 1.5-0.5 in the second round, and 21st-seed Evgeny Tomashevsky 2.5-1.5 in the third round. He was eliminated in the fourth round by the eventual winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda .


One of Pouya's earliest excursions into the "big time" was when as a thirteen year old he played at the 2nd International Orumia Open in Iran, scoring 6.5/11 and adding 55 rating points to his card. In August 2010 he was second at the 9th Iranian Chess Festival hosted in Mashhad in Iran and 3rd at the category 5 World Chess Tour GM Tournament in Moscow in 2010 in November-December 2010. In September 2011, he was =1st at the 3rd Zendeh Roud International Open and in February 2012 he was =2nd at the 2nd Ferdowsi International Open played in Mashhad alongside Sergei Tiviakov and half a point behind Arman Pashikian. In March 2012, Pouya won the 10th Kazar Cup that was hosted in Rasht City in Iran, gaining his first GM norm. He scored a strong 5.5/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2015). He was =4th behind Gadir Guseinov, Eltaj Safarli and Levan Pantsulaia at the Nakhchivan Open (2015) in May 2015. He was =2nd behind Pouria Darini at the 4th International Sardaran E Shahid Azarbaijan Cup in July 2015.

Team events

Pouya represented Iran on board three at the U16 Olympiad hosted in Kocaeli in 2011, and supported his team to a bronze medal with 6.5 points from 10 games (+6 -1 =3). He also played for Iran at the 2012 and 2014 Olympiads on board four and board three respectively. He also played in the Tehran League in 2008 and commenced in the Iranian Superleague in 2009, 2012 & 2013. He was also a member of the Iranian team that played the Armenia-Iran Friendly Match in 2010 (Armenia won).

Sources and References

(1) (2); (3); (4)

Wikipedia article: Pouya Idani

Last updated: 2021-12-11 22:24:23

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 695  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Prasad Anthagiri Vishwanth vs P Idani  ½-½522006Asia-ch YouthC46 Three Knights
2. P Idani vs Mehrachinna Chintagunta  ½-½472006Asia-ch YouthB20 Sicilian
3. P Idani vs Chetan Saha Fenil  1-0612006Asia-ch YouthB01 Scandinavian
4. V S Gujrathi vs P Idani  1-0362006Asia-ch YouthD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
5. Naroditsky vs P Idani  1-0302007Wch U12A07 King's Indian Attack
6. Nguyen Duc Viet Hn vs P Idani  1-0832008WYCC Boys U14C67 Ruy Lopez
7. P Idani vs Batmunkhjambal  1-0192008WYCC Boys U14C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
8. P Idani vs X Chua  1-0322008Wch U14B30 Sicilian
9. Prince Mark Aquino vs P Idani  0-1382008WYCC Boys U14C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. Y Zhou vs P Idani  0-1452008Wch U14C50 Giuoco Piano
11. P Idani vs M Lagarde  0-1342008Wch U14B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. J Moussard vs P Idani  1-0482008Wch U14C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
13. P Idani vs J Kotainy  0-1672008Wch U14B02 Alekhine's Defense
14. F Akhmadzade vs P Idani  0-1462008WYCC Boys U14D00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. P Idani vs S Sathyanandha  ½-½1032008WYCC Boys U14C02 French, Advance
16. E Baboyan vs P Idani  1-0392008WYCC Boys U14D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. U Anwesh vs P Idani  ½-½432010WYCC Open U18E00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. P Idani vs M Sieciechowicz  1-0592010WYCC Open U18C10 French
19. S Mazur vs P Idani  ½-½362010WYCC Open U18B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. P Idani vs I Iljiushenok  ½-½512010WYCC Open U18B27 Sicilian
21. P Idani vs R Terry  0-1502010WYCC Open U18C02 French, Advance
22. A Espinosa Aranda vs P Idani  0-1582010WYCC Open U18B94 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. P Idani vs M Yilmaz  ½-½602010WYCC Open U18B20 Sicilian
24. V Durarbayli vs P Idani  1-0642010WYCC Open U18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. P Idani vs A Rosell 1-0542010WYCC Open U18B01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 695  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-11  twinlark: Congratulations for a fine effort in coming such a close second in the World Youth championships.
Mar-14-12  wordfunph: IM Idani Pouya scored 9/11 to win the 10th Khazar Cup..

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  Penguincw: Congratz to Idani Pouya! Also noted was that Sergei Tiviakov played as well.
Sep-19-13  BIDMONFA: Pouya Idani

IDANI, Pouya

Jan-02-14  twinlark: Congratulations on winning the World U18 Championship ahead of all those GMs. Idani was seeded 20th.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Pouya Idani for joining the leaders at the Nakhchivan Open 2015. Entering Round 7, Pantsulaia and Safarli led the way with 5/6, but Idani has now joined them with 5.5/7, with just 2 rounds to go! In Round 7, he beat Mirzoev to join with black. The round before that, he upset 2nd seed Bacrot with white.

In Round 8, he has white against Pantsulaia.

< Mar-15-12 Penguincw: Congratz to Idani Pouya! Also noted was that Sergei Tiviakov played as well. >

Speaking of Tiviakov, Tiviakov is also playing at this tournament, but he's only the 6th seed (and in exactly 6th place currently); Idani is the 17th seed here.

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  Penguincw: Idani would draw his R8 game against Pantsulaia, but lost to Eltaj Safarli in the last round, who would end up winning the tournament. Overall, Idani finished with 6/9 (+4,-1,=4), and in a 9-way tie for 4th (and 4th after tiebreaks).

He also gained 16.5 rating points to move from 2526 to 2542.5.

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  monopole2313: Probably says "Poo-yah!" after a win.
Jul-31-22  Brit Griner: What does it mean?

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