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Peter Heine Nielsen
P H Nielsen 
Number of games in database: 865
Years covered: 1989 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2618 (2669 rapid, 2546 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2700

Overall record: +264 -98 =348 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 155 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (53) 
    E62 E60 E99 E67 E97
 Slav (44) 
    D17 D10 D15 D16 D18
 Queen's Indian (34) 
    E15 E17 E16 E12 E19
 Catalan (29) 
    E04 E06 E01 E05 E09
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E00 E10 A40 A41 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D37 D30 D38 D39 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B90 B22 B80 B50 B84
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C67 C65 C80 C78 C64
 Semi-Slav (38) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43 D48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D37 D39 D31 D30 D35
 Petrov (28) 
    C42 C43
 English, 1 c4 c5 (25) 
    A37 A30 A34 A35 A31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P H Nielsen vs V Georgiev, 2008 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Goldin, 2001 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Sadvakasov, 2002 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Karjakin, 2005 1-0
   Steffen Pedersen vs P H Nielsen, 2003 0-1
   P H Nielsen vs R Berzinsh, 2011 1-0
   Sutovsky vs P H Nielsen, 2002 0-1
   P H Nielsen vs Macieja, 2004 1-0
   P H Nielsen vs Karjakin, 2002 1-0
   E Berg vs P H Nielsen, 2009 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?]
   Hastings 2002/03 (2002)
   Danish Championship (2003)
   Corus Group B (2005)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   World Cup (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Bundesliga 2010/11 (2010)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2013/14 (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2005 by Tabanus
   Sigeman & Co 2002 by Tabanus
   openings by yahooman

   🏆 MrDodgy Invitational
   P H Nielsen vs A Korobov (Jun-12-20) 0-1, blitz
   A Korobov vs P H Nielsen (Jun-12-20) 1-0, blitz
   P H Nielsen vs A Korobov (Jun-12-20) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   A Korobov vs P H Nielsen (Jun-12-20) 1-0, blitz
   P H Nielsen vs A Korobov (Jun-12-20) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born May-24-1973, 47 years old) Denmark

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Nielsen became a Grandmaster in 1994 and is Denmark's top player. By September 2005 his ELO rating was 2668, the highest rated GM from the Nordic countries. In 2007, he worked as a second to World Chess Champion GM Viswanathan Anand. Nielsen qualified for the World Cup (2011) as a nominee of the FIDE President, and won his first three rounds against Israeli GM Evgeny Postny, English GM Michael Adams and Romanian GM Mircea Parligras to face Vugar Gashimov in round four; he lost the first game to Gashimov but fought back to take the second and force the match to a tiebreaker, his fourth of the contest, however Gashimov prevailed in the second set of rapid-play (10+10) tiebreakers. In 2013 he joined Magnus Carlsen team to assist Carlsen, commencing with the World Championship Candidates (2013) in March, however, he did not assist Carlsen against Anand due to his previous association as Anand's second.

Co-author with Carsten Hansen of <The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon: Improve Your Results with New Ideas in This Dynamic Opening>.

He married Lithuanian GM Victoria Cmilyte in December 2013.

Wikipedia article: Peter Heine Nielsen

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 865  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P H Nielsen vs R Menzel ½-½261989Lyngby opB33 Sicilian
2. P H Nielsen vs Van Wely  0-1211989Lyngby opE97 King's Indian
3. P H Nielsen vs Kramnik  ½-½191990Wch U18A81 Dutch
4. P H Nielsen vs Chandler  0-129199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE15 Queen's Indian
5. P H Nielsen vs Uhlmann  0-1591991Valby UDANO K41 08E92 King's Indian
6. Degraeve vs P H Nielsen  ½-½341991Wch U20C55 Two Knights Defense
7. Hertneck vs P H Nielsen  0-1451991Bad LauterbergE91 King's Indian
8. P H Nielsen vs Romanishin ½-½121991Bad LauterbergC45 Scotch Game
9. E Eletsky vs P H Nielsen ½-½141991Copenhagen opC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Larsen vs P H Nielsen  1-0401991Valby K41E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
11. P H Nielsen vs Razuvaev 0-1381991Valby K41B44 Sicilian
12. Smagin vs P H Nielsen  1-0241991Valby K41B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. Sherzer vs P H Nielsen  0-1351991Wch U20C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Larsen vs P H Nielsen 0-1571991DEN-chE97 King's Indian
15. P H Nielsen vs A Rodriguez Vila  ½-½301991Wch U18B01 Scandinavian
16. P H Nielsen vs Pavasovic  ½-½401992Kecskemet3C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. Igor Ivanov vs P H Nielsen  1-0351992Forli opE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
18. Hebden vs P H Nielsen  ½-½611992Troll MastersE15 Queen's Indian
19. A A Gretarsson vs P H Nielsen 0-1301992Troll MastersC57 Two Knights
20. Romanishin vs P H Nielsen 1-0321992TaastrupA53 Old Indian
21. P H Nielsen vs Van Wely  1-0351992TaastrupB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Shirov vs P H Nielsen  1-0431992Oakham YME85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
23. Shirov vs P H Nielsen  1-0431992Oakham YME85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
24. U Raisa vs P H Nielsen 1-0261992Arnold CupC29 Vienna Gambit
25. P H Nielsen vs Jansa  1-0631992Gausdal InternationalB83 Sicilian
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  moronovich: Perhaps Magnus is a dane in a closet !?

Who knows ;)

And would we trade ? ...

Sep-16-11  rogge: No, we wouldn't ;)
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  moronovich: <rogge: No, we wouldn't ;)>

リv ):

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  alexmagnus: <They sometimes reveals a lack precise knowledge.>

Nothing comparable with a <Moldavian> chess site which instead of the news of <GM Bologan reaching round 2 of the World Cup> wrote about <IM Bologan reaching round 2 of the Moldavia Cup>. It didn't bother the news agency that the "Moldavia Cup" was held in Russia and the opponent in round 1 was a Pole (both being mentioned in the news message, though the name of the Pole was written wrong). The message ended with a mysterious sentence "playing with black chesses (!), our sportsman will compete in round 2".

Oct-08-11  Albertan: Lubomir Kavalek:The Most Treacherous Defense in Chess :

This is a link to analysis of the game
Nielsen,Peter Heine - Volokitin,Andrei from the 27th ECC event:

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  Morten: Happy birthday, Peter.

Busy at the moment, I gather. Thumbs up!

May-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Happy birthday to the gentle, giant Dane!

I think it is safe to say Peter Heine is a tad busy, yes.

May-24-12  efvaatn: happy birthday
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  Troller: Peter is in the lead in a rather overlooked round robin in Barcelona:

Live games are available on the homepage as well.

Feb-01-13  Naniwazu: Peter has stopped working for Anand and is currently coaching Magnus Carlsen.
Apr-07-13  Albertan: Peter Heine Nielsen won't work for Magnus Carlsen: Vishwanathan Anand


Apr-17-13  Chessinfinite: Peter Heine Nielsen is one of the best trainer/ coach/ seconds any player in the World can have today. Anand knows this, and so does Carlsen. Absolutely the 'winning edge' in preparation imo to have him in the team.

I think Anand will be thankful to Peter Heine Neilsen for his great help in his preparatory work. Good luck to PHN on his next venture with Carlsen.

May-24-13  JPi: <The player of the day> for many Japanese players. We were please to met not only a strong GM but also a man of a great simplicity. Both frank and subtle. In the name of a lot Japanese chess players Happy Birthday Heine Peter!
May-24-13  Appaz: What a nice tribute, <JPi> and I can only testify to your kind words.

I guess this Danish giant was both "frank and subtle" except in his physical presence :)

May-25-13  JPi: Well <Appaz> to be frank but not as subtle as our friend; as matter of -little- fa(c)t, alas, I'm not in position to argue.
Mar-30-14  Jigsaw42: I hope it's the last time this Carlsen biased c--t comments on a major tournament. And seriously, what's up with his grammar?
Mar-30-14  NGambit: Enjoyed having PH do the commentary during the candidates. Hope to see him in many more important events. As he (probably) won't be helping Magnus in the November match, I hope the organizers invite him. Svidler and PH combo would be awesome!
Mar-30-14  RedShield: Yes, I wonder if Nielsen's noble gesture in refusing to work for Magnus against Vishy holds for the rematch. Principles are nice, but business is business.
Mar-30-14  waustad: From one thing he said to Anna Bertsova today, I suspect that he will work with Carlsen this time. I don't recall the exact wording, but I got the impression that enough time had passed that it was no longer an issue. He mentioned Peter Leko working for both Anand and Kramnik, among others.
Mar-30-14  Shams: <Jigsaw42> <I hope it's the last time this Carlsen biased c--t comments on a major tournament. And seriously, what's up with his grammar?>

I'm guessing his English is a million times better than your Danish.

Mar-30-14  Chess for life: I thought GM Nielsen and his wife did a fine job commenting. However, GM Nielsen used "to a certain extent" and "in some sense" way too often. He also often ended many sentences with "but...", without following up with anything. I wish he was more assertive and sure of himself in his comments.
Mar-30-14  waustad: From the point of view of someone whose second and third languages are dramatically worse than most European's second or third, I was very happy with the performance of both commentators. His interchanges with VC were interesting. Two GMs who know each other as well as one can seeing different things was elucidating.

As an aside, here and in post mortems there seem to be those who have no qualms about interrupting others and those who need a cattle prod to be convinced to speak. Carlsen is naturally of the Bjorn Borg, cattle prod variety so sometimes he doesn't really know how to act. He's expected to talk so he does, but probably would rather not.

Jun-15-14  mucher1: This guy reached 2700 and was a pretty active tournament player up until 2011/12, but nowadays seems to have retired from competitive chess (except for the occasional Bundesliga match). Perhaps it pays better to train #1 than to be #50-100, but still...
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to 1 of the best seconds in chess...GM Nielsen!
May-24-18  JPi: お誕生日おめでとうPeter Heine Nielsenさん!
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