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Igor Kovalenko
Number of games in database: 774
Years covered: 2007 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2645 (2700 rapid, 2696 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +205 -92 =129 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 348 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D38 D31 D37 D35 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A46 D02 A40 D05 A45
 English, 1 c4 e5 (34) 
    A20 A21 A28 A25 A29
 English (34) 
    A11 A10 A15 A13 A18
 Sicilian (25) 
    B40 B51 B52 B31 B84
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D44 D43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B45 B90 B22 B31 B92
 Caro-Kann (38) 
    B12 B13 B10 B11 B16
 Queen's Indian (31) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    A45 D02 E10 A46 E00
 French Defense (30) 
    C01 C18 C07 C02 C15
 Reti System (29) 
    A04 A06 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Petrosyan vs Kovalenko, 2015 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs Kovalenko, 2012 0-1
   N Kalinin vs Kovalenko, 2013 0-1
   Kovalenko vs Fressinet, 2016 1-0
   Radjabov vs Kovalenko, 2015 0-1
   Kovalenko vs V Keymer, 2019 1-0
   Kovalenko vs J Christiansen, 2018 1-0
   N Delgado Ramirez vs Kovalenko, 2018 0-1
   I Saric vs Kovalenko, 2016 0-1
   Lupulescu vs Kovalenko, 2019 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2016)
   Bundesliga 2018/19 (2018)
   2nd Polugaevsky Mem (2012)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Bundesliga 2019/20 (2019)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2019)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   European Championship (2018)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   European Championship (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   European Championship (2019)

   🏆 Airthings Masters
   Kovalenko vs Sevian (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz
   Caruana vs Kovalenko (Feb-03-23) 1-0, blitz
   V S Gujrathi vs Kovalenko (Feb-03-23) 1-0, blitz
   D Wagner vs Kovalenko (Feb-03-23) 0-1, blitz
   Kovalenko vs Radjabov (Feb-03-23) 1-0, blitz

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(born Dec-29-1988, 34 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Latvia)
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International Master (2008); Grandmaster (2010).

Grandmaster norms (1)

Kovalenko's application for the Grandmaster title was accompanied with five GM norms:

- the Alushta Summer Tournament in June 2009, in which he scored 9 from the first 11 rounds, half a point above the requirement for a norm;

- the Moscow Open (2010) in January-February 2010 in which he scored the requisite 5/9;

- the Bondarevsky Memorial Tournament in December 2010 in which he scored 6.5 from the first 9 rounds, a point above norm requirement.

Kovalenko's GM title would therefore have come into effect on 20 December 2010 (when he was aged 21 years 11 months 21 days) as his rating was already over 2500 at the time.

Nevertheless, the extra two GM norms submitted were in respect of:

- the Moscow Open 2011 E, where he scored 7.5/9, a point above requirement for a norm; and

- the Aeroflot Open (2011), where his scored of 5/9 was half a point above norm requirement.


<National> Won the Latvian Championship in 2013 and 2014.

<World> Won the Baltic Zonal in 2014 qualifying for the World Cup (2015) where he was unexpectedly eliminated in the first round by Wen Yang.

Standard Tournaments

<2009> Kovalenko won Alushta Summer Tournament in June 2009 with 9.5/13, a point clear of equal second placed Suri Vaibhav and Alexander Kovchan, despite only scoring a draw in the last two rounds after gaining his first GM norm.

<2010> He won the Bondarevsky Memorial Tournament with 7.5/11 a point clear of Viacheslav Zakhartsov who was outright 2nd.

<2013> Won the 17th Voronezh Chess Festival in 2013 with 7/9.

<2015> Winner of Zalakaros Open 2015, the Iasi Open 2015, the Albena Open 2015 and the Najdorf Memorial 2015, the last mentioned with a powerful 8/9 performance that took his rating to over 2700 for the first time.

Team events (2)

<National representation> Kovalenko played board 2 for Latvia at the Chess Olympiad (2014).

<National Leagues> Played board 2 for the EGU-Perspektiva Lipetsk region team in the Russian Team Championship (2012). Played board 2 for the Law Academy Kharkiv team in the 2012 Ukrainian League, winning team and individual gold.

Sources and references

(1); (2) - results are incomplete as of July 2015 in respect of the Ukrainian League

Wikipedia article: Igor Kovalenko

Last updated: 2018-12-29 04:29:07

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 799  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kovalenko vs V Malaniuk  0-1402007Alushta Summer 1stC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
2. Kovalenko vs A Truskavetsky  1-0212007Alushta 01D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Nosenko vs Kovalenko  ½-½462007Ukrainian ChA80 Dutch
4. V Pecheritsa vs Kovalenko  0-1602009Chigorin Memorial OpenB01 Scandinavian
5. Kovalenko vs W Zhou 0-1202009Chigorin Memorial OpenC11 French
6. O Vastrukhin vs Kovalenko  0-1492009Chigorin Memorial OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Kovalenko vs M Matlakov  0-1482009Chigorin Memorial OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. V Gorkavij vs Kovalenko  0-1502009Chigorin Memorial OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. Kovalenko vs E Vorobiov  ½-½472010Moscow OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. B Savchenko vs Kovalenko  ½-½892010Moscow OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Kovalenko vs Y Hou 1-0252010Moscow OpenA56 Benoni Defense
12. E Najer vs Kovalenko 1-0542010Moscow OpenB01 Scandinavian
13. Kovalenko vs I Popov  1-0612010Moscow OpenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. A Zontakh vs Kovalenko  ½-½282010Moscow OpenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Kovalenko vs Kazhgaleyev  0-1412010Moscow OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. Kovalenko vs B Savchenko 1-0362011Aeroflot OpenA60 Benoni Defense
17. Kovalenko vs I Cheparinov  ½-½552011Aeroflot OpenD97 Grunfeld, Russian
18. R Mamedov vs Kovalenko 1-0602011Aeroflot OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. I Khairullin vs Kovalenko  1-0292011Aeroflot OpenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. Kovalenko vs R Felgaer  0-1372011Aeroflot OpenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. S Khader vs Kovalenko  0-1712011Aeroflot OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
22. Kovalenko vs S Mareco  1-0522011Aeroflot OpenE15 Queen's Indian
23. R Edouard vs Kovalenko 0-1672011Aeroflot OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Kovalenko vs Motylev  ½-½562011Aeroflot OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. I Ushakova vs Kovalenko  0-1392011Polugaevsky MemorialD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-11  biglo: There's a GM title application being considered for him at the 82nd FIDE Congress 2011, Krakow, 15-22 October 2011, POL
Nov-11-11  wordfunph: <biglo> finally approved by FIDE..

Apr-12-15  offramp: He is having a gritty time at the Dubai Chess Open (2015):

1. A Deshpande vs I Kovalenko 0-1 33
2. I Kovalenko vs A Pourramezanali ½-½ 87
3. M Petrosyan vs I Kovalenko 0-1 140
4. I Kovalenko vs A Fier 1-0 69
5. I Kovalenko vs N Grandelius ½-½ 58
6. D Solak vs I Kovalenko ½-½ 17

That's a whole lotta moves!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Igor Kovalenko for entering the Top 100 live ratings club. At 2650, he was only about 4 rating points behind the number needed, but suffered a huge first round white loss to Kantor (2402). However, he's gone on a 5.5/6 run and is now at 2653.7 and #97.
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  Penguincw: In Round 8 of the Zalakaros Open, Kovalenko beat leader Boruchovsky and in R9, drew 2nd seed Markus Ragger to secure the tournament with 7/9 (+6,-1,=2).

The 6th seed gained 5.3 rating points, which (in addition to his Polish League games) bumps him to 2657.2 and 85th in the world.

Jun-05-15  sonia91: Winner of Zalakaros Open 2015:

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  Penguincw: Kovalenko continues to climb! This time, entering as the 2nd seed, he wins clear first at the Iasi Open with 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3) starting out with 3 wins, then 3 draws and 3 more wins (4 black wins) to secure the tournament.

Rating wise, he gained 14.9 rating points. Including other factors (such as the previous month), he is now at 2674.3 and World #65, both career highs.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Igor Kovalenko for winning the Albena Open! As the 1st seed, it's only appropriate he finished in sole first, and he did, with 7/9 (+6,-1,=2). He had 2 3-game winning streaks, which I'm sure helped!
Jul-24-15  sonia91: Interview after the Najdorf Memorial:

Jan-11-16  sonia91: Congrats on winning the Keres Memorial!
Jan-16-16  fisayo123: Congratulations to him. I like his style of play.
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  Penguincw: Great performance by Kovalenko, as he finishes 2nd at the 2016 EICC, behind only Inarkiev. He finished in sole second with a score of 8.5/11 (+7,-1,=3).

In the last rating period, Kovalenko has gained 23.7 rating points, which is the 2nd most out of any players currently in the top 100 live ratings, trailing only Inarkiev.

And yes, Kovalenko is back in the top 100 live ratings!

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  Tabanus: Another great performance (2881) at the Oslo Chess Festival (which concluded yesterday): (pgn: bottom of page)

Dec-29-17  Sularus: happy birthday!
Nov-04-18  sonia91: Kovalenko won the 22nd Open International Bavarian Championship on tiebreak from Gabor Papp and Iranian talent Alireza Firouzja:
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  Messiah: What the heck are you doing, Igor, do you try to lose? Spoelman - Kovalenko, going currently:

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O Nc6 6. Nc3 a6

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  perfidious: <Messiah>, are you trying to troll?
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  Diademas: <perfidious>

Yes, but he hasn't really mastered it yet.
Not nice to point it out. Show some consideration!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Not at all. In the end, Spoelman - Kovalenko ended in a draw, but Black's opening choice was a little bit difficult to follow.
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  Tabanus: He won the Riga Technical University Open yesterday, on Buchholz tiebreak ahead of Sulskis, both with 7.5/9.

Dec-29-19  BIDMONFA: Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko


Jul-08-21  Albertan: Serbia Open:Kovalenko Nihal? in the lead:
Aug-14-21  Albertan: Kovalenko shares the lead at the Riga Technical University Open with two rounds to go:

Aug-16-21  Albertan: RTU Open in Riga:Donchenko joins the leaders:

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