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Andrey Esipenko
A Esipenko 
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Number of games in database: 951
Years covered: 2011 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2682 (2629 rapid, 2595 blitz)

Overall record: +237 -117 =317 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 280 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (80) 
    D02 A45 A46 A40 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D37 D39 D38 D30 D31
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B51 B32 B52 B33
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C65 C78 C97 C76 C91
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D78 D80 D90 D70
 Slav (27) 
    D11 D12 D19 D17 D16
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (78) 
    B12 B18 B13 B11 B10
 Ruy Lopez (71) 
    C92 C78 C84 C60 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    E10 D02 A46 A45 E00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (30) 
    C92 C84 C85 C89 C96
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E20 E32 E34 E51 E46
 Giuoco Piano (26) 
    C50 C53 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Esipenko vs Carlsen, 2021 1-0
   Karjakin vs A Esipenko, 2017 0-1
   A Esipenko vs M Mikadze, 2018 1-0
   A Esipenko vs Carlsen, 2021 1-0
   Mamedyarov vs A Esipenko, 2022 1/2-1/2
   A Esipenko vs Carlsen, 2022 1-0
   A Esipenko vs Nakamura, 2022 1/2-1/2
   A Esipenko vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2019 1-0
   A Esipenko vs Shirov, 2018 1-0
   A Esipenko vs Karjakin, 2022 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Challengers (2019)
   Tata Steel Masters (2021)
   Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2020)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   Airthings Masters (2022)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)
   European Club Cup (2019)
   European Championship (2019)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2017)
   World Cup (2021)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   Chigorin Memorial (2016)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   Isle of Man Grand Swiss (2019)

   🏆 59th World Junior Championship
   A Nesterov vs A Esipenko (Oct-22-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Esipenko vs F Sonis (Oct-21-22) 1/2-1/2
   Vuppala Prraneeth vs A Esipenko (Oct-20-22) 0-1
   A Esipenko vs V Ivic (Oct-19-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Gadimbayli vs A Esipenko (Oct-18-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-22-2002, 20 years old) Russia

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Esipenko won the European U10 Championship 2012. For this feat he was awarded the title of FIDE Master. He was =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the 2013 European U12 Championship, (1) at the European U14 Championship in 2015, (2) and at the World U14 Championship 2015 behind the winner Shamsiddin Vokhidov. (3) He scored 6.5/8 for Russia's 2nd board at the 2016 World youth Olympiad. (4) He lost the game against fellow compatriot Semyon Lomasov at the 2016 World U14 championship in the 5th round, placing 2nd overall.(8) Nevertheless he followed up by winning the World U16 Championship(5a, 5b), commanding top seat for seven out of 11 rounds and 2 draws after an opener (starting a winning streak of 3 games) to the 2017 WYCC U-16 section in Uruguay. (5a, 5b, 6) Yi Zhu, himself and Szymon Gumularz each tied with 8.5 points at the 2017 WYCC U-16 group(6) to finish the final 11th round. He was also the winner of the European U16 championship 2017. (7)

He secured all of his GM norms by late 2017 and was awarded the title by FIDE in April 2018. He won both the European U16 and World U16 Chess Championship in 2017. He competed in the 2017 World Rapid Chess Championship in December, scoring 7.5/15 for a performance rating of 2622. Esipenko competed in the Tata Steel Challengers in January 2019, placing second with 8.5/13 (+5–1=7). In January 2020, Esipenko participated in Gibraltar Masters (2020) first on 7.5/10 for a performance rating of 2809. In a four-way playoff for the title, Esipenko was eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual tournament David Paravyan.

Esipenko competed in the Tata Steel Masters in January 2021. In round eight he defeated World Magnus Carlsen their first game at a classical time control.Esipenko finished the tournament in third place, with 8/13 (+4–1=8) for a performance rating of 2815. In round four of the Chess World Cup 2021, Esipenko defeated GM Daniil Dubov in their blitz tiebreaker, after drawing the classical games and the rapid tiebreaks. He was then knocked out in round five of the tournament Magnus Carlsen blitz tiebreaks. He took part at the FIDE Grand Swiss (2021) tying with thirteen other players for 4th/16th with 7/11. At the European Team Championship (2021) with 4.5/7.

References /Sources

(1) (2013 EU youth championship); (2) (2015 EU youth championship); (3) (2015 WYCC standings); (4) (team silver at the 2016 WYCO U-16 Olympiad); (5a); (5b); (6) (2017 WYCC U-16); (7), (8) (2014 WYCC U-12 score: 7.5/11 at Durban), (8)

Wikipedia article: Andrey Esipenko

Last updated: 2022-03-22 09:40:45

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,027  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Gubanov vs A Esipenko  1-0422011Dvorkovich Mem openB40 Sicilian
2. M Panarin vs A Esipenko  ½-½462012Doroshkevicha Mem OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. A Esipenko vs J Prizant 0-1102012Doroshkevicha Mem OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
4. A Esipenko vs A Kornyukov  ½-½412013Dvorkovich MemB30 Sicilian
5. A I Zakharov vs A Esipenko  ½-½462013Dvorkovich MemE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. A Esipenko vs S Mikhailov  ½-½912013Dvorkovich MemB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. D Rozhko vs A Esipenko  1-0772013Dvorkovich MemA48 King's Indian
8. Roman Martynov vs A Esipenko  1-0542013Dvorkovich MemE01 Catalan, Closed
9. A Esipenko vs Danil Najdin  1-0322013Dvorkovich MemC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Vadim Ivaschenko vs A Esipenko  0-1392013Dvorkovich MemA16 English
11. A Esipenko vs A Predke  1-0662013Dvorkovich MemC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. A Esipenko vs R Musalov  1-0592013Dvorkovich MemC67 Ruy Lopez
13. S Volkov vs A Esipenko  ½-½312014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. A Esipenko vs I Bukavshin  0-1372014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemA40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Andrey Frolov vs A Esipenko  1-0442014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemB83 Sicilian
16. A Esipenko vs D Rozhko  1-0662014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. R Pasiev vs A Esipenko  1-0442014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Esipenko vs D Charochkina  0-1342014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. T Nazaretyan vs A Esipenko  ½-½402014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemA55 Old Indian, Main line
20. A Esipenko vs V Gorkavij  0-1452014Vladimir Dvorkovich MemD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
21. A Esipenko vs A Zenzera  0-1552014Somov MemorialE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. A Sarana vs A Esipenko  1-0212014Somov MemorialB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
23. A Esipenko vs P Vorontsov  ½-½982014Somov MemorialD80 Grunfeld
24. Martirosyan vs A Esipenko  1-0412014Somov MemorialE16 Queen's Indian
25. A Esipenko vs A Gadimbayli  ½-½512014Somov MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Oct-14-15  BIDMONFA: Andrey Esipenko


Nov-05-15  sonia91: =1st and 2nd on tiebreak also at the 2015 World U14 Championship:
Mar-22-16  sonia91: Happy 14th birthday!

He achieved a GM norm in the Aeroflot Open (2016).

Jun-11-17  sonia91: This boy achieved another GM norm at the European Individual Chess Championship (2017) with a performnce of 2618:
Sep-26-17  sonia91: Esipenko won the gold medal in the World U16:

He is also the highest rated player, at 2540, of the entire 2017 WYCC event.

Someone should also add in the bio that he was part of the winning World Team at the USA vs Rest of the World 2017 match for juniors.

Nov-13-17  sonia91: He achieved his final GM norm in Germany:
Dec-28-17  PhilFeeley: If he was 2540, why doesn't he have the GM title already? He's "only" 2438 in Riyadh.
Dec-28-17  PhilFeeley: Okay, I guess 2438 is his rapid rating.
Dec-28-17  ketchuplover: Down goes Karjakin!
Dec-28-17  sonia91: <If he was 2540, why doesn't he have the GM title already?>

A 2500+ rating doesn't guarantee the GM title, you need also 3 <norms>, which Esipenko has fulfilled in Germany recently as I posted just above your comment.

Jan-25-18  waustad: So will he count for a player like Dragnev as a GM for norm purposes? It probably won't matter, since if he gets another GM norm at Gibtel, he'll have played enough GMs.
Aug-15-18  wordfunph: he scalped Karjakin, Dreev and Shirov.
Dec-05-18  sonia91: He will play in Wijk aan Zee Challengers 2019:

Recently he played on the top board for Russia in the U16 Chess Olympiad in Turkey, but it was not a great tournament for both him and his team (which was the defending champion).

Dec-09-18  paavoh: Great finish 10,5/13 for the shared first in the EU Rapid Championship.
Jan-14-19  ketchuplover: Down goes Keymer!
Mar-25-19  sonia91: Today he beat Boris Gelfand in the European Championship (2019), during which Esipenko turned 17 three days ago. This is his 5th win a row, after rd 2 loss to Golubka, and he's now on 6/7.

In January Esipenko did well at Tata Steel Challengers (2019), where he scored 8.5/13 for a shared 2nd place with Maksim Chigaev and Benjamin Gledura.

Sep-11-19  wordfunph: GM Esipenko over Ponomariov 1.5-0.5 in WC 1st round, olalahhh..
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  Penguincw: Esipenko finished in a 7 way tie, qualifying for a 4 player playoff at Gibraltar Masters (2020).

Lost in the "semi-finals", but a fine performance of 7.5/10 nonetheless.

Jan-24-21  vonKrolock: A new Karpov !?
Jan-25-21  GumboGambit: Magnificent Win Over Magnus!
Jan-26-21  thebully99: Without question, Esipenko will be in the top 4 at one point and play in a Candidates Tournament within this decade. Outside of that, I am not sure.
May-14-21  Albertan: Esipenko Enters World's Top 30 At Russian Team Chess Championship


Jul-24-21  Ilkka Salonen: Alas! He encounters the World Champion again in the FIDE World Cup, Who is even the favourite? All Russian semifinals are still possible but perhaps no Russians in semifinals is more likely.
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  MissScarlett: Good-looking kid. Magnus will be furious!
Mar-19-22  Albertan: Esipenko is going to replace GM Andreikin in the third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix.Andreikin withdrew from the event for personal reasons.The third leg is being played in Berlin from March 21 to April 4th.


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