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Ilia Smirin
Number of games in database: 2,231
Years covered: 1972 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2612 (2678 rapid, 2499 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2702

Overall record: +748 -283 =845 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 355 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (406) 
    B90 B30 B31 B93 B83
 Ruy Lopez (227) 
    C90 C78 C65 C67 C80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (106) 
    C90 C86 C95 C92 C96
 French Defense (105) 
    C07 C18 C10 C05 C03
 Sicilian Najdorf (102) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (83) 
    B12 B13 B18 B17 B14
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (373) 
    E97 E92 E94 E62 E60
 Sicilian (333) 
    B42 B43 B40 B22 B41
 Sicilian Kan (97) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Pirc (62) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D85 D79 D78 D76 D92
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A45 A41 A46 E10 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Smirin vs Y Afek, 1992 1-0
   Kramnik vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Bareev vs Smirin, 2002 0-1
   Smirin vs Gelfand, 1987 1-0
   Smirin vs F Ribeiro, 1997 1-0
   Smirin vs B Alterman, 1995 1-0
   Gavrikov vs Smirin, 1988 0-1
   Radjabov vs Smirin, 2001 0-1
   Smirin vs V Popov, 2010 1-0
   A Simutowe vs Smirin, 2001 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Belarusian Championship (1987)
   URS-sf Daugavpils (1989)
   Tel Aviv (1992)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1989)
   Zagreb Zonal (1993)
   Bratto Open (1997)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Groningen Open (1996)
   European Championship (2000)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2017)
   European Championship (2014)
   URS-ch qual Pinsk (1986)
   European Championship (2008)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   King's Indian Warfare - Ilya Smirin by Cannon Fodder
   King's Indian Warfare by Edwin Meijer
   King's Indian Warfare - Ilya Smirin by AdolfoAugusto
   The KID by Zhbugnoimt
   Smirin plays KID by webbing1947
   Smirin's KID by AdolfoAugusto
   Smirin's KID by wilfredo munoz
   Biel 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Dubai Open
   V Murzin vs Smirin (Jun-04-23) 1-0
   Smirin vs Sindarov (Jun-03-23) 0-1
   M Karthikeyan vs Smirin (Jun-02-23) 0-1
   Smirin vs E Ohanyan (Jun-01-23) 1-0
   Smirin vs Chen Zou (May-31-23) 1-0

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(born Jan-21-1968, 55 years old) Belarus (federation/nationality Israel)

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GM Ilya Yulyevich Smirin was born in Belarus. His chess career began in the Soviet Union, but in 1992 he immigrated to Israel, and has since been one of the leading Israeli representatives at Olympiads and other international events. His tournament successes include equal first places at Sverdlovsk 1987, New York 1994, and three different Israeli championships.

A score of 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2014) qualified Smirin to play in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Romain Edouard in the first round but lost to Teimour Radjabov in the second round, thereby exiting the event.

Wikipedia article: Ilya Smirin

Last updated: 2018-03-13 18:17:48

 page 1 of 90; games 1-25 of 2,242  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tseitlin vs Smirin  1-0301972URS-ch sfB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Furman vs Smirin  1-0321972URS-ch sfD85 Grunfeld
3. Dreev vs Smirin  ½-½511984USSR Junior ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. Shabalov vs Smirin  0-1551984USSR Junior ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. Smirin vs M Ulybin  1-0241984USSR Junior ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
6. S Yuferov vs Smirin  ½-½511985Sokolsky memE97 King's Indian
7. Smirin vs E Mochalov  1-0381985Sokolsky memB50 Sicilian
8. Smirin vs M Ulybin  ½-½411985URS-chT (Juniors)E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
9. S Savchenko vs Smirin 0-1381985URS-chT (Juniors)E73 King's Indian
10. Ivanchuk vs Smirin 1-0331985URSB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. A Ryskin vs Smirin  1-0381985Sokolsky memB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. V Dydyshko vs Smirin  ½-½571985Sokolsky memE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. A Ivanov vs Smirin 1-0341985Sokolsky memB58 Sicilian
14. S Begun vs Smirin  0-1551985Sokolsky memA04 Reti Opening
15. Smirin vs P Korzubov  1-0221985Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
16. Smirin vs M Khassanov  ½-½461985Sokolsky memB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Smirin vs A Kapengut  1-0231985Sokolsky memB15 Caro-Kann
18. Smirin vs A Sedrakian  ½-½221985URS-chT (Juniors)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. I Efimov vs Smirin  0-1281985Sokolsky memA43 Old Benoni
20. Smirin vs M Shereshevsky 0-1521985Sokolsky memC12 French, McCutcheon
21. V Malaniuk vs Smirin  ½-½761985Sokolsky memB58 Sicilian
22. Smirin vs L Basin 0-1281985Sokolsky memB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. Smirin vs V Litvinov  ½-½441985Sokolsky memC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
24. Sagalchik vs Smirin  0-1481985USSR Junior ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
25. Smirin vs V Meijers  1-0311985USSR Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
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Jan-21-07  BIDMONFA: Ilya Smirin


Feb-22-07  geraldo8187: after the 2003 world open, this guy's uscf rating was 2816!!!
Aug-23-07  Karpova: Smirin won a strong Open in Greece:

He scored 7/9 and won ahead of six players with 6.5 points (Kiril Georgiev, Malakhatko and Svetushkin were among them). There were a lot of strong players like Rozentalis (6 points), Macieja (6 points), Kotronias (6 points), Chatalbashev (5 points), Graf (5 points) and our User: Yelena Dembo with 4.5 points against 2424 rating average

Aug-26-07  Karpova: Chessbase report on the Acropolis International tournament:
Jan-10-08  cbpatzer: The Israel International Chess Championship is going on in Maalot-Tarshikhha, a Jewish-Arab town in the north of Israel. It is a strong category 15 round robin with 10 GMs from Israel, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Germany. After three rounds GM Ilia Smirin (winner of Acropolis Open 2007) and GM Evgeny Postny are top of the table with 2,5/3.


Offical site seems to be

Aug-27-08  Karpova: Ilya Smirin won the 23rd Acropolis 2008 International Open Chess Tournament for the second consecutive year.

The tournament took place at the President Hotel (43 Kifissias Avenue, "Europa" Hall) in Athens, Greece, from August 9th to 17th 2008.

Smirin came in first with 7.0/9 only ahead of Romanian GM Mircea Parligras thanks to better Tie-Breaks (Smirin's oppoenents had an average rating of 2523, Parligras' ones of 2513).

Other notable results:

IM Nana Dagnidze from Georgia came in third with 6.5/9 and made a GM norm (while her own rating is 2458 her opponents' rating average was 2449).

IM Yelena Dembo reached 21st place with 5.5/9 (against rating average of 2374).


Dec-09-08  ellenliisbet: Why did Smirin not play the recent Olympiad?
Jan-21-09  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Smirin!
Jan-21-10  Alphastar: Happy birthday :-)
Jan-21-10  Everett: One of the modern Knights of the KID. When even Kasparov was giving up on the opening because of the Bayonet Attack, Smirin and Radjabov was gaining wins as black.
Jan-21-10  whiteshark: wiki-bio:
Aug-16-14  Albertan: GM Smirin was recently interviewed by Da niel King. You can listen to the interview at
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  Penguincw: Ilya Smirin the only perfect player remaining at Politiken Cup (2015), starting 6/6!

In R7, he'll face Hammer with black.

Jan-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day Ilya Smirin.
Mar-07-16  notyetagm: Ilya Smirin

A new book by Smirin is coming out from Quality Chess, of course on the King's Indian Defense:

<I am also working on a book provisionally called (tongue in cheek) <<<King’s Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin>>>. This will be a how-to-play book that supplements Kotronias’ five book series perfectly, by maybe the most creative grandmaster alive. The material is fantastic. The book will need some editing, but it is simply a remarkable draft.>

Apr-26-16  Conrad93: <A new book by Smirin is coming out from Quality Chess, of course on the King's Indian Defense:

<I am also working on a book provisionally called (tongue in cheek) <<<King’s Indian Warfare by Ilya Smirin>>>. This will be a how-to-play book that supplements Kotronias’ five book series perfectly, by maybe the most creative grandmaster alive. The material is fantastic. The book will need some editing, but it is simply a remarkable draft.>>

This should be interesting. Gallagher also wrote a very good book on the KID, and I've heard Vigorito's two volume series is the cream of the crop.

It will be interesting to see how the world expert on the KID compares to these two.

P.S. Dejan Bojokov's Modernized: The King's Indian is an extremely good introduction.

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  ketchuplover: Best wishes at the 2017 TataSteel event :)
Nov-08-16  diagonal: For the cg. bio: <Ilya Smirin won at Biel in 2002>, clear first ahead of shared seconds Tkachiev, Dreev, followed by Korchnoi, winner from 2001, Pelletier, and Vallejo Pons:

Game Collection: Biel 2002

Nov-08-16  diagonal: Ilya Smirin also <won the last edition of the famous New York Open series in 2000 outright>:

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  offramp: The name <"il y a s'mir in"> is a complete sentence in French.
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  MissScarlett: <A chess commentator has been sacked by the International Chess Federation for making sexist comments.

Ilya Smirin was broadcasting live during the ninth round of the Women's Grand Prix on Tuesday.

The Israeli grandmaster admitted on air he had said chess is "maybe not for women" - and also seemingly praised a woman for playing like a man.

The federation apologised and called Mr Smirin's comments offensive and embarrassing.

Belarusian-born Mr Smirin - who was once ranked one of the world's top 20 players - was making his debut as an English-language commentator in Astana, Kazakhstan.>

Sep-28-22  Sally Simpson: Commentating on a women's event would be a minefield for any man, especially on their debut and not being media savvy.

Saying a women played like a man was at one time meant as and to be taken as a compliment and I remember Smyslov saying Susan was Tal in a skirt.

These days I'd fully accept being told I played a women, I've got a score book full of defeats by the...can we still say the 'fairer sex.' or is that taboo as well.

I'd submit them but they are now all married and I do not know their married names...

Sep-29-22  Whitehat1963: Oops! Looking for another job as a commentator already?
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  Check It Out: May I suggest a different profession, perhaps construction?
Sep-29-22  stone free or die: < 'fairer sex.' or is that taboo as well[?] >

I would consider it more "dated" than "taboo", but apparently it's literally true...

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