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Alireza Firouzja
Number of games in database: 878
Years covered: 2015 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2728 (2703 rapid, 2750 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2804

Overall record: +132 -63 =125 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 558 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C65 C67 C92 C78 C76
 Sicilian (74) 
    B90 B30 B45 B50 B31
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 A45 D04 A46 E00
 Giuoco Piano (25) 
    C53 C50
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D78 D85 D96 D90 D72
 Reti System (20) 
    A06 A04 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (90) 
    B90 B51 B67 B22 B30
 King's Indian (51) 
    E92 E71 E73 E62 E60
 Caro-Kann (45) 
    B12 B10 B13 B18 B11
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D30
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B91 B93 B96 B94
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C78 C67 C65 C70 C85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Firouzja vs Ding Liren, 2022 1/2-1/2
   Firouzja vs Bluebaum, 2017 1-0
   Firouzja vs M Zarkovic, 2019 1-0
   Firouzja vs Rapport, 2021 1-0
   Firouzja vs Carlsen, 2021 1-0
   Radjabov vs Firouzja, 2022 1/2-1/2
   Firouzja vs Rapport, 2022 1-0
   Firouzja vs Nakamura, 2022 1/2-1/2
   A Tari vs Firouzja, 2020 0-1
   Caruana vs Firouzja, 2022 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)
   European Team Championship (2021)
   Chessbrah May Invitational (2020)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Norway Chess (2020)
   World Team Chess Championship (2019)
   Chessable Masters (2021)
   SuperUnited Croatia (2022)
   FTX Crypto Cup (2022)
   New In Chess Classic (2021) Speed Chess (2020)
   Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020)
   Skilling Open (2020)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

   🏆 Champions Showdown 9LX
   Aronian vs Firouzja (Sep-17-22) 0-1, unorthodox
   Firouzja vs Caruana (Sep-17-22) 0-1, unorthodox
   Caruana vs Firouzja (Sep-17-22) 1-0, unorthodox
   Caruana vs Firouzja (Sep-17-22) 0-1, unorthodox
   Firouzja vs Svidler (Sep-17-22) 1/2-1/2, unorthodox

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(born Jun-18-2003, 19 years old) Iran (federation/nationality France)

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International Master (2016); Grandmaster (2018); Asian U12 Champion (2015); Iranian Champion (2016, 2019); Asian Blitz Champion (2018)

In January, 2016, Alireza Firouzja won the Iranian national championship at age 12, with a score of 8-3. As of May 2016, he was the highest rated player in the world under 14. Along with Parham Maghsoodloo (who commandeered their top board) and Arash Tahbaz (8 out of 9 games played at their 4th seat), the 3 each scored 7.5 for Iran and a team win at the 2016 World youth chess Olympiad(1). Firouzja also earned the silver medal on second board at that event. He scored eight points from nine games at the 2017 WYCO(2) playing as Iran's second board.

At the FIDE World Cup in September 2019, Firouzja defeated Arman Pashikian and Daniil Dubov in rounds one and two, respectively. This made Firouzja the first Iranian player to reach the third round of a Chess World Cup. In round three, he faced the number-one seed Ding Liren. Firouzja drew with Ding in the two classical games, but lost both of the rapid tiebreakers and was eliminated from the tournament.

Firouzja participated in the 2020 annual Norway Chess supertournament, in Stavanger. The tournament was held with a football scoring system (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss). In the case of a draw, players played an armageddon game for an additional 1/2 point. Firouzja finished in second place, behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen and ahead of Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana and Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

He is the second-youngest player ever to reach a rating of 2700 (after Wei Yi), at the age of 16 years and 1 month. By his eighteenth birthday in June 2021 he was rated 2759 and ranked 13th in the world.

In September 2021, Firouzja finished in second place in the Norway Chess supertournament, behind Magnus Carlsen, but ahead of a field including World Championship challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi and former challenger Sergey Karjakin. He scored +5 -2 =3 in standard time control games, and moved into the world's top 10 for the first time in the October 2021 rating list.

In November 2021, he won the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament (+6 -1 =4), which qualified him for the Candidates Tournament 2022.

Since 2019, he has been based in France, and he became a French citizen in July 2021.

References / Sources

(1) (2016 World youth chess Olympiad), (2) (2017 World Youth Chess Olympiad).

Wikipedia article: Alireza Firouzja

Last updated: 2021-11-21 06:02:41

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 878  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Solodovnichenko vs Firouzja 1-0512015Dubai Chess OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Sundararajan vs Firouzja  ½-½1202015Dubai Chess OpenA16 English
3. Firouzja vs I Abdelnabbi  1-0412015Dubai Chess OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
4. M Karthikeyan vs Firouzja  1-0582015Dubai Chess OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Firouzja vs S Grover  0-1412015Dubai Chess OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
6. P Rout vs Firouzja  1-0108201522nd Abu Dhabi MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Firouzja vs P Tregubov 1-0422015Qatar MastersA06 Reti Opening
8. Swiercz vs Firouzja 1-0502015Qatar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Firouzja vs R Svane  ½-½702015Qatar MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. Firouzja vs D Harika  ½-½342015Qatar MastersA05 Reti Opening
11. B Esen vs Firouzja  1-0402015Qatar MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
12. Lorparizangeneh vs Firouzja 0-1712015Qatar MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
13. Firouzja vs Bromberger  ½-½402015Qatar MastersA04 Reti Opening
14. M Al Sayed vs Firouzja  1-0482015Qatar MastersD80 Grunfeld
15. Firouzja vs N Das 1-0592015Qatar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
16. E Ghaem Maghami vs Firouzja 0-1422016IRI-ch Men Final 2015E61 King's Indian
17. S Lu vs Firouzja 1-0642016Aeroflot OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. Firouzja vs K Kulaots  ½-½902016Aeroflot OpenB41 Sicilian, Kan
19. B Lalith vs Firouzja 1-0392016Aeroflot OpenE90 King's Indian
20. B Socko vs Firouzja  ½-½892016Aeroflot OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
21. Firouzja vs N Maiorov  ½-½632016Aeroflot OpenC48 Four Knights
22. Firouzja vs C Aravindh  0-1602016Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
23. Goryachkina vs Firouzja 1-0532016Aeroflot OpenA48 King's Indian
24. Firouzja vs Yiye Wang 1-0292016Aeroflot OpenC10 French
25. Firouzja vs Dineth Nimnaka Naotunna 1-0662016Asian Nations CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Dec-19-21  Albertan: Firouzja is acting like a star and it’s good for us all:

Dec-30-21  ndg2: After a rather disappointing rapid WC tournament and pretty bad runs in the blitz WC during most of the first and second day, Alireza could make up leeway at the end of the second day and vindicate himself with a third place.

Tiebreak rules did not permit him to participate in the playoffs with the other two players with 15 points (Duda, MVL).

Jan-03-22  sicilianchameleon: Tata Steel will be sorely lacking at least one worthy participant this year. They really should've met that compensation demand. Stupid Tata Steel.
Jan-03-22  blueofnoon: I think Nakamura made very good point in his recent YouTube video.

1. Contrary to the common belief, looks like organizers of so-called super tournaments are running on tight budget. The biggest motivation for top GMs to join such tournaments is not money but to play with other top GMs.

2. Right now, like it or not, the only chess player who can attract sponsors outside of the chess community is Magnus Carlsen. The situation will of course change once Firouzja establishes himself as the best player in the world, but for the time being, no sponsor wants to spend extra money on super tournaments because of Firouzja.

While I do understand where Firouzja is coming from, I think he should prioritize gaining valuable experience and further elo points until he becomes the absolute best.

Jan-03-22  TheBirdman33: <blueofnoon>: <Contrary to the common belief, looks like organizers of so-called super tournaments are running on tight budget. [etc.]> Nonsensical imo, here's why:

1. The VIP treatment of "honourable" guests alone would cost ten times the amount that Firouzja would supposedly (who knows, really? Nakamura? - BS) want for having been forced to move while in the middle of a game deciding the outcome, final standing, and prize money

2. I bet the amount of money would not even be an issue for Alireza - he just wants an apology for being treated disrespectfully, with a small compensation

3. If it would be the money that maybe papa Firouzja was after, then that does not make much sense either, since a good Wijk this year will in any case be more profitable financially

4. Companies like Tata and their sponsorship parties and little luxury vacations, dining at the most expensive restaurants have an enormous budget, needless to say

So it is just, "We're bigger than you, you are no Magnus, Ali, so for now we treat you as the newcomer that you are." [[and apologies?? Haha - Compensation ? HAHAHA ]] -- If Firouzja had companies backing him like in Magnus' case, it would be a slight problem, but a Firouzja compensation demand can easily be "swept aside"...

My personal opinion is that this "demand" by Firouzja is not the smart move career-wise, but in terms of keeping his head up high, standing up straight, rightfully so being the proud young man that he is, he did the right thing.

Jan-03-22  blueofnoon: <TheBirdman33> of course everyone is entitled to his / her opinion, but as a fact;

1. Tata Steel organizers already made a public apology to Firouzja.

2. Nakamura in the video I shared above, said his appearance fee in Tata Steel was 12,500 USD when he was almost number 2 in the world. So that's the money you can expect from Tata Steel.

If Firouzja's demand for Tata's misbehavior was like 1,000 USD, they might have given it a good thought, but I suspect that was not the case.

I am not criticizing Firoujza in any way, he has a freedom to not play in a tournament that made him uncomfortable, in spite of an influence that his decision may make on other tournament organizers.

However, if he thinks he deserves 50,000 USD (I do not know the actual number of course, I am just making up a number here) for the incident he experienced last year, the only way for him seems to be going to a court.

Jan-03-22  blueofnoon: <4. Companies like Tata and their sponsorship parties and little luxury vacations, dining at the most expensive restaurants have an enormous budget, needless to say>

Actually this validates Nakamura's point btw. Firouzja is big in the chess community, but that does not mean someone outside of the community shows respect to him that he or his fans believe he deserves.

Nakamura thinks the only possible exception is Carlsen at the moment, which is not an offense to Firouzja.

Jan-03-22  TheBirdman33: <2. Nakamura in the video I shared above, said his appearance fee in Tata Steel was 12,500 USD when he was almost number 2 in the world. So that's the money you can expect from Tata Steel.> That was about 7 years ago, right?

It's hard for me to believe that Firouzja demanded more than 2,500 Euro, 5,000 tops--- but speculating is useless, the Tata representative seems to have said it was higher than what they had in mind, and papa Firouzja did not return calls for a negotiation of sorts, which is indeed a pity, for ALL involved actually, including AF's development at 18 years of age.

Jan-09-22  Albertan: Player who quit Iran over Israel Boycott wins 2021 ‘Rising Star’ Award:

Jan-12-22  Albertan: A brilliant year:Alireza Firouzja’s rise to the very top:

Feb-17-22  Albertan: Firouzja Among ‘´Full’´ Grand Chess Tour Participants But Not Carlsen or Nakamura:

Apr-14-22  Albertan: The Superbet Chess Classic Romania & Superbeat Rapid & Blitz Poland Wildcards Announced:

Apr-28-22  cplyakap: His peak is 2804. Not 2728.
May-02-22  Albertan: 2022 Superbet Chess Classic Romania:

This link shows who is playing in this event,as well as the playing schedule.

Jun-18-22  EdwinKorir: Playing the candidates
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  MissScarlett: <"Let me speak plainly: for now Firouzja still understands chess very poorly. He's insanely talented, calculates well, and so on, but his understanding of the game is so flawed... How can the 2nd or 3rd best player in the world play like that? He simply shouldn't be the no. 2 or no. 3 in the world, it's absolutely not that level."

It’s all the more remarkable, therefore, that Kramnik had been working with Firouzja.>

Jul-07-22  ILikeKeres: This description is wrong.

Firouzja finished first in Norway 2020 and fifth in Norway 2021, not second in Norway 2021 as the blurb claims.

Aug-11-22  Whitehat1963: About a hundred years ago, the number of legitimate, competitive challengers to the world champion (Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine) was relatively small. You had guys like Rubinstein, Botvinnik, Reshevsky, Euwe, Flohr, Keres, Nimzovich, etc. But only a few of them really had good chance to win.

Today, we have a lot of parity. I think anyone rated in the top 20 or even 25 or 30 could put up a decent challenge. I don’t think anyone can beat Carlsen right now, which might be why he seems to be walking away, but aside from Carlsen, no one else is clearly head and shoulders above the rest. Lasker had Capablanca. Capablanca had Alekhine. Alekhine had Euwe and the Soviets. Later, the Soviets had each other and Fischer. And after Fischer walked away, Karpov and Kasparov had each other. Later, there were Anand, Kramnik, and Topalov. But Carlsen doesn’t seem to have anyone to really challenge him. And if he walks away, whoever takes up the crown will be extremely vulnerable to challenges from all directions. Are we confident that either Nepo or Ding will be able to keep the title for more than one championship cycle as players like Firouzja, Gukesh, and Abdusattorov reach their prime? And what if Carlsen feels like coming back to show everyone who the “real” champion is?

So, is this an exciting time? A confusing time? Or something else? Or will we likely see a few players dominate the scene for several years the way Anand, Kramnik, and Topalov did before the emergence of Carlsen?

Pull out your crystal ball and tell us who you think is likely to be the champion and his closest contenders.

Aug-11-22  Schwartz: In a match between challengers from two candidates we'd expect a greater number of contenders. The latest championship match was strange; I guess Ding Liren. Wesley So is a contender and his preemptive style may be challenged by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Jan-06-23  tonsillolith: Ok, wow. This kid's live blitz rating is over 2900!

I'm going to go ahead and assume that, because I've never personally seen a higher one, and I'm too lazy to check the history, that he has <the highest live blitz rating of all time> and is <the first ever to crack 2900> in that context.

Bearing those assumptions in mind...Congrats to Firouzja!!

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  MissScarlett: If you hold your mouse cursor over a player's current rating, it gives their highest historical rating:

The top 5 ratings are:

Carlsen 2986 (Dec 2017)
Vachier-Lagrave 2948 (Jul 2019)
Nakamura 2934 (Mar 2019)
Grischuk 2923 (Aug 2012)
Karjakin 2906 (Jan 2013)

Alireza is #6.

Jan-07-23  tonsillolith: <MissScarlet> thanks for that tip. I'm typically viewing chess stuff on my phone (when I ought to be doing elsewise), so that information doesn't seem to be as readily available.

In any case, now things seem as they should - Carlsen has the highest live blitz rating of all time. Of course!

Yet just shy of 3000?! Wowsers! I just $#@+ my pants. I guess I'm not so used to looking at live ratings compared to FIDE ratings.

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  MissScarlett: Whatever happened to Karjakin?
Jan-07-23  nok: <Yet just shy of 3000?! Wowsers!>

People have been rated 2900+ before, but these ratings where kinda provisional.

Jan-10-23  Yuri Stremel: <Yet just shy of 3000>

And probably will remain like that since FIDE recently changed the K factor to gain rating in Blitz and Rapid. Carlsen's record is likely never again to be touched.

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