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Alireza Firouzja
A Firouzja 
Number of games in database: 319
Years covered: 2015 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2720 (2614 rapid, 2649 blitz)

Overall record: +92 -42 =74 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 111 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B90 B48 B41 B31 B25
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C65 C95 C76 C92 C72
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C18 C15 C10 C00
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B94 B99 B96 B91
 Reti System (11) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C95 C92 C97 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B90 B51 B50 B22 B23
 King's Indian (29) 
    E92 E60 E73 E71 E97
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B91 B96 B92 B94
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A40 A45 A46
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D74 D80 D70 D78 D82
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B67 B62 B68 B69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Firouzja vs M Bluebaum, 2017 1-0
   A Firouzja vs M Zarkovic, 2019 1-0
   A Firouzja vs A Pashikian, 2019 1-0
   A Firouzja vs E Cordova, 2017 1-0
   P Dodeja vs A Firouzja, 2017 0-1
   A Firouzja vs Ni Hua, 2019 1-0
   A Firouzja vs Wan Yunguo, 2019 1-0
   Javokhir Sindarov vs A Firouzja, 2019 0-1
   A Firouzja vs P Tregubov, 2015 1-0
   A Firouzja vs A Gholami, 2017 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Team Chess Championship (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Sharjah Masters (2019)
   Tata Steel Masters (2020)
   Asian Continental (2019)
   Aeroflot Open (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2017)
   Sharjah Masters (2018)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   17th Aeroflot Open (Group A) (2019)
   World Cup (2019)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Qatar Masters (2015)

   🏆 Tata Steel Masters
   Caruana vs A Firouzja (Jan-22-20) 1-0
   A Firouzja vs Carlsen (Jan-21-20) 0-1
   J van Foreest vs A Firouzja (Jan-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   A Firouzja vs J Xiong (Jan-18-20) 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs A Firouzja (Jan-17-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-18-2003, 16 years old) Iran

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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.

References / Sources

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

Wikipedia article: Alireza Firouzja

Last updated: 2020-01-14 14:32:21

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 319  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Solodovnichenko vs A Firouzja  1-0512015Dubai Chess OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Sundararajan vs A Firouzja  ½-½1202015Dubai Chess OpenA16 English
3. A Firouzja vs I Abdelnabbi  1-0412015Dubai Chess OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
4. M Karthikeyan vs A Firouzja  1-0582015Dubai Chess OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. A Firouzja vs S Grover  0-1412015Dubai Chess OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Firouzja vs P Tregubov 1-0422015Qatar MastersA06 Reti Opening
7. D Swiercz vs A Firouzja 1-0502015Qatar MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. A Firouzja vs R Svane  ½-½702015Qatar MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
9. A Firouzja vs D Harika  ½-½342015Qatar MastersA05 Reti Opening
10. B Esen vs A Firouzja  1-0402015Qatar MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
11. S Lorparizangeneh vs A Firouzja 0-1712015Qatar MastersE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
12. A Firouzja vs S Bromberger  ½-½402015Qatar MastersA04 Reti Opening
13. M Al Sayed vs A Firouzja  1-0482015Qatar MastersD80 Grunfeld
14. A Firouzja vs N Das 1-0592015Qatar MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Ghaem Maghami vs A Firouzja  0-1422016IRI-ch Men Final 2015E61 King's Indian
16. Lu Shanglei vs A Firouzja 1-0642016Aeroflot OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. A Firouzja vs Kulaots  ½-½902016Aeroflot OpenB41 Sicilian, Kan
18. B Lalith vs A Firouzja  1-0392016Aeroflot OpenE90 King's Indian
19. B Socko vs A Firouzja  ½-½892016Aeroflot OpenB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. A Firouzja vs N Maiorov  ½-½632016Aeroflot OpenC48 Four Knights
21. A Firouzja vs C Aravindh  0-1602016Aeroflot OpenB33 Sicilian
22. A Goryachkina vs A Firouzja 1-0532016Aeroflot OpenA48 King's Indian
23. A Firouzja vs Yiye Wang 1-0292016Aeroflot OpenC10 French
24. A Firouzja vs Dineth Nimnaka Naotunna 1-0662016Asian Nations CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. T Taalaibekov vs A Firouzja 0-1362016Asian Nations CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 319  PGN Download
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Jan-14-20  torrefan: gotta wear shades
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  Fusilli: Sometime soon I plan to edit his bio. There is too much about the 2016 World Youth Chess Olympiad, including other players' results, that I plan to clean up.

Inviting proposals on information you think should be in his bio and is not there already. Any input?

Jan-14-20  EdwinKorir: Wesley So puts some reality check on Alireza. This is where his chess learning begins. You can not go for wins all the time against the best in the world.
Jan-16-20  EdwinKorir: Wait till Alireza plays a Super Grandmaster they said; then he clears Giri.
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  ketchuplover: There is no chess future for this boy
Jan-18-20  ndg2: KirilOutAlirezaIn
Jan-18-20  0o0o0o0o0: This is the guy. Chess is full of the prodigy and like Wei Yi they fall short, but there is something about this guy. He has a bite about him, an attitude that will take his obvious talents right up to the top. When he hits 20 we will know what he is all about but for now he is the only one since Carlsen where I have thought, oh aye!
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  AylerKupp: <<EdwinKorir> Wait till Alireza plays a Super Grandmaster they said; then he clears Giri.>

When did Giri become a Super Grandmaster? ;-) Seriously, on what basis is a GM considered a super GM? Tournament results? Rating? If the later, what's the threshold? If 2700+ is the threshold (a commonly used criteria) then in the 3rd round Firouzja defeated Artemiev who had a pre-tournament rating of 2731, not too far behind Giri's pre-tournament rating of 2768. And after 7 rounds both Artemiev and Giri have the same 3.5/7 score, the same as Carlsen and Anand.

Let's see how he does against Carlsen in round 9 and Anand in round 11 (not to mention future tournaments) before we start proclaiming him the second coming of AlphaZero. Fortunately for Firouzja he has White against both of them, just like he did against Artemiev and Giri, and after 7 rounds White has won 17 out of the 18 decisive games, so that is in his favor. Maybe it's the water in Wijk aan Zee?

Jan-19-20  ndg2: My prediction: a loss(!) in round 9 against Carlsen who must and will finally awaken from his winter slumber, but a win(!) against Anand in round 11. Also tough will also be round 10 (black against Caruana). I see a second loss likely there. Not sure about round 8 (black against a strong J. van Foreest who may count as the true tournement surprise given his 2650-ish ELO). Everything possible there. Vitiugov and Dubov are beatable opponents, but let's not get carried away. One point of the last two rounds wouldn't be bad either.

That is: I see a score of 2.5 to 3.5 points out of the last 6 rounds for Firouzja but not more. 8.5/13 would still be tremendous for a first time participant.

Jan-19-20  Pulo y Gata: Alireza is the only player Carlsen fears
Jan-19-20  fisayo123: Let's not predict losses now. Firouzja is perfectly capable of a surprise against anyone.
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  beatgiant: <AylerKupp>
You're right, there is no official definition of "super-GM".

In another thread on another page, someone proposed a criterion for super-GM like "a player who remains in the top 10 for at least 3 years." Obviously this re-opens our long simmering debate whether "top N" should use a fixed N or should scale with the population of chessplayers, but that's another story.

Giri played in the Candidates in 2016 and made an even score, was Kramnik's second for the 2018 Candidates, and will be in the 2020 Candidates, and based on those qualifications I'd call him a super-GM. If not, then who do you think is a super-GM, and why?

Jan-21-20  Caissanist: I always thought that the best definition of a pre-FIDE "grandmaster" came from Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander 50 years ago: "somebody who might reasonably be expected to play a match for the world championship". These days I think of that as being a good definition of "super GM". Of course this is vague and open to argument, but I believe most people would agree that Giri has been in that category for several years now, while Artemiev hasn't, yet.
Jan-21-20  fabelhaft: <"somebody who might reasonably be expected to play a match for the world championship". These days I think of that as being a good definition of "super GM">

Rather harsh definition though. Players like MVL, Mamedyarov and Nepomniachtchi are maybe not expected to play a title match, but not calling them super GMs would feel wrong.

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  alexmagnus: <"somebody who might reasonably be expected to play a match for the world championship">

For that we don't need a new term, we already have one: Candidate (that is, somebody who has ever played a Candidates tournament. After all, the "Candidates" in Candidates Tournament stays for "candidate for a world championship match").

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  alexmagnus: Also, pre-FIDE grandmaster meant simply somebody who has won an international tournament.
Jan-21-20  fabelhaft: <<"somebody who might reasonably be expected to play a match for the world championship">

For that we don't need a new term, we already have one: Candidate (that is, somebody who has ever played a Candidates tournament>

But Pilnik, Panno, Filip, Olafsson and Benko were maybe not expected to play a title match after all

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  alexmagnus: They became candidates too late :)

As I noted on the Carlsen page, all (undisputed) world champions born after 1930 played their first Candidates tournament at the age 22 or earlier.

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  alexmagnus: Where world champions born after 1930 were in the year they turned 22:

Tal in 1958: qualified for his first Candidates

Spassky in 1959: had one Candidates tournament (1956) behind him

Fischer in 1965: had two Candidates tournaments (1959, 1962) behind him

Karpov in 1973: qualified for his first Candidates

Kasparov in 1985: became world champion

Kramnik in 1996: had one Candidates tournament (1994) behind him. Also played FIDE Candidates in the same year.

Anand in 1991: played his first Candidates

Carlsen in 2012: had one Candidates tournament (2007) behind him.

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  alexmagnus: With Tal and Karpov still being 22 when the Candidates they qualified for started.
Jan-21-20  Caissanist: <alexmagnus> There was no commonly agreed definiton of "grandmaster" before FIDE formalized the title in 1950. Supposedly the term was first coined to honor the five finalists in St. Petersburg 1914, though this may be apocryphal.
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  alexmagnus: < Supposedly the term was first coined to honor the five finalists in St. Petersburg 1914, though this may be apocryphal.>

This <is> apocryphal, as in the invitation to the tournament <only grandmasters> were invited!

Jan-21-20  Caissanist: <fabelhaft> I don't think any of the players you mentioned would be more unreasonable a WC challenger than Karjakin or Gelfand were. I guess you could say "reasonable person to play a WC match" could mean at least as well established as those two were.
Jan-21-20  fabelhaft: <I don't think any of the players you mentioned would be more unreasonable a WC challenger than Karjakin or Gelfand were>

Karjakin and Gelfand won a bunch of super tournaments. Gelfand was top three behind only Kasparov and Karpov in 1990-91 and Karjakin was very much predicted to play for the title. I don't think players like Pilnik and Filip ever were at the same level as them.

Jan-21-20  anandrulez: Here is a nice lecture on Firouzja's 2019 games by GM Denes Boros:
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