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Evgeny Najer
E Najer 
Number of games in database: 1,427
Years covered: 1992 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2648 (2576 rapid, 2578 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707

Overall record: +419 -184 =504 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 320 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (215) 
    B90 B48 B25 B43 B30
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C65 C78 C67 C84 C63
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C10 C18 C16 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (51) 
    B90 B96 B92 B94 B97
 Caro-Kann (48) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11
 Sicilian Taimanov (37) 
    B48 B46 B45 B47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (189) 
    B90 B52 B51 B22 B92
 Slav (117) 
    D12 D10 D15 D17 D11
 Sicilian Najdorf (75) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (50) 
    A20 A28 A25 A29 A21
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C61 C78 C84 C80 C77
 Semi-Slav (37) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Najer vs Mamedyarov, 2005 1-0
   E Najer vs T L Petrosian, 2016 1-0
   V Babula Sr vs E Najer, 2015 0-1
   E Najer vs Smirin, 2014 1-0
   Motylev vs E Najer, 2015 0-1
   E Najer vs de Firmian, 2009 1-0
   Bluebaum vs E Najer, 2017 0-1
   N Shukh vs E Najer, 2010 0-1
   Motylev vs E Najer, 2014 0-1
   E Najer vs N Vink, 2000 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   7th Stage Russian Cup (2001)
   Moscow Championship (1999)
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   European Championship (2015)
   Korinthos Open (2001)
   World Open (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Karpov Poikovsky (2017)
   President's Cup (2008)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   Chigorin Memorial (2000)
   European Championship (2007)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   D Batsuren vs E Najer (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   E Najer vs Daniyal Sapenov (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   E Najer vs E Gurel (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   M Petkov vs E Najer (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   L Zverev vs E Najer (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jun-22-1977, 45 years old) Russia
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Awarded the GM title in 1999. =2nd (11th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he lost to Lazaro Bruzon Batista in the first round, thereby bowing out of the tournament. Won the European Individual Championship (2015) outright with 8.5/11, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2015) from which he was eliminated upon his first round loss to Azeri GM Rauf Mamedov.

Wikipedia article: Evgeniy Najer

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,507  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs E Najer 0-1501992Moscow-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
2. H A Gretarsson vs E Najer  0-1381993Wch U16D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. E Najer vs G Vescovi  0-1411993Wch U16A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Pogosian vs E Najer  0-1601993Memorial M.ChigorinC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. J Stocek vs E Najer  0-1371993Wch U16C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
6. E Najer vs T Oral 1-0281993Wch U16A45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E Najer vs E Dervishi  1-0401994EU-ch U18C22 Center Game
8. A Kavalerov vs E Najer  ½-½431994Petrov Memorial OpenA25 English
9. O Maiorov vs E Najer  0-1491994Petrov Memorial OpenC45 Scotch Game
10. E Najer vs M I Nepomnishay 0-1361994Petrov Memorial OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. V Doroshkievich vs E Najer  ½-½291994Petrov Memorial OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. E Najer vs Chuprov  ½-½501994Petrov Memorial OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. D Losev vs E Najer  ½-½571994Petrov Memorial OpenC59 Two Knights
14. E Mukhametov vs E Najer  1-0391994Petrov Memorial OpenC45 Scotch Game
15. E Najer vs V Popov  0-1491994Petrov Memorial OpenB06 Robatsch
16. E Najer vs P Zarubin  0-1351994Petrov Memorial OpenC00 French Defense
17. E Vorobiov vs E Najer  ½-½151995Moscow op2C45 Scotch Game
18. A Obodchuk vs E Najer  1-0231995Petrosian MemorialD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Korneev vs E Najer  ½-½111995Petrosian MemorialB33 Sicilian
20. E Najer vs V L Ivanov  ½-½331995Petrosian MemorialB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. M Saltaev vs E Najer  1-0371995Petrosian MemorialC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. E Najer vs V Moskalenko  ½-½281995Petrosian MemorialC00 French Defense
23. E Najer vs A Gorbatov  0-1401995Petrosian MemorialC50 Giuoco Piano
24. N Vlassov vs E Najer  0-1341995Petrosian MemorialB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. S Zagrebelny vs E Najer  ½-½521995Petrosian MemorialC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
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Jul-14-09  returnoftheking: Najer just won a rapid tournament in Israel.

1 Evgeniy Najer GM Russia 2663 8 1 3 9.5
2 Jan Nepomniachi GM Russia 2632 7 2 3 8.5
3 Alexander Beliavsky GM Slovenia 2662 5 3 4 7.0
4 Boris Gelfand GM Israel 2755 3 2 7 6.5
5 Pavel Eljanov GM Ukraine 2716 4 3 5 6.5
6 Ilia Smirin GM Israel 2650 4 3 5 6.5
7 Judit Polgar GM Hungary 2687 4 4 4 6.0
8 Maxim Rodshtein GM Israel 2623 4 4 4 6.0
9 Michael Roiz GM Israel 2658 4 5 3 5.5
10 Boris Avrukh GM Israel 2641 3 4 5 5.5
11 Vitali Golod GM Israel 2599 1 3 8 5.0
12 Daniel Fridman GM Germany 2665 2 7 3 3.5
13 Emil Sutovsky GM Israel 2675 1 9 2 2.0

Jul-26-09  Don Cossacks: Richard Riordan, a former mayor of Los Angeles, sponsored the chess portion of the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Evgeny Najer of Russia, who won the World Open this month, took first prize with a score of 9 1/2 -2 1/2 in the most prestigious event, a 15-minute tournament featuring 13 leading grandmasters. Congratulations GM Evgeny Najer!You've added another feather in your cap and to the Russian Chess.
Jul-28-09  indianchessupdates: .

Evgeny Najer of Russia, who won the World Open 2009 and Richard Riordan Chess Festival - 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel

has won the third tournament in space of 30 days latest tournament in his grasp is II Paleochora open 2009 with a stunning 7.5/9

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Jul-28-09  returnoftheking: The man is on a winning streak:

Final standings:

1-2. GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2663 and GM Fontaine Robert FRA 2540 - 7.5

3-13. GM Rychagov Andrey RUS 2534, GM Glek Igor GER 2528, GM Turov Maxim RUS 2561, GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2611, GM Banikas Hristos GRE 2598, GM Gelashvili Tamaz GEO 2605, GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2598, GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2534, GM Timoshenko Georgy UKR 2556, GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2481 and GM Kharitonov Alexandr RUS 2534 - 7.0

14-19. GM Parligras Mircea ROU 2557, GM David Alberto LUX 2565, IM Haznedaroglu Kivanc TUR 2468, IM Das Arghyadip IND 2392, IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2419 and GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2565 - 6.5

Jul-28-09  returnoftheking: Great site by the way ( http://www.indianchessupdates.blogs... )
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  Tabanus: Final ranking crosstable of the Paleochora tourn. mentioned by <indianchessupdate> and <returnoftheking>:

Jul-22-10  Remizatorul: Nice pics gallery here...
Jun-26-11  TheTamale: Happy birthday, GM Najer.
Jun-22-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Najer!
Oct-20-12  waustad: Buckle me swashes! He's playing an Evans Gambit against Melkumyan in the Bundesliga right now. This will be ephemeral, but works now:
Feb-15-14  nummerzwei: Evgeny Najer is a great player, but he has conveyed the impression of being overplayed and unstable for rather a long time now. Today he lost a miniature to Aleksander Mista in the Czech league:

Mista, Aleksander (2583)- Najer, Evgeny (2646)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 7.Be3 e6 8. g4 h6 9. Bg2 g5

<Danailov's move, which was played in the world class game Judit Polgar vs Topalov, 2006 and has been played several times by Sasikiran.>

9. h4

<Unusual. Polgar went 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. 0-0-0 Ne5 12. h3 Nfd7 13. f4 gxf4 14.Bxf4 b5 15. Rhf1!?.>

9...Rg8 10. hxg5 hxg5 11. Qe2 Nbd7 12. 0-0-0 Qc7N

<Having returned to a familiar position, Najer innovates. However, the known 12...Ne5 is supposed to be fine for Black. 'How can I use the h-file?', Polgar>

13. Nf3! Nxg4 14. Bxg5

<The game has opened a bit, which complicates things for Black as he lags behind in development.>


<Apparently Black should play something else here.>

15.NxNe5 RxBg5 16.f4

<A spirited sacrifice, however, the computer endorses 16. Ng4 as even stronger, which may be the case considering the following note.>


<16...RxNe5 17. fxRe5 Nxe5 is more of a defence. I think Black still has quite a solid position here.>

17. QxRg2 dxNe5 18.f5!

<Already here I don't think Black is going to be able to save his skin. If he moves the knight, White easily penetrates with Rh8. Considering this, maybe Najer's next move should not be critisised, as it at least forces his opponent to play accurately. How accurately is up for debate considering that the computer confidently claims that various alternatives also win. I'm going to mention some of them in square brackets.>

18...exf5!? 19. Nd5

<[The flexible 19. Rh8]>


<This move however loses without much of a struggle. I think Najer had simply missed his opponent's attacking ideas. After 19...Qc5 my main line went 20. Rh8 [20. Rh7 going for f7] b5 21. RxBf8+!! KxRf8 (21...NxRf8 22.Nf6+ Ke7 23. Ng8+ Ke8 24.exf5! followed by Nf6+, Qg5, 21...QxRf8 22.Nc7+) 22. Rh1 Ke8 23. Qg7! Here I concentrated on the forcing 23...Nf8 24.Qxe5+ Kd7 (else the queen is lost) 25.Rd1 with a crushing attack. However, Black is defenceless after 23.Qg7! anyway. Most tenacious was the surprising 19...Qd6 with the idea 20. Ne3 ("followed by 21. Nxf5") Qg6!. [20.Rh8!]>

20. Rh8 b5 21.Qg5!

<Threatening mate-in-one.>


<21...Qc5 also covers g1 for the time being, but leads to the same thing after 22.b4 [22.RxBf8+ first.]>


<Here the variations are simpler than in the note to Black's 19th move.>


<22...QxRf8 23. Nc7#, 22...NxRf8 23. Nf6+>

23. Qd8+

<[23. Rh1]>

23...Kg7 24. Rg1+


Mar-08-15  sonia91: Congratulations to the new European Champion!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Najer for winning the European Individual Championship (2015) sole first with 8.5/11 (+6,-0,=5). He was only the 37th seed, but finished ahead of all 250 participants.

Rated 2634, he'll gain 26.5 points, and will qualify for the World Cup.

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  technical draw: Najer must be the highest rated player with the least kibitzing on his page.
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  plang: I will kibitz for a fee
Mar-08-15  twinlark: Congratulations to Najer winning (outright!) one of the toughest and most competitive events on the calendar.

Extremely well done. Hope he fares better in the World Cup than the last time.

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  technical draw: I will kibitz for food.
Mar-12-15  cro777: European champion Najer to participate in the 2nd Millionaire Chess tournament. The top seeds of the tournament are Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and Wang Hao.

Oct-27-15  sonia91: Gold medal on board 3 (performance 2982!) at European Club Cup (2015), playing for SHSM Moscow:
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  Penguincw: Evgeny Najer the only one still perfect through 3 rounds of the Aeroflot Tournament.

Mar-09-16  sonia91: Congratulations on winning Aeroflot Open (2016)! Thanks to this victory Najer also qualified for Dortmund tournament to be held in July 2016.
May-04-17  sonia91: Najer crossed 2700 in the live ratings at the age of 39 (!) after his =1st at 18th Karpov Poikovsky (2017).
Sep-11-17  Sularus: Congrats on eliminating fabiano in the world cup!
Sep-11-17  Arconax: Indeed well done. Caruana has never been very impressive in shorter time controls. And Najer took good care of his chances. Now we shall see how he will fare against Rapport.
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  MissScarlett: Appears to have some form of facial deformity. What's the story?
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