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Evgeny Najer
E Najer 
Number of games in database: 1,254
Years covered: 1992 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2648 (2576 rapid, 2578 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2707

Overall record: +387 -156 =450 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 261 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B90 B30 B48 B43 B25
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C65 C78 C67 C63 C84
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C10 C18 C16 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B96 B97 B94 B99
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11
 Sicilian Taimanov (33) 
    B48 B46 B45 B47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (169) 
    B90 B51 B92 B52 B22
 Slav (106) 
    D12 D10 D17 D15 D11
 Sicilian Najdorf (70) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B93
 English, 1 c4 e5 (44) 
    A20 A28 A29 A25 A21
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C61 C84 C78 C77 C80
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    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 vs E Najer, 2015 0-1
   E Najer vs Smirin, 2014 1-0
   Motylev vs E Najer, 2015 0-1
   M Bluebaum vs E Najer, 2017 0-1
   Motylev vs E Najer, 2014 0-1
   N Shukh vs E Najer, 2010 0-1
   E Najer vs de Firmian, 2009 1-0
   E Najer vs A Timofeev, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Ordix Open (2008)
   Russian Club Cup (2006)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   World Open (2007)
   World Open (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2017)
   Karpov Poikovsky (2017)
   President's Cup (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2008)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2014)

   🏆 Nutcracker Match of the Generations
   A Sarana vs E Najer (Mar-09-20) 1-0, rapid
   E Najer vs Semyon Lomasov (Mar-09-20) 1-0, rapid
   D Yuffa vs E Najer (Mar-09-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   E Najer vs A Esipenko (Mar-09-20) 0-1, rapid
   E Najer vs A Sarana (Mar-08-20) 1-0, rapid

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(born Jun-22-1977, 43 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 51; games 1-25 of 1,254  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs E Najer 0-1501992Moscow-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
2. G Pogosian vs E Najer  0-1601993Memorial M.ChigorinC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. E Najer vs Oral 1-0281993Wch U16A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Stocek vs E Najer  0-1371993Wch U16C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
5. D Losev vs E Najer  ½-½571994Memorial A.PetrovC59 Two Knights
6. E Najer vs Smagin  0-1321995Moscow PetrosianC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Grischuk vs E Najer  0-1441996Moscow-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. E Najer vs Kholmov  1-0461996Moscow GM3E46 Nimzo-Indian
9. Fedorov vs E Najer  1-0351996Russia Cup IIC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. V Iordachescu vs E Najer 0-1611996Moscow GM3C55 Two Knights Defense
11. Korotylev vs E Najer  0-1291996Moscow GM3E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. E Najer vs A Bujakevich 1-0301996Ch Moscow (open)B07 Pirc
13. P Vavra vs E Najer  0-1391996Komercni Banka OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Chekhov vs E Najer  ½-½271996RUS-Cup2D84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
15. E Najer vs M Turov  1-0511997RUS-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
16. E Najer vs Kharlov  0-1401997RUS-ch m1-2D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. E Najer vs G Kacheishvili  1-0401997Wch U20D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. E Najer vs Ponomariov  ½-½441997Wch U20D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. E Najer vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1321997Wch U20E46 Nimzo-Indian
20. E Najer vs J Rowson  1-0401997Wch U20B25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Korotylev vs E Najer  1-0261998Goldberg memD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. I R Ibragimov vs E Najer  1-0311998RUS-chD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. E Najer vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½241998RUS-chB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Khalifman vs E Najer  ½-½171998RUS-chD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
25. E Najer vs Grischuk  1-0491998RUS-chD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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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.
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  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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