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Daniel Fridman
Baden-Baden, 2013  
Number of games in database: 1,260
Years covered: 1991 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2615 (2606 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2670

Overall record: +343 -110 =461 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 346 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (71) 
    E60 E63 E62 E67 E94
 Slav (69) 
    D11 D12 D15 D17 D10
 Queen's Pawn Game (66) 
    D02 A46 A40 E10 E00
 English (60) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A11
 Grunfeld (38) 
    D78 D85 D76 D94 D92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D31 D37 D30 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (82) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (79) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35 D36
 Caro-Kann (75) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Semi-Slav (59) 
    D45 D43 D44 D46 D47
 French Defense (56) 
    C11 C07 C00 C02 C09
 English (32) 
    A13 A11 A19 A15 A14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fridman vs Kurajica, 2005 1-0
   Fridman vs Kosteniuk, 2010 1-0
   Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2010 1-0
   Fridman vs S Maze, 2006 1-0
   I Saric vs Fridman, 2012 0-1
   Fridman vs T Taylor, 2005 1-0
   Pruijssers vs Fridman, 2008 0-1
   M Vavulin vs Fridman, 2014 0-1
   P Carlsson vs Fridman, 2005 0-1
   S Siebrecht vs Fridman, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Wroclaw Chess Festival (2010)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Liverpool op (2007)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bad Wiessee (2003)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   European Championship (2018)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   Fridman vs S Vokhidov (Aug-23-20) 1-0, rapid
   Roy Mwadzura vs Fridman (Aug-23-20) 0-1, rapid
   V Zarubitski vs Fridman (Aug-15-20) 0-1, rapid
   Novendra Priasmoro vs Fridman (Aug-15-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Fridman vs S Atabayev (Aug-14-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Feb-15-1976, 45 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Germany)

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International Master (1994); Grandmaster (2001); Latvian Champion (1996); 3-time German Champion (2008, 2012 & 2014) .

Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman was born in Riga, Latvia. He learned the rules of chess at the age of 4. He became an IM in 1994, Latvian Champion in 1996 and a GM in 2001. In 1999, Fridman moved to Germany. GM Fridman became German Chess Champion in 2008 and scored 7.5/11 in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), placing 25th on tiebreak and qualifying for the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Romanian GM Constantin Lupulescu in the first round by 1.5-0.5; in the second round, he drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the classical games, but lost in the 25 minute rapid-game tiebreaker, and thereby exited the tournament. Fridman won the German Championship again in 2012 and in 2014, both times coming outright first with 7.5/9. He represented Germany on board 4 at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, scoring 7/10 and winning the bronze medal for board 4.

He's married to WGM Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih and they have a daughter (born in 2007).


Wikipedia article: Daniel Fridman

Last updated: 2020-12-02 13:24:20

 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,260  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fridman vs Rublevsky  0-1481991URS-ch U18A04 Reti Opening
2. Topalov vs Fridman  ½-½141991Junior DMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Fridman vs Kulaots  1-0521991EU-ch U20A15 English
4. Fridman vs Svidler 0-1411992URS-ch U18A14 English
5. E Petuchovskis vs Fridman 0-191992EU-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Svidler vs Fridman  1-0371992Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
7. U Lauk vs Fridman  ½-½281993Vilnius ZonalB07 Pirc
8. Fridman vs Oral  ½-½451994Wch U18B01 Scandinavian
9. Brodsky vs Fridman  1-0601995Riga opB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Pavasovic vs Fridman  0-1401995Wch U20B10 Caro-Kann
11. Fridman vs Oral  ½-½651995Wch U20A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. Sutovsky vs Fridman  ½-½271996COLC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. P Marie vs Fridman  0-1331996Yerevan OlympiadB07 Pirc
14. Fridman vs H Odeev 1-0401996Yerevan OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Fridman vs Speelman  0-1401996Yerevan OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
16. R Barcenilla vs Fridman  ½-½221996Yerevan OlympiadA12 English with b3
17. Fridman vs F El Taher  1-0321996Yerevan OlympiadE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. Fridman vs O Renet  ½-½581996Yerevan OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
19. Fridman vs V Nasybullin  ½-½431996Yerevan OlympiadA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
20. Fridman vs P Zarnicki  ½-½501996Yerevan OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Fridman vs J Norri  ½-½461996Yerevan OlympiadA12 English with b3
22. Fridman vs Yusupov  ½-½291997Linares Anibal op 4thE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. M Palac vs Fridman  ½-½591997EUR-chT (Men) 11thC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
24. R Gadjily vs Fridman  ½-½261997EUR-chT (Men) 11thB07 Pirc
25. Dautov vs Fridman  0-1621997EUR-chT (Men) 11thD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,260  PGN Download
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  WannaBe: <waustad> that is just fool the immigration officials. Sshhhhhhh...
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  whiteshark: As active tournament players they are most of the time elsewhere on the globe. Gibraltar-Open for example is a kind of 'family reunification', so to say.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days).
Feb-01-12  waustad: If he passes Georg Meier (they are very close), the top 2 Germans will both be from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: What's also interesting is that Arkadi Naiditsch is also from Latvia.
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  Penguincw: Reminds me of a player.
Mar-10-12  Eti fan: Daniel Fridman became German champion today winning the last game
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  whiteshark: yet again <Gluckw├╝nsch, Champ! <:D>>
Mar-10-12  waustad: Congrats! Eventually they'll probably post these games.
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  Penguincw: Fridman wins the German Championship!

Even though Arkadi Naiditsch and Georg Meier didn't play.

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  whiteshark: not to mention Jan Gustafsson. The German Individual Chess Championship is a rather 'weak tournament' due to the "federal composition" of the starting field.

Out of 42 participants there were only 5 GM, 4 IM and a WGM this year.

The average ELO of the tournament participants was (only) 2342.

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  whiteshark: So here's the chessbase article about the 83rd German Individual Championship:
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  HeMateMe: The bio says Friedman was born in Latvia, moved to Germany later. Nice pun.
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  ketchuplover: good luck in baden-baden
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  whiteshark: <ketchuplover> Are you thin♔ about the "Grenke chess classics" in February?
Feb-10-13  Everett: "Learned chess at four," when you should have been outside climbing trees or inside tearing up the house.

I hope my son doesn't learn until he is seven, or maybe never, considering how much time I fruitlessly waste on the activity.

The above is said "tongue in cheek," yet with the requisite "truth" in every joke.

Either way, I think there is no shame, and a lot to be said of learning late like Rubinstein and Seirawan.

Feb-15-14  waustad: It isn't just when you "learned the game" but when you took it seriously. In my case I learned the moves at around 7 or 8 but never took it at all seriously until the Fischer vs Spassky match when I was 22. I was on a high school team that lost to the junior high team because some of them had looked at chess books and studied some and we older "players" just knew the moves. The only thing I remember from that era was trying to make the Nimzo-Larsen work because I remembered seeing a pattern where the king side was messed up because of the fianchettoed bishop. I didn't have any way to say that then, but it is the first strategic notion I recall having. That is the first analysis I recall doing and it was not in any depth at all. After reading some books at least I'd have had some vocabulary.
Aug-01-14  CountryGirl: I enjoy Daniel's games very much, but am concerned about his future competitiveness. Top tournament chess is very gruelling, and going by his photo Daniel is way overweight. Eat well, exercise daily, and then you'll find extra energy in the fifth hour, Daniel!
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  whiteshark: Some were reluctant to leave the buses - here husband and wife duo Daniel Fridman (Germany) and Anna Zatonskih (USA).
Nov-30-14  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the German Individual Championship 2014 - his third title overall. He scored 7.5/9.


Feb-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Daniel Fridman.
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  thegoodanarchist: Did he convert to the Latvian Orthodox church?
Feb-15-17  gars: Congratulations, Grandmaster Fridman! And let's not forget that February 19 is David Bronstein's Day!
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  Penguincw: < Feb-01-12 Penguincw: Happy Birthday (in about 15 days). >

6 years and 14 days later, Happy 43rd!

Apr-22-19  sonia91: Congratulations to Fridman on winning the Grenke Open 2019!

He won the massive (over 900 participants!) A open on tiebreak from 7 other players (among them D Gukesh, 2nd youngest GM ever) with 7.5/9 and qualifies to next year's Grenke Classic:

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