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Daniel Fridman
Baden-Baden, 2013  

Number of games in database: 1,630
Years covered: 1991 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2615 (2606 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2670
Overall record: +428 -146 =591 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 465 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (98) 
    E62 E60 E63 E67 E69
 Queen's Pawn Game (95) 
    D02 A46 A40 E10 E00
 Slav (81) 
    D11 D12 D15 D10 D17
 English (74) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A11
 Grunfeld (56) 
    D78 D85 D79 D94 D76
 Catalan (48) 
    E04 E06 E08 E02 E09
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (113) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Petrov (98) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (89) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35 D36
 Semi-Slav (78) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D46
 French Defense (68) 
    C11 C07 C02 C00 C10
 English (39) 
    A13 A11 A14 A15 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fridman vs B Kurajica, 2005 1-0
   Fridman vs Kosteniuk, 2010 1-0
   M Sebenik vs Fridman, 2021 0-1
   Fridman vs S Maze, 2006 1-0
   Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2010 1-0
   P Verhaeghe vs Fridman, 2003 0-1
   A Tang vs Fridman, 2021 0-1
   Saric vs Fridman, 2012 0-1
   Fridman vs T Taylor, 2005 1-0
   R Pruijssers vs Fridman, 2008 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marijampole Open (1996)
   3rd Julian Borowski B (2001)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
   Czech Open (1998)
   LGA Premium Cup (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   World Junior Championship (1995)
   President's Cup (2008)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Bad Wiessee Open (2003)
   European Championship (2021)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

   🏆 FIDE World Rapid Team Championship
   Dubov vs Fridman (Aug-28-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   R Baskin vs Fridman (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Fridman vs A Bagrationi (Aug-27-23) 1-0, rapid
   Fridman vs A Erigaisi (Aug-27-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   I Gaponenko vs Fridman (Aug-26-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Feb-15-1976, 47 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 European 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 Istanbul Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, scoring 7/10 and winning the bronze medal for board 4.

He's married to WGM Anna Zatonskih and they have a daughter (born in 2007). Brother of Rafael Friedmann.

Wikipedia article: Daniel Fridman

Last updated: 2023-04-03 15:07:34

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,630  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Holst vs Fridman  ½-½621991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. O Danielian vs Fridman 1-0241991URS Junior ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. M Dzhumaev vs Fridman  0-1361991URS Junior ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
4. R Ciemniak vs Fridman  ½-½321991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
5. V Orlov vs Fridman  ½-½861991URS Junior ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
6. I Solomunovic vs Fridman  ½-½101991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
7. Fridman vs Delchev  ½-½321991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
8. Fridman vs N Haburdzania  1-0531991URS Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Fridman vs V Yemelin  1-0401991URS Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Fridman vs K Kulaots  1-0521991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipA15 English
11. Topalov vs Fridman  ½-½141991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Fridman vs D Ronneland  1-0641991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
13. Fridman vs Rublevsky  0-1481991URS Junior ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
14. Fridman vs M Antonsen  1-0261991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Zvjaginsev vs Fridman  ½-½421991URS Junior ChampionshipD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Fridman vs I Odesskij  1-0421991URS Junior ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
17. Fridman vs D Pedzich  0-1401991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
18. Fridman vs Svidler 0-1411992URS-ch U18A14 English
19. E Petuchovskis vs Fridman 0-191992EU-ch U10B23 Sicilian, Closed
20. Svidler vs Fridman  1-0371992Wch U16C55 Two Knights Defense
21. Fridman vs Malisauskas  ½-½501993Vilnius ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Fridman vs D Ruzele  ½-½191993Vilnius ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Fridman vs O Sepp  1-0701993Vilnius ZonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. Fridman vs M Rychagov  ½-½161993Vilnius ZonalA34 English, Symmetrical
25. V Zhuravliov vs Fridman  ½-½271993Vilnius ZonalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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  WannaBe: <waustad> that is just fool the immigration officials. Sshhhhhhh...
Feb-01-12  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
Mar-10-12  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.

Mar-10-12  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.

Mar-11-12  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
Jan-03-13  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!
Aug-02-14  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.
Feb-15-17  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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