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Zahar Efimenko
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Number of games in database: 996
Years covered: 1999 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2601 (2609 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2708

Overall record: +315 -126 =495 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (170) 
    B92 B90 B84 B47 B30
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C78 C65 C77 C67 C80
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B92 B90 B99 B96
 French Defense (41) 
    C11 C07 C05 C10 C03
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B18 B12 B13 B17 B15
 Reti System (34) 
    A06 A05 A04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B90 B92 B22 B23 B52
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C67 C95 C97 C96
 King's Indian (54) 
    E63 E92 E71 E67 E84
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B92 B96 B93 B91
 Queen's Indian (46) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E20 E21 E47 E46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   McShane vs Efimenko, 2011 0-1
   Efimenko vs E Berg, 2011 1-0
   Efimenko vs M Cornette, 2001 1-0
   Efimenko vs S Reutsky, 2010 1-0
   Efimenko vs G Sargissian, 2008 1/2-1/2
   J L Hammer vs Efimenko, 2011 0-1
   Kuzubov vs Efimenko, 2012 0-1
   T Thorhallsson vs Efimenko, 2006 0-1
   Efimenko vs C F Ekeberg, 2011 1-0
   Efimenko vs Y Kryvoruchko, 2013 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Moscow Open (2008)
   Ukrainian Championship (2005)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Corus Group B (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   Olympiad (2008)

   🏆 European Club Cup
   Ponomariov vs Efimenko (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   Efimenko vs C Noe (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   G Goldsztejn vs Efimenko (Nov-14-19) 0-1
   Efimenko vs R Rapport (Nov-13-19) 0-1
   F Berkes vs Efimenko (Nov-12-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-03-1985, 34 years old) Ukraine
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Zahar Efimenko was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2002. He was the World Under-14 champion in 1999 and champion of Ukraine in 2006. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) through his results in the European Individual Championships (2010). He defeated Czech GM Vlastimil Babula and Hungarian GM Ferenc Berkes in rounds one and two, but was eliminated from the contest in the third round rapid-game (25+10) tiebreaker by Ukrainian GM and former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov.

Wikipedia article: Zahar Efimenko

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 996  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Efimenko vs V Poletaev  1-0411999UKR-ch U18B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. Efimenko vs Navara  ½-½781999Groningen Young MastersC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Efimenko vs G A Timoshenko  ½-½152000Ukrainian Team chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Efimenko vs T Kononenko  0-1352000Ukrainian Team chC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Efimenko vs G Arzumanian  0-1402000Ukrainian Team chB32 Sicilian
6. I Romanova vs Efimenko  0-1402000Ukrainian Team chE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
7. Efimenko vs A Zubarev  1-0552000Ukrainian Team chB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. A Kamenets vs Efimenko  0-1362000Ukrainian Team chE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
9. O Chaika vs Efimenko  ½-½332000Ukrainian Team chA07 King's Indian Attack
10. G Nesterov vs Efimenko  0-1432000Ukrainian Team chE61 King's Indian
11. Efimenko vs A Kotsuba  1-0302000Ukrainian Team chB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. Nakamura vs Efimenko  ½-½272000KasparovChess Cadet GP netC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-0402000KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
14. Bu Xiangzhi vs Efimenko  1-0492000KasparovChess Cadet GP netA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Efimenko vs Bu Xiangzhi  0-1362000KasparovChess Cadet GP netB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. E Pinter vs Efimenko 1-0712000t-EuCh U18B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Efimenko vs G Szabo  1-0352000t-EuCh U18B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
18. Efimenko vs S Bromberger  1-0412000t-EuCh U18B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. Sedlak vs Efimenko  0-1492000t-EuCh U18B32 Sicilian
20. Efimenko vs S Steindorsson  ½-½552000t-EuCh U18B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. F Berkes vs Efimenko  0-1362000t-EuCh U18A15 English
22. Ilia Fofanov vs Efimenko  0-1282001Memorial E Geller opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. N Spiridonov vs Efimenko  0-1312001UKR-ch U16B22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Efimenko vs I Derjabin  1-0252001UKR-chTB40 Sicilian
25. V Tukmakov vs Efimenko  ½-½372001Master OpenE97 King's Indian
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 996  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-18-05  Daodejing: Very strong 20 year old player from the Ukrain.

This year he won the title with Bremen in the German Bundesliga and he played the decesive game against Waganjan.

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  tamar: An impressive attack by Efimenko culminating in 24. Bg6+!.

[Event "74th Ukranian Chess Championship "]
[Site "Rivne"]
[Date "2005.08.30"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Efimenko, Zahar"]
[Black "Neverov, Valeriy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B83"]
[WhiteElo "2643"]
[BlackElo "2572"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2005.08.24"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. f4 O-O 10. O-O-O Bd7 11. g4 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 Bc6 13. g5 Nd7 14. h4 Rc8 15. Rhg1 Re8 16. f5 b5 17. a3 Bf8 18. f6 Qc7 19. h5 d5 20. exd5 Bxd5 21. Bd3 Qe5 22. g6 Rxc3 23. gxf7+ Kxf7 24. Bg6+ hxg6 25. hxg6+ 1-0

Aug-31-05  iron maiden: Efimenko has been incredibly strong with White so far. All he needs is a draw today to put him in the finals.
Jul-03-06  BIDMONFA: Zahar Efimenko


Nov-23-08  praddy06: A underrated player has a live rating of 2689.4 +9.4 soon to break 2700 mark
Sep-15-09  ROADDOG: Short vs Efimenko. Sept 20-26, 2009. Two games in data base are draws. Nigel is playing well. I dont know much about the young, and strong playing Ukranian. He'll be on his home turf against Mr. Short. Should be a good match.?
Sep-20-09  walker: Zahar destroyed Short in the first game. Congratulations!
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2nd place today in Bosna 2010:

Oct-02-10  notyetagm: Efimenko blasts his way into the 2700-club, gaining <+24.2> points to <2707.2>.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Zahar Efimenko! Currently, he is at 2652; World #100 is currently at 2653.
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  Messiah: In this very moment Efimenko tries to lose against Maze:

1. Nf3 e6 2. c4 d5 3. b3 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 d4 6. O-O g5 7. b4 g4 8. Ne1 Nxb4 9. e3 h5 10. exd4 Bg7 11. Bb2 cxd4

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