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Zahar Efimenko
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,004
Years covered: 1999 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2602 (2609 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2708

Overall record: +318 -126 =497 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 63 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (172) 
    B92 B90 B84 B47 B30
 Ruy Lopez (95) 
    C78 C65 C77 C67 C80
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B92 B90 B99 B96
 French Defense (42) 
    C11 C05 C07 C10 C02
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B18 B12 B13 B17 B15
 Reti System (35) 
    A06 A05 A04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B90 B92 B22 B52 B23
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C67 C95 C97 C96
 King's Indian (54) 
    E92 E63 E62 E61 E84
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B93
 Queen's Indian (46) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A45 A46 E00 A41 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Thorhallsson vs Efimenko, 2006 0-1
   Kuzubov vs Efimenko, 2012 0-1
   McShane vs Efimenko, 2011 0-1
   Efimenko vs M Cornette, 2001 1-0
   Efimenko vs E Berg, 2011 1-0
   Efimenko vs S Reutsky, 2010 1-0
   Efimenko vs Y Kryvoruchko, 2013 1/2-1/2
   J L Hammer vs Efimenko, 2011 0-1
   Efimenko vs G Sargissian, 2008 1/2-1/2
   Efimenko vs C F Ekeberg, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Moscow Open (2008)
   Ukrainian Championship (2005)
   Golden Sands (2012)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   UKR-chT (1962)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   6th Dubai Open (2004)
   World Cup (2005)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   European Individual Championship (2010)

   🏆 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 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, 35 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 41; games 1-25 of 1,004  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. O Chaika vs Efimenko  ½-½332000UKR-chTA07 King's Indian Attack
4. G Nesterov vs Efimenko  0-1432000UKR-chTE61 King's Indian
5. Efimenko vs A Kotsuba  1-0302000UKR-chTB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. Efimenko vs Timoshenko  ½-½152000UKR-chTC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Efimenko vs T Kononenko  0-1352000UKR-chTC03 French, Tarrasch
8. Efimenko vs G Arzumanian  0-1402000UKR-chTB32 Sicilian
9. I Romanova vs Efimenko  0-1402000UKR-chTE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
10. Efimenko vs A Zubarev  1-0552000UKR-chTB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. A Kamenets vs Efimenko  0-1362000UKR-chTE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
12. Efimenko vs Nakamura 1-0402000KasparovChess Cadet GP netB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
13. Nakamura vs Efimenko  ½-½272000KasparovChess Cadet GP netC17 French, Winawer, Advance
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 1-0712000EU-chT U18B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Efimenko vs G Szabo  1-0352000EU-chT U18B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
18. Efimenko vs Bromberger  1-0412000EU-chT U18B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. Sedlak vs Efimenko  0-1492000EU-chT U18B32 Sicilian
20. Efimenko vs S Steindorsson  ½-½552000EU-chT U18B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. F Berkes vs Efimenko  0-1362000EU-chT U18A15 English
22. Ilia Fofanov vs Efimenko  0-1282001Memorial E Geller opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Spiridonov vs Efimenko  0-1312001UKR-ch U16B22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Efimenko vs I Derjabin  1-0252001UKR-chTB40 Sicilian
25. Tukmakov vs Efimenko  ½-½372001Master OpenE97 King's Indian
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,004  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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