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Raja Panjwani
Number of games in database: 195
Years covered: 1999 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2448 (2394 rapid, 2395 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2468

Overall record: +72 -55 =43 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B54 B91 B87 B43 B76
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    E00 A46 A45 D02 D00
 English (7) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
    A36 A33 A35 A30
 French (4) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (23) 
    E94 E61 E71 E62 E73
 Sicilian (14) 
    B30 B97 B39 B90 B21
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C67 C65
 English (8) 
    A10 A16 A14
 Robatsch (7) 
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D38 D30 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Panjwani vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2020 1/2-1/2
   R Panjwani vs I Krush, 2014 1-0
   Z Qin vs R Panjwani, 2012 0-1
   R Panjwani vs A Tuxanidy Torres, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   World Open (2008)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Hastings 2012/13 (2012)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   American Continental (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2009 Canadian Zonal Championship by gauer

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   R Panjwani vs A Valsecchi (Aug-23-20) 0-1, rapid
   R Panjwani vs A H T dos Santos Fier (Aug-23-20) 0-1, rapid
   R Panjwani vs O Almeida Quintana (Aug-22-20) 1-0, rapid
   A Pavlidis vs R Panjwani (Aug-22-20) 1-0, rapid
   Wojtaszek vs R Panjwani (Aug-21-20) 1-0, rapid

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(born Apr-10-1990, 30 years old) Canada

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He is an IM and the 2009 Canadian Junior Champion. He was ranked 25th in the Canadian listings(2) for September 2009. He won the 2004 Canadian U-14 Open with 7.5/8 and the 2006 Canadian U-16 Open with 6.5/7. His score of 4/7 at the Canadian junior championship was sufficient for shared 5th-6th place. During 1999-2000, he was the U-10 Champion of Labrador and Newfoundland. He tied for share of 5th-9th at the 2016 Calgary International(3) tournament.


Free-agents Bator Sambuev and Thomas Roussel-Roozmon (they do not live close enough to Toronto's suburban area) signed on to the Toronto Dragons(6) team, which includes himself, Nikolay Noritsyn, Gergely Szabo, Kaiqi Yang, Arthur Calugar, Michael Song, Shiyam Thavandiran and Razvan Preotu for play after 2016.

Raja previously played for the New York Knights(5) (in 2015), Western University, Yale and Oxford in team chess events.

References / Sources


(2) (Canadian chess site),


(4) (both he and fellow Canadian Yuanling Yuan were Yale chess club members),

(5) (United States Chess League),

(6) (also see for details).

Last updated: 2016-12-02 19:17:20

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Gerzhoy vs R Panjwani  1-0501999Canadian Junior ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Mulyar vs R Panjwani  ½-½392001Canadian OpenA16 English
3. Lenderman vs R Panjwani  1-0412003Wch U14B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. R Panjwani vs J Yoos  1-039200477th Canadian ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
5. G Mikanovic vs R Panjwani  ½-½46200477th Canadian ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
6. R Panjwani vs I Ivanov  0-140200477th Canadian ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. I Divljan vs R Panjwani  1-071200477th Canadian ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
8. R Panjwani vs P Saint-Amand 1-057200477th Canadian ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. R Panjwani vs G Huber  1-041200477th Canadian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. V Voskanian vs R Panjwani  0-150200477th Canadian ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
11. L Day vs R Panjwani 1-047200477th Canadian ChampionshipC00 French Defense
12. R Panjwani vs R Hamilton  0-147200477th Canadian ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
13. R Panjwani vs J Friedel  0-14020057th Foxwoods OpenC46 Three Knights
14. D Ippolito vs R Panjwani  1-05620057th Foxwoods OpenE61 King's Indian
15. R Panjwani vs R Burnett 0-16320057th Foxwoods OpenB06 Robatsch
16. M Zlotnikov vs R Panjwani  ½-½2320057th Foxwoods OpenA10 English
17. A Kunte vs R Panjwani  1-0452005Canadian OpenE61 King's Indian
18. Ehlvest vs R Panjwani  1-0372005East Bay Chess Club FIDE SwissB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. R Panjwani vs J Cox  1-037200634th World OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
20. D Antic vs R Panjwani 0-134200634th World OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. R Panjwani vs J Bartholomew  0-140200634th World OpenB01 Scandinavian
22. R Panjwani vs D Bennett  1-044200634th World OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. R Kleinman vs R Panjwani  0-1472006Cdn Youth Chess Championship U16B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. J Willms vs R Panjwani  0-1832006Canadian OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. R Panjwani vs Arencibia Rodriguez  0-1412006Canadian OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-14  Edmontonchessclub: IM Panjwani's next tournament, competing against top GMs Wesley So and Vassily Ivanchuk, is featured here on Chessgames: 9th Edmonton International (2014)

The 9th Edmonton International starts this Saturday, June 21st.

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  Penguincw: Raja Panjwani remains the only player perfect through 3 rounds of the Canadian Championship. In R4, he'll face top seed Bator Sambuev with black.
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  GrahamClayton: "A modern-day Renaissance man from Kitchener, Canada, Raja Panjwani holds the title of International Master and attends a master’s program in International and Development Economics at Yale University. He previously earned an MSt in Philosophy of Physics from Oxford, and an undergraduate degree in physics and philosophy from Western University in Canada.

“At Yale, I’m also part of the chess club, and we’ve got some strong members: GM Robert Hess, WIM Yuanling Yuan and WGM Anya Corke,” he says.

Panjwani’s family is from India and was living in Kuwait in 1990 when the first Gulf War began. They moved to Canada to join Panjwani’s uncle, and Panjwani was born there.

At the age of five he learned chess from his parents, who both enjoy the game. He recently earned his first Grandmaster norm at the SPICE Cup this past October 2014, and needs two more to earn the title, as well as push his rating past FIDE 2500.

In his sporadic free time, Panjwani enjoys playing basketball and following the professional sport. In addition to chess and graduate school, Panjwani started an organization called Sage: School for Young Writers. This program connects budding writers with established authors in genres such as poetry and fiction. The authors teach writing courses and mentor individual writers as well. Sage also provides academic writing coaches, such as history PhD students who critique papers of undergraduate students. "

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