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Nikita Vitiugov
Number of games in database: 1,298
Years covered: 2001 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2751 (2648 rapid, 2719 blitz)

Overall record: +296 -96 =525 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 381 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (90) 
    A45 D02 E00 A50 A40
 Slav (66) 
    D10 D17 D12 D11 D15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (63) 
    D31 D37 D38 D35 D30
 Nimzo Indian (62) 
    E21 E32 E34 E55 E53
 King's Indian (40) 
    E81 E60 E73 E94 E90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (32) 
    A29 A28 A20 A21 A22
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (111) 
    B40 B48 B42 B47 B46
 French Defense (82) 
    C07 C11 C18 C02 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    E00 E10 A46 D02 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (53) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Sicilian Taimanov (42) 
    B48 B47 B46 B49 B45
 Slav (40) 
    D12 D10 D17 D16 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vitiugov vs Ding Liren, 2012 1-0
   M Bluebaum vs Vitiugov, 2018 0-1
   B Esen vs Vitiugov, 2010 0-1
   A Timofeev vs Vitiugov, 2007 0-1
   Vitiugov vs Bologan, 2012 1-0
   Vitiugov vs Sasikiran, 2015 1-0
   Vitiugov vs W So, 2019 1-0
   Vitiugov vs M Rodshtein, 2010 1-0
   P Smirnov vs Vitiugov, 2009 0-1
   Vitiugov vs Morozevich, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   World Cup (2019)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Individual Championship (2016)
   World Cup (2009)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

   🏆 Tata Steel Masters
   V Kovalev vs Vitiugov (Jan-26-20) 1/2-1/2
   Vitiugov vs A Firouzja (Jan-25-20) 1/2-1/2
   Vitiugov vs D Dubov (Jan-24-20) 1/2-1/2
   Anand vs Vitiugov (Jan-22-20) 1/2-1/2
   Vitiugov vs Caruana (Jan-21-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-04-1987, 32 years old) Russia
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Born in St Petersburg, Nikita Kirillovich Vitiugov became a Grandmaster in 2006. He came second in the World Youth Championships in 2006 in Herceg Novi and was a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Championship (2010) in Bursa, winning individual gold for second reserve, scoring 5.5/6 for a TPR of 2940. He also won individual gold playing reserve for the Russian team in the World Chess Team Championship (2011), scoring 4/6 (TPR 2729).

He was U18 European Vice-Champion (2005), U18 Russian Champion (2005), U20 Russian Vice-Champion (2006, 2007), came in at 11th in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), was =4th in the Russian Superfinals (2007), won the Russian Championship Higher League (2007) on tiebreak, was fourth in the Russian Superfinals (2008), placed third in Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) behind Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler, was knocked out of the first round of the World Chess Cup (2007) but made it to round 4 of the World Cup (2009), before losing to Sergey Karjakin. He also played board 3 for Russia 2 in the Chess Olympiad (2010) scoring 6/9 without losing a game, and scored 5.5/11 coming in 5th at the Russian Championship Superfinal (2010). He came second on count back to Le Quang Liem at the Aeroflot Open (2011), when he scored 6.5/9 (+5 -1 =3), and was =5th (10th on tiebreak) with 8/11, a half point from the lead, in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), a result that qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011) where he beat compatriot Alexei Mikhailovich Bezgodov and Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov in rounds one and two before losing in a minor upset in the third round to Vladimir Potkin. A poor result (3/10) in the Reggio Emilia (2011) reduced his rating by 17 in the bimonthly rating period to 1 March 2012. Mediocre results in the 2011-12 Bundesliga and in the Russian Team Championship (2012) were only partially offset by his solid 7.5/11 in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), which earned him a place in the World Cup (2013). However, he regained form to place =1st (3rd on tiebreak) in the Russian Chess Championship Higher League (2012) to qualify for the Russian Superfinals (2012), in which he scored 4/9 to finish a point off the lead in a low scoring event. His good form continued into 2013 when he placed =1st at Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) with 8/10, and then won the Tradewise Gibraltar (Tiebreaks) (2013) to win first prize.

In October 2012, Vitiugov helped his team Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation to a silver medal in the European Club Cup (2012). In April 2013, playing board 2 he helped his St Petersburg team to a gold medal at the Russian Team Championship (2013). In August 2013, his first round result in the World Cup 2013 was a 2-0 win over young Canadian GM Conrad Holt, which enabled him to progress to the second round where he defeated Austrian #1, GM Markus Ragger. He lost to compatriot Alexander Morozevich in the third round. In October 2013, he won silver playing board 3 for St Petersburg in the European Club Cup (2013).

Vitiugov qualified by rating to participate in the World Cup (2015) where he won his first round game against Armenian GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan but lost his second round game against Le Quang Liem to bow out of the Cup contest.

Vitiugov entered the top 100 in October 2008.

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Last updated: 2018-11-11 16:47:42

 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,296  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Aanestad vs Vitiugov  0-1282001EYCC B14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Vitiugov vs S Stajner 1-0212001EYCC B14D85 Grunfeld
3. J Zorko vs Vitiugov  0-1312001EYCC B14B83 Sicilian
4. Vitiugov vs R Wojtaszek  0-1342001EYCC B14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. V Papin vs Vitiugov  1-0412001EYCC B14B83 Sicilian
6. Vitiugov vs E Lo Curto  1-0402001EYCC B14E97 King's Indian
7. M Luch vs Vitiugov  ½-½272001EYCC B14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
8. S Zavgorodniy vs Vitiugov  ½-½492001EYCC B14A07 King's Indian Attack
9. Korotylev vs Vitiugov  ½-½272001Chigorin mem openD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Vitiugov vs A Rychagov  0-1482001Chigorin mem openA80 Dutch
11. P Kostenko vs Vitiugov  1-0422001Chigorin mem openB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. B Dribinsky vs Vitiugov  ½-½642001Chigorin mem openD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Vitiugov vs J Razuvajeva  1-0412001Chigorin mem openD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. E Vorobiov vs Vitiugov  ½-½242001Chigorin mem openB83 Sicilian
15. Vitiugov vs Balashov  ½-½222001Chigorin mem openC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Pushkov vs Vitiugov  0-1412001Chigorin mem openD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Vitiugov vs Potkin  1-0452001Chigorin mem openD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. P M Kotsur vs Vitiugov  ½-½512003It (open) St. Petersburg 300A13 English
19. Vitiugov vs P Sinkevich  1-0482003It (open) St. Petersburg 300C77 Ruy Lopez
20. Vitiugov vs B Savchenko  ½-½332003RUS Spartakiad U18A40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Zontakh vs Vitiugov  1-0262003It (open) St. Petersburg 300B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. Vitiugov vs F Amonatov  0-1572003It (open) St. Petersburg 300D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. K Aseev vs Vitiugov  1-0762003It (open) St. Petersburg 300B44 Sicilian
24. Vitiugov vs A Kornev  ½-½712003It (open) St. Petersburg 300D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Vitiugov vs M I Sorokin  ½-½432003It (open) St. Petersburg 300D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Aug-19-13  fisayo123: Great effort in the World Cup. Very unlucky to lose to Morozevich. You have a new fan :)
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th birthday to GM Nikita Vitiugov.
Apr-05-14  Conrad93: Love his book The French Reloaded.

It's a nice refresher on most of the major French lines.

Apr-05-14  N0B0DY: Shared wisdom®
Jul-20-15  sonia91: Exactly one year ago it was played a human chess game on St Petersburg's Palace Square (90 years after another famous human chess game, with soldiers: to celebrate the international chess day. Nikita Vitiugov took the white pieces against Valerij Popov: (brief TV report) (brief video)

Jul-20-15  sonia91: Correct link to the video:
Jul-21-15  sonia91: On July 21st 2006 (exactly 9 years ago) he won the "Blue Sevan" tournament, which is none other than the second edition of the now called "Lake Sevan", with 6,5/9:

Final standing:

<1. IM Vitiugov /Russia / 6,5

2. IM Pashikian /Armenia/ 6
3. Melkumyan /Armenia/ 5,5
4. IM Babujian /Armenia/ 5
5. IM Andriasian /Armenia/ 4,5
6. GM Janjgava /Georgia/ 4,5
7. GM Kotanjian /Armenia/ 4,5
8. Harutjunyan /Armenia/ 4
9. IM Mallahi /Iran/ 3
10. GM Kekelidze /Georgia/ 1,5>


I think this victory should be added to his bio, because in this tournament he earned his 3rd GM norm:

Feb-04-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Nikita Vitiugov.
Apr-10-18  Imran Iskandar: Impressive showing at Grenke, which was slightly dampened by his last round loss. Hopefully he gets more tournament invites.
Jul-26-18  PJs Studio: This puzzle took me a bit too long to figure out. Chess is hard.
Mar-23-19  sonia91: <Vitiugov hopes the best is yet to come> Interview by Macauley Peterson on Vitiugov's victory of the Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2019) :

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  virginmind: He got to 4th round in the World Cup 2019, after winning the mini-match against Karjakin.
Sep-17-19  alfamikewhiskey: <Jan-02-12 Whitehat1963: Perhaps he's not quite ready for primetime. Perhaps he never will be.> Perhaps he is now. Up to him - and So
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  wordfunph: Round 4 World Cup:

BeatSoGood vs So

Sep-19-19  torrefan: My name? Neekeeta Vityukoff...-
Sep-20-19  torrefan: Hey Nikita is it cold
In your little corner of the world
You could roll around the globe
And never find a warmer soul to know
Oh I saw you by the wall
Ten of your tin soldiers in a row
With eyes that looked like ice on fire
The human heart a captive in the snow
Oh Nikita you will never know, anything about my home I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so
Oh Nikita is the other side of any given line in time Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know
Do you ever dream of me
Do you ever see the letters that I write
When you look up through the wire
Nikita do you count the stars at night
And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice
Just look…
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  wordfunph: Round 4 World Cup Game 1:

BeatSoGood vs So


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  wordfunph: <World Cup Knockout Stage 4: Vitiugov vs So : Vitiugov [info] 200 LIVE BET 2:1 2.97 594 Sep-22-19 Total wagered on live bets: 200 chessbucks>

go Nikita!


Sep-21-19  torrefan: <kamotekayo: Di na naman makatulog ang mga outcast nito.>

Angas pa more. Sino kaya ang di makatulog, heheh.

Sep-21-19  torrefan: Nikita is in it, to win it.
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  wordfunph: Nikita, you made my day..
Sep-21-19  Viktorerro: Good Riddance.
Yahoo. Yeheyy.
Go home Kid Mama Mura.
Now you'll have the time to go with Mummy to the State Fair - go cycling, some swimming, you know, those kind of stuff . Rest time in Minnetonka is waiting...
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  cro777: Showing his absolute best chess!

"Vitiugov has played his career somewhat in the shadow of the absolute elite grandmasters, with the exception of three tournament victories: the 2013 Gibraltar Masters, the 2017 Grenke Open and this year's Prague Masters.

In this World Cup he is showing his absolute best chess as he eliminated Sergey Karjakin and now also defeated Wesley So." (Peter Doggers)

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  Check It Out: Time Vitiugiv gets a forum photo .
Sep-23-19  puliskarakter: <torrefan: Nikita is in it, to win it.> Howie Mandel???
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