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Nikita Vitiugov
Number of games in database: 1,443
Years covered: 2001 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2722 (2616 rapid, 2673 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2751

Overall record: +321 -106 =593 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 423 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (99) 
    A45 D02 E00 A50 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (70) 
    D31 D37 D35 D38 D30
 Slav (69) 
    D12 D10 D17 D15 D11
 Nimzo Indian (68) 
    E21 E32 E34 E55 E53
 King's Indian (44) 
    E81 E60 E73 E97 E94
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B33 B31 B91 B40
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (128) 
    B40 B48 B42 B47 B46
 French Defense (89) 
    C11 C07 C18 C02 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    E00 E10 A46 D02 D00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (55) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Sicilian Taimanov (45) 
    B48 B47 B46 B49 B45
 Slav (43) 
    D12 D10 D17 D16 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Vitiugov vs Ding Liren, 2012 1-0
   Bluebaum vs Vitiugov, 2018 0-1
   Vitiugov vs Bologan, 2012 1-0
   B Esen vs Vitiugov, 2010 0-1
   Harikrishna vs Vitiugov, 2022 0-1
   A Timofeev vs Vitiugov, 2007 0-1
   Vitiugov vs M Rodshtein, 2010 1-0
   Vitiugov vs M A Tabatabaei, 2022 1-0
   Vitiugov vs Ganguly, 2010 1-0
   P Smirnov vs Vitiugov, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   World Cup (2019)
   European Championship (2011)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Wch U18 (2005)
   World Cup (2009)

   🏆 Bundesliga
   Vitiugov vs I Cheparinov (Oct-22-22) 1-0
   Y Yu vs Vitiugov (Mar-28-22) 1/2-1/2
   Vitiugov vs Giri (Mar-27-22) 1/2-1/2
   M A Tabatabaei vs Vitiugov (Mar-25-22) 1-0
   Giri vs Vitiugov (Mar-24-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-04-1987, 36 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 Championship Superfinal (2007), won the Russian Championship Higher League (2007) on tiebreak, was fourth in the Russian Championship Superfinal (2008), placed third in Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) behind Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler, was knocked out of the first round of the World 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 Khanty-Mansiysk 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 European Championship (2011), a result that qualified him for participation in the World Cup (2011) where he beat compatriot Alexei 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 European 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 Championship Higher League (2012) to qualify for the Russian Championship Superfinal (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 Gibraltar Masters (2013) with 8/10, and then won the Gibraltar Masters (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.

Nikita Vitiugov won the Russian Championship Superfinal (2021) with 7/11 (+3 -0 =8)

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Last updated: 2021-11-25 02:23:31

 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,441  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Aanestad vs Vitiugov  0-1282001EU-ch U14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Vitiugov vs S Stajner 1-0212001EU-ch U14D85 Grunfeld
3. J Zorko vs Vitiugov  0-1312001EU-ch U14B83 Sicilian
4. Vitiugov vs Wojtaszek  0-1342001EU-ch U14E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. V Papin vs Vitiugov  1-0412001EU-ch U14B83 Sicilian
6. Vitiugov vs E Lo Curto  1-0402001EU-ch U14E97 King's Indian
7. M Luch vs Vitiugov  ½-½272001EU-ch U14B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
8. S Zavgorodniy vs Vitiugov  ½-½492001EU-ch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Korotylev vs Vitiugov  ½-½272001Chigorin Memorial OpenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Vitiugov vs A Rychagov  0-1482001Chigorin Memorial OpenA80 Dutch
11. Kostenko vs Vitiugov  1-0422001Chigorin Memorial OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. B Dribinsky vs Vitiugov  ½-½642001Chigorin Memorial OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Vitiugov vs J Razuvajeva  1-0412001Chigorin Memorial OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. E Vorobiov vs Vitiugov  ½-½242001Chigorin Memorial OpenB83 Sicilian
15. Vitiugov vs Balashov  ½-½222001Chigorin Memorial OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
16. N Pushkov vs Vitiugov  0-1412001Chigorin Memorial OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Vitiugov vs Potkin  1-0452001Chigorin Memorial OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. A Obukhov vs Vitiugov  1-0402002St Petersburg White Nights op1A06 Reti Opening
19. Vitiugov vs P Ponkratov  ½-½382002RUS-chT U18C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
20. Vitiugov vs B Savchenko  ½-½332003RUS Spartakiad U18A40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. E Mukhametov vs Vitiugov  ½-½622003St Petersburg - MoscowB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Vitiugov vs E Mukhametov  1-0222003St Petersburg - MoscowD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Vitiugov vs K Roppel  1-0442003Russian Team Championship qual-1E97 King's Indian
24. M Kobalia vs Vitiugov  1-0432003Russian Team Championship qual-1B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. Vitiugov vs A Isajevsky  1-0332003Russian Team Championship Final-BA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,441  PGN Download
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Premium Chessgames Member
  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) :

Sep-17-19  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
Sep-18-19  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…
Sep-20-19  wordfunph: Round 4 World Cup Game 1:

BeatSoGood vs So


Sep-21-19  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.
Sep-21-19  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...
Sep-21-19  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)

Premium Chessgames Member
  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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